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Beatles fans can now download the Fab Four's tracks legally for free. But there's one catch: they can only do it by subscribing to, and downloading, a podcast from Norwegian Broadcasting. According to a deal inked by the organization late last year, Norwegian Broadcasting can offer podcasts containing music as long as no more than 70 percent of the entire duration of the show contains music. Using that to its advantage, the organization has started offering daily podcast episodes that feature a three-minute discussion about an individual Beatles track and the actual recording of that track subsequent to … Read more
Amazon's video service will become the first non-Netflix "channel" to be available on the Roku box. The service, formerly known as Amazon Unbox, offers more than 40,000 movies and TV shows.
While that dwarfs the 12,000 or so streaming titles currently available via Netflix--and includes many newer titles as they're released on DVD--they're available on a pay-per-view basis rather than the flat-fee subscription of the Netflix.
Amazon CTO Werner Vogels recently revisited a post titled 'Eventually Consistent' , about building consistency models for globally distributed systems and the trade-offs required to process trillions of transactions. It's a little heady, but definitely worth a read if you are trying to figure out how to architect applications for the Cloud or other large system architectures.Whether or not inconsistencies are acceptable depends on the client application. In all cases the developer needs to be aware that consistency guarantees are provided by the storage systems and need to be taken into account when developing applications. There are a number … Read more
The right way to think about these figures is in Schumpeterian terms: With retail sales down across the board, whose businesses are being destroyed here, and what is the future of physical retail? Amazon is merely goosing this process along, of course, and may not even end up being a survivor.
Such is the nature of business: some people lose while others win. It's not exactly a zero-sum game, but it can sure feel that way at times.
While the Web … Read more
Remember Sony and Microsoft? No? Well, neither does the average Amazon customer.
According to a release sent out by the online retail giant Friday, the Nintendo Wii and all its accessories dominated video game sales during the holiday shopping rush and not one mention was made of Sony's Playstation 3 or Microsoft's Xbox 360.
"Nintendo Wii dominated the top sellers in video games and hardware, including the Wii console, the Wii remote controller and the Wii nunchuk controller," the release reports.
What about all its competitors? Have they somehow entered the realm of irrelevance?
I'm starting to wonder if they have.… Read more
Examples of architectures designed to run on Amazon Web Services are a great way to illustrate the necessary design changes and patterns associated with a cloud deployment methodology.
Soocial.com, a "one address book solution to contact management" runs entirely on AWS and uses some interesting technologies to make their service work, including RabbitMQ, an open-source implementation of AMQP, the emerging standard for high-performance enterprise messaging. (I've written about AMQP and RabbitMQ here, and here in the past.)
One of the most interesting things is how the architecture isn't dramatically different than it would be if … Read more