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Sep 10, 2012

Zynga loses another executive in top-level exodus

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Zynga Inc’s chief marketing officer resigned on Monday, becoming the latest senior executive to depart the struggling social games company behind popular Facebook Inc games such as Farmville.

Jeff Karp joins chief operating officer John Schappert and chief creative officer Mike Verdu among the top executives who have quit since August.

Sep 8, 2012

Amazon’s new high-end tablet lacks FCC approval for sale

By Alistair Barr and Sinead Carew

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc trumpeted cutting-edge wireless technology as a key selling point for the fanciest of the new Kindle devices introduced by CEO Jeff Bezos on Thursday. There’s just one problem: the devices have not yet been approved for sale by the Federal Communications Commission.

FCC approval is required for wireless communications products, to assure that they operate safely and won’t improperly interfere with other signals.

Sep 7, 2012

Amazon takes on Apple with larger, cheaper Kindle Fires

SANTA MONICA, California (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc unveiled larger Kindle Fire tablets on Thursday, challenging Apple Inc’s dominant iPad with lower prices and a trove of digital content that Amazon hopes will win it a bigger share of the booming tablet market.

The world’s largest Internet retailer lifted the lid on devices with price tags ranging from $159 to $599. The new tablets come with ads known as “special offers” that appear when screens are locked and in the corner of the home screen, helping Amazon keep prices low.

Sep 6, 2012

Amazon unwraps larger Kindle Fires, takes on Apple

SANTA MONICA, California (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O: Quote, Profile, Research) showed off larger and higher-resolution Kindle Fires on Thursday, for as much as $499, taking aim at a fast-growing market now dominated by rival Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research).

Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, taking the stage in Santa Monica, California, unveiled an 8.9-inch version called the Kindle Fire HD. The costliest, 4G-ready version will go for $499, while a Wi-Fi version is $299.

Sep 6, 2012

Amazon introduces new Kindle Fire, starts at $159

, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc
showed off the first of several Kindle gadgets expected
to be unwrapped on Thursday, a “paperwhite” e-reader with a much
sharper screen and longer battery life.

Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, taking the stage at a launch
event in Santa Monica, California, is expected to unveil later
on Thursday the new Kindle Fire tablet, which takes aim at a
market dominated by Apple Inc.

Sep 6, 2012

Amazon unveils “paperwhite” e-reader, Fire still to come

SANTA MONICA, California (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc showed off the first of several Kindle gadgets expected to be unwrapped on Thursday, a “paperwhite” e-reader with a much sharper screen and longer battery life.

Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, taking the stage at a launch event in Santa Monica, California, is expected to unveil later on Thursday the new Kindle Fire tablet, which takes aim at a market dominated by Apple Inc.

Aug 14, 2012

Groupon results, forecast disappoint on European woes

By Alistair Barr

(Reuters) – Groupon Inc became the latest young consumer Internet company to disappoint Wall Street on Monday, when the world’s largest online daily deals provider missed quarterly revenue expectations and gave a cautious profit outlook.

Groupon shares slumped after the results, plummeting almost 70 percent from where they priced in a huge initial public offering last November.

Aug 2, 2012

Amazon spreads its digital content on multiple gadgets

By Alistair Barr

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc is trying to get its digital music and video on as many gadgets as possible as the world’s largest Internet retailer replicates a strategy that paid off for its Kindle e-book business.

The theory is that if customers can play and watch Amazon (AMZN.O: Quote, Profile, Research) music and video on all their existing devices, they are more likely to purchase the content from Amazon rather than competitors like Apple Inc’s iTunes (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) and Netflix (NFLX.O: Quote, Profile, Research).

Aug 1, 2012

Analysis: Amazon spreads its digital content on multiple gadgets

By Alistair Barr

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc is trying to get its digital music and video on as many gadgets as possible as the world’s largest Internet retailer replicates a strategy that paid off for its Kindle e-book business.

The theory is that if customers can play and watch Amazon music and video on all their existing devices, they are more likely to purchase the content from Amazon rather than competitors like Apple Inc’s iTunes and Netflix.

Jul 31, 2012

Google acquires social ad start-up Wildfire

By Alistair Barr

(Reuters) – Google Inc said on Tuesday it acquired marketing start-up Wildfire to help the world’s largest Internet search company expand further into social media.

Google paid about $250 million for the business, according to a person familiar with the deal. The source is not authorized to speak publicly about the transaction and requested anonymity.