Hasso Plattner

Today in Tech: Amazon's secret book publishing weapon

January 26, 2012: 4:16 AM ET

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* Meet Larry Kirschbaum, the former Time Warner Book Group head who now runs Amazon Publishing. Bloomberg Businessweek's Brad Stone profiles the man quietly leading the charge to build a new publishing empire one e-book author at a time. Also in Amazon-related news, the company announced the AWS Storage Gateway, computer-installed software that lets users connect to Amazon's storage cloud and safely transmit corporate data. (Bloomberg Businessweek and The New York Times)

The New York Times continues its series of in-depth Apple-focused features, this time focusing on worker safety in Chinese manufacturing plants. (The New York Times)

A look at SAP (SAP) company chairman Hasso Plattner's attempt to transform business computing again through the use of cheaper memory chips in servers. (The Wall Street Journal)

* Whether you're already over that new iPhone 4S or simply sat this generation out, you may be interested in hearing how the iPhone 5 is shaping up. A Foxconn source tells 9 to 5 Mac that production of the iPhone 5 is gearing up. The new handset will reportedly feature a 4-plus inch screen and come longer and wider than previous version. (9 to 5 Mac)

* Netflix's fourth quarter earnings beat expectations with sales of $876 million, but it warns that its international expansion plans may mean little or no profit this year. The company also expects Amazon (AMZN) to launch a standalone video service with cheaper pricing. (All Things D)

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