Voice analytics platform VoiceLabs recently launched audio ads, arguing that developers needed to get paid and Amazon wasn't offering its own monetization. With ads only allowed in three categories - streaming radio, streaming music and news-flash briefings - how would that work? One way may be direct payments from Amazon. The company is currently paying game developers with high-usage skills. A letter recently sent to developers said, "We are exploring new ways to reward our developers for their skills in the US, UK and Germany. Starting this month, we are giving eligible game skill developers the opportunity to earn money for their skill based on customer usage." The following is from Amazon's FAQs about "rewards": We will identify top game skills to reward each month. If your skill qualifies, you will be notified by email. Payment is based on your skill's customer usage. The email you receive from the Alexa team will include the details of your payment … [Read more...] about Amazon is paying Alexa game developers. Will that expand to all skills categories?
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The company reported net sales revenue of $35.7 billion, a 23 percent spike from Q1 2016's revenue of $29.1 billion. That's just slightly above what analysts expected. The bigger surprise was earnings per share (EPS) of $1.48, way above the $1.13 that analysts had predicted. Amazon's EPS a year ago were $1.07. In Amazon's earnings announcement, CEO Jeff Bezos specifically called out the success of his company's recent investments in the Indian e-commerce market: "Our India team is moving fast and delivering for customers and sellers. The team has increased Prime selection by 75% since launching the program nine months ago, increased fulfillment capacity for sellers by 26% already this year, announced 18 Indian Original TV series, and just last week introduced a Fire TV Stick optimized for Indian customers with integrated voice search in English and Hindi," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO. "We're grateful that customers are responding - Amazon.in is the most visited and the … [Read more...] about Amazon beats expectations in Q1 2017 with 23% jump in revenue
Once CEO of Google, now executive chairman, if Eric Schmidt could become CEO of Apple, Amazon or Facebook, which would he choose? Asked during an on-stage interview with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher from AllThingsD, Schmidt went for the one with the most cash, Apple. The question came from an audience member at a 92Y event today in New York, where Schmidt was being interviewed. Schmidt responded that he’d been on the board of Apple and would always a special spot in his heart for Apple and plus “they have more cash.” He then said each company had different challenges, though he really covered their strengths. Of Apple, Schmidt spoke of being close to Steve Jobs, how he’s missed dearly and imbued a culture at Apple that remains strong. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos drew praise for “remarkable moves” on supply chain integration. Facebook, with a billion users, “You can make money,” Schmidt said. When pressed to choose by Mossberg, … [Read more...] about Schmidts Choice: Hed Take Apple CEO Spot Over Amazon & Facebook
Just days after Walmart made a splash by announcing its Amazon Prime competitor, Amazon used yesterday’s earnings announcement to share a new Prime milestone: more than 50 million items, up 73 percent since 2015. Walmart’s new free two-day shipping program covers only 2 million products — a fraction of Prime’s inventory. In Amazon’s earnings release, founder and CEO Jeff Bezos also revealed that “tens of millions of new paid members” joined Prime in 2016. Amazon has never shared a total member count, but late last year analysts estimated the number at 65 million just in the US. As tempting as it is to compare Walmart’s new offering to Amazon Prime, the reality is that free two-day shipping is pretty much where the comparison ends. Prime members get a number of additional benefits that have helped generate customer loyalty, such as free streaming music and video, free book borrowing from the Kindle Store, early access to certain sales and … [Read more...] about Amazon Prime now has more than 50 million items, dwarfing Walmart’s new competitor
Google now has its own version of the Yahoo “peanut butter” manifesto, where Google staff software engineer Steve Yegge wrote a “family intervention” memo about Google’s failure to build accessible platforms, leaving it vulnerable to the likes of Facebook. There are some harsh words about Google+, but the memo is broader than that. It offers an intriguing look inside Google, including being a place where engineers, as least, can send such strong declarations around the company without fear of retribution. Accidental Release Yegge didn’t intend for his post to be public. That was an accident, as he explains here. It was meant to be shared internally, and given that it does a call out to people like Larry Page and Sergey Brin, it was apparently intended for wide distribution within Google. As best I can tell, he addressed it to everyone in Google (there must be an internal Google+ circle that allows this). Yegge since deleted his post, saying: I … [Read more...] about The “Google Doesn’t Get Platforms” Family Intervention Memo