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Report: Amazon testing wireless network in Cupertino research lab

08/22, 11:00pm

Network purpose not clear, may be for media distribution

According to sources familiar with the matter, Amazon has tested a new wireless network in Cupertino, California. The new network uses satellite communications company Globalstar's spectrum, and performed in the vicinity of the Amazon Lab126 test facility.

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Amazon spins off Kindle Fire work into special firm Seesaw

10/08, 2:30pm

Amazon tablet projects now in dedicated company

Amazon has quietly dedicated an entire company to producing its Kindle Fire and future tablets. Five US trademark filings (one, two, three, four, five) for the Kindle Fire and its Silk browser are attributed to Seesaw LLC, a company based in Delaware for what's likely legal reasons. The attorneys who filed for the trademarks are the same as those who have filed for many of Amazon's own.

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Amazon's Lab126 team rumored getting huge lease near Apple

05/16, 10:05am

Amazon Lab126 may get big office lease for tablets

Dana Stalder of venture capital firm Matrix Partners posted this weekend that there was talk of Amazon suddenly leasing much more office space for its Lab126 team. The capacity would give the hardware team behind the Kindle much more space in Cupertino, California, and would be virtually "across [the] street" from Apple. The timing and exact nature weren't mentioned.

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Amazon branching out in devices beyond Kindle

08/10, 5:35pm

Amazon mulling music, video players

Amazon is exploring making devices beyond the Kindle e-reader for the first time, multiple insiders explained on Tuesday. The online store purportedly wants to go beyond e-books and would make devices to ease "simple purchasing" of its content, such as from Amazon MP3 or Video On Demand. Music players and "other electronics" were discussed by the NYT sources, though which would be made wasn't definite.

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Amazon pressing for games on new Kindle

05/17, 6:05pm

Amazon wants major Kindle games, new hires

Amazon has been talking to game developers to support a new version of the Kindle, leaks from the bookseller pointed out on Monday. The publishers weren't named but would be providing titles in sync with the new e-reader. Amazon hasn't commented on the NYT claims.

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Amazon Kindle to get a proper web browser?

03/09, 10:20am

Lab126 hiring to advance Kindle web experience

Amazon plans a larger role for the web browser on the Kindle, the company has let slip through a job listing for its e-reader division, Lab126. A position for a Software Development Engineer has been specifically tasked with improving on the Kindle's basic, "experimental" browser with new features. While no hints exist of new features, the engineer would be part of a dedicated web browser team, suggesting Amazon is now taking the software more seriously.

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