Amazon has opened up its login widget for app developers, mobile apps, individual websites and clients of the identity management service Janrain to use.
Americans No Longer the Center of the Online Universe, and Other Surprises From Mary Meeker’s Epic Slide Deck
Four-fifths of the largest Internet properties in the world are owned by American companies, but the same proportion of their users are outside the United States, Kleiner Perkins venture investor Mary Meeker said in her much-anticipated annual slide presentation on the state of the Internet.
A listing for a bloody mannequin has disappeared from Amazon after feminists complained it was promoting violence against women. The activist group UltraViolet collected 63,000 signatures on a petition to get rid of the shooting target designed by Zombie Industries that bled when shot and was chillingly called “The Ex.” The first 10,000 signatures appeared within the first 30 minutes of the campaign, the organizers said.
The daily deals service LivingSocial has been hacked and will begin sending notifications out to users this afternoon. Fifty million of the company’s 70 million users were affected.
Amazon’s net sales were $16.07 billion in the first quarter of 2013 an increase of 22 percent, compared with $13.18 billion in first quarter of 2012, the company said today.
During the quarter, Amazon acquired social reading platform Goodreads; made the Kindle Fire HD 8.9” available in more countries; and made Amazon MP3s available to iPhone users. They also grew the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, which lets Amazon Prime customers borrow eBooks for free, to 300,000 books. The company also focused on expanding its TV and film licensing agreements and on creating original programming.
“Amazon Studios is working on a new way to greenlight TV shows. The pilots are out in the open where everyone can have a say,” stated Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO. “I have my personal picks and so do members of the Amazon Studios team, but the exciting thing about our approach is that our opinions don’t matter. Our customers will determine what goes into full-season production. We hope Amazon Originals can become yet another way for us to create value for Prime members.”
App analytics upstart App Annie put together a good-looking infographic that conveys that Amazon’s app store has a lot of catching up to do relative to the Google and Apple stores, but plenty of ropes to grab to help it get there.
Seattle start-up Blab launched a public beta today for a social analytics tool that it claims can predict the future of social conversations.
On today’s edition of the Morning Media Menu, GalleyCat editor Jason Boog announced Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Press, which will go head-to-head with Amazon’s publishing tools for self-published authors.
The publisher of a bilingual children’s book written in English and Cornish prevailed upon Amazon to issue the book an an e-book after a petition and a social-media campaign, according to the UK Guardian. But Amazon continues to support a very narrow range of languages for e-readers.
Music, TV shows, and movies have all gone digital, and there are a number of streaming services to choose from. But if you’re going to pay for them, you’re going to want to read the fine print. Should you switch from Netflix to Hulu Plus? Is Spotify better than Grooveshark? This infographic breaks down the advantages and disadvantages of different streaming services and provides statistics on how quickly other consumers are adopting new technology.