Amazon

  • Bezos: Kindle, she is my passion

    Bezos: Kindle, she is my passion

    Dan Farber wrote up a nice piece on the Mossberg/Bezos talk-off at All Things D. He basically tells the tale of how they “out-booked the book” by adding new features to a 500 year old technology. He admitted that the Kindle amounts for 6% of sales of 125,000 titles that are available online and in print on Amazon. Nothing earth-shattering: just two gods sitting down and talking… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: COD4, Rainbow Six 2 featured on Amazon's Gold Box, selling out quick

    CrunchDeals: COD4, Rainbow Six 2 featured on Amazon's Gold Box, selling out quick

    Today’s Amazon Gold Box deal features COD4 for the Xbox 360 for $40 and for a limited time Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 Limited Edition is only $30. Check it out before they run out. Read More

  • Amazon Ready To Unbox Video Streaming For Digital Movies

    Amazon Ready To Unbox Video Streaming For Digital Movies

    Jeff Bezos leaked a little nugget of news during an interview on stage at the D conference this morning: Amazon is getting ready to release a pay-per-view streaming service for movies. Buried in Eric Savitz’s notes from the interview: Next topic: music and video downloads. Bezos says he is “very serious” about the business; he says it is in some ways harder because there are… Read More

  • Amazon Kindle back in stock, cheaper

    Amazon Kindle back in stock, cheaper

    Amazon’s popular (?) Kindle is now back in stock with a 10 percent price drop. While I still think $359 is a bit steep for an eBook, the Kindle is the best of the bunch. I’ve also just noticed “See a Kindle in Your City“, which is both genius and ridiculous. I can’t recall whether or not I’ve seen anyone in Manhattan with a Kindle and I’m not so sure… Read More

  • Jennifer Aniston brandishes a Kindle in US Weekly

    Jennifer Aniston brandishes a Kindle in US Weekly


    Who knew Jennifer had such an advanced gadget sense? Or, and I think this the more likely situation, she’s secretly dating a blogger and he turned her on to Amazon’s angular e-book reader. Here’s another shot in case you’re a doubter (she’s even accessorized with a case). You may have read that the Kindle is expected to generate more than half a billion in… Read More

  • Jennifer Aniston Geeks Out, Let's Revise Those Kindle Estimates Upward

    Jennifer Aniston Geeks Out, Let's Revise Those Kindle Estimates Upward

    One thing Citi analyst Kevin Mahaney didn’t know about earlier this week in his very optimistic sales estimates for the Kindle: Jennifer Aniston is apparently a fan. At least, that’s what it looks like in the picture above published by US Weekly (that is the first time and also the last time that publication will be mentioned here on TechCrunch, promise). Read More

  • Amazon Funds Animoto Music Video Creator

    Amazon has taken a special interest in one of its web service customers: Animoto, the machine-driven music video creator that launched last August and now has over 160,000 users. The online retail giant has decided to fund the startup with an undisclosed amount of money. Animoto takes photo and music files from users and essentially turns them into souped up slideshows with background music… Read More

  • Amazon May Sell $750 Million In Kindles by 2010 (That's A Lot Of Kindles)

    Amazon May Sell $750 Million In Kindles by 2010 (That's A Lot Of Kindles)

    The Kindle, Amazon’s ugly but useful ebook reader that launched in November 2007, may be a burgeoning hit, says Citigroup Analyst Mark Mahaney. Citi expects Amazon to generate between $400 million and $750 million in revenue from the Kindle by 2010, or 1% – 3% of Amazon’s total revenue. The key points of differentiation with the Kindle and competing devices is the fact that… Read More

  • Texas wants Amazon to pay up, pardner

    Texas wants Amazon to pay up, pardner

    Online retailer Amazon has some ‘splaining to do. Texas officials are investigating whether or not the online retailer has a distribution center in Irvin, Texas. If they do, Amazon will owe millions of dollars in back taxes. The Supreme Court ruled in 1992, that states can collect sales from out-of-state retailers, if they have physical presence in the state. Somehow the Irving… Read More

  • Amazon is not OK with NY sales tax, sues the state of New York

    Amazon is not OK with NY sales tax, sues the state of New York


    That dumb law Gov. David A. Paterson signed off on last week has Amazon raging mad and they’re not going to take it. Last month the NY state legislature passed a bill that would require online retailers who have no physical presence in the state to collect sales tax. The law uses a bit of a loophole to force online shops to do this. As most of you know, Amazon has a huge network of… Read More

  • Who Should Collect The Amazon Tax?

    Who Should Collect The Amazon Tax?

    A fight is brewing between Amazon and the State of New York over who is responsible for collecting state sales taxes on online purchases. Up until now, online retailers have only had to collect state sales taxes in states where they have physical locations—the same way that catalog retailers are treated. Otherwise, it is up to consumers to declare goods bought over the Internet as… Read More

  • Better Late Than Never.  Apple Finally Gets Serious About Movie Downloads.

    Better Late Than Never. Apple Finally Gets Serious About Movie Downloads.

    After years of negotiating with the movie studios, Steve Jobs finally got them to agree to put their movies on iTunes the same day as they release them on DVD. Now, in addition to Disney—which has been selling movies on iTunes since September, 2006—Apple is distributing 1,500 films from 20th Century Fox, The Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios… Read More

  • It's easier to invent the future than to predict it.

    It's easier to invent the future than to predict it.

    The title of this post, a (mis)quote from computer scientist Alan Kay, is the last line in a job listing posted by Jeff Bezos in 1994 to the Usenet group mi.jobs. The title of the job listing was “Well-capitalized Seattle start-up seeks Unix developers.” Via HackerNews. Read More

  • Hey That's Pretty Smart – Amazon Launches A Gadget Blog

    The big three gadget blogs (Engadget, Gizmodo and CrunchGear) (ok, kidding about CrunchGear, but it is doing very well) have a little more competition starting today: a new gadget blog called End User. The site is published by Amazon. The blog authors are all Amazon employees and write for EndUserBlog as well. This is the same model for a few other blogs that Amazon publishes… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Amazon offering all AT&T devices for one penny except iPhone

    CrunchDeals: Amazon offering all AT&T devices for one penny except iPhone


    How does this even work? Every single AT&T sans iPhone is one cent on Amazon right now. You can even make up to $150 if you choose wisely. Yeah, you’ll have to sign up for a 2-year contract, but if you’re in the market for a new phone like the BlackBerry Curve, Samsung Blackjack II or even the HTC Tilt, it’s not a bad way to go. Strike while the iron is hot, good friends. Read More

  • Shelfari Hopes to Bring Authors and Readers Together Over Wikis

    Shelfari Hopes to Bring Authors and Readers Together Over Wikis

    Shelfari, the Amazon-backed community networked around books, has introduced editable author profiles in hopes that it can become a destination for not only biographical information but interactions between authors and their fans as well. Each author’s page will feature an open wiki in addition to a message board and a list of written books. Shelfari hopes to set itself apart from other… Read More

  • Who Are The Biggest Users of Amazon Web Services?  It's Not Startups.

    Who Are The Biggest Users of Amazon Web Services? It's Not Startups.

    Amazon loves to talk about its Web Services because it positions the company as a bold innovator bringing cloud computing to the unwashed masses and other companies still stuck in the land of legacy data centers. But it is coy when it comes to details about the actual business behind Amazon Web Services, which includes its S3 storage service, EC2 compute cloud, and SimpleDB online… Read More

  • Kindle is now back in stock

    Kindle is now back in stock

    If you’ve been waiting for Amazon to re-stock that ever elusive Kindle then you better act now. Although, I don’t imagine it being a problem. Read More

  • Amazon Web Services Rolls Out Red Carpet Support

    Amazon Web Services Rolls Out Red Carpet Support

    What’s the first thing Amazon does to counter the launch of Google App Engine? Makes sure its current customers are happy just where they are by providing two premium tech support packages. AWS users can now pay for either a silver or gold level of support. Both packages offer “fast and predictable response times, an unlimited number of support cases, and personalized support from… Read More

  • Watch Out Salesforce.  Intuit Opens Up QuickBase To Developers

    Watch Out Salesforce. Intuit Opens Up QuickBase To Developers

    Intuit wants in on the race to become the platform for enterprise apps in the cloud. It is opening up QuickBase to developers who want to build new hosted Web applications and businesses on top of it. QuickBase has been around for eight years and has amassed 250,000 users. At its core is an online database around which companies can create their own customized enterprise apps for things… Read More