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Amazon Sees Surging Prime Memberships in 'Biggest' Ever Holiday Season

Amazon Sees Surging Prime Memberships in 'Biggest' Ever Holiday Season

In addition to a record number of online orders, Amazon relays that it saw significant gains to its Prime membership, noting that it saw more than 4 million new Prime subscribers in one week alone.

Amazon issued an after-Christmas press release - as always, it talked a lot about its services but was shy on details.

Customers wished Alexa a Merry Christmas, Happy holidays and Happy Hanukkah 3.5x more this year when compared to last year's holiday season.

A Google spokesperson made a statement regarding its battle with Amazon stating that since Amazon doesn't carry Google products like Chromecast and Google Home, nor does it make Prime Video available for GoogleCast users, Google is no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and FireTV, 'given this lack of reciprocity'.

Christmas (Mostly) Back on in Nazareth
Christmas events in the city, which is a center of Christian pilgrimage, normally provide a big boost to its economy. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital a milestone.

The Echo Dot was the e-commerce giant's best-selling item across all categories, and the e-tailer said millions more of its devices were purchased this year than last year.

"Since Day One we have obsessed over what we believe our customers care about - incredible deals and low prices, fast and free shipping, and a wide selection of top products - and we continue to provide all three, all the time", said Jeff Wilke, Amazon's CEO of Worldwide Consumer.

More than 1 billion items were ordered from small businesses and entrepreneurs worldwide this season, with more than 140 million of those over the five-day period from Thanksgiving (Nov. 23) through Cyber Monday (Nov. 27). The most-watched Amazon original movie was "The Big Sick" starring Kumail Nanjiani, who co-wrote the script with his wife, Emily V. Gordon. And more than 1,400 electronics products were ordered per second on a mobile device this holiday season.

Amazon disgorged a laundry list of factoids touting 2017 as its biggest holiday-shopping season ever. The company's much-touted Alexa was used much more this holiday season for a variety of tasks.

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