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  • JPMorgan Predicts 2008 Will Be "Nothing But Net"

    JPMorgan Predicts 2008 Will Be "Nothing But Net"

    JPMorgan’s Internet analyst Imran Khan and his team released a massive 312-page report this morning titled Nothing But Net that paints a bullish picture for the major Internet stocks (Google, Amazon, Yahoo, eBay, Expedia, Salesforce.com, Ominiture, ValueClick, Monster.com, Orbitz, Priceline, CNET, etc.). Some key takeaways: —Noting that, in 2007, Internet stocks delivered a… Read More

  • 2008: Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn't Live Without

    2008: Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn't Live Without

    This will be the third annual post on “Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn’t Live Without.” The first post, for 2006, is here. The 2007 post, written a year ago, is here. This is a list of the products I tend to use daily. Some are for work (WordPress, Delicious, Google Docs, etc.), some are for fun (Amazon Music, Amie Street, etc), and some are useful for both (Digg, Skype… Read More

  • Who Is The Openest Of Them All?

    Who Is The Openest Of Them All?

    If there is one thing I noticed this past year, it is that companies seem to be tripping over themselves more than ever before to claim the mantle of openness. Openness is now a marketing mantra. Facebook kicked things off in May by opening up its social network to outside developers through a comprehensive set of APIs. Google responded by trying to “out open” Facebook with… Read More

  • Kindle screen woes: Anyone else? [updated w/ pic]

    Kindle screen woes: Anyone else? [updated w/ pic]


    A reader writes: I got my girlfriend an Amazon Kindle for xmas and over the past few days it has progressively gotten worse and worse screen damage, despite barely being used (and never abused). Amazon acted like they had heard of the issue before and are trying to advance us a replacement but the backorder list is apparently huge so we don’t have very high hopes to see a… Read More

  • Amazon's Kindle Knows Where You Are

    Amazon's Kindle Knows Where You Are

    Amazon’s Kindle ebook reader an has unpublicized feature: it can tell you where you are via Google Maps and mobile phone based location finding. Discovered by Interface, the feature uses the Kindle’s built in CDMA mobile coverage to triangulate your location on Google Maps, delivering a similar experience to a GPS unit, complete with the ability to locate nearby gas stations… Read More

  • Amazon's 'best of 2007' list

    Amazon's 'best of 2007' list

    In case you were wondering who the best sellers for 2007 were on Amazon then I have some news for you. The Nintendo Wii curb stomped everyone else in ‘Video Games’. The Canon PowerShot A570IS was the best selling ‘electronics’ gadget and the Nokia “Internet Tablet PC” championed the ‘Computers’ section, though it’s unclear which model… Read More

  • Test driving Amazon's MP3 store

    Test driving Amazon's MP3 store


    So now that Warner Music is on Amazon, I thought it might be a good idea to give their download service a whirl. I’m a Mac man, so these screenshots are all OS X. However, the process should be the same for Windows. Read More

  • Amazon Adds Warner Music to DRM-Free Roster

    Amazon Adds Warner Music to DRM-Free Roster

    The DRM-free music movement just gained a new convert from one of the major labels. Warner Music Group is now selling songs from its digital catalog (Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day) on Amazon’s DRM-free digital music store, joining EMI, Universal Music Group, and about 33,000 independent labels. That brings Amazon’s total digital music catalog up to 2.9 million songs. Read More

  • A Very Amazon Christmas For Apple, Nintendo, and the BBC

    A Very Amazon Christmas For Apple, Nintendo, and the BBC

    Amazon released some holiday statistics today, saying this was its “best season ever”—which is what it says every year. The peak shopping day this year for Amazon was December 10 (as it was for all e-tailers—”Green Monday” strikes again), when it shipped 5.4 million items. That is a 35 percent increase from last year’s peak day total of 4 million items. Read More

  • 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