May 22, 2022

The Economist Publishes Profile of Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos

From The Economist: Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon, owes much of his success to his ability to look beyond the short-term view of things. [Clip] If Amazon does one day move into bricks-and-mortar retail, it would not be the first time that Mr Bezos had taken a leaf from the book […]

Kindle Fire Offers ‘Disappointingly Poor’ Experience; 'Miserable' Magazines

Laura Hazard Owen at writes about Jakob Nielsen’s usability report about the Kindle Fire. As the headline indicates, Nielsen says the Fire has a lot of problems. The article also points out that Nielsen’s report doesn’t take into account technical issues that some users have with the device. From the Article: Will the projected […]

Lawmaker Dissatisfied with Amazon's Answers on Kindle Fire's Data Harvesting

UPDATE: Some New Kindle Fire News: Kindle Fire Auto-Update Scorches Roots and Potentially Shutters Android Marketplace (via Gizmodo) Info and tools to re-root your device. From Computerworld (IDG News Service):  Amazon told a Massachusetts congressman that the Silk browser in its Kindle Fire tablet doesn’t pose a privacy threat to consumers, but the lawmaker wasn’t […]

Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) Sends Letter to Re: Privacy and Kindle Fire

UPDATE: Questions for Amazon on Privacy and the Kindle Fire (via NY Times) From Congressman Markey’s News Release: “Markey to Amazon: Don’t Hold a Kindle Fire Sale on Privacy” Concerned that the pairing of the new Kindle Fire tablet with its must-use Silk browser means Amazon could track each Web click of Kindle Fire users […]

Amazon Unveils $199 Kindle Fire Tablet

UPDATE: Here’s an Interesting “Reference” Feature Mentioned in the Official Product Launch Announcement: Amazon invented X-Ray, a new feature that lets customers explore the “bones of the book.” With a single tap, readers can see all the passages across a book that mention ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places or topics that interest them, as […]