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The Slippery Slope of Fast-Twitch Delivery

by Allen Weiner  |  April 1, 2013  |  1 Comment

To be certain it was not an April Fool’s prank, I had to check the dateline of the story that revealed the idea Walmart was considering a plan in which it would offer same-day-delivery with a twist—customers would become delivery men (and women). Couple this with Google’s entry into the home delivery business and we [...]

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Can Marissa Mayer Restore the Yodel?

by Allen Weiner  |  July 16, 2012  |  Comments Off

Keeping a secret is a mighty task in a time when whispers are heard ‘round the world but Yahoo pulled one off by naming Google executive Marissa Mayer as its new CEO. While not an obscure choice, Mayer is a less than obvious one with her engineering and product skill set more of a match [...]

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Google Takes Publishers, Consumers to the Cloud

by Allen Weiner  |  December 6, 2010  |  3 Comments

Google’s entry into the digital publishing space with the launch of its eBookstore, partner program and device neutral distribution scheme is a big deal. On first look, there is the significant impact on rivals in the distribution space (Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple and Amazon) as they face new competition. However, as the first “media [...]

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Will Google Editions Disrupt or Distract?

by Allen Weiner  |  May 11, 2010  |  Comments Off

Google has dropped a few hints about the upcoming release of Google Editions, its megasized e-book marketplace that aims to take on other e-book platform providers. What makes that scenario a bit complicated is that some e-book distribution platforms are operated by device companies (i.e. Barnes and Noble, Amazon and Sony, with whom Google wants [...]

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Yahoo-Microsoft Deal Approved; Google Books, Not So Much

by Allen Weiner  |  February 19, 2010  |  Comments Off

It is a good time to be a lawyer The U.S. Department of Justice has given its approval to the Microsoft-Yahoo search deal which will add search results from Microsoft’s Bing to Yahoo search result pages. The deal also includes Yahoo’s ability to sell premium search advertising for both companies. Yahoo has indicated it intends [...]

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YouTube Launches Video Rentals at Sundance

by Allen Weiner  |  January 20, 2010  |  1 Comment

As YouTube evolves from its roots as the mega community for all video comers to a profitable business, the company is announcing a video rental program which launches in conjunction with the Sundance Film Festival (January 21-31, 2010). Against the backdrop of Sundance, YouTube rentals will launch with five Sundance films—two from last year’s competition [...]

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HotJobs’ Sale Could End Yahoo’s Newspaper Consortium

by Allen Weiner  |  December 9, 2009  |  Comments Off

According to this report from Reuters, Yahoo is open to selling HotJobs fir the right price. If this report is true, then I suspect Yahoo’s newspaper consortium will lose much of its momentum if not outright come to an end; there are more than 600 newspapers in the consortium and HotJobs is one of the [...]

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The Nook: Better Than Kindle, But Not Perfect

by Allen Weiner  |  December 7, 2009  |  3 Comments

After a brief delay, about half of those who pre-ordered the Barnes & Noble Nook will soon be receiving their e-readers. With that in mind, the combatants are now out of their corners and are ready to do battle in the e-reader ring. In this corner is Amazon’s Kindle: a neat device that has a [...]

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The Alex E-Reader Stirs the Pot, Adding HTML to the Mix

by Allen Weiner  |  November 10, 2009  |  2 Comments

From Fremont, Calif.,-based Spring Design comes the Alex, an e-reader slated for a CES coming out party. Alex, named for the Ancient Library of Alexandria, once the largest and most famous libraries of the ancient world, is notable for its support of the Android operating system as well as its use of two screens, capable [...]

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U.S. Justice Department Sour on Google Book Deal

by Allen Weiner  |  September 21, 2009  |  Comments Off

The latest installment in the Google-Amazon drama. Continued negotiations to follow. “The current settlement proposal would stifle innovation and competition in favor of a monopoly over the access, distribution and pricing of the largest collection of digital books in the world, and would reinforce an already dominant position in search and search advertising,” said the [...]

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