Amazon PR Boss Blasts New York Times Exposé, Digs Up Dirt on Its Sources (Update) It took several months, but Amazon is taking the gloves off in its fight against the New York Times and the paper’s stinging summer report about the e-commerce giant’s work culture.
In a blog post published on Medium on Monday morning, Amazon communications head Jay Carney disputed some facts, highlighted what he views as missing context and dug up details about some of the former Amazon employees quoted in the piece. Of one, Carney wrote: “[H]is brief tenure at Amazon ended after an investigation revealed he had attempted to defraud vendors and conceal it by falsifying business records. When confronted with the evidence, he admitted it and resigned immediately.” The Times piece makes no mention of this fact when quoting the employee saying the now-infamous phrase, “Nearly every person I worked with, I saw cry at their desk.” “Even with breaking news, journalistic standards would encourage working hard to uncover any bias in a key source,” Carney wrote.
Amazon Not as Unstoppable as It Might Appear - NYTimes.com. Photo Thanks to its ugly spat with book publishers, has lately been cast as the abominable boogeyman of American commerce.
As hundreds of authors took up arms against the giant, The New Republic declared in a cover article this fall that “Amazon Must Be Stopped,” insisting that the company’s unbounded retail ambitions would end up “cannibalizing the economy.” La loi anti-Amazon déjà contournée par le géant du e-commerce. WEB - Amazon a déjà trouvé la parade à la loi votée au Parlement fin juin et entrée en application ce jeudi… Publiée au Journal Officiel mercredi, la loi Anti-Amazon est entrée en vigueur ce jeudi en France.
Elle empêche désormais les sites de commerce en ligne de cumuler une remise de 5% sur les livres et la gratuité des frais de port. Sauf qu’Amazon, premier visé par cette nouvelle législation, a déjà trouvé la parade. Le géant américain propose désormais des frais de port à… 1 centime d’euros par commande de livre, sans minimum d’achat. Amazon's Whale Strategy. A week before yesterday’s launch of the Fire Phone, Amazon sent all of the attendees a copy of the children’s book “Mr.
Pines Purple House” with a note from Jeff Bezos stating: I think you’ll agree that the world is a better place when things are a little bit different. Beyond the book, the first thing different about the event was that it was open to the general public. Over 60,000 people ended up applying to attend, and Amazon opened the event with a video featuring several of those applicants. The message was clear: this event was about, and for, Amazon’s most loyal customers. It’s not the Phone that’s Different; It’s the Strategy At first glance, there is very little about the phone that feels different, at least in the ways that matter. Instead the Fire Phone is right up there with an iPhone 5S when it comes to price,1 and it’s sold with the exact same contract you would get with that iPhone.2 There is no margin compression, no subsidized data. Amazon reportedly in talks to launch a Netflix for books.
11 September '11, 10:31pm Follow In February, Amazon.com launched its long-awaited subscription video-streaming service as part of Amazon Prime, setting itself up to be a serious rival to Netflix.
If we’re honest, it has yet to take off but let’s not be too harsh on a service that is essentially a bolt-on to its existing Amazon Prime annual subscription that offers free two day shipping with no minimum purchase amount for $79/year. Today however we’re hearing reports via the WSJ that Amazon may soon launch a book equivalent of the service, charging a fixed monthly fee for access to a library of books. Amazon Almost Giving Away Lady Gaga’s New Album – AllThingsD. It’s not free, but it’s close: Amazon is selling digital downloads of “Born This Way,” Lady Gaga’s newest album, for 99 cents.
That gets you 14 songs and a digital booklet. The same album goes for $11.99 at Apple’s iTunes, which seems more interested in pushing a 22-song special edition for $15.99–that’s the one currently featured on the retailer’s home page. Back in the old days, when people used to buy CDs, it wasn’t unusual for Best Buy et al to mark down big albums from $16 to $10 as loss leaders less to get people in the doors: The retailers took a loss on the discs in the hopes you’d buy a stereo or a TV, too.
Here, it looks like Amazon is hoping to use the sale to push its cloud music locker. Promotional copy reminds shoppers that if they buy this or any other album, they can upgrade the 5 gigabytes of free storage the service offers to 20 gigs. Which reminds me: