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Amazon

Call it a clash of competing clouds. It seems that Google is launching an application-hosting service that appears to be going head-to-head with Amazon's trio of distributed computing services -- the EC2 computing network, the S3 storage service and the SimpleDB database offering, all of which provide a kind of back-end in a box for…

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A few days ago it was the RIM network that suddenly went down, cutting people off from their emails and other BlackBerry goodness (which some saw as a good thing rather than a catastrophe) -- and this morning it was Amazon's S3 network that suddenly went offline. The network provides cheap remote storage for dozens…

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Amazon: Building the cloud

by Mathew on December 14, 2007 · 8 comments

I confess that I don't really know anything much about databases -- apart from the fact that if my Wordpress mySQL database goes wonky, all hell breaks loose -- but I think the announcement of Amazon's Simple DB is a pretty major deal, if only because it seems to be the third leg of a…

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Is Kindle the iPod of books?

by Mathew on December 3, 2007 · 6 comments

Several weeks ago, Amazon introduced the latest in a long line of "e-book" readers, known as the Kindle. Available for $400, it comes equipped with an easy-to-read "E Ink" screen and a wireless connection that allows users to download books that they purchase from the online retailer. Kindle users can also upload their own files…

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So Amazon has launched the Kindle, its e-book reader, with a press release and an event with CEO Jeff Bezos, which TechCrunch is live-blogging. Several sites have hands-on details, including Engadget (which I would be happy to pay for, Ryan, just not via a monthly fee). If anything, my skepticism about the Kindle -- some…

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