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A 11 post collection


The Real Story Behind Jeff Bezos's Fire Phone Debacle And What It Means For Amazon's Future

 •  Filed under Tech, Startups, Amazon, Founders

The Real Story Behind Jeff Bezos's Fire Phone Debacle And What It Means For Amazon's Future

Fascinating read. Bezos sounds like a lot of other wealthy founders, I know: eccentric, confident to a fault, and often more concerned about the long game rather than short-term sound decisions.

I think these are admirable qualities in founders actually. The problem is that such a person needs a friend he/she trusts to say, “Ok, no really, you’re being completely unreasonable.” Without that, you eventually get to madness and unsustainable ideas.

A First Look Deep Inside Amazon Game Studios

 •  Filed under Gaming, Games, Amazon, Twitch

A First Look Deep Inside Amazon Game Studios

Amazon’s move into gaming is interesting to me. The cloud-rendered games combined with the purchase of Twitch make me go “hmmmm.” Granted, none of this is new, but it’s interesting to see Amazon make this move.

Amazon's Fire Phone: Not quite an iPhone or Galaxy S5 killer - CNET

 •  Filed under Mobile, Amazon, Fire Phone

Amazon's Fire Phone: Not quite an iPhone or Galaxy S5 killer - CNET


All-in-all, the Fire Phone is a device designed to appeal to Amazon’s current customers, particularly those who have Prime accounts, own Kindles or Kindle Fires, and buy content and products from Amazon. The problem is that even though Amazon fans may look at the gadget, many already own iPhones or Galaxy devices.

Comixology cuts Apple, Google out of digital-comics kickback - CNET

 •  Filed under Books, Comics, Reading, Amazon, Comixology

​Comixology cuts Apple, Google out of digital-comics kickback - CNET

I’m sad for Comixology and comics on this news. People adapt and move on, as I’m sure most loyal customers will in this case. I worry about new customers, though, and what this means for the growth of comics.

One of the worst features about the Kindle app on iOS is that you can’t purchase books within the app. Kindle has the luxury of already having the brand names built for “Kindle” and “Amazon,” and acquisition already happens from web to app for Amazon. The same pattern doesn’t exist for Comixology, which has always been app first. Also, I have no idea how a new user downloading the Comics app on iOS would work out where to buy books from. There is literally no indication where to go.