• Amazon gets 'black eye' from cloud outage

    Posted April 21, 2011 - 8:45 pm

    For a company that's known as the dominant player in the cloud market, Amazon's troubles on Thursday means a black eye for the company and for the cloud in general.
  • LivingSocial lands $400 million venture round

    Posted April 5, 2011 - 11:14 am

    Shopping deals start-up LivingSocial has scored $400 million in venture funding as the No. 2 daily coupon website strives to keep up with market leader Groupon.
  • mSpot Music vs. Amazon's Cloud Player

    Posted March 31, 2011 - 7:18 pm

    Media streaming is nothing new to Android users; we've been enjoying our music from the cloud for some time, thanks to the mSpot Music app. Now, Amazon has its own media-streaming app called Cloud Drive. Both apps allow you to sync your desktop music folder to the cloud, so with either one you can access your media library via the associated Website or mobile app. But how do the two services compare on mobile performance, features, and design/usability? We pitted mSpot Music and Amazon Cloud Drive against each other to see which one would come out on top.
  • Amazon shares get boost from analyst upgrade

    Posted March 30, 2011 - 5:02 pm

    Shares of online retailer (NASDAQ: AMZN) finished nearly 3 percent higher Wednesday after a Morgan Stanley analyst increased his target price to $225 from $205.
  • Amazon Cloud Drive and Cloud Player: A hands-on tour

    Posted March 29, 2011 - 8:58 pm

    Amazon's doing its part to usher in cloud computing with Amazon Cloud Drive and Cloud Player. Users get 5 GB of free storage for a general purpose online storage locker and a Web-based music player for desktop computers and Android phones.
  • Amazon beats Google to cloud music service

    Posted March 29, 2011 - 8:36 am

    Hot on the heels of rumors that Google is preparing to challenge Apple's iTunes service with a digital music store of its own, Amazon has announced that it's entering the market with a cloud-based music service of its own.
  • eBay shares fall on pricey purchase of GSI Commerce

    Posted March 28, 2011 - 5:07 pm

    Wall Street's initial reaction to eBay's announced acquisition of ecommerce services player GSI Commerce (NASDAQ: GSIC) for $2.4 billion could be summed up in two words: eBay overpaid.
  • Analyst upgrade boosts Netflix shares (again)

    Posted March 22, 2011 - 3:31 pm

    For the second time in a week, shares of video streaming market leader Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) benefited from investors' inability to think for themselves an analyst's upgrade.
  • For Netflix, Facebook deal with Warner Bros. like a bad movie

    Posted March 8, 2011 - 3:11 pm

    Shares of online video streaming market leader Netflix dropped nearly 6% Tuesday after Warner Bros. announced a deal with Facebook that would allow users to rent or buy movies through the social networking site.
  • Jobs takes stage to deliver good news

    Posted March 2, 2011 - 4:47 pm

    Apple's event on Wednesday first and foremost was about the iPad 2. But it also was about chief executive Steve Jobs, who made a surprise appearance before a live audience in San Francisco despite being out on an indefinite medical leave of absence.
  • Amazon's streaming plans prompt margin concerns, downgrade

    Posted February 28, 2011 - 4:36 pm

    Shares of online retail giant (NASDAQ: AMZN) were down more than 2 percent late Monday afternoon after a Wall Street analyst downgraded the company's stock and cut its target price.
  • Netflix shares drop as Amazon unveils streaming service

    Posted February 22, 2011 - 12:40 pm

    Online retail giant is ready to take on Netflix in the streaming video market. Sort of.
  • Microsoft, Amazon slump in Friday trading

    Posted January 28, 2011 - 1:20 pm

    Two technology giants were being slapped around by Wall Street in early trading on Friday after reporting quarterly results that disappointed investors for different reasons.
  • Kindle for the Web demos at Chrome event

    Posted December 7, 2010 - 10:27 pm demonstrated its update of Kindle for the Web which will appear "in the coming months," allowing the full reading and annotation of Kindle books from a Web browser on any device.
  • Google vs. Amazon: Clash of the booksellers

    Posted December 7, 2010 - 10:21 pm

    It's a clash of the Titans this week, as Google pits its new e-reading application, Google eBooks -- and its new retail venture, the Google eBookstore -- against's huge inventory.
  • Amazon, seriously, why'd you pull the plug on WikiLeaks?

    Posted December 1, 2010 - 7:53 pm

    I know it won't happen because the company's just too busy offering those crazy holiday shipping deals, but it'd be nice if someone from -- you know, like founder and CEO Jeff Bezos -- stepped forward and explained why the online retail giant stopped hosting the web site WikiLeaks after only a day or so. Inquiring minds want to know.
  • Amazon's pedophile problems continue

    Posted November 12, 2010 - 2:31 pm

    The war against Amazon selling controversial pedophilic materials isn't over. MSNBC found several product listings on Amazon that showed explicit photographs of naked underage children. The materials in question, both books and videos, depict pre-pubescent Eastern European and Asian girls, and are for sale on Amazon in the U.S. and Japan.
  • Facebook, others move to boost social net innovation

    Posted October 22, 2010 - 4:38 pm

    Several Internet companies, including Facebook, Zynga, AOL and Comcast, have created a $250M fund that will be used to help guide social networking firms through their early days.
  • Amazon: No Color Kindle Anytime Soon

    Posted May 26, 2010 - 3:48 pm

    Amazon has announced that the color Kindle ... isn't coming anytime soon. At an annual shareholder meeting, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said that while the company has plans to create one eventually, the color Kindle is "still a long way out." With the iPad increasing in popularity -- slaughtering netbooks along the way -- and color eReaders like the Android-powered Pandigital Novel seeing release, Amazon's turtle pace might damage its chances of winning the eBook war.
  • These CIOs go way beyond IT-business alignment

    Posted May 24, 2010 - 1:33 pm

    Paul Heller is CIO at Malvern, Pa.-based Vanguard Group Inc. -- at least for now. He could very easily be plucked out of that job and reassigned to lead the company's multibillion-dollar retail mutual funds business. In fact, he's been there, done that, swapping jobs in 2006 with former Vanguard CIO Tim Buckley, who now helms the retail investor group.
  • Google announces that it will sell books. But should it?

    Posted May 4, 2010 - 2:06 pm

    Google will open an online bookstore this summer, competing directly against Apple, and Barnes & Noble. Unlike most competitors, Google plans to support many devices, and offer books from a wide range of sites.
  • FAQ: Amazon vs. Macmillan -- The iPad wins

    Posted February 2, 2010 - 1:04 pm

    The uproar between and publishing house Macmillan over the price of e-books may be the precursor to more marketing battles as Apple's iPad enters the e-reader market. This FAQ sets the scene.
  • Amazon's E-Book Fail: What We Should Get

    Posted February 2, 2010 - 12:58 pm

    Congratulations, Macmillan, you've muscled Amazon into letting you set the prices on e-books, potentially ending the days of $10 Kindle books. Other publishers will surely follow suit, having witnessed Amazon's toothless protest in which it briefly stopped selling Macmillan books before crying uncle and letting the publisher have its way.
  • Amazon sells CD-ROM for $3 billion

    Posted January 12, 2010 - 6:00 pm

    If you see a $3 billion price tag on anything that isn't, say, an aircraft carrier or a railroad tunnel, it's probably a misprint.
  • Spend $80 on games, get a $40 credit at Amazon 10/26-10/31

    Posted October 27, 2009 - 8:25 pm

    The big holiday release season is officially underway, and Amazon is hoping to attract gamer dollars with promotions like the Modern Warfare 2 incentive and a recently-announced consumer credit deal on select current-gen games.
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