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Raising the price of Amazon Prime to $99 from $79 was the right decision, Jeff Bezos crowed in the company’s Q4 2014…
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The week in cloud Last week, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos talked a bit on stage about what Amazon would be without him.…
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos talked Tuesday of the company’s drone plans, its campus culture and its indifference to pain of short-term shareholders.
Last week it was Google’s turn to strut its cloud stuff; this week it’s all about Amazon Web Services at AWS Re:Invent in Las Vegas.
More than 1,000 authors in support of Hachette reached out to Amazon’s board of directors Monday, decrying Amazon’s treatment of Hachette titles.
Bill Vass, formerly CEO of Liquid Robotics and a Sun Microsystems veteran, is now VP of engineering at Amazon Web Services.
New owner Jeff Bezos hasn’t done anything spectacular like shutting down the Washington Post’s printing presses, but the paper has been making some interesting moves lately that other media companies could learn from
Tom Szkutak will retire from his post as Amazon CFO next summer; his successor will be insider Brian Osavksy.
Lookout, which is all over consumer phones, now has money — from Bezos Expeditions and others — to attack the corporate mobile security market as well.
Hachette Book Group CEO Michael Pietsch spoke out Sunday, saying that “Amazon is seeking a lot more profit and even more market share, at the expense of authors, bricks and mortar bookstores, and ourselves.”
The Washington Post saw record traffic to its website in July, and editor-in-chief Marty Baron credits the paper’s new digital projects and the addition of about 60 new editorial staff for the growth
A day after Flipkart announced $1 billion in new funding for its Indian e-tail juggernaut, Amazon says it will invest $2 billion in its own Indian operations.
Sales in the “other” Amazon Web Services category are down slightly quarter to quarter, but were up 38 percent year over year.
In his annual letter to shareholders, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos lists the company’s 2013 accomplishments and says Sunday delivery is coming to “a large portion of the U.S. population” in 2014.
Washington Post editor-in-chief Marty Baron defended his decision not to finance Ezra Klein’s vision for a news Wikipedia, saying it didn’t make financial sense. He was probably right — but the Post should have done it anyway
In one of the first tangible signs of new owner Jeff Bezos’ influence on its strategic thinking, the Washington Post has launched an ambitious national partnership aimed at expanding its digital subscriber base at relatively low cost
When Amazon launched S3 in March, 2006, no one with the possible exception of Jeff Bezos et al, thought that Amazon Web Services would become an IT juggernaut. Well, guess what?
Amazon has said it may raise the yearly cost of a Prime membership. In two surveys, Prime members say they wouldn’t pay more — and their reasons are revealing.
It looks like Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein might be leaving the newspaper, after his proposal for a standalone site funded by the Post was turned down — a decision that new owner Jeff Bezos should reconsider, for a number of reasons.
The idea that Larry Page and Sergey Brin somehow owe it to society to invest in journalism — because their company has allegedly siphoned billions of dollars in advertising revenue out of the newspaper industry — is just plain wrong-headed
Amazon is measured when it comes to revealing its future plans and is reticent to share details. And when it does, it does so with its own ends in mind. That begs the question: why did Jeff Bezos pre-announce Amazon drone delivery so early?
Shocker. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos used the “P” word on national TV: As in private cloud in describing the CIA cloud the company is building.
Hundreds of Amazon partners came to the desert to bask in the reflected glow of the cloud giant. Publicly, they love AWS; privately they worry that it’ll end up eating their lunch.
Amazon Web Services revenues may hit $30 billion within the decade, according to Morgan Stanley analyst Scott Devitt.
What to expect: Keynotes by Amazon Web Services bigwigs (minus Jeff Bezos); Netflix, NASA; a scrum of partner announcements; and lots of counter programming from cloud rivals.
Kevin Kelly, is a great role model for any and every technology writer. Former editor of A Whole Earth Catalog, co-founder of The Well (an online community) and founding executive editor of Wired Magazine is a man of ideas. My reflections after meeting him last week.
Those who think journalism isn’t dying but being reborn now have two major experiments to watch — Jeff Bezos trying to revive the Washington Post and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar launching an ambitious new venture
“Do I need to go down and get the certificate that says I’m CEO of the company to get you to stop challenging me on this?” An upcoming book reveals what it’s like to work for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, privately referred to by some competitors as “sensei.”
http://www.vanityfair.com/business/2013/11/new-establishment-2013 Amazon(s amzn) CEO Jeff Bezos is number one on Vanity Fair’s list of the New Establishment — disruptors division. He’s up from…
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says he sees a future in which newspapers are like horses — a luxury item for a small group of people, not a mainstream transportation method — but his analogy is both right and wrong.
Some believe Amazon’s CEO may have bought the Washington Post for other reasons, but a profile makes it clear he is a control freak who is fascinated by broken business models and a desire to reinvent journalism.
Shutting down the printing presses at the Washington Post would impose a financial cost on the newspaper, but the benefits of such a move — both psychological and financial — would more than make up for it.
Will Jeff Bezos leave the Washington Post alone once he takes control, or will he use it as a research lab for reinventing the newspaper? Here are a few things he should do if it’s the latter.
Jeff Bezos has always thought three steps ahead. His purchase of The Washington Post shows he’s thinking about where Amazon will be and what it will need politically.
There’s been a lot written about Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his acquisition of the Washington Post — here are some of the most insightful and/or interesting takes on this blockbuster deal and what it means.
Can Amazon do for art what it’s done with books, diapers and hundreds of thousands of other products?
Jeff Bezos’s acquisition of the Washington Post is another sign of how the mass media industry is shifting back to an earlier model — and if anyone can figure out how to make that model work in a digital age, it’s probably Jeff Bezos.
Amazon CEO is the new owner of the Washington Post after paying $250 million for the famous newspaper. He will be the majority owner and run it in his personal capacity.
Now that GCE is available to all — complete with by-the-minute charges and a new NoSQL database service, we eagerly await Amazon’s response. Make no mistake, there will be one.
Amazon delivered its Q1 2013 earnings report Thursday afternoon, beating analyst expectations. In its release, which comes a day after renewed reports of an Amazon set-top box, the company highlighted its original television programming initiatives.
Amazon’s chief vows to keep up the AWS feature race; OpenStack gets two more big backers as vendors cue up news for the OpenStack Summit.
Warby Parker is opening up its first full-fledged store (beyond its showrooms) and is using sensors, Wi-Fi and other technology to understand how people use their retail space, and take that data and marry it with their online sales trends.
In a new book, former Kindle exec Jason Merkoski examines where e-reading platforms are now and how they could change in the future. If you’re looking for secrets about Jeff Bezos, though, you’re in the wrong place.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has led a $5 million investment round in Henry Blodget’s website Business Insider, which lost about $3 million last year but has been increasing its audience rapidly.
Amazon is numero uno in consumer appeal, beating out even Apple and Google, according to Harris Interactive. Also, Cloud Foundry gets big backer in NTT and states reconsider sales taxes on cloud services.
As the ebook transition moves forward, Amazon should worry that Kindle is not going to be the device leading the revolution.
Amazon announced fourth-quarter and full year 2012 earnings report roughly in line with investor expectations Tuesday afternoon. Speaking of ebooks, CEO Jeff Bezos said, “We’re now seeing the transition we’ve been expecting.”
Amazon Web Services is, depending on who’s talking, the bedrock and revenue-generating engine for Amazon, or it’s a thin-margin sideline for the giant retailer. Either way, does it make sense for Amazon to spin it off a la EMC and VMware?
Amazon stock is up, up and away yet again — here’s the latest news and a chart that shows the company’s gravity-defying growth.
In a new research note, Macquarie Capital contends that Amazon Web Services is not only profitable, it would be a $19 billion business if it were counted as a standalone entity. That’s not peanuts. Amazon, of course, isn’t saying boo.
In some ways, it’s amazing Hulu has made it this far. As CEO Jason Kilar departs after months of rumors, here’s a look back at what a pioneering video distribution company has accomplished.
Jeff Bezos, who founded Amazon 16 years ago, is the second-best CEO on the planet, according to Harvard Business Review’s latest rankings. Last month Fortune named him its Business Person of the Year.
Big problems with Amazon Web Services’ Elastic Load Balancing service in its US-East data center nailed Netflix and Heroku on Christmas Eve and carried over into Christmas. Netflix competitor Amazon Prime Instant Video appeared to be unaffected.
Earlier this morning, Adobe Systems, the San Jose-based creative software giant announced that it was buying New York City-based design-oriented community, Behance. Since then, many have been wondering how much did Adobe shell out? Now we have the answer.
It was a frenetic week for cloud with Google touching off a storage price war on Monday. Amazon responded Wednesday and Google hit back on Thursday. Amazon Web Services announced a data warehouse and data pipeline service at its inaugural AWS: Reinvent show.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos came to Las Vegas Thursday to chat about Amazon Web Services and other topics with CTO Werner Vogels at the first AWS: Reinvent conference.
Newvem has tested its analytics with customer data for 8 months and says its key finding is that customers need to hear how use of Amazon services will make them more profitable. Saving money is one thing, making money is better.
Amazon is increasing the speed with which it is rolling out its Lockers across the country by partnering with retailers such as Staples and RadioShack. That attention is helping lift the fortunes of startups that want to take on Amazon — BufferBox being one of them.
I spent a week testing Amazon’s new e-reader, the Kindle Paperwhite, which starts at $119. The verdict: The front-lit screen improves the reading experience all day long, not just at night, making this a big step up from the Kindle Touch. Here are my review and video.
Serial fiction has existed online for awhile, but with Kindle Serials, Amazon hopes to reinvent the format, in part by offering all episodes for a flat price. Serials may require a different business model than Kindle Singles, and could require Amazon to invest more money upfront.
Tablets (or any gadget) are supposed to be our companions for a long time. And in order to review them, you really have to live with them. So, after using the new Kindle Fire for about three days, all I can offer are my early impressions.
With the releases of the Kindle Paperwhite and Kobo Glo today, we saw an evolution in e-readers. The devices don’t have more tablet-like features, but they should still provide much better reading experiences than older models.
Amazon is known for cutting its customers a deal on Kindle hardware, making its money back on services. The new LTE Fire, though, appears to be an exception. Adding 4G to your Kindle costs $130 plus a non-negotiable storage upgrade. Apparently 4G is for suckers.
Serialized ebooks aren’t a new idea, but Amazon’s Kindle Serials combine a pay-once buying process and automatic downloads that could help the initiative succeed where similar efforts haven’t.
Tablet makers: Amazon just put you on notice with several new products, all of which are low in price and high in content. The new Kindle Fire HD line brings high-definition to Amazon’s tablets as well as an innovative, but limited, 4G LTE plan.
As executives contemplate the emergence of cloud computing, it’s important that they understand the questions they need to ask about why they’d adopt the new IT paradigm. Those deciding should consider the history and decisions made by Borders, the bookstore chain. Its execs chose poorly.
Researchers at national laboratories are turning to the sea for a rich source of uranium for nuclear power generation, and they have come up with a super sponge material to do just that.
In June, the U.S. State Department was close to a $16.5 million, no-bid deal with Amazon that would have provided Kindles to overseas programs. State has now withdrawn its request for proposal. It plans to “conduct additional market research” and open up to more vendors.
Amazon (s AMZN) disappointed investors with its second-quarter earnings Thursday, reporting plunging profits and results below Wall Street expectations. The company reported $12.83 billion in revenue, up 29 percent over last year but missing estimates of $12.9 billion, and predicts an operating loss for Q3.
Like it or not, sweeping software bugs are just part and parcel with operating the largest computing systems the world has ever seen. Although Amazon is already fixing the problems that caused its latest outage, this won’t be the last we see.
Good way for a book to become a NYT bestseller: Have Jeff Bezos write about it on Amazon’s homepage. That’s what happened to Jessica Park, whose self-pubbed “Flat-Out Love” got a Bezos shoutout on June 18. This week, it hits the NYT ebook list at #25.
On Friday the State Department announced that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos would hold a press conference…
Amazon and the U.S. State Department have a deal: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos will announce the global launch of the Kindle Mobile Learning Initiative on Wednesday, June 20 at a press conference in Washington, D.C.
UK bookstore chain Waterstones has signed an agreement with Amazon to sell the Kindle in its 300 stores and “launch new e-reading services.” The news is a blow for Barnes & Noble, which was rumored to be working with Waterstones on the Nook’s international launch.
After bootstrapping itself for more than five years, New York City-based Behance, an online destination for creative galleries and portfolios, has finally turned to outside funding, securing a $6.5 million investment from Union Square Ventures and a host of investors including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
Amazon and Eucalyptus announced a partnership that gives corporate customers a chance to bridge their private clouds with Amazon’s cloud that includes services such as S3 and EC2. It is a sign that Jeff Bezos’ company is aggressively moving to keep competition at bay.
Bloomberg Businessweek’s January 30 cover story, “Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) Wants to Burn the Book Business,” includes rare interviews with Larry…
Amazon’s shiny Kindle Fire may be the sizzle, but Amazon Web Services — which pair vast compute power and customer behavior data to speed up browsing by anticipating a user’s next move — are the steak, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a Wired interview.
Fearing that Kindle Fire users who buy an e-book version of 1984 may not realize that they, too, are being watched, congressman Edward J. Ma…
How much wisdom can one glean from a 20-minute chat with Professor Clay Christensen? A lot. Here are notable highlights from the author of The Innovator’s Dilemma. We talk about Steve Jobs, innovation and the incorrect focus on short term thinking and trouble with IRR.
On Wednesday Amazon announced several new devices, including the Kindle Fire tablet, which some claim is the iPad’s first real competitor. And while there’s some truth to that assertion, distinct differences in the two companies’ hardware offerings and business models suggest Amazon’s success won’t come at the expense of Apple’s.
Amazon’s Kindle Fire is now a known quantity, thanks to details from Amazon executives. The Android-based tablet has an attractive price, but to get there, it cut so many corners it probably won’t make much of a dent in Apple’s market lead.
Marrying ecommerce with solar isn’t a new idea, but in Japan, the nuclear disaster in March this year has inspired one Internet giant to not only start selling solar panels online but also offering financial options.
In 1991, Walmart reported revenue of over $44B, an increase of 35% over the prior year. In 2011 Amazon.com will report revenue of $49B, an increase of 43% over the prior year. Amazon.com is the Walmart of our era (vendor dislikes and all.)
After Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) announced its new pricing scheme last week, comments started flowing about *Amazon* Prime Instant Video and its a…
Lest you thought that those rumors about an Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) tablet might be drying up, here is another: it will be launched sometime in…
Today in Amazon.com’s shareholders meeting, which was available online as a live webcast, Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos answered questi…
I’m not big on terms like “tipping point” but it’s a moment worth noting: Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) is selling more e-books on Amazon.com than pri…
Bill Gates has positioned himself as a champion of energy innovation to solve climate change problems. Still, he’s surprised by how tough it is to get political support for boosting R&D spending and wondered if “perhaps we are not patient enough.”
Looks like Bill Gates isn’t the only Internet titan interested in backing nuclear power innovation. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, through his personal investment company Bezos Expeditions, has joined a $19.5 million round of funding for nuclear fusion startup General Fusion
OK, Jeff Bezos didn’t exactly say not to hold your breath for a color Kindle but he did explain to shareholders at Amazon’s annual meeting w…
E-book sharing offers one of the more intriguing differences between the Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) Kindle and the Nook from Barnes & Noble (NYSE:…
Amazon.com’s chief executive officer, Jeff Bezos, in talking about the future of Kindle says he thinks it won’t be long before Amazon is “selling more electronic books than we are physical books.” He shares his Kindle ambitions with The New York Times. Here is a summary.
Apparently, Amazon (s amzn) CEO Jeff Bezos’ abject apology for remotely nuking copies of “1984” and “Animal Farm” from hundreds of unsuspecting…
Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos was traveling during the company’s earnings call Thursday but managed a virtual cameo appearance to apologize for la…
Amazon.com (NSDQ: AMZN) is acquiring online shoe retailer Zappos.com for $807 million in stock and $40 million in cash. The companies said Z…
Listening to Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon (s AMZN), is like going to startup school where you learn…
In a footnote to Amazon’s (s amzn) 2008 letter to shareholders, Jeff Bezos related this moment of Zen: At a fulfillment center…
Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer and founder of Amazon (s AMZN), is a proponent of a Japanese philosophy called kaizen — which…
Jeff Bezos, when he was peddling the new Kindle on Charlie Rose the other night, kept using the word “seamless.” He wasn’t…
Earlier this year, when Bill Gates retired from Microsoft, I wrote a post explaining why no one was going to replace Bill…
ZocDoc, the doctor search and reservation service, which just raised a $3 million first round, has added two impressive names to its roster…
After attacking some heavenly projects, Jeff Bezos may be interested in things somewhat closer to earth…in fact under the earth. This pic…
Startups selling virtual goods and offering virtual experiences are raking in the venture capital these days. Perhaps it’s the fact that virtual…
Social Gaming Network, a major distributor of games on Facebook and other social networks, has added Bezos Expeditions, Jeff Bezos’ investme…
With an undisclosed investment in Social Gaming Network by his personal fund, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is proving Om right.…
Finally Twitter announces its funding. The popular microblogging/messaging service says its newest investors are Spark Capital and Jeff Bezo…
Just before D6, Rafat and I — both Kindle users — were talking about books on our respective reading lists and how many of them, particula…
Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos charmed everyone at this week’s D6 Conference with his optimism for Kindle, but I got him to talk about Amazon Web Services and his company’s efforts in cloud computing. Here is a short excerpt from that conversation, captured on my Sanyo Xacti. Watch video below the fold.
Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) is on the verge of launching an a-la-carte pay-per-view video streaming service, Jeff Bezos told attendees at D6. The se…
Walt Mossberg and Jeff Bezos are talking Kindle. No details on actual unit sales or downloads but Bezos does toss a news bone — the Kindle…
Kongregate, the SF-based game community, has raised $3 million from Jeff Bezos’ Bezos Expeditions. The company, which allows developers to c…
Normally I don’t get too excited about billionaires making investments in start-ups: I mean that’s what they do, but this news about…
I went to Y Combinator’s Startup School on Saturday (that’s YC-founder Paul Graham, in case you don’t know) even though most people…
TeachStreet, a local search start-up that helps users find local instructors, has raised a $2.25 million led by Madrona Ventures, Bezos Expe…
His laugh is what gets me everytime, the 10-years notwithstanding. Here’s how a FastCompany story from 2001 described it: “His laugh, which…
There’s a packed house on hand here at the W Union Square hotel in NYC for the official unveiling of Amazon’s (NSDQ: AMZN) much-hyped, oft-d…