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  • Intel Takes Stake In Amazon S3 Competitor Nirvanix

    Intel Takes Stake In Amazon S3 Competitor Nirvanix

    Intel Capital has taken a stake in San Diego based online storage provider and Amazon S3 competitor Nirvanix. Nirvanix’s selling points are a claim that its service is easier to integrate than S3 and they offer a service level agreement that guarantees 99.9% uptime (see our previous coverage here.) Nirvanix said the investment will be used to provide the company with… Read More

  • Amazon Helping To Change The Business Of Music

    Amazon Helping To Change The Business Of Music

    The signs are everywhere that a revolution is taking place in music. DRM is history, the price of music is falling towards zero (and sometimes even free isn’t enough to slow piracy), and even big music sites like Yahoo are beginning to break ranks with the RIAA and labels. But Amazon may be doing more than anyone else to change the way music is discovered, promoted and sold. Not only do… Read More

  • Who Will Google Buy Or Clone In 2008?

    Who Will Google Buy Or Clone In 2008?

    Predicting what Google may do in 2008 is about as accurate as predicting the future using a Magic 8 ball; you can make educated guesses but it’s nothing more than that. There are two certainties however; Google will acquire many companies and they will also launch a range of new products and upgrades to existing products. Here’s a few companies that Google may look at in… Read More

  • Amazon Kindle outrageously overpriced on eBay

    Amazon Kindle outrageously overpriced on eBay

    Wondering why we haven’t recommended Amazon’s Kindle for the holidays? Well, it’s been sold out since week one and it’s rather pointless to recommend something you can’t get before the end of the year, right? In case you’re desperate to find one for that lucky geeky bookworm of yours you’ll have to pay a premium. They’re going for double the… Read More

  • Sold Out Kindles Going For Up To $1,500 On Ebay

    Amazon’s new Kindle ebook device sold out almost immediately after going on sale. And there won’t be any more available until after Christmas: Kindle Availability
    Due to heavy customer demand, Kindle is sold out. Because orders are prioritized on a first-come, first-served basis, please ORDER NOW to reserve your place in line. Your Kindle will not arrive by December 24th. Note… Read More

  • Amazon Takes on Oracle and IBM With SimpleDB

    Amazon Takes on Oracle and IBM With SimpleDB

    Companies can now go ahead and fire their expensive database administrators—those engineers who keep the Oracle or IBM databases humming. Amazon has just added an enterprise-class database called SimpleDB to its suite of cloud-based IT infrastructure, which also includes storage (S3) and computation (EC2) available by the drink. Today, Amazon is taking sign-ups for the SimpleDB beta… Read More

  • Great moments in the Amazon Suggestion System

    Great moments in the Amazon Suggestion System

    I see you’re buying a scanner. Would you like a USB cable or some salmon? Read More

  • Crunchdeals: Buy one HD DVD, get one free at Amazon

    Crunchdeals: Buy one HD DVD, get one free at Amazon

    Here’s your chance to get more HD DVDs than just that sampler that came with the player. Amazon’s giving them away, at least as long as you’re buying one. There’s actually a pretty good selection – Space Cowboys and The Scooby Doo Movie don’t exactly pique my interest, but there’s a ton of other good stuff: Some fantastic westerns (Unforgiven and… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Canon Powershot SD430 with Wi-Fi

    CrunchDeals: Canon Powershot SD430 with Wi-Fi

    Could be a mistake, but you better jump on it before this deal runs out. Amazon is offering the 5-megapixel Canon Powershot SD430 with Wi-Fi and 3x optical zoom for only $150. The retail price is $500 so you’re saving a lot of money on this one. You also get a 12-month photo calendar from Shutterfly if you purchase before the 15th. Amazon Read More

  • Amazon Invests in Bill Me Later

    Amazon Invests in Bill Me Later

    Buying stuff on Amazon is about to get even easier. The online retailer took an equity stake in a Maryland-based company called Bill Me Later that lets people shop now and pay later at more than 700 Websites, including the Apple Store, Overstock, Walmart.com, and ToysRus.com. Amazon will be offering the payment option as well. (It competes with PayPal’s Pay Later service). Terms of… Read More

  • No Wireless For Kindles In The Midwest

    No Wireless For Kindles In The Midwest

    Some people in the midwest are discovering that Amazon’s recently <a href="“>launched Kindle doesn’t work as advertised. They’ve found that Kindle’s killer feature, wireless downloads of books, doesn’t work because Kindle can’t connect to their mobile networks. It borders on a “bait and switch” tactc and was a problem… Read More

  • Michael says, stealing books for the Kindle is trivially easy

    Michael says, stealing books for the Kindle is trivially easy

    Thanks for pirating my photos, Michael. Duh. Download some e-books. Convert the .lit and PDF to .txt since the Kindle reads .txt and .doc formats. Transfer said files to your Kindle via USB. Bam. Gigs upon gigs of free e-books. Pirating is not a crime because Michael does it too! TC Read More

  • Stealing Books For The Kindle Is Trivially Easy

    If you are willing to violate copyright laws, getting free ebooks is almost as easy as getting free music. There are numerous sites that have free, legal, out-of-copyright ebook files available for download. But tens of thousands of newly released books, including best sellers, are readily available on on BitTorrent sites as well, right next to movies and music. And reading these books on the… Read More

  • Kindle disassembly: No disassemble!

    Kindle disassembly: No disassemble!

    RapidRepair has posted a full disassembly of the Kindle, complete with helpful tips for getting inside the case. Love it or hate it, it’s still cool to see e-ink in a working product and how they’ve managed to stuff a wireless radio, memory, and readable screen into such a light package. Instructions Read More

  • The real problem with Kindle

    The real problem with Kindle

    Peter just gave me the CG Kindle to play with and I love it. To get books, instantly, on a very readable screen is amazing. I bought two books I wanted to read but didn’t really want to own hard copies of — when you have limited shelf space, you limit your book purchases — and I’m enjoying the device immensely. However, I’ve discovered the design decision behind… Read More

  • You don't know what you're talking about, Scoble

    You don't know what you're talking about, Scoble

    I try not to step on anyone’s toes in the gadget blogosphere, but I cannot sit idle after reading Scoble’s “Dear Jeff Bezos” post and the big boss man’s video review. I agree with some of Scoble’s points, but there are a few that just don’t make any sense or have any place in e-books. Maybe I’m wrong. There’s a possibility that… Read More

  • Amazon Kindle's FAQ, according to some guy

    Amazon Kindle's FAQ, according to some guy

    I still haven’t used Ask Kindle NowNow for many reasons. Truth be told, I forgot it even existed. After reading this tiny FAQ I’ve been asking myself why I didn’t think to do this with my Kindle. D’oh. Read More

  • Kindle: Web Browsing Experience Is Horrible

    I met up with Robert Scoble last night at an Orange party in San Francisco (my photos from the party are here). He brought along his Amazon Kindle and let me and others test it out. It was the first time I’d held one – the Kindle I bought hasn’t arrived yet and my co-editor Erick covered the New York launch. Anyway, he took video of me giving my opinion of the Kindle… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 10 free HD DVDs with Toshiba HD DVD player for only $200

    CrunchDeals: 10 free HD DVDs with Toshiba HD DVD player for only $200

    This is one hell of a bitchin’ deal from Amazon. When you purchase a Toshiba HD-A3 player (also applies to the HD-A30 or HD-A35) for $199.99 you get 10 free HD DVDs. You already receive 300 and The Bourne Identity with the player and then an additional three from the following list: Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Amazon can't wait till Friday, we don't blame them

    CrunchDeals: Amazon can't wait till Friday, we don't blame them

    It’s mostly computer peripherals so don’t wet yourself or anything, but the deals are pretty sweet if you’re in the market for mice, keyboards and speakers. The majority of the items listed will include free shipping and certain items are available Turkey Day and Buyer’s Remorse Day aka Monday. The CrunchDeals begin tomorrow so be on your A-game. Hit the jump for a full… Read More