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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


Amazon unveils Kindle MatchBook, turning physical books you’ve purchased over the years into digital copies is already doing it with CDs. Now, it’s turning its focus to books. The Seattle online retailer today unveiled a new service called Kindle MatchBook. Basically, it allows customers who’ve purchased books via over the past 15 years to convert those titles into Kindle copies, allowing readers to enjoy them in the new format. “If… Read More


Trial details hardball tactics by Apple, Amazon and publishers in battle for control of e-books

Major publishers threatened to withhold new e-books from Amazon’s Kindle store if the Seattle company didn’t give them control over pricing, according to testimony from an Amazon executive, Russell Grandinetti, in the DOJ’s price-fixing trial against Apple. How did Amazon respond? “They yelled, screamed, and threatened,” said Penguin Group’s CEO David Shanks on the stand, counter to assertions… Read More


Welcome back: Amazon selling Kindle DX again

The Kindle DX is making a comeback. After disappearing from the Amazon storefront last October, it looks like the Seattle online giant is once again selling the 9.7-inch tablet for $299. The DX, which debuted in 2009 and features a keyboard with an e-ink display, was first spotted late last month by Digital Reader. We’ve reached… Read More