There's a case to be made that Amazon's new browser is more important than its tablet
The hardware Amazon (AMZN) introduced Wednesday dominated the early headlines. Most of the coverage focused on whether Amazon's Fire tablet will cut into sales of Apple's (AAPL) iPad or Barnes & Noble's (BKS) Nook or both.
But the second-day stories have started to zero in on the implications of a less-heralded -- and more unexpected -- MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 29, 2011 11:05 AM ET
Analysts and pundits expected a single competitor to Apple's iPad. Instead, they got a quartet of new devices ranging in price and functionality.
FORTUNE – It's official: Amazon didn't just have one new Kindle in the works, but four -- nearly one for every user scenario. The widely anticipated iPad competitor ended up being a quartet: the Kindle Fire, sporting a color screen and multimedia functionality; two flavors of the Kindle Touch, MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Sep 28, 2011 2:48 PM ET
A first peek at Amazon's answers to the iPad, priced from $79 to $199
The setting is a soundstage on Manhattan's West 37th Street. Four TV satellite trucks parked outside. A full battery of cameras. A tent full of journalists cooling their heels.
The event was scheduled to start at 10 a.m., but this is Amazon (AMZN), not Apple (AAPL), and we are running late.
10:03 The lights dim. A video of Amazon MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 28, 2011 10:04 AM ET
For months, analysts have been expecting an iPad-like device worthy of taking Apple head on. Now it seems Amazon may have cooked up something very different -- and that shouldn't come as much of a surprise.
[UPDATE: Bloomberg News reports that Amazon's new Kindle is indeed called Fire and will retail for $199. The tablet reportedly sports a 7-inch color screen but lacks a camera or microphone. The device will have MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Sep 28, 2011 5:00 AM ET
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* TechCrunch and GDGT report that Amazon (AMZN) and CEO Jeff Bezos will unveil a much-rumored color reading tablet dubbed the Kindle Fire at tomorrow's company event in New York City. If these reports prove accurate, the Kindle Fire will sport a 7-inch color display and run a customized version of the MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Sep 27, 2011 3:30 AM ET
With new top-line investors and a partnership with GE, General Assembly -- a new kind of urban networking campus -- is set to grow fast.
By Alex Konrad, reporter
FORTUNE -- General Assembly, which provides workspace and training for budding, high-tech entrepreneurs in New York City, has just attracted an all-star list of investors: Howard Schultz's Maveron fund, Yuri Milner of DST Global, and Jeff Bezos's Bezos Expeditions. What do they see MORESep 7, 2011 5:00 AM ET
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* Facebook launched a new "Facebook for Business" Web page that teaches smaller merchants how to set up a profile and create Facebook ads and deals. The move comes a week after Google+ shut down company-created profiles, restricting the social network to individual users. (GigaOm)
* Fox Broadcasting (NWS) plans to limit MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jul 27, 2011 11:30 AM ET
Jeff Bezos's strategy of giving customers the best e-reader and e-bookstore possible is paying off for Amazon -- not that it's saying by how much.
FORTUNE -- Sales of the Kindle and of e-books are so good, and growing so fast, that they are now becoming a driver of Amazon's overall growth, says Citigroup analyst Mark Mahaney.
We can't know for sure how many Kindles Amazon (AMZN) is selling, because the company MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Jun 8, 2011 11:49 AM ET
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Multiple outlets are reporting that Egypt has shut off local web access, a first in Internet history. Tweeted CNN reporter Ben Wedeman: "No internet, no SMS, what is next? Mobile phones and land lines? So much for stability. #Jan25 #Egypt" The move comes as thousands of Egyptian protesters call for an end to the 30-year dictatorship of 82-year-old MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jan 28, 2011 6:00 AM ET
Shares the No. 17 spot on Foreign Policy's 2010 top 100 list "for reinventing reading"
You don't often hear Apple (AAPL) and Amazon's (AMZN) CEOs mentioned in the same breath, but there they are in the current issue of Foreign Policy, honored together for the contribution of their competing e-readers.
It's an odd pairing, given what Steve Jobs said about Jeff Bezos' Kindle in 2008:
"It doesn't matter how good or bad the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 28, 2010 12:48 PM ET
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