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Rivalry Building Between Amazon and Google 97

Amazon and Google, both giants in the online business world, started out as separate entities with two very different agendas. As each has grown into an empire, the overlapping areas of business between the two companies has grown as well. But with both companies moving strongly into the electronic device market, cloud services, and Amazon now building out its advertising network, they find themselves increasingly at odds, and 2013 may bring more direct battles."Amazon wants to be the one place where you buy everything. Google wants to be the one place where you find everything, of which buying things is a subset. So when you marry those facts I think you're going to see a natural collision," said VC partner Chi-hua Chien. Adds Reuters, "Not long after Bezos learned of Google's catalog plans, Amazon began scanning books and providing searchable digital excerpts. Its Kindle e-reader, launched a few years later, owes much of its inspiration to the catalog news, the executive said. Now, Amazon is pushing its online ad efforts, threatening to siphon revenue and users from Google's main search website."
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Rivalry Building Between Amazon and Google

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  • "Pack of Four" (Score:3, Insightful)

    by tuppe666 ( 904118 ) on Tuesday December 25, 2012 @07:46PM (#42390879)

    While everyone is more interested in the rivalry of Google, Apple and Microsoft, Amazon has steadily charted up year after year building a base that is more resilient than that of any other.

    Nobody is interested in Microsoft. The "pack of four" includes *Facebook* over Microsoft.

  • by gelfling ( 6534 ) on Tuesday December 25, 2012 @07:54PM (#42390931) Homepage Journal

    Amazon AWS hosts Netflix and it was done for hours yesterday. Based on that I'd say +1 Google in the systems reliability front.

  • Ironic (Score:3, Insightful)

    by tuppe666 ( 904118 ) on Tuesday December 25, 2012 @08:05PM (#42390987)

    Recently as part of Googles defence against Microsofts smear campaign against "Shopping search monopoly" Amzason where given as an example of where 40% of shoppers go first.

  • Re:"Pack of Four" (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 25, 2012 @08:07PM (#42391009)

    Really? I think you should pay attention to the actual world and quit listening to tech pundits who seem more concerned with shock value than fact. Facebook is in a fast decline and has been since before they went public. Microsoft is continuing to be fairly constant. My bet is that within 5 years (and I'm being liberal here with the time frame), Facebook is as relevant as myspace.

  • Re:Not my words (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Mabhatter ( 126906 ) on Tuesday December 25, 2012 @08:24PM (#42391097)

    Microsoft has a near monopoly on Business servers.... Swingline sells a lot of Red Staplers too. Smead sells a lot of hanging file folders. 3M sells a lot of stickie squares.... Lots of companies have very profitable, near monopolies... But they aren't interesting to Wall Street anymore.

    Microsoft has sold just about as many copies of Windows as they can.. On every possible platform. The only place they GROW is in XBox living room machines... But that's a really crowded market that the players are just taking different sizes of pie.... There's NO NEW PIE being created. Apple and Google and Amazon are creating new KINDS of pie ... Microsoft isn't.

  • Re:"Pack of Four" (Score:4, Insightful)

    by symbolset ( 646467 ) * on Wednesday December 26, 2012 @12:31AM (#42392171) Journal

    Our programmers and engineers still need a Workstation class laptop and Windows or Linux OS.

    In a VM, which is where desktop Windows belongs.

How many NASA managers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? "That's a known problem... don't worry about it."