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Amazon: Education’s passive lurker gets aggressive

If you want to see the future of Amazon in education, don’t look to Seattle. Look to Sao Paulo. For months, I’ve wondered what Amazon’s strategy for the Kindle in education might be. Amazon’s presence in the K-12 school market has been notable largely by its absence. No grand, sweeping announcements. No blow-out presentations at… Read More

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Layoffs hit Barnes & Noble’s Nook division

Barnes & Noble has laid off a number of employees in its Nook division in order to bring its costs in line with “business realities,” according to a statement from spokesperson Mary Ellen Keating. Still, they say they’re optimistic about the Nook’s chances, even as its team shrinks. “We believe we have a strong management… Read More

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Surprise: Amazon tests physical retail with ‘Kindle Kiosk’ vending machines

LAS VEGAS — Amazon, the company that defined the world of online commerce, is venturing further into the world of physical retail — experimenting with standalone, automated “Kindle Kiosk” vending machines in selected airports and shopping malls. The machines sell everything from the $379 Kindle Fire HDX to a $20 Kindle PowerFast adapter, in addition… Read More

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Amazon’s Kindle Fire blows away rival tablets with increase in Christmas activations

Amazon has typically seen its Kindle Fire tablet sales spike during the holidays, even more than a typical seasonal increase, and 2013 appears to be no different. Mobile app analytics firm Flurry just released some holiday tablet sales numbers and noted that on Christmas, Amazon’s tablets were activated 24 times more often than on a normal December… Read More

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Kindle Fire HDX: The business person’s frenemy

When the Kindle Fire HDX was first released, I read reviews that raved how this Kindle finally added business-friendly features, enough to garner it the blessing of corporate IT departments. Apparently, none of the reviewers had actually tried to use those features. Sure, the HDX is beautiful and easily the most functional Kindle Fire yet…. Read More

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Amazon adds Goodreads, FreeTime to Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon announced today that the Kindle Paperwhite will be getting an update that adds integration with Goodreads, as well as support for Kindle FreeTime, the company’s reading encouragement software for the Kindle that allows parents to pick out books for their kids, and reward them for reading. The Goodreads functionality will allow users to update… Read More

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Amazon: Wall Street braces for 2nd straight quarterly loss

“Bezos has chosen to run Amazon to be the biggest, most powerful and successful retailer on Earth 20 years from now. Any fool could run it profitably today.” That’s the quote of the week about Amazon, from London-based analyst Benedict Evans in a great New York Times piece about the company this week. The sentiment… Read More

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Android co-founder Rich Miner: Microsoft stifling innovation inspired me to build an open-source OS

SAN FRANCISCO — While Google’s mobile operating system is currently eating Microsoft’s lunch in terms of market share, one of Android’s co-founders said that Microsoft had an important role in the creation of what is now the world’s biggest smartphone OS. Miner, one of the co-founders of Android, said that Microsoft’s dominance of the PC… Read More