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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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  • by tuppe666 ( 904118 ) on Tuesday December 25, 2012 @07:52PM (#42390915)

    The reality of the new world order, is the "pack of four" do have massive overlap in business, but that is just the way it should be. Its good old fashioned competition. Everyone has a store; Everyone had apps; Everyone owns an advertising company, Everyone has hardware [Ok Facebook only rumoured since forever, and Amazon new rumoured around a phone].

    Personally I think the consumer needs to protected with cross platform; patent free formats, and the ability to move between devices as easily [and I mean Apps too] as possible to protect consumers from being locked into any one ecosystem.

  • by petscii ( 318753 ) on Tuesday December 25, 2012 @07:56PM (#42390955)

    I don't torrent. I bought programs from amazon unbox service. I thought paying $1.99 for programs was fair... OK, I have to wait until the next day because the broadcast networks/cable people have an anti consumer bent towards people "buying" media from them. I'll spare you the rant about the the people who watch the shows being the product vs the shows themselves.

    What is hugely obnoxious is that Amazon is using its position to punish people. You can't get the amazon player for android even though you can get it for the Kindle (which is based on android) and surprise you can get it for the iPad. So none of the content that I paid for will work on my Nexus 7.

    Now I just wait for the DVD sets to hit the library.

  • Re:"Pack of Four" (Score:5, Interesting)

    by DogDude ( 805747 ) on Tuesday December 25, 2012 @08:02PM (#42390975)
    Speak for yourself. My business runs on Microsoft stuff. I couldn't give two shits about Facebook, Google, or Amazon.
  • by iamhassi ( 659463 ) on Tuesday December 25, 2012 @10:06PM (#42391569) Journal
    Apple took the smart approach and stuck with excellent software and hardware. Apple invented the modern smartphone and tablet market. Apple will sit back and watch everyone else destroy themselves while apple continues to integrate with whatever new service allows it. Google, Amazon or Facebook or all of them will eventually self implode, will Apple sits back and says WTF?

    Smart move Apple, giving people what they want, instead of stuffing your own services down their face.

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