• At Wal-Mart, moving the needle on e-commerce

    The retailer's global e-commerce chief, Neil Ashe, sits down with Fortune's Adam Lashinsky in Las Vegas to talk struggles and strategy.

    FORTUNE -- Amazon (AMZN) is the undisputed master of online retail. Wal-Mart (WMT) is a superstore juggernaut. For years, the two companies existed in relative isolation, an either/or proposition for shoppers.

    Not for long. Increasingly, customers won't choose between buying online or offline -- they 'll want a retail experience that MORE

    - Jan 7, 2014 1:57 PM ET
  • Nine bar charts: Apple versus Amazon versus Google

    Apple is more valuable than either company by every measure but Wall Street's sentiment.

    FORTUNE -- The two stock charts at right, comparing Apple's (AAPL) performance in 2013 to Amazon's (AMZN) and Google's (GOOG), tell a very different story than the nine bar charts below.

    Produced for Fortune by the reader who posts here as Merckel, the bar charts compare the three companies by more objective measures -- boring things like cash MORE

    - Jan 6, 2014 6:34 AM ET
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  • 7 tech questions for 2014

    To hell with resolutions. I want answers.

    FORTUNE -- Some people think of a new year as a time for resolutions, others for predictions. Me? Everywhere I turn, I find myself asking questions.

    For example, I recently wondered why Jeff Bezos's wife, MacKenzie Bezos, so hated the book about Amazon (AMZN) by Bloomberg Businessweek writer Brad Stone, The Everything Store, enough to give it a one-star review. I answered that question here, MORE

    - Jan 5, 2014 11:59 AM ET
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  • 5 lessons from survivors of the dotcom crash

    Veterans of the first generation of web startups have not only survived, they continue to be big brands with 11-or 12-digit market caps.

    By Kevin Kelleher, contributor

    FORTUNE -- It's now been 15 years since 1999, a year that has since become synonymous with crazy Internet excess. The first Internet boom began several years earlier with an overhyped IPO and took a while to reach its febrile climax. Of course, it all MORE

    Jan 3, 2014 5:00 AM ET
  • The uncomfortable truth about Brad Stone's Amazon book

    It's big, bold, and pulls no punches -- just like the company and founder it portrays.

    FORTUNE -- I think I know why MacKenzie Bezos hated Brad Stone's book about her husband and his company. It's not because of the "numerous factual inaccuracies" she says are in the book, though she names only one, a mistiming of when Jeff Bezos read a certain influential novel, and shame on Stone for giving MORE

    - Jan 2, 2014 9:27 AM ET
  • Christmas tweets: 'got iPad' clobbered 'got Note' and 'got Kindle'

    In a Topsy search of holiday tweets, Microsoft's Surface barely moved the needle.

    FORTUNE -- Here's an early indicator of how Christmas tablet sales went, via Topsy Analytics.

    Topsy's Twitter search engine will count tweets for whatever phrases you enter. To get a feel for how Apple's (AAPL) iPad did against Samsung's Galaxy Note, Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle, and Microsoft's (MSFT) Surface, I ran the following search with the following results:

    got iPad: 120,608
    got MORE

    - Dec 28, 2013 2:52 PM ET
  • Amazon's new way to boost Kindle sales? Your old books

    That novel you bought 18 years ago? It's part of the company's business model.

    By Jane Porter, contributing writer

    FORTUNE -- Jeff Bezos may be tight-lipped when it comes to talking numbers, but the Amazon (AMZN) chief executive made it clear where the real value of the Kindle lies for his company: "We want to make money when people use our devices -- not when people buy our devices," he wrote MORE

    Dec 18, 2013 9:00 AM ET
  • Owning a Kindle boosts spending on Amazon by $443

    "Another way to look at Kindle Fire and Kindle e-Reader is as a portal to"

    FORTUNE -- There are two significant new stats in the survey results of 300 Amazon Kindle owners reported Friday by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.

    20.5 million: CIRC's estimate of the number of Kindle devices in customer hands. It's significant chiefly because the actual Kindle unit sales number is one of Amazon's (AMZN) most closely held secrets. Apple MORE

    - Dec 13, 2013 12:45 PM ET
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  • Comic of the day: Apple e-book amicus brief as graphic novel

    Held to 5 pages by Judge Cote, one critic blasted the DOJ with pictures worth 5,000 words.

    FORTUNE -- I missed this legal curio when it was filed back in Sept. 2012 by an amicus curiae (friend of the court) in the case of U.S.A. v. Apple et al. But it caught the eye of both the New York Times' Media Decoder blog and the legal website Above the Law, and MORE

    - Dec 7, 2013 12:36 PM ET
  • Google's Eric Schmidt wants a ban on Amazon's drones

    Warns that the technology can be used to spy on -- and record -- your private activities.

    FORTUNE -- "How would you feel," Google (GOOG) chairman Eric Schmidt asked in the Guardian last April, "if your neighbour went over and bought a commercial observation drone that they can launch from their back yard. It just flies over your house all day. How would you feel about it?"

    Good question. Especially after Jeff Bezos' announcement on 60 MORE

    - Dec 6, 2013 11:43 AM ET
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