• The Seattle Times reports that "Amazon.com plans to launch an online emporium in Australia, the e-commerce giant’s first full-fledged retail foray in the Southern Hemisphere ... Currently Australians can buy online Kindle books and readers, Audible audiobooks and download apps. But Aussies looking for other physical items have had to go to Amazon’s global store, wait nine to 12 days for standard shipping, and pay hefty shipping rates." But now, Amazon is looking to build a platform for third-party sellers in Australia that will replicate those already operating in the US, Mexico, the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, India, China and Japan.