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* Sony (SNE) hasn't had a hit product in years, and expects to lose $6.4 billion this year alone. The New York Times offers an excellent look at Japanese giant's fall from grace. (The New York Times)
* Google (GOOG) co-founder Sergey Brin believes the Internet's underlying principles -- openness and universal access -- are being threatened MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Apr 16, 2012 11:16 AM ET
The latest version of the company's e-reader features some very bright features.
FORTUNE -- Ask a Nook or Kindle owner what they love about their readers, and they may rattle off several points: they're affordable, lightweight, and easy to read e-books indoors or outside. What Barnes & Noble believes users don't love is trying to read such devices in low light. In an era of such whiz-bang technology as touch screens and pervasive MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Apr 12, 2012 4:30 PM ET
The secret to populating an unpopular smartphone platform: cash incentives
A nice piece of reporting by Jenna Wortham and Nick Wingfield landed on the front page of the New York Times Business section Friday morning, two days before the launch of the Nokia Lumia 900.
When free phones and promises of prime real estate on the Windows Phone app store wasn't enough to get reluctant developers to write software for the new MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 6, 2012 7:41 AM ET
Is the retail giant's rewards program profitable? Probably not. Is it a vital part of the company's future? Almost certainly.
FORTUNE – Launched in 2005, Amazon Prime aimed to get customers to spend more. For $79 a year, members got free two-day delivery on an unlimited number of items. Amazon sweetened the pot from there. Last year, it introduced Prime Instant Videos, an unlimited movie and TV streaming service similar to MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Feb 21, 2012 3:02 PM ET
Bank of America's brokerage division picks winners and losers for the year ahead
The tablet market is "still in its infancy," writes Merrill Lynch's Scott Craig in a note to clients Wednesday, with "years of solid growth ahead."
But that growth is not evenly distributed, and in his report Craig and his colleagues single out seven winners and seven losers.
The winners: (I quote)
Amazon (AMZN): We expect strong sales of the Kindle Fire (4-5mn MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 14, 2011 10:05 AM ET
No, but the steady flow of rumors about a new iPad just around the corner aren't helping
Remember what happened to iPhone 4 sales last summer? They hit a wall in mid-July, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, when "speculation" that Apple was about to release a new iPhone, "hit extreme highs."
Now we're in the middle of what's shaping up as Apple's (AAPL) biggest holiday season ever, and the same thing MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 12, 2011 8:10 AM ET
Apple seems to be controlling inventory, not reacting to a slow-down in sales
Apple's (AAPL) stock price fell sharply last week after some confused reports out of China and Taiwan regarding the company's communications with its supply chain. The first report was that Apple had cut back orders 10% to 15% on parts for the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S because, according to Taipei-based DigiTimes, "sales of the iPhone 4S MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 17, 2011 10:30 AM ET
The consensus: No Apple iPad killer, but for the price it's not bad
It's inevitable that reviewers will compare Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle fire with Apple's (AAPL) iPad. This works in Amazon's favor in terms of price ($199 vs. $499 and up). This works against Amazon in terms of features, functions, apps, speed, screen size, responsiveness, etc.
Marco.org's Marco Arment: "I expected the Kindle Fire to be good for books, great for magazines and MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 14, 2011 8:16 AM ET
The valuation gap grows wider as traders bet heavily on Jeff Bezos' new tablet
It's hard to say which makes less sense to me: The fact that Amazon (AMZN) is trading at a price that's 114.6 times its earnings over the past 12 months or that Apple (AAPL) is trading at a P/E of 13.9.
We've been watching this disparity grow since last June. That's when Jeff Forsberg sent us his Apple MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 14, 2011 7:32 AM ET
The tablet most likely to succeed against the iPad gets its first hands-on tests this week
Toward the end of a report entitled "Why the Amazon Kindle Fire could be hot this holiday season," which generated the widely-reproduced charts at right, Retrevo's Andrew Eisner adds this caveat:
"As popular as the Kindle Fire appears in this study, whether it lives up to expectations on things like battery life, performance, image quality, etc, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 13, 2011 8:20 AM ET
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