Why Amazon customers might think twice about going east — Cloud Computing News

“Why is it that Heroku, Foursquare, Pinterest, Reddit, Instagram et al are still so heavily dependent on Amazon’s aging and problematic US-East region? Very good question. Here are some potential answers.” via Why Amazon customers might think twice about going east — Cloud Computing News.

This article (and the issues Amazon’s customers are experiencing) point our that the Cloud does not make a company’s infrastructure magically bullet proof.

Contingency planning, Disaster Recovery plans, good Service Level Agreements, and business interruption insurance are all key considerations for companies moving products and services into the cloud.

Are you fully prepared if the cloud goes down?

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A healthy reminder from Amazon: You don’t buy ebooks, you rent them | GigaOm

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Updated: Sometimes the language we use fails to capture the essence of what we’re doing when we are online, or lulls us into a false sense of security about our behavior and what it means. For example, we’ve gotten pretty used to the idea that we can “buy” ebooks from Amazon (s amzn): we just click a button and pay with a credit card and there it is on our Kindle. Except that we aren’t really buying it in the traditional sense of the word; we are merely renting it, or paying for access to it under a specific set of circumstances — and a recent incident in which a woman’s account was blocked and all of her books removed without explanation is a healthy reminder of that.

Norwegian technology blogger Martin Bekkelund describes how his friend Linn Jordet Nygaard found that her Amazon account had been shut down…

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos calls for governments to end patent wars like Apple v Samsung | Metro.co.uk

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos calls for governments to end patent wars like Apple v Samsung | Metro.co.uk.

Another major mover and shaker (this time, no less than Jeff Bezos), joins the chorus of voices recognizing that the time has come for patent reform!

Amazon and the Non-Level Retail Playing Field – Richard Harris – Voices – AllThingsD

Amazon and the Non-Level Retail Playing Field – Richard Harris – Voices – AllThingsD.

This is an interesting opinion piece regarding why Amazon has such significant competitive advantage over traditional retailers.

It comes down to several related issues, but can be boiled down to the fact that Amazon, in addition to its economies of scale, has multiple revenue streams. It has revenue from its computing services. It has revenue from ad sales.

These additional revenue streams are something that Amazon’s competitors are starting to sit up an notice. Walmart, for one, is signaling its intent to become an “experience platform” much in the vein of Amazon, where brands not only sell to customers but also market to them.