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January 11, 2012 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Online retail giant Amazon.com has won local approvals to build a million-square-foot "fulfillment center," with 850 full-time workers and up to 2,500 seasonal jobs, on 78 acres in Middletown, Del., a half-hour south of Wilmington. Delaware promised Amazon $7 million in road improvements and job-training grants to help attract the facility, said Gov. Jack Markell 's spokesman, Brian Selander . Middletown "gave them 10 years' tax abatement, free and clear," town manager Morris Deputy told me. The municipality will make some money by selling Amazon water and electricity from its publicly owned utilities, "and there's benefits to the restaurants and satellite businesses and hopefully a bump for some of our homebuilders.
NEWS
January 10, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
MIDDLETOWN, Del. - Middletown town officials have approved the construction of a 1.2 million-square-foot distribution center for Amazon.com. The mayor and council green-lighted the project on Classic Drive, near Levels Road, on Monday night. Mayor Ken Branner says the Seattle-based online retailer has indicated the warehouse will have about 850 year-round employees. The site is expected to aid the neighboring Cecil County, Md., economy, which has seen growth in distribution center employment.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 12, 2011 | BY HILLEL ITALIE, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Filmmaker-actress Penny Marshall has a book deal with a fresh twist: The publisher is Amazon.com. The online retailer has been expanding its publishing operations. Marshall's agent, Dan Strone, announced yesterday that Amazon will release Marshall's memoir "My Mother Was Nuts" in fall 2012. Marshall starred in the 1970s sitcom "Laverne and Shirley" and went on to direct such hits as "Big" and "A League of Their Own. " According to Strone, Marshall will also write about her marriage to Rob Reiner, her friendship with John Belushi and her fight against lung and brain cancer in 2009.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 29, 2011
"WE'RE MAKING premium products and selling them at non-premium products prices," twice declared Amazon.com chief Jeff Bezos this morning, as he took the wraps off several new tablet devices. On the surface, it appears Amazon.com is pricing the new hardware with little or no profit but is expecting to make it up on software sales. Customers will be locked into buying books, magazines, newspapers, movies, music, games and apps through Amazon.com's updated Kindle e-readers and its first color tablet, dubbed the Kindle Fire.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 25, 2011
"God Bless the Spectrum," produced by the Daily News , is now available in paperback. The 160-page book, which covers the history of sporting events, concerts and other special nights at the recently leveled building in stories and more than 200 original photographs, can be purchased now for $19.95 at amazon.com or caminobooks.com. It also will be in area bookstores soon.
SPORTS
May 20, 2011
MEADOWLARK LEMON. The very name makes you smile. For those too young to remember, Lemon is "The Clown Prince of Basketball," best known for his 25-plus-year career with the Harlem Globetrotters. But he has been with other teams and still finds time to play 60 to 80 games a year with the Meadowlark Lemon Harlem All-Stars. To date, he's played 16,125 consecutive games. Take that Cal Ripken. "I'm ageless," Meadowlark said with a laugh. He's in town to promote his new book, "Trust Your Next Shot," which covers everything from how to live to what to eat. "It's more than just a title," he explained.
NEWS
May 3, 2011 | By Amy Martinez, Seattle Times
SEATTLE - Amazon.com launched a new private-sale website Tuesday, becoming the latest online retailer to offer limited-time deals on designer clothing. The new site, called MyHabit.com, promises discounts of high-end brands beginning daily at 9 a.m. on the West Coast. On Tuesday, for example, MyHabit offered a Doo.Ri women's halter dress for $398, down from $995, and Saurette girl's sundresses for under $50, rather than the regular $79-and-up price tag, giving shoppers until Friday morning to make a purchase.
NEWS
April 22, 2011 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - Major websites, including Foursquare and Reddit, crashed or suffered slowdowns yesterday after technical problems rattled Amazon.com's widely used Web servers, frustrating millions of people who couldn't access their favorite sites. Though better known for selling books, DVDs and other consumer goods, Amazon also rents out space on huge computer servers that run many websites and other online services. The problems began at an Amazon data center near Dulles Airport outside Washington and persisted into the afternoon.
BUSINESS
March 24, 2011 | By Rachel Metz, Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO - Amazon.com Inc. is getting into the app-selling arena by opening an online store to distribute software for smartphones and tablet computers running Google Inc.'s Android operating system. The Amazon Appstore, unveiled Tuesday, includes free and paid apps from Android software developers. The online retailer decided to focus on the market for Android apps because of its rapid growth, said Aaron Rubenson, who is in charge of the Appstore's business operations. Since 2008, a slew of phones and tablets running Android have been released, and Google's own Android Market app store, which is available on these devices and online, now offers more than 150,000 apps.
NEWS
January 28, 2011 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
If you wanted to debate the existence of extraterrestrials, or believed you might even be one yourself, the place to go was Germ Bookstore & Gallery in Fishtown. It offered all manner of lectures, artworks, books, and magazines on the prospect of alien life - and on government conspiracy, ghosts, weird science, unusual religion, and the apocalypse. Germ was always fun, never less than smart, and invariably on the edge. And now it's closing, effective Sunday. Owner-operator David E. Williams doesn't care to dwell on the reasons.
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