Mr. Sulzberger goes to Amazon

May 5, 2009

When Massachusetts Democratic Senator John Kerry convenes a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on Wednesday to discuss the fate of U.S. newspapers, don’t look for the man who controls the fate of Kerry’s hometown Boston Globe on Capitol Hill.

Blockbuster sees its digital future

March 25, 2009

Here’s the thing about Blockbuster: like other cultural icons, its synonymous with its service — renting movies from a local store.

Icahn vs Lions Gate heating up

March 18, 2009

Not so fast Mr. Icahn. Lions Gate Entertainment is trying to defend itself against famed financier Carl Icahn by hiring an advisory team, including investment bank Morgan Stanley and the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz.

Can’t get enough of that (Kindle) reading thing

March 4, 2009

Just as we’re getting over the buzz and acclaim for the new Kindle e-reader, Amazon comes right back at us. This time, it is selling    e-books for the iPhone and iPod — that’s right — through a Kindle application that can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store.

from Shop Talk:

Your new Kindle is talking — but not paying

February 25, 2009

AMAZON-KINDLE/Amazon's hotly anticipated Kindle e-reader got even more press on Wednesday, but not the good variety.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos talks about Kindle 2

February 10, 2009

Reuters spoke to Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos at the launch of the Kindle 2.

He talked about device’s price, Amazon’s big picture for Kindle, international plans and cannabilization.

from Shop Talk:

Blogosphere not kindled on Kindle 2 launch

February 9, 2009

AMAZON-KINDLE/Resembling a larger, whiter, thinner, but not-as-sexy iPhone, the Kindle 2 got its high-profile launch on Monday by Amazon, the Seattle-based online retailer.
 
Analysts, media and gadget hounds filled New York's Morgan Library to hear Chief Executive Jeff Bezos touting the slimmer, faster new version of the e-reader that at $359 is still hardly a steal.
    
The press conference even featured an appearance from horror author Stephen King, whose novella "Ur" -- about a college instructor who orders a Kindle (no joke) to frightening consequences -- is only available on the Kindle.
    
But despite the advance hoopla -- read Reuters' preview of the Kindle launch here -- the blogosphere was surprisingly low-key about Monday's unveiling -- perhaps given leaked photos of the supposed device that could be seen on the Internet beginning last fall.
    
"Wow, even Amazon is jumping on the iPhone-killer bandwagon," said one blog, http://www.boygeniusreport.com, adding that the new Kindle is 25 percent thinner than the iPhone. Gizmodo, calling its new design a success, wrote: "It looks like Amazon got a few clues from Apple and Braun's design guidelines." The www.Techcrunch.com blog summed it up even more succinctly: "It's much less ugly."
    
Bloggers praised its thinness, more storage, better battery life, better display and faster page turning, but some still griped at its price tag and design, with one blogger saying the new Kindle is "still not pretty." 

The latest on Kindle 2…

February 9, 2009

Amazon’s newest Kindle is out — We’ve got reporters on the scene, and we’ll be back with more details shortly. In the meantime, here’s a link to the device on Amazon.com and part of today’s press release:

Buzz builds for Kindle 2

February 9, 2009

Reuters and others are reporting that Amazon.com is expected to unveil a new version of the Kindle electronic reader on Monday.

NBC’s super ad sales

September 12, 2008

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NBC’s sports department is having quite a year. We all know about the Olympics, but now it appears they are raking in money for the 2009 Super Bowl.