Netflix has been in the news a lot recently. First the company upped its prices by 60% earlier this summer, then earlier this week it separated its DVD-by-mail and streaming services into two separate companies, the latter retaining the Netflix title, the former getting the name Qwikster. This latest move in particular has everyone scratching their heads, wondering what on earth is going on. But one analyst thinks he has it figured out: Netflix can now more easily sell its streaming business to Amazon. Continue reading Amazon Might Buy Netflix. Whaaaaa???
UPDATED. AGAIN! The Morning Call newspaper in Allentown, Pennsylvania, recently published an article in which former Amazon warehouse employees reveal the miserable working conditions they had to endure. I tweeted about this 2 days ago when I first saw it but the story since been picked up by The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Gizmodo, and Gawker. Yikes. Continue reading Working at Amazon’s Fulfillment Warehouse Sucks
Quidsi, a company that Amazon acquired last year for $545 million last year, just launched a new toy-shopping website called YoYo. YoYo aims to make the shopping-for-kids’-toys experience a bit less painful for everyone involved. Continue reading Amazon Subsidary Launches YoYo.com, a Slick Site to Make Toy Shopping Better
Citizens of the UK, The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Spain, India, and Australia (among others) are figuratively rejoicing in streets (it probably looks something like this) as Amazon’s Android Appstore has become available to them. Continue reading Amazon’s Android App Store Goes International
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings just announced in a blog post that Netflix is splitting into two companies. Netflix itself will be streaming-only (no DVD rentals), while Qwikster (which is a lame and difficult-to-spell name) will be the online DVD rental service. But this is an Amazon blog, so the question is… What does this splintering mean for Amazon’s Instant Video streaming services? Continue reading Netflix Separates Its DVD and Streaming Businesses. What Does This Mean for Amazon?