Much is made of what the likes of Facebook, Google and Apple know about users. Truth is, Amazon may know more. And the massive retailer proves it every day.
FORTUNE -- When Amazon recommends a product on its site, it is clearly not a coincidence.
At root, the retail giant's recommendation system is based on a number of simple elements: what a user has bought in the past, which items they have MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jul 30, 2012 7:09 AM ET
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Amazon's next Kindle Fire will ship in Q3 with improved display [ALLTHINGSD]
The next iteration of the Fire will be thinner and lighter than the original. It will also have a built-in camera and a much-improved display. And, more importantly, developers familiar with the device have been instructed to build their apps for a display with a 1280 x MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jul 9, 2012 2:00 PM ET
The Seattle tech giant's AWS has midwifed some of the world's most popular startups. That could put it on a collision course with Amazon's mainline business.
FORTUNE -- When Amazon Web Services emerged in 2006, it was questioned far and wide. What, exactly, was the online mega-retailer doing dabbling in web infrastructure?
The move to provide services that have widely become known as cloud computing even puzzled some inside the company. "It MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - May 22, 2012 11:17 AM ET
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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
First in both Glassdoor's Top 10 Tech CEOs and its Top 25 Highest-Rated CEOs list
Glassdoor.com, which has been soliciting salary information from anonymous contributors and publishing the results on the Web since 2008, tried something new two years ago.
Borrowing a page from the Presidential approval-rating surveys, it asked employees:
Do you approve of the way your CEO is leading the company?
Although he's only had the job since last August, Apple (AAPL) MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 29, 2012 12:03 PM ET
Amazon has transformed itself from an online book seller into one of the world's most important technology giants thanks in large part to a devotion to thriftiness.
FORTUNE -- If such a thing as corporate DNA exists, it has animated the rise of the last decade's most successful technology companies. Google had a relentless focus on data, Apple a Zen-like obsession with simplicity, and Facebook a world of social connections to MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Mar 26, 2012 2:29 PM ET
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* In light of news that HP (HPQ) is restructuring, CEO Meg Whitman says she's unsure at this point how many people will be laid off. (The Wall Street Journal)
* Zynga (ZNGA) is acquiring OMGPOP, maker of the popular app Draw Something, for a reported $210 million by some accounts. (Zynga MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Mar 22, 2012 11:48 AM ET
Chief complaints: lack of volume control or camera and that the battery life's too short
They liked the price, the color screen and the selection of books on Amazon (AMZN). They wish it had a volume control button and a camera and that the battery lasted longer.
Those are some of the results of a survey of 254 Kindle Fire owners conducted in January by ChangeWave Reserach, a service of 451 Research.
54% MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 2, 2012 6:02 AM ET
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"What we see is that youth are pretty much fed up with iPhones. ... Also, many are not happy with the complexity of Android and the lack of security. So we do increasingly see that the youth who want to be on the cutting edge and try something new MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Dec 14, 2011 3:00 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
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