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Ridesharing service Uber has been fined €800,000 ($907,000 US) in a Paris criminal court for running its UberPop service illegally, despite being banned by a 2014 law that was subsequently challenged and then upheld last September. The UberPop service, similar to the company's US service, pairs non-professional drivers and users, which ran afoul of the law. Meanwhile, in Seattle, the company has begun a new Scheduled Rides service that allows users to schedule a ride from 30 minutes to 30 days in advance.
Amazon has opened up its first physical book store today, in what can be best described as an unusual decision by the primarily-digital online retailer. It has built its brick-and-mortar store in University Village, Seattle, where it will provide real copies of books to customers, alongside gadgets including the Fire TV, Echo, Kindle eBook readers, and the Fire tablet range, with Amazon using its digital strength for stock selection.
Tech and major US companies will meet with their Chinese counterparts as part of a delegation joining Chinese President Xi Jinping as part of his first US visit, at a conference in Seattle. Among those who will meet with the Chinese leader are Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Disney chief (and Apple board member) Bob Iger, and Bershire Hathaway founder Warren Buffett. Chinese executives from many of China's largest tech firms, such as Alibab, Baidu, and Tencent, will also be present at the meeting.
Amazon is allegedly looking into offering another way for customers to receive their orders, by collecting it from Amazon itself. A building in Kirkland expected to be the base for future Prime Now deliveries in the Seattle area is also displaying signs for an unannounced service called Amazon Flex, believed to be either a way for customers to pick up orders directly, or possibly for some form of crowdsourced delivery system.
Apple is seeking a senior manager for its New Delhi-based offices that has experience with India's government procurement system, indicating a new pitch to improve sales of the iPhone to the government as well as find someone who can represent the company's position on policy issues that come before the government and "within trade associations," according to the hiring notice.
Seattle's plans to have its own gigabit Internet service may be delayed longer than expected, according to the outgoing city mayor. Mike McGinn, the current Seattle mayor being replaced at the end of the year, revealed that current attempts to get the Gigabit Squared fiber network going have allegedly been hampered by issues in securing funding for the project.
The City of Seattle has reached an agreement with broadband developer Gigabit Squared for the development and operation of an ultra high-speed fiber-to-the-home/business broadband network. The plan, dubbed Gigabit Seattle, will begin in twelve Seattle neighborhoods as a demonstration, and it will leverage Seattle's excess giver capacity to encourage business owners, health care and education entities, and public safety institutions to take advantage of and innovate on the fiber network. The project will also include the construction of a gigabit broadband wireless umbrella covering the city of Seattle, transmitting fiber Internet connectivity to houses and offices outside the demonstration area, so long as they are within line of sight.
Amazon will spend over $1 billion in order to buy its headquarters, according to reports. The purchase of the Seattle corporate offices will be the biggest commercial real estate deal for a single property for the year so far, according to Reuters, and will see the online retailer take ownership of the buildings it currently leases.
Microsoft is finally preparing to open its Seattle store, which has been placed directly opposite one of Apple's retail outlets. On the Microsoft Store official Facebook page, the company posted an image of the building, which is still under construction, along with a comment promising to open the University Village location sometime in the fall.