All you can eat books

Amazon is joining Netflix in the 'all-you-can-eat' model. It will start in the US market, where Kindle (device or app) customers will be able to sign up for this service. The initial offering starts with 600,000+ titles. It is the ongoing battle between the content providers and content distributors. Many publishers are very unhappy with the control Amazon (and Apple) have over distribution and pricing; therefore are not part of this project. Amazon has to defend its territory from the likes of Oyster Books or Scribd. These new companies were able to strike deals with the other publishers. Amazon is now playing catch up with these companies, in turn disrupting its own business model. Amazon is now getting a taste of its own medicine (when it went after the brick & mortar competition). Amazon will have to come up with additional value to keep the competition at bay. Price, selection and digital delivery are no longer differentiating factors; it may be time for Amazon to start creating its own original content, taking its future direction from Netflix’s success. --->

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This week brought some interesting, note-worthy articles and news:
- Apple and IBM announced a partnership to get enterprise applications on the iDevices. It is a defensive move against Google. We will see next year if there will be any changes.

- Microsoft introduced an outcome from its research project - Adam. It is an object recognition software. So far, it can recognize different breeds of dogs. 

- Microsoft is right sizing. It will excuse 18,000 people. Most affected is the mobile division. 

- DARPA is financing a new project. The implant chip to help you to restore memory. Or is it the other way around? Can't remember, but it will be wireless. You'll be able to remember things with your remote control.

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