Amazon.com Announces Fourth Quarter Sales up 18% to $6.70 Billion; 2008 Free Cash Flow Grows 16% to $1.36 Billion — SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN - News) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2008.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily: Amazon Q4 Tops Estimates; Stock Rallies
Jason Wilk / tinyComb: How Amazon Will Fare Today...
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Retail stinks, but Amazon doesn't; E-tailer delivers strong fourth quarter — Amazon managed to get stronger even as retailers across the U.S. struggled amid weak holiday sales. — The company reported fourth quarter earnings of $225 million, or 52 cents a share, on revenue of $6.7 billion, up 18 percent from a year ago.
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Cade Metz / The Register: Amazon expands as etail shrinks
Eric Engleman / TechFlash: Amazon surprises with Q4 results, beating estimates
David Kaplan / paidContent.org: Earnings: Happy Holidays For Amazon, As Profits Rise 9 Percent; Sales Up 18 Percent
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat: Amazon defies retail downturn
Peter Burrows / Tech Beat: Amazon Blows Away Fourth Quarter Earnings Expectations
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Is Dell's Phone Called The MePhone? (DELL) — We've received a few tips from someone who claims to be close to Dell (DELL) about the company's entry into the smartphone market. We don't know if they're true, but they're not unreasonable, so we decided to share them for discussion.
Discussion: Reuters and wmpoweruser.com
Wall Street Journal:
Dell Readies Smartphone Offering — Dell Inc., aiming to rev up sales as its mainstay personal computer business struggles in the recession, is preparing a move into cellphones as early as next month, said people familiar with the matter. — The Round Rock, Texas, company has had a group …
Discussion: Between the Lines, Unwired View, Gizmodo, Telecompetitor and WMExperts
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines: WSJ: Dell eyeing smartphone biz
Brad Molen / Unwired View: Confirmed: Dell Working on Smartphone
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo: Dell Builds Prototype Android and Windows Mobile Phones, May Finally Sell Them
Phil Nickinson / WMExperts: Dell (again) rumored to have a smartphone
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Days to 1 million: the smartphone wars — In a fit of editorial sobriety, reader Noel just sent us this handy “1 million devices sold” graphic above. The image demonstrates the speed (in terms of days) at which each competing handset achieved the magic milestone.
Discussion: InformationWeek, Big in Japan, Edible Apple and 9 to 5 Mac
Marin Perez / InformationWeek: BlackBerry Storm Costs More To Make Than iPhone
Chauncey Dupree / 9 to 5 Mac: Engadget puts Blackberry Storm's first million sales into perspective
Christopher Breen / Macworld:
iTunes Plus upgrades go à la carte — If you've been skipping the daily double-wet-cappuccino in order to save enough money to upgrade your iTunes library to the DRM-free iTunes Plus format, you can put coffee back on the menu. Apple has dispensed with the iTunes Store all-or-nothing upgrade policy.
Discussion: Ars Technica, Download Squad, TUAW, MacRumors, VentureBeat, The Apple Core, The iPhone Blog and TechSpot
Nik Fletcher / Download Squad: Apple offers à la carte upgrades to iTunes Plus
Eric Slivka / MacRumors: iTunes Plus Upgrades Now Available on a Per-Track Basis
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core: iTunes Plus debuts a-la carté pricing (updated)
Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog: iTunes Plus Upgrades: Now Serving Singles
Jose Vilches / TechSpot: Apple enables per track iTunes Plus upgrades
Liam Tung / CNET News:
Chrome, Firefox face clickjacking — Security researchers have discovered a flaw affecting Google's Chrome browser that exposes it to “clickjacking”—in which an attacker hijacks a browser's functions by substituting a legitimate link with one of the attacker's choice.
Discussion: eWeek, Search Engine Land, Google Operating System, ZDNET.com.au, Switched, Obsessable, Google Blogoscoped, TechSpot and WebProNews
Brian Prince / eWeek: From IE 8 to Google Chrome, Keep an Eye on Clickjacking
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land: Google Toolbar For Firefox Adds Chrome-Like “Most Visited Sites” Tab
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System: Chrome's New Tab Page in Firefox
Liam Tung / ZDNET.com.au: Chrome, Firefox get clickjacked
Tim Stevens / Switched: ‘Clickjacking’ Threat Hits Firefox and Chrome
Stephen Schenck / Obsessable: Chrome, Firefox found vulnerable to clickjacking attacks
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped: How to Get Chrome's “New Tab” Page in Firefox
Justin Mann / TechSpot: Clickjacking vulnerability in Chrome discovered
Chris Crum / WebProNews: 4 Helpful Firefox Add-Ons for AdSense Publishers
Stephen Schenck / Obsessable:
Google responds to Chrome clickjacking, seeks group effort to mitigate vulnerability
Google responds to Chrome clickjacking, seeks group effort to mitigate vulnerability
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Google Maps Car Hits a Deer, Records Entire Ordeal on Google Maps — Here's a sad one: the Google Maps car took out a baby deer, and it recorded the entire process for all Google Maps users to see. For shame, Google Maps car! — As you follow the street view scene down Five Points Road in Rush …
Discussion: VentureBeat, InformationWeek, Maximum PC all and Neowin.net
MG Siegler / VentureBeat: Google apologizes for killing Bambi's mom
Andy Salisbury / Maximum PC all: Found on Street View: Google Maps Truck Hits a Baby Deer
Stuart Dredge / Pocket Gamer.biz:
Rumour: Apple planning $19.99 games section on App Store — But only with a restricted number of publishers — Product: — Manufacturer: — Apple is planning to introduce a premium games section to its App Store where it will sell a range of iPhone games for $19.99, sources tell PocketGamer.biz.
Discussion: MacRumors, PC World, AppleInsider, Touch Arcade, TheAppleBlog, Gizmodo, CNET News, The iPhone Blog, ChannelWeb, Edible Apple, GMSV and MacBlogz
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider: Rumor: Apple planning premium game section of App Store
Darrell Etherington / TheAppleBlog: Higher-priced Premium Game Section Coming to App Store?
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo: Rumor: $19.99 Premium Games Section Coming to iTunes Store
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News: New App Store section for premium games?
Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog: $19.99 “Premium Gaming” Section to Hit App Store?
Brian Kraemer / ChannelWeb: Fair Game? Apple May Open Premium App Store Section
John Murrell / GMSV: Newshounds sniff out traces of next-gen iPhone
Joe Hall / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Twitter is a Cash Cow in the Making — We have been talking a great deal lately about how Twitter should be monetizing their service. Most of this talk comes after news that Twitter secured $20 million in venture capital, to push its total valuation to $250 million.
Roi Carthy / TechCrunch:
Pipl.com: People Search Engine So Good, It Will Scare Your Pants Off — Google may be good at many things, but people search is not one of them. For that you'll have to use a more specialized search engine. Spock and Wink (merged with Reunion.com) are the people-search destinations …
Discussion: Business 2.0 Press
Hercules K / Business 2.0 Press: Pipl is a Great People Search Engine
Staska / Unwired View:
Microsoft patents the interface to transform your phone into a PC — The power of modern smartphones in many ways equals and even surpasses the power of a desktop PC of just few years ago. You know, things like CPUs faster then 800 Mhz, hundreds of megabytes of RAM, tens of gygabytes of storage, dedicated graphics accelerators, etc;.
Discussion: Technologizer, SlashGear, wmpoweruser.com, WMExperts, CrunchGear and The Toybox
David Worthington / Technologizer: Microsoft Patent Transforms Smartphones into PCs
Phil Nickinson / WMExperts: Microsoft considering turning your phone into a full-fledged PC
Andrew Nusca / The Toybox: Microsoft patents interface to transform phone into PC
Matt Rosoff / Digital Noise:
Microsoft: More Zunes coming in 2009 — Remember that teenage trick of sticking your fingers in your ears and saying, “I can't hear you”? That's how I felt on Thursday morning when I talked to Adam Sohn, the marketing director for Zune. — I don't mean that Microsoft is oblivious to reality …
Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com: Microsoft's Zune: “Only resting”
Greg / Pinch Media:
iPhone 2,1 — Recently, one of the users of Pinch Analytics noticed the string “iPhone 2,1″ appearing in their version reporting, and realized that if Apple stuck to its naming conventions, this might be the next version of the iPhone. At Pinch Media, we've seen this for some time now …
Discussion: MacRumors, AppleInsider, InformationWeek, MacBlogz, Crave, TechSpot, VentureBeat, GPS Obsessed, IntoMobile, Silicon Alley Insider, TheAppleBlog and Technologizer
Marin Perez / InformationWeek: New Firmware Points To New iPhone?
Jose Vilches / TechSpot: Evidence suggests Apple is testing next-gen iPhone
MG Siegler / VentureBeat: A bit more about the supposed next-gen iPhone
Simon Sage / IntoMobile: New iPhone Spotted in 2.2.1 Firmware Code
Darrell Etherington / TheAppleBlog: Evidence Points to New iPhone: Two, Count'em, Two Sources
Ed Oswald / Technologizer: New Gen iPhone Likely on Its Way Soon
Swiss police spy marijuana field with Google Earth — ZURICH, Switzerland - Swiss police said Thursday they stumbled across a large marijuana plantation while using Google Earth, the search engine company's satellite mapping software. — Police said the find was part of a bigger investigation …
Discussion: Ars Technica, Gizmodo and GPS Obsessed
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo: Swiss Police Uncover Hidden Marijuana Farm Using Google Earth
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Google delays stock option exchange program — Googlers who want to revalue their underwater stock options will have to wait until Tuesday for the voluntary employee option exchange program to launch, Google said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday that did not explain why.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and CNET News
David Peterson / SitePoint:
President Obama uses RDFa — The WhiteHouse.gov site is CC licensing all its material, and if you peek behind the covers (view source), you will see some RDFa. Granted it is a small start, but it is a start. Well done to the new administration and I look forward to more openness and more Web mashups!
Discussion: Ewan Spence's All New Musings, Thanks:catone
Ewan Spence / Ewan Spence's All New Musings: Open Source Should Be Used By Government, Say The Tories
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Sony vs. Nintendo: same bad economy, very different results — Sony and Nintendo released their financial reports on the holiday quarter this week, and both are being pummeled by the strength of the Japanese Yen. But Nintendo's focus on gaming and the strength of its console have left it in far better shape than its bigger rival.
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR, Tech Trader Daily and TechFlash
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
8 Mobile Technologies to Watch in 2009, 2010 — Analyst firm Gartner has just released a report that highlights eight up-and-coming mobile technologies which they predict will impact the mobile industry over the course of the next two years. According to Nick Jones, vice president and analyst at the firm …
Discussion: IT-Director.com and Techmamas
Sumner Lemon / Macworld:
Intel to detail eight-core Xeon processor — Intel plans to detail an eight-core Xeon processor at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco next month, offering an early look at what appears to be the company's first eight-core chip.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, The Toybox, tinyComb, Electronista, MacBlogz and Engadget
Chauncey Dupree / 9 to 5 Mac: Intel to introduce eight-core Xeon processor for early 2009
Andrew Nusca / The Toybox: Intel to reveal eight-core Xeon processor Feb. 9
David Heyerman / tinyComb: Intel Set To Launch Eight-Core Xeon Processor?
Donald Melanson / Engadget: Intel said to be prepping eight-core Xeon for launch next month
Om Malik / GigaOM:
StatShot: Tech Job Cuts Inching Closer to 200,000 — The technology industry cut close to 186,955 jobs in 2008, up 74.2 percent from the 107,295 job cuts recorded in 2007, according to data collected by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a recruitment company based in Chicago.
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines: Report: Tech layoffs skyrocket in 2008; not looking much better for '09
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News: Tech layoffs up nearly 75 percent in 2008
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily: Tech Industry Announces Layoff Surplus
Raju Vegesna / Zoho Blogs: Layoff Tracker using Zoho Creator & Zoho Reports
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman: Job Cuts and Foreign Workers; What's the Tech Community to Do?
Edward J. R. / msmobiles.com:
i-mate to unveil new revolutionary Windows Mobile phone at Mobile World Congress 2009 next month — i-mate is alive and kicking! … Note: we will be at MWC 2009 on location, and we will bring first-hand reports from the i-mate! Since by now i-mate has been releasing several Windows Mobile phones …
Discussion: PC World, Unwired View, WMExperts, wmpoweruser.com, Boy Genius Report, Phone Arena and Mobile Roar
Jeff Bertolucci / PC World: I-mate to Unveil ‘Revolutionary’ Windows Mobile Phone: Report
Ilinca Nita / Unwired View: i-mate to present “revolutionary” …
Dieter Bohn / WMExperts: i-mate to Take Another Shot at MWC09
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report: i-mate lives, prepares to ‘break new ground’ at MWC
Yariv Adan / Google Data APIs Blog:
Bringing OpenID and OAuth Together — We are happy to announce an important enhancement to our recently launched OpenID endpoint. Google now supports the “Hybrid Protocol”, combining OpenID federated login together with OAuth access authorization. Websites can now ask Google to sign …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Plaxo's Personal Card, VentureBeat, TechCrunch and ElasticVapor
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: OpenID + OAuth: Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Gobbled Up 90 Percent Of All U.S. Search Growth In 2008 — Google ended the year with 63.5 percent market share of all search queries performed in the U.S., estimates comScore. And that market share has inched up steadily from 58.5 percent in January, 2008.
Discussion: Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim and Digital Daily
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily: Google: Search Market Blob
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
$2.99 Printed PhotoBooks Now Available On Facebook: HotPrints — Anyone who has turned digital photos into a printed photo book via Apple iPhoto or any of a variety of competitors knows how great they are. They make a perfect gift, if you can afford the $20 - $30 they generally cost to create, plus shipping.
Mark Gimein / The Big Money:
Leave Steve Jobs Alone — Disclosing more won't help Apple shareholders. — One day you wake up and don't feel quite yourself. The next day is no better, nor is the next week. Eventually you go to the doctor, who tells you that you have cancer. Heroically, you stay on the job …
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
The Eye of the (BlackBerry) Storm — iSuppli took apart Research In Motion's BlackBerry Storm to determine the cost of its components. Guess what? The iPhone parts are cheaper — As the battle for the smartphone market heats up, comparisons abound between Research In Motion's BlackBerry Storm …
Christian Zibreg / TG Daily: Apple's iPhone 3G saves AT&T from recession
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report: BlackBerry Storm teardown reveals $203 worth of parts
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo: BlackBerry Storm Is Pricier to Build Than iPhone 3G
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs: $203 to Make Your BlackBerry Storm Tick... errr Click
Shane McGlaun / I4U News: iSuppli Deconstructs Blackberry Storm
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider: BlackBerry Storm More Expensive To Build Than iPhone 3G (AAPL, RIMM)
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
SEAmail: Applying Semantic Technology to Email — A prototype email system being developed at Stanford University is designed to bring the power of semantic technology to our inbox. Called SEAmail, short for “semantic email addressing,” the system will help its users route email …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Adding YouTube Annotations Just Got Easy. I've Got A Bad Feeling About This... For better or for worse, YouTube has just made it easier to add annotations to your videos. Annotations, which were introduced to the site last June, consist of little grey popups that can include standard text boxes …
Robert X. Cringely / Notes from the Field:
The Julie Amero case: Injustice for all — The Julie Amero porn pop-up case should be history by now, but some folks just won't let it die. Cringe has the scoop. READ MORE
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
5 Problems of Recommender Systems — Earlier this week we posted a Guide to Recommender Systems, as part of our series on recommendation technologies. In this post we look at some of the challenges in building or deploying a recommender system. And yes, Napoleon Dynamite is one of them.
Discussion: StyleHop Blog
Paved with good intentions — Is “broadband for all” a recipe for recovery, or a boondoggle? — BEGGING for government help would have made you a pariah in most parts of the high-tech industry a few months ago. But these days state aid, and how to dole it out, are nearly as hotly debated …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The State of Blog Search, 2009 — What blog search engine should you use? That depends on your needs. — In order to join a conversation, you've got to be able to find it first. Three years ago “blog search” was expected to be a booming industry, startups left and right developed different technologies …