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Amazon to spend $100M on original online video content in Q3

Although the company rarely offers a look into how it allocates its resources among its various units, Amazon CFO Tom Szkutak revealed on the retailer's earnings call that the company plans to spend $100 million in this quarter alone on original content for its Prime Instant Video service.

Amazon's Fire TV a success story, but lean profits have investors watching

Sales of Amazon's Fire TV streaming device "significantly exceeded" the e-tail giant's sales forecast, the company said in its second-quarter earnings release. The news comes on a 23 percent jump in Amazon's net sales compared with the same quarter last year, from $15.7 billion to $19.34 billion. However, the company's operating and net losses remain a concern for investors.

Amazon's Fire smartphone dinged by reviewers as gimmicky

Amazon unveiled its first smartphone last month with much fanfare, promising to shake up a market that it argued has grown stale by introducing new technologies and ways of interacting with mobile devices. Based on early reviews of the Fire phone though, Amazon has a long way to go in convincing consumers that it's worth it to switch from another smartphone platform.

Consumers have no love for online video's cruddy, repetitive commercials, study says

Those who have spent any time watching ad-supported online video are painfully familiar with the grueling amount of repeat ads they're subjected to. And a new Strata Marketing survey concurs, finding that a big chunk of consumers consider OTT ads more annoying than television ads.

FTC sues Amazon over in-app purchases made by kids

As had been expected, the Federal Trade Commission sued Amazon, alleging that the online retailer made it too easy for children to make millions of dollars' worth of unauthorized in-app purchases on its Kindle tablet devices. The FTC wants to make Amazon refund money spent without parental permission and to stop Amazon from allowing in-app purchases without requiring a password or other mechanism that gives parents more control.

Wireless in the second quarter of 2014

How did the wireless industry perform in the second quarter of 2014? Check here throughout the second-quarter earnings report season for full earnings reports from the wireless industry's...

Report: Netflix, Amazon and Hulu abdicating movies, hunkering down on TV

The leading online-based, subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services including Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus are retreating from licensing movie content but loading up on TV show rights, according to a report issued last week by Piper Jaffrey analyst Michael Olsen.

Amazon prepared to fight FTC over in-app purchases dispute

Amazon said it is prepared to go to court with the Federal Trade Commission rather than submit to increased oversight and other measures the FTC says are needed to ensure children do not make unauthorized in-app purchases from apps in Amazon's Appstore.

Former Hulu CEO Kilar unveils latest startup, Vessel

Is Vessel an online video service? Is it something else? It's still somewhat of a mystery, but former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar's new startup at least has a name, finally.

Amazon adds select, ad-supported TV shows to Prime iOS app

Is Amazon testing out free, ad-supported streaming of online content? According to TechCrunch, the retail giant may be trying out the concept.