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Amazon.com will buy the post office

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Seven straight years with a net loss. Sounds a lot like other startups Amazon has invested in. Except we're talking about a fiscal 2013 loss of $5 billion, and we're also talking about the U.S. Postal Service, which Amazon announces it will buy for, well, free. Unions are up in arms; drones rejoice. (No, this won't and can't happen in 2014. But the odds of the USPS getting privatized by 2020? Hey, not that small ...)

Odds: 22%

- Last updated January 03 2014 12:30 PM ET
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