This week in tech history: Amazon's 25th birthday

Amazon is one of the most influential companies of the internet age, but it's also one of the most

This week in tech history: Amazon's 25th birthday

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Over the years, Amazon has taken over audio book provider Audible, digital comics marketplace Comixology, home security company Ring, fellow online retailers Zappos and Woot, live-streaming platform Twitch and — perhaps most significantly, Whole Foods.

"Amazon has embedded itself so thoroughly into the infrastructure of modern life, and into the business models of so many companies, including its competitors, that it’s nearly impossible to avoid it," she wrote, summing up how deeply futile it is to be a person living in the modern era trying to avoid the company.

These are just a few of the most significant customer-focused moves Amazon has made over the past 25 years, but Amazon Web Services made the company ubiquitous across the internet.

Beyond its environmental impact, Amazon has been under fire for a variety of issues including poor worker conditions, low pay, opposing unions; working with law enforcement on a controversial facial recognition program; and contributing to the general downfall of independent retailers.

The Kindle, Amazon’s first piece of hardware, took e-readers to the masses and similarly shook up the physical book business that the company capitalized on when it launched.

CEO Jeff Bezos incorporated the company 25 years ago today, and it was another year before Amazon launched as an online bookstore.

That last acquisition, which happened in June 2017, immediately gave Amazon a massive brick-and-mortar footprint, something the company had experimented with but never committed to in a significant way.

After the Kindle, Amazon got more broadly into entertainment hardware with the Fire TV streaming box and Fire tablets — they didn’t exactly disrupt those product categories, but they can do a lot for not much cash — and they made it easy to buy and watch video from Amazon.

Few companies have done more to shape the modern internet (and, some might argue, modern capitalism) than Amazon.

Earlier this year, Kashmir Hill wrote a series for Gizmodo in which she tried to live without Amazon and other tech giants like Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook.

It was still longer before it became the internet Goliath it is now — but the list of things that Amazon has significantly changed 25 years in is dizzying.

Amazon is one of the most influential companies of the internet age, but it's also one of the most controversial.

But when we look back at the companies that have shaped the modern internet, Amazon is right at the top, for better and worse.

Amazon is one of the most influential companies of the internet age, but it's also one of the most controversial.

And with a number of US politicians talking up greater oversight of the country’s massive technology oligarchies, it’s not a stretch to imagine Amazon defending itself against anti-competitive claims and potential privacy before long.

And while Amazon and Whole Foods originally said the stores would be operated independently, it didn’t take long before Kindles and Fire tablets were on sale alongside organic vegetables.

Between 2007 and 2014, net income bounced around from a high of $1. 15 billion in 2010 to a low point where Amazon lost $241 million in 2014.

Hill’s VPN blocked 23 million IP addresses controlled by Amazon during her experiment, and her devices tried to ping Amazon-controlled servers nearly 300,000 times during the course of a week.

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