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Amazon opens London engineering center for media development

09/13, 6:14pm

Job listings for 100 staff appear on LinkedIn

Amazon has opened its digital media development center in the UK today, in an effort to improve its online properties. Based in London's newly developed Tech City center, the company seeks to hire 100 employees to further development in its digital media services, such as streaming services Lovefilm and Pushbutton, and is likely to be on the hunt for more in the future.

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Amazon buys speech recognition startup to rival Siri

11/09, 11:35am

Amazon snaps up Yap for Kindle voice commands

Amazon may be quietly if unintentionally gunning after Apple's Siri with future Kindles, a newly discovered SEC filing (PDF) has revealed. Using a shell company known as Dion Acquisition Sub to keep the deal out of its usual SEC filings, Amazon has bought Yap, which had a voicemail-to-text service but had also focused heavily on natural-language speech recognition and an emphasis on mobile technology. Although terms of the deal were kept secret, the takeover left little question as to Amazon's involvement, since Dion's headquarters was at 410 Terry Avenue in Seattle, owned solely by Amazon.

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Amazon buys Pushbutton for video

07/28, 6:50pm

May be looking to add UI to more digital devices

Amazon has acquired UK-based Push Button Holdings. Pushbutton provides interactive apps that run on multiple platforms including IPTV, TVs, tablets, game consoles, and satellite and cable set-tops. Terms of the deal weren't given out.

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