Amazon Acquires Warehouse Tech Provider for $775 Million

Amazon.com has acquired North Reading, Mass.-based Kiva Systems, which provides automation technology in distribution centers, for $775 million in cash. Amazon takes its warehouse side of the business seriously, adding 17 new facilities — equivalent to millions of square feet — in 2011 for a total of 69 centers. The Seattle-based e-commerce provider said the acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik