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Amazon's Prime streaming subs drive its overall sales; membership jumps 53%

Customers who join Amazon Prime specifically to stream video through its Prime Instant Video service tend to buy more often from other areas of the retail giant's website as well. And while it doesn't seem like much, it's important to note that Prime membership overall increased 53 percent in 2014.

Amazon explores narrowed theatrical-release strategy, appoints indie veteran Hope to lead unit

Online retail giant and SVOD provider Amazon is dipping a toe in the traditional movie-release waters, announcing an original-movies program that will see its movies available via Prime Instant Video within four to eight weeks after their release on the big screen.

Twitch tests movie streaming, original music as Dailymotion launches its own game-streaming platform

Online video technology provider Dailymotion is taking on Twitch, debuting its own platform designed specifically to live-stream video games. But Twitch appears to already be branching out, testing the movie-streaming waters and announcing new options for background music during live streams--including original, user-created music.

Wireless in the fourth quarter of 2014

How did the wireless industry perform in the fourth quarter of 2014? Check here throughout the fourth-quarter earnings report season for full earnings reports from the wireless industry's carriers, handset makers, equipment suppliers and others.

Success of Netflix, Amazon in video help spurs move away from reality TV

The impressive gains that Netflix and Amazon are enjoying in the video space are hard to ignore: From Kevin Spacey in House of Cards to Amazon's recent announcement that Woody Allen will write a show for the company's Instant Video streaming video service, it's clear that quality, scripted content is increasingly moving online.

Goodbye, Jersey Shore, and good riddance: TV faces SVOD's original content play head-on

Finally, our long national nightmare may be over: Scripted, original TV series are a hot property in Hollywood again, displacing the decade-long popularity of reality shows like Jersey Shore and the seemingly bottomless pool of Real Housewives. It's largely thanks to the challenge laid at their feet by Netflix and Amazon with original content drives that stole away millions of viewers in the past couple years. But can traditional TV handle the cost of original series?

NewZoo: One-third of mobile gamers are spending money

One-third of all mobile gamers spend money, and Amazon may be the best place for developers to reach the most lucrative customers, according to market research firm NewZoo.

Amazon restructures secretive R&D Lab126 where Fire phone was developed

Amazon has been quietly reshuffling its Silicon Valley-based R&D group, called Lab126. According to FastCompany, which cited multiple unnamed sources, the changes at Lab126, which developed Amazon's high-profile hardware products like the Fire phone and the Kindle tablet, were long overdue because the organization had become inefficient. The report noted the changes were not due to the poor performance of the Fire phone.

Mobile app helps Amazon Sellers to shift 2B items in 2014

The growth of mobile and the introduction of the Amazon Seller App for mobile devices helped drive sales by Amazon Sellers to 2 billion items in 2014.

Report: Amazon to release Fire phone successor- but not until 2016

Amazon has been developing a sequel to its Fire smartphone but will not debut the new model until 2016, according to a VentureBeat report.