Amazon Reportedly Working On Set-Top Box
Bloomberg is reporting that Amazon has plans to release its own television set-top box later this year. The device will stream video over the internet from Amazon's video service catalog. From the article: "Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos is pushing the company into a broadening array of hardware, including tablets, electronic readers and a planned smartphone. ... The set-top box is being developed by Amazon’s Lab126 division, based in Cupertino, California -- the city that’s also home to Apple. Lab126 has toyed with building connected television devices for several years, the people familiar with the effort said. ... Plans for pricing couldn't be determined. Amazon’s typical strategy is to sell hardware at competitive prices, sometimes at a loss, with the intent of making up for discounts through sales of content, including books and movies. Amazon could also use the set-top box to promote its online store.
Amazon In Your Living Room: Company Is Reportedly Launching Its Own TV Set-Top Box This Fall
According to a report from Bloomberg, e-commerce behemoth Amazon is preparing to launch a set-top box this fall, in hopes that you’ll consume all of your content through its spin on the now-common device. The company is already working hard to push its Kindle line to consumers, and this box would be for people who don’t want to deal with the fanciness of Apple products, the gaming nature of Microsoft’s XBox, the half-baked Google TV or the little engine that could, Roku. Yes, this is a crowded market, but Amazon has something that these other companies don’t have, which is warehouses full of things to sell to people while they watch TV. I imagine that you’ll be able to shop as you would online or on your mobile device, right on your TV set. That means that the temptation to pick up that new TV, while you’re watching your old crappy one, could overcome you during a show. One button click and a new TV could be on the way. Think of it as Home Shopping 2.0. With some interesting ...
Jeff Bezos Leads $5 Million Investment In Henry Blodget's Business Insider Blog Network
Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, is leading a new $5 million investment in Business Insider, the blog network founded by Henry Blodget that focuses on business, tech and other news. The investment was mentioned in an internal memo from Blodget to staff -- published by BI itself. Other investors in this round include RRE Ventures and Institutional Venture Partners, notes Bloomberg. This brings the total investment in Business Insider, which has some 15 million monthly visitors worldwide, up to $18.6 million since 2008.
Jeff Bezos’ new patent envisions tablets without processors, batteries
"Remote displays" would pull power and data wirelessly.
Bezos Expeditions Recovers Pieces of Apollo 11 Rockets
skade88 writes "Jeff Bezos has been spending his time fishing up parts of the Apollo 11 rockets. From his blog 'What an incredible adventure. We are right now onboard the Seabed Worker headed back to Cape Canaveral after finishing three weeks at sea, working almost 3 miles below the surface. We found so much. We've seen an underwater wonderland – an incredible sculpture garden of twisted F-1 engines that tells the story of a fiery and violent end, one that serves testament to the Apollo program. We photographed many beautiful objects in situ and have now recovered many prime pieces. Each piece we bring on deck conjures for me the thousands of engineers who worked together back then to do what for all time had been thought surely impossible.'"
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