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TiVo Users Can Get Amazon Movies From TV

July 10, 2007

“Users of TiVo Inc.’s digital video recorders will be able to order movies from Amazon.com Inc. directly from their TVs starting Tuesday.

The two companies partnered in March to deliver Amazon’s Unbox download service to TiVo machines, but the feature required customers to place their orders on a computer through Amazon’s Web site.

Now, PC intervention won’t be needed. The new ”Buy on TV” feature allows TiVo users to search Amazon’s video catalog and rent or purchase titles using their TiVo’s remote control.

The feature works for owners of TiVo Series2 and Series3 broadband-connected DVRs.

The new feature is the latest example of how companies — including Microsoft Corp., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Apple Inc. — are trying to find ways to deliver online videos to customers’ living rooms.”

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Amazon To Sell Unprotected Music

May 16, 2007

Amazon has announced plans to launch a digital music store that will allow customers to download music without any copyright protection. Amazon has licences to sell music from 12,000 record labels, including EMI Group’s digital catalogue.

Millions of songs will be sold without Digital Rights Management (DRM) software, allowing – for example – customers to burn their own CDs freely.

Amazon says it will launch the new store later this year.

“Our MP3-only strategy means all the music that customers buy on Amazon is always DRM-free and plays on any device,” said Jeff Bezos, chief executive of Amazon.”

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Amazon Acquires dpreview.com

May 14, 2007

I’ve used dpReview.com a lot in the past.  Hopefully it’ll retain it’s unique review qualities we’ve grown to know and trust.

Amazon have announced the acquisition of the digital camera information and review site dpreview.com.

UK based dpreview.com was founded in 1998 by Phil Askey as a site that publishes “unbiased reviews and original content regarding the latest in digital cameras, and offers a host of features and forums designed to make it easy for consumers to find the camera that’s right for them”.”

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RSS Feeds for Tags at Amazon.com

May 8, 2007

Since I run MyOwnSite.us, this is of particular interest to me.

“Amazon’s Customer Communities team has rolled out broader support for tag-based RSS feeds, according to a post from Amazon’s Ian McAllister.

The new functionality has been soft-launched and isn’t currently available on all Amazon pages. Support will become available across the board in the coming weeks.

The option allows subscription to feeds specific to the user’s interests and subsequently would also allow for the creation of widgets and mashups using the data created.

For those using the Amazon Associates Program, tag based feeds also support Affiliate Links.

Examples on the new feeds can be found here.”

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