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.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily, BloggingStocks and tinyComb
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.
Discussion: paidContent.org, VentureBeat, TechFlash and WebProNews
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
Eric Engleman / TechFlash: Amazon surprises with Q4 results, beating estimates
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews: Amazon Q4 Sales Up 18 Percent
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, VentureBeat, TUAW, MacRumors, The iPhone Blog, The Apple Core and TechSpot
Eric Slivka / MacRumors: iTunes Plus Upgrades Now Available on a Per-Track Basis
Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog: iTunes Plus Upgrades: Now Serving Singles
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core: iTunes Plus debuts a-la carté pricing (updated)
Jose Vilches / TechSpot: Apple enables per track iTunes Plus upgrades
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: 9 to 5 Mac, InformationWeek, Edible Apple and Big in Japan
Chauncey Dupree / 9 to 5 Mac: Engadget puts Blackberry Storm's first million sales into perspective
Marin Perez / InformationWeek: BlackBerry Storm Costs More To Make Than iPhone
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: PC World, MacRumors, AppleInsider, CNET News, ChannelWeb, The iPhone Blog, TheAppleBlog, Edible Apple and Touch Arcade
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider: Rumor: Apple planning premium game section of App Store
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News: New App Store section for premium games?
Brian Kraemer / ChannelWeb: Fair Game? Apple May Open Premium App Store Section
Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog: $19.99 “Premium Gaming” Section to Hit App Store?
Darrell Etherington / TheAppleBlog: Higher-priced Premium Game Section Coming to App Store?
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.
Discussion: Digital Daily, Brier Dudley's blog and Tech Trader Daily
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily: Tech Industry Announces Layoff Surplus
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Tech layoffs up nearly 75 percent in 2008
Tech layoffs up nearly 75 percent in 2008
Discussion: Between the Lines and Tech Check with Jim Goldman, Thanks:charlie
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines: Report: Tech layoffs skyrocket in 2008; not looking much better for '09
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman: Job Cuts and Foreign Workers; What's the Tech Community to Do?
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
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 …
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report: BlackBerry Storm teardown reveals $203 worth of parts
Christian Zibreg / TG Daily: Apple's iPhone 3G saves AT&T from recession
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)
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 …
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: SlashGear, wmpoweruser.com, CrunchGear, WMExperts and The Toybox
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
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 …
Stephen Wildstrom / Tech Beat:
Windows 7: A Clarification on XP Upgrades — A number of commenters on my column on Windows 7 expressed dismay that Microsoft does not plan to provide an upgrade path from XP. I want to clarify just what that means, since I seem to have caused a bit of confusion.
Discussion: Microsoft Pri0
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0: Windows 7 officially no more than a year away
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: AppleInsider, MacRumors, VentureBeat, Crave, Technologizer, TechSpot, GPS Obsessed, TheAppleBlog, IntoMobile and Silicon Alley Insider
MG Siegler / VentureBeat: A bit more about the supposed next-gen iPhone
Ed Oswald / Technologizer: New Gen iPhone Likely on Its Way Soon
Jose Vilches / TechSpot: Evidence suggests Apple is testing next-gen iPhone
Darrell Etherington / TheAppleBlog: Evidence Points to New iPhone: Two, Count'em, Two Sources
Simon Sage / IntoMobile: New iPhone Spotted in 2.2.1 Firmware Code
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, Engadget, Electronista and MacBlogz
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
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, Mobile Roar, Phone Arena, WMExperts, wmpoweruser.com and Boy Genius Report
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
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, TechFlash and Tech Trader Daily
Leo Lewis / Times of London:
Nintendo cuts profit forecast by 33 per cent — Nintendo, the maker of the Wii games console and the favourite safe-haven share on the Tokyo stock exchange, has stunned the market with a 33 per cent cut to its full-year profit forecasts. — Analysts described Nintendo's guidance as a …
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog, Electronista, Bloomberg, InformationWeek, CrunchGear, PC World, Silicon Alley Insider and Digital Daily
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog: Xbox, Wii officially no longer immune to the recession
Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek: Nintendo Shocks Market With Profit Warning
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear: Nintendo unexpectedly lowers profit forecast by 33 percent
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily: New from Nintendo: Super Mario Recession for Wii
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, Obsessable, TechSpot, Google Blogoscoped, Switched and WebProNews
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
Stephen Schenck / Obsessable: Google responds to Chrome clickjacking, seeks group effort to mitigate vulnerability
Justin Mann / TechSpot: Clickjacking vulnerability in Chrome discovered
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped: How to Get Chrome's “New Tab” Page in Firefox
Tim Stevens / Switched: ‘Clickjacking’ Threat Hits Firefox and Chrome
Chris Crum / WebProNews: 4 Helpful Firefox Add-Ons for AdSense Publishers
David Meyer / ZDNet:
Acer plans Linux, SSD version of 10-inch netbook — Acer has confirmed it plans to release a Linux version of its 10-inch Aspire One netbook, even though its initial announcement of the upcoming machine said it would be Windows XP-only. — Acer announced details of the 10-inch Aspire One on Friday …
Discussion: CrunchGear, SlashGear, Electronista, GPS Obsessed, Engadget, jkOnTheRun, TechSpot and Liliputing
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Acer confirm Linux & SSD options for 10-inch Aspire One
Donald Melanson / Engadget: Acer confirms plans for Linux, SSD-equipped 10-inch Aspire One netbooks
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun: Larger Acer Netbook Gains Linux, SSD; Loses Useful SD Slot
Justin Mann / TechSpot: Acer's Aspire One to include Linux and SSD options
Twitter — The original gently rising path that marked the growth of my Twitter followers has recently taken a sharp upward path, due in part no doubt to my (cut short) discussion of Twitter on the Jonathan Ross show on BBC television, broadcast in the UK in the third week of January.
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph: Stephen Fry issues top tips for using Twitter
Data scams have kicked into high gear as markets tumble — Cybercriminals have launched a massive new wave of Internet-based schemes to steal personal data and carry out financial scams in an effort to take advantage of the fear and confusion created by tumbling financial markets, security specialists say.
Discussion: Beet.TV and Obsessable
Stephen Schenck / Obsessable: Hacker business booming during recession
Rodney Rumford / FaceReviews:
Facebook and DAVOS Partner to Poll Users on Several Topics — The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, brings together the world's political, business, and thought leaders to discuss the most pressing issues of our time. Of course, conversations such as those that are happening …
Discussion: Mashable! and WebProNews
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!: Not in Davos? Get Your Opinion Heard, Via Facebook
Doug Caverly / WebProNews: Facebook Gives Users A Voice At Davos
Riva Richmond / New York Times:
On Networking Sites, Learning How Not to Share — YOUR boss saw pictures of you drunk at last Saturday's party. An old flame found out you're seeing someone else. The nosy neighbor discovered you were laid off. — These and many other uncomfortable scenes are repeated daily on social networking sites …
Discussion: Burton Group Identity Blog
Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
Apple pulls NVIDIA graphics update, reasons unclear — Apple has yanked a software update that was intended to fix graphics-related issues with its latest notebooks just two days after pushing the patch to users via its Software Update mechanism. — It's unclear what prompted the removal of the patch …
Discussion: CNET News, 9 to 5 Mac, TechSpot, MacBlogz and Gizmodo
Tom Krazit / CNET News: Apple pulls MacBook graphics update
Quincy Pince-Nez / 9 to 5 Mac: Apple takes down NVIDIA Update what is to blame?
Justin Mann / TechSpot: Apple pulls MacBook graphics update
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo: Apple Mysteriously Pulls Nvidia Update, Mysteriously
Omar / The Life and Times of AdMob:
AdMob Raises $12.5 Million in Series C Extension Round — I'm happy to announce that we've secured an additional $12.5 million in a Series C extension round of funding from Draper Fisher Jurvetson's (DFJ) Growth Fund and Northgate Capital. This gives us a combined $28.2 million in Series C funding …
Discussion: Contentinople, FierceMobileContent, mocoNews.net, GPS Obsessed and Silicon Alley Insider
Ryan Lawler / Contentinople: AdMob Grabs an Additional $12.5M
Jason Ankeny / FierceMobileContent: AdMob scores $12.5 million in Series C extension
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews.net: AdMob Tops Off Third Round With Another $12.5 Million
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
BuzzGain Launches Do-It-Yourself PR Service To The Public — BuzzGain, a new service that helps users manage their relationships and keep tabs on the public perception of their products, has launched in public beta. The service is meant to help small and medium sized companies analyze …
Discussion: bub.blicio.us, MarketingVOX and Kelsey Group Blogs, Thanks:mayhemstudios
Brian Solis / bub.blicio.us: Tweet This: Techmeme Sources Twitter for Story Tips
Yaroslav Volovich / Traditional Media:
Google TV Ads Offers Time-Shifted Viewership Reports — TV viewers are increasingly watching what they want when they want it. About 25% of television households in the United States have digital video recorders or DVRs installed. Today, the Google TV Ads team is excited to announce …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Search Engine Land
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee: Vid-Biz: Disney, Google, Yahoo
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
Looking toward EveryBlock's future — It's been a year and a half now since I've started working on EveryBlock, and I'm still having the time of my life. Starting from scratch in July 2007, our team of six has built a one-of-a-kind local news site that now serves 11 cities and makes …
Discussion: tecosystems and the Econsultancy blog, Thanks:brij
Sogrady / tecosystems: Open Sourcing EveryBlock and You
Rebecca Lieb / the Econsultancy blog: NBC, NYT go hyperlocal, hope ads follow
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T Samsung Propel Pro in the concrete jungle — Hmm... so we've got an update to the Samsung Propel, have we? More or less, yes, this is as we're told, the Samsung Propel Pro and it brings pro-level features with it. Things like Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard, an optical joystick …
Discussion: IntoMobile, wmpoweruser.com, WMExperts and Electronista
Freeman Klopott / www.dcexaminer.com:
Ex-Fannie Mae worker charged with planting computer virus — A fired Fannie Mae contract employee allegedly placed a virus in the mortgage giant's software that could have shut the company down for at least a week and caused millions of dollars in damage, prosecutors say.
Discussion: Sophos, GMSV, eWeek and Between the Lines
Boris Johnson / Sophos: Fannie Mae worker accused of planting malware timebomb
John Murrell / GMSV: When the going gets bad, the bad get going
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: Maximum PC all and InformationWeek
Andy Salisbury / Maximum PC all: Found on Street View: Google Maps Truck Hits a Baby Deer