Amazon

  • 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

  • Build A Book On Facebook With Blurb

    Build A Book On Facebook With Blurb

    Blurb, the on-demand print service with a specialization in photographic layouts, is expanding its “crowd sourcing” strategy onto, where else, but Facebook with a new app that brings people together to create professional quality books. This past October Blurb deployed a new feature for its desktop publishing software called Community Books that could be used to create books… Read More

  • Amazon is $50 worth of sorry for your HD-DVD player purchase

    Amazon is $50 worth of sorry for your HD-DVD player purchase


    Those sports at Amazon understand “new technologies don’t always work out as planned.” Or rather, they don’t work out as Toshiba planned. I have a feeling this is how Sony planned it all along. In any case, if you bought one of those bargain HD-DVD players after February 23rd, help yourself to $50 worth of stuff from Amazon. Personally, I’d be buying the Planet… Read More

  • Google Jumps Head First Into Web Services With Google App Engine

    Google Jumps Head First Into Web Services With Google App Engine

    Our live coverage of the Google App Engine launch event is here (Update: we’ve built and launched a test application here). Google isn’t just talking about hosting applications in the cloud any more. Tonight at 9pm PT they’re launching Google App Engine (Update: The site is live), an ambitious new project that offers a full-stack, hosted, automatically scalable web… Read More

  • Live From Google Campfire One

    Live From Google Campfire One

    Michael Arrington, Robert Scoble, and Steve Gillmor are on scene at Google Campfire One, the second developer event of its kind (the first was focused on OpenSocial). No official word yet about what will be announced, but we’ve already published our speculations. Update: We’ve published the details of tonight’s announcement here. Via Robert Scoble’s Qik stream, here is… Read More

  • HP offers unlimited online storage with 'Upline'

    HP offers unlimited online storage with 'Upline'

    And Hewlett Packard, ladies and gentlemen, becomes the first company to offer unlimited online stor — oh, really? Okay. And Hewlett Packard joins a long line of competitors offering unlimited online storage with its new Upline service. It costs $5 per month for one user, $7 per month for a family of three, or $9 per month for three business licenses (expandable to 100). It only works on… Read More

  • Amazon dying thanks to us, all of us

    Amazon dying thanks to us, all of us

    Henry “The Animal” Blodget is positing that Amazon is losing traction to all of the other content providers out there including, but not limited to iTunes and piracy. The giant once made its money selling books, DVDs, and CDs but with the Internet, the Internet, and the Internet, all of those things are available electronically and Amazon didn’t quite make the cut. While… Read More

  • Amazon Web Services Gets Another Hiccup

    Amazon Web Services Gets Another Hiccup

    Amazon’s Web Services experienced another hiccup today. Early this morning, its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) went down for about an hour for at least some customers in the U.S. This follows a major outage of its S3 storage service in February. Companies big and small use EC2 as a virtual data center to run jobs on Amazon’s computers. Customers began reporting problems on the… Read More

  • Source: Google To Launch BigTable As Web Service

    Source: Google To Launch BigTable As Web Service

    Google may be releasing BigTable, its internal database system, as a web service to compete with Amazon SimpleDB, according to a source with knowledge of the launch. There are also rumors that press is being pre-briefed on the product, although we haven’t been contacted by Google. BigTable is a highly scalable database system used internally by Google to support over 60 of its products… Read More

  • Scalr: The Auto-Scaling Open-Source Amazon EC2 Effort

    Scalr: The Auto-Scaling Open-Source Amazon EC2 Effort

    Scalr is a recently open-sourced framework for managing the massive serving power of Amazon’s Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2) service. While web services have been using EC2 for increased capacity since Fall 2006, it has never been fully “elastic” (scaling requires adding and configuring more machines when the situation arises). What Scalr promises is compelling: a… Read More

  • Amazon launches SMS store

    Amazon launches SMS store

    Need something immediately? Want to check on a price? Text your search term to 262966 (“AMAZON”) and Amazon will hunt down a few items from its online store. Reply and Amazon will call you to confirm your order. The usage model is fairly compelling: you’re in a store, and you see something you want. You simply text Amazon to confirm that it’s cheaper online and then spit… Read More

  • Amazon Launches SMS Buying Service

    Amazon Launches SMS Buying Service

    Amazon has launched Amazon TextBuyIt, a service that allows Amazon customers to purchase items via mobile phone text message. To use the service, customers text the name of a product, its description, or its UPC or ISBN number to Amazon (262966). If Amazon stocks the item, the user will get the first two results sent to them. To purchase am item, users reply with 1 or 2 and are prompted for… Read More

  • Need A Job? Make $1.20/hour Tagging Photos

    Need A Job? Make $1.20/hour Tagging Photos

    New service TagCow caused a bit of a stir over the weekend. The product seemingly solves the problem of auto-categorization and tagging of photos, something that seems to still be beyond the processing power and software skills of most startups. Users upload photos – thousands of them if they like – and within a few minutes the photos are returned with stunningly accurate… Read More