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To: Road Walker who wrote (160961)2/3/2012 10:54:56 AM
From: Sr K
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NetSuite was up 4 to an ATH 48.815.

Pulled back, but still up 5%.

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To: Sr K who wrote (160962)2/3/2012 11:07:10 AM
From: Road Walker
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Thanks; just use it don't own it but others here at work do... will pass on the info.

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From: TimF2/3/2012 2:24:48 PM
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...Kindle: Amazon's Kindle readers range from a simple U.S. $79 model with a six-inch, grayscale screen to a $379.00 version with a 9.7-inch grayscale screen, built-in physical keyboard, and free 3G communications.

I own the Kindle Fire — the only Kindle with a color screen — and I use it often. Smaller, lighter, and at $199 roughly one-third the price of an analogous iPad, the Kindle Fire has a gorgeous screen; simple controls based on a bookshelf metaphor; and access to Amazon's huge library of books, other types of media, and an expanding library of games. Currently, the Kindle's application offerings are far fewer than what's offered for the iPad, but there are apps for Facebook and Twitter; Netflix, Hulu and Pandora; and many other popular online activities.

Although its seven-inch touch screen is significantly smaller than the iPad's, it's better-looking — making it ideal for reading books, playing videos up-close, and sneaking in an occasional game of Angry Birds. It just doesn't match the iPad for tasks that need larger screens and on-screen keyboards, such as managing e-mail and — with my vision — browsing the Internet. That said, my brother likes his Kindle Fire because its e-mail app automatically syncs with Microsoft's Exchange Server. He says it works like a champ.

My toddler son likes the Kindle Fire every bit as much as the iPad because it's easy to use and he doesn't mind watching videos and playing with interactive books on the smaller screen — those short arms naturally keep the Kindle up close. Although the iPad has a larger kids' library, Amazon offers enough Kindle media to keep any kid going for years.

? Bottom line: If you're willing to live with fewer features and capabilities, the Kindle is a bargain compared to the iPad — and it gives you a better screen for reading books.

Nook: I'll confess I don't own a Nook, but I know people who do and they love it — primarily for its simplicity. Models range from the basic $99 e-reader with a six-inch, grayscale touch-screen to the $249 tablet that comes with a seven-inch, color touch-screen.

The Nook's forte is as an e-reader. After playing with the color version for a while, I liked it better than the Kindle Fire when reading digital books and magazines: the scrolling works more naturally and more quickly, and in bright light the screen is a bit easier to read. I also preferred Nook's microphone, home key, and hardware volume control. The Nook also has a microSD card slot, a feature missing on the Kindle Fire.

On the other hand, browsing around the Web is easier on the Kindle; the built-in Web browser simply works better. The Kindle Fire is also cheaper, it has more cloud services, you can download videos to the Fire for later playback — and I just plain prefer the Kindle's interface.

There are rumors that Barnes&Noble might spin off its Nook division, possibly selling it to some company that can afford to keep the format competitive. But given the number of Nooks in the hands of avid e-book readers, the Nook should be around for years to come.

? Bottom line: Although the color Nook has tablet-like capabilities, it's best as a light, compact, inexpensive device for reading digital books and magazines. If in doubt, try both the Kindle Fire and the Nook Color, and decide which interface you prefer...

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From: Sr K2/4/2012 2:04:25 AM
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Key Windows Phone Leader Goes To Amazon

By Array | Business Insider – 6 hours ago

Brandon Watson, who was in charge of getting developers to build apps for Windows Phone, is quitting Microsoft to work on Kindle apps at Amazon.

Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet first reported the news.

Watson told us that he was attracted to Amazon largely because he's a huge fan of the Kindle. In fact, in 2009 he was featured in a New York Times article talking about how much more he started reading after he bought a Kindle.

Watson was originally recruited to the role by Charlie Kindel, who once held a similar role on the Windows Phone team


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From: Road Walker2/6/2012 11:25:02 AM
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Amazon Has Tried Everything to Make Shopping Easier. Except This.By DAVID STREITFELD
Doug Strickland/Chattanooga Times Free Press, via Associated PressSanjay Shah, left, general manager of Amazon’s new warehouse in Chattanooga, Tenn., at an opening ceremony on Thursday with the Tennessee governor, Bill Haslam.
Much of the discussion about Amazon is focused on its digital side, yet the company is relentlessly expanding into the physical.

It has announced five new United States warehouses since late December, all with more than a million square feet. It is testing out delivery lockers in New York and Seattle for those who cannot receive their goods at home. It has been experimenting with a grocery delivery service in Seattle for several years. It has expanded its Prime $79 annual shipping fee program, hoping members will order more of everything. In all sorts of ways Amazon is trying to remove the obstacles from home delivery. Does anyone remember how mail order once meant getting things a month later? Now Amazon thinks two days is too long.

One major reason the retailer seems to be giving up its hard-line position on charging customers sales taxes is that it wants to build its warehouses close to major population centers. If it does that, it cannot argue that it is exempt from collecting state taxes because it lacks a physical presence in a state. But the increased business from faster delivery might be a worthwhile trade-off to charging the tax.

Still, until we achieve the teleportation of objects, there is only one way to immediately get physical goods. It is called a store. For years, there has been speculation that Amazon will open its own outlets, presumably to sell Amazon-label products. The idea seems farfetched, but before 2001 so was the idea of Apple operating its own stores. “I give them two years before they’re turning out the lights on a very painful and expensive mistake,” a consultant told BusinessWeek about Apple’s plans in what has become one of the most celebrated bad guesses of the era.

So maybe that is where we’re going with Amazon. Instead of using everyone else’s store as a showroom for e-commerce, the retailer could control the process and operate its own showroom. “There wouldn’t have to be any inventory, you would simply play with the stuff, talk to a professional and swipe your Amazon Prime credit card (or Amazon phone) and have it at your house in the next 24 to 48 hours,” Jason Calacanis wrote in a recent blog post headlined: “Rumor: Amazon Retail Stores Coming.”

Amazon does not comment on rumors (or on much of anything, really.) But analysts do not think highly of the notion. The company wants to get closer to its customers to bridge the last mile of distribution, but not that close. “I don’t think the idea of Amazon getting more physical and adding more bricks would improve their return on invested capital,” said Brian Nowak of Nomura Securities.

Another problem: Apple, he noted, was focused on one category. Amazon ranges all over the map. Its stores might be pretty big.

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To: Road Walker who wrote (160966)2/6/2012 9:52:45 PM
From: Glenn Petersen
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More tea leaves:

Amazon in the Process of Launching a Retail Store

By Michael Kozlowski

February 4, 2012

Amazon sources close to the situation have told us that the company is planning on rolling out a retail store in Seattle within the next few months. This project is a test to gauge the market and see if a chain of stores would be profitable. They intend on going with the small boutique route with the main emphasis on books from their growing line of Amazon Exclusives and selling their e-readers and tablets.

Seattle is where Amazon’s main headquarters is based and is known as a fairly tech savvy market. It is a perfect launch location to get some hands on experience in the retail sphere. A source has told us that they are not looking to launch a huge store with thousands of square feet. Instead they are going the boutique route and stocking the shelves with only high margin and high-end items. Their intention is to mainly hustle their entire line of Kindle e-Readers and the Kindle Fire. They also will be stocking a ton of accessories such as cases, screen protectors, and USB adapters.

The company has already contracted the design layout of the retail location through a shell company, which is not unusual for Amazon. When Amazon releases new products to the FCC it is always done through anonymous proxy companies to avoid disclosure to their competition on what they are working on. While we don’t know the actual name of the firm they are working with we have heard rumors that they are based in Germany.

The store itself is not just selling tangible items like e-readers and tablets, but also their books. Amazon recently started their own publishing division and has locked up many indie and prominent figures to write exclusively for the company. This has prompted their rivals such as Barnes and Noble, Indigo and Books-A-Million to publicly proclaim they won’t touch Amazon’s physical books with a ten-foot pole. Amazon launching their own store will give customers a way to physically buy books and also sample ebooks via WIFI when they are in a physical location.

This is exciting news and Amazon in a great position to make a strong go out of their retail endeavors. They are starting out local and small mainly to test the waters with the new store, but also to figure out how they’re going to avoid paying massive taxes. In the last few years, there has been a huge tax debate because Amazon sells things online and only pays State taxes if they have a distribution center within a particular location. Having a physical store means the company will have to start paying more taxes and they are currently working out the logistics and tax loopholes before they launch.

We have heard that the time-frame of their first location starting up will be before the end of the year to capitalize on the lucrative holiday season. The store may also roll out towards the Fall when their own publishing imprint will officially launch and the first few books will be released. I expect it to launch soon after the Kindle Fire 2 is announced to maximize the exposure they are going to get.

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To: Glenn Petersen who wrote (160967)2/6/2012 10:11:18 PM
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Thats very interesting. It seems surely that at some point surely Bezos will bite off more than he can chew. Its just stunning the ambition this company has - competing in so many completely different markets now.

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To: zax who wrote (160968)2/6/2012 10:44:07 PM
From: Glenn Petersen
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I would not be concerned about Amazon opening a test store of two. I doubt that they are looking to mimic Apple, if for no other reason than that they have a limited line of Amazon branded hardware. Barnes and Noble has had some success devoting a portion of their stores to the Nook. Maybe Amazon should be partnering with some of the major department store chains to open stores-within-stores.

Amazon is willing to suffer short term low margins in pursuit of long term market dominance.

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To: Glenn Petersen who wrote (160969)2/7/2012 11:28:51 AM
From: Brian Sullivan
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Maybe Amazon should be partnering with some of the major department store chains to open stores-within-stores.

Or buy out Radio-Shack..

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To: Brian Sullivan who wrote (160970)2/8/2012 10:17:06 AM
From: Glenn Petersen
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Purchasing RadioShack would certainly accelerate Amazon's "slow walk" toward collecting sales taxes on Internet sakes.

From Yahoo:

As of March 31, 2011, the company operated 4,467 company-operated retail stores under the RadioShack brand name in the United States; and 1,304 kiosks located in Target and Sam?s Club stores. As of December 31, 2010, it operated 211 company-operated stores under the RadioShack brand, 9 dealers, and 1 distribution center in Mexico; a network of 1,207 RadioShack dealer outlets, including 34 located outside of North America; and 4 distribution centers in the United States.

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