Amazon fires on Apple, Netflix (week in review)
Amazon unveils 7-inch Android-based tablet for $199, while Apple schedules an iPhone event. Also: Facebook privacy worries.
Tech enthusiasts were expecting something big from Amazon this week, and they weren't disappointed.
Many had hoped that the Internet retailer would take the wraps off a much-anticipated tablet PC to challenge the iPad (which it did), but the company also . The new Kindle Touch with Wi-Fi will sell for $99; its 3G version will sell for $149. A cheaper and smaller non-touch Kindle will sell for $79.
But the big news of the day was the--Amazon's stab at the crowded tablet PC market, which is already dominated by Apple's iPad.
At $199, the 7-inch Kindle Fire is sure to find a bigger audience than other Apple iPad challengers, but the lower price point means that Amazon hasn't packed the device with specifications found in more expensive tablets.
The Fire also features a
Included in all this is an assault on Netflix, with Amazon, which gives customers "instant commercial-free streaming of over 11,000 movies and TV shows at no additional cost." After the free month is over, Fire owners can sign up for Prime, which costs $79 annually and includes free two-day shipping on any purchase from the retailer. Compare that with the $96 Netflix's charges just for streaming movies.
The company says it will hold an event at 10 a.m. PT on Tuesday at which it will "talk iPhone."
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Activist group releases contact information for officer who allegedly sprayed women protesters with pepper spray, unprovoked.
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RIM insists that it is not getting out of the tablet business, but there are signs that PlayBook production may have stopped. And retailers are beginning to offer the device at deep discounts.
Web giant's chief executive says during a conference Q&A session that he sees the company itself as its greatest obstacle to success.
At a pair of competing events in Silicon Valley, President Obama and House Republican leaders are presenting their different approaches to aiding the U.S. economy.
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