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  • Amazon wants you to celebrate its birthday by shopping

    Marketplace - 07/13/2015

    The company’s growth from its start as an online bookseller has been dramatic, said Christo Wilson, who teaches computer science at Northeastern University. Wilson says the company revolutionized computer services beyond retail. “They basically invented cloud computin,” he says.

    It might seem ironic that the company is marking its birthday with deep discounts aimed at members of Amazon Prime, who for $99 already get free shipping and other price perks. But consider what Prime has done for Amazon, Wilson says: “It’s certainly become the greatest loyalty program in the history of consumer spending.”

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