Battle For Family's Streaming Dollars Heats Up Between Netflix & Amazon, With Netflix Families Debut & Kindle FreeTime Expansion
Following a bit of backlash arising from the loss of popular Viacom-owned children's TV shows, Netflix today launched Netflix Families, which is essentially just a destination website designed to promote Netflix's family fare. The site includes rows of Netflix recommendations for parents and kids, as well as tips on how to stream and other promotional content.
WorldDesk Raises Further $1.25M As It Adds Support For Chrome, Skype And Kindle To Its Virtual Desktop
Desktop virtualisation startup WorldDesk has raised $1.25 million in new funding, in what is effectively a follow-on round from existing backers Lough Shore Investments, the Belfast-based angel investment firm, and a number of unnamed California and New York-based angels. Today's funding news also coincides with what WordDesk is describing as a "significant overhaul" of its free 'WorldDesk for You' consumer offering.
Amazon: Publishers Strong-Armed Us On E-Books
Nerval's Lobster writes "Strengthened by an agreement with Apple that set the prices for their respective e-books higher, publishers strong-armed Amazon into giving them similar terms, an executive for the online retailer has testified in Manhattan federal court. The U.S. Department of Justice has taken Apple to court over the alleged price-fixing, after reaching out-of-court settlements with five publishers (HarperCollins Publishers LLC, Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group, and MacMillian). Apple, which competes with Amazon in the e-book space, refused a similar settlement. "Certainly if someone offered reseller, we would have taken them up on that offer," Russell Grandinetti, Amazon's vice president for Kindle content, testified before the court, according to Reuters. "Reseller" means a company sells goods to a retailer for a particular price (usually wholesale), allowing the retailer to set the actual sales price. Under the terms of that model, Amazon could sell e-books ...
Eric Schmidt-Backed Slice Moves Beyond Receipt Tracking With Debut Of Bookshelf, A Social Network For Readers
Is there room for another social network for book lovers, now that the biggest, Goodreads, has been snatched up by the largest online retailer (and Kindle maker) Amazon? Slice thinks so. Today, the mobile receipt tracking service backed by Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors, Lightspeed, Floodgate and others is expanding into a new vertical, with the debut of its second application, Slice Bookshelf.
Kindle DX unceremoniously reappears on Amazon
The giant e-reader is back, but we're not sure why it ever left.