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Under Jeff Bezos, Washington Post poised to become incubator for media innovation

Under Jeff Bezos, Washington Post poised to become incubator for media innovation

Diane Francis | 13/08/24 | Last Updated: 13/08/23 2:50 PM ET
There is speculation as to what Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is going to do with his latest acquisition, the venerable Washington Post.

Bezos’s e-book success provides blueprint for newspaper overhaul

Jeff Bezos has already transformed one traditional print business — books — into a digital one. The experience provides a blueprint for how the billionaire technology executive is now poised to overhaul newspapers following his US$250 million acquisition of the Washington Post. But it’s really not difficult to discern. Bezos is going to do to the media (newspapers, magazines and television) what Amazon did to bookstores and authors. One need only consider his mission statement for Amazon, the book business he began in 1994: “Our vision is to have every book ever printed, in any language, available in under 60 seconds.” Read more of this post

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Techies to Grapple With Big Changes; VMware’s annual conference, VMworld, comes as a technology approach that the company pushed—to change how servers are used—is beginning to affect other markets

August 25, 2013, 10:34 p.m. ET

Techies to Grapple With Big Changes

DON CLARK

SAN FRANCISCO—VMware Inc. VMW +2.74% isn’t exactly a household word, at least outside of Silicon Valley. But the software maker’s annual conference has become a key meeting place for those who help manage computer rooms—a techie tribe grappling with major changes. The event it started, called VMworld, is kicking off in a convention center here this week. It comes as a technology approach that the company pushed—to change how servers are used—is beginning to affect other markets. Read more of this post

Next CEO’s Biggest Job: Fixing Microsoft’s Culture; At Software Giant, Taking the Safe, Profitable Route Often Wins Out Over Innovation

Updated August 25, 2013, 8:01 p.m. ET

Next CEO’s Biggest Job: Fixing Microsoft’s Culture

At Software Giant, Taking the Safe, Profitable Route Often Wins Out Over Innovation

SHIRA OVIDE

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Months before Apple Inc. AAPL -0.39% unveiled its iPad in January 2010, the tech world was buzzing about mockups of a tablet computer from Microsoft Corp.MSFT +7.29% Created by an inventor of the company’s Xbox videogame machine, the Courier folded like a book and let users sketch and jot ideas on a touchscreen. That spring, Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer told employees at Courier’s Seattle laboratory that he was pulling the plug on the device. Mr. Ballmer said he was redirecting resources to the next version of the company’s Windows operating system, which was more than two years away, according to Georg Petschnigg and other former employees of the lab. Read more of this post

Magazine publisher Conde Nast announced a major partnership with Amazon.com in which the Internet retailer will handle print and digital subscriptions for glossy publications such as Vogue, Wired and Vanity Fair

Conde Nast launches new subscriber service with Amazon

Tue, Aug 20 2013

By Jennifer Saba

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Magazine publisher Conde Nast announced a major partnership with Amazon.com Inc on Tuesday in which the Internet retailer will handle print and digital subscriptions for glossy publications such as Vogue, Wired and Vanity Fair. Conde Nast is the first magazine publisher to collaborate with Amazon on this type of service, a move that will simplify and eventually save money on its subscription process and give it access to a huge new customer base. Currently, subscriptions involve direct mail and stacks of magazine insert cards. Read more of this post

How Technology Wrecks the Middle Class?

AUGUST 24, 2013, 2:35 PM

How Technology Wrecks the Middle Class

By DAVID H. AUTOR AND DAVID DORN

In the four years since the Great Recession officially ended, the productivity of American workers — those lucky enough to have jobs — has risen smartly. But the United States still has two million fewer jobs than before the downturn, the unemployment rate is stuck at levels not seen since the early 1990s and the proportion of adults who are working is four percentage points off its peak in 2000. This job drought has spurred pundits to wonder whether a profound employment sickness has overtaken us. And from there, it’s only a short leap to ask whether that illness isn’t productivity itself. Have we mechanized and computerized ourselves into obsolescence? Read more of this post

A Dearth of Tech IPOs Could Expose Stock Rally

August 25, 2013, 6:01 p.m. ET

A Dearth of Tech IPOs Could Expose Stock Rally

Just 16% of New U.S. Listings This Year Have Been Technology or Internet Companies

TELIS DEMOS And MATT JARZEMSKY

Initial public offerings from technology-related companies and booming U.S. stock markets usually go together—such as Priceline.com PCLN +0.22% and 1999. Not this year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has climbed 15% since Jan. 1, even after declining 3% this month largely on jitters about corporate earnings and expectations that the Federal Reserve will scale back stimulus measures in the coming months. At the current pace, the number of IPOs in the U.S. could hit 200, the most since 2007. Read more of this post

3-D Printing Stirs Copyright Clash on Homemade IPhone Gear

3-D Printing Stirs Copyright Clash on Homemade IPhone Gear: Tech

Fernando Sosa had no doubt his sword-covered iPhone dock inspired by the hit TV series “Game of Thrones” would become a top seller for his small manufacturing startup. Then he heard from HBO. Defending a copyright on electronics featuring its show, HBO in February demanded Sosa halt sales on his website. He did, and gave more than a dozen customers refunds for $49.99. Read more of this post

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