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Bezos Talks Plans for Drone Delivery
) CEO Jeff Bezos has said his company plans to use drones to
deliver packages within four to five years. Last night on the
) News program
, Bezos explained that octocopter drones (sporting eight rotors)
will retrieve packages at Amazon distribution centers and fly them
to customer homes. First-generation drones will aim to have a
10-mile radius and be able to deliver packages in under 30 minutes.
Drones would carry packages weighing under five pounds, which make
up roughly 86% of packages that Amazon delivers.
iPhones Are Big in Japan
) iPhones have nabbed 76% of the Japanese smartphone market after
the country's largest telephone company,
), started carrying the latest iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C in
San Francisco Chronicle
. Previously, NTT Docomo had refrained from selling the models to
support sales of
(OTCMKTS:SSNLF) devices, as well as to protect its own Web store
BlackBerry Expands BBM in Emerging Markets
Troubled Canadian smartphone maker
(BBRY) is targeting emerging markets to expand its BlackBerry
messaging (BBM) service,
AllThingsD. The company has struck a number of deals with Android
phone manufacturers in emerging markets like Africa, India,
Indonesia, Latin America, and the Middle East, which will see BBM
pre-installed on phones from companies like Celkon, Micromax, Zen,
Nexian, and Mito. It's important to note that despite BlackBerry's
shrinking handset share in emerging markets, its BBM application
has continued to grow across platforms.
Microsoft Surface Tablets See Low Web Use
(MSFT) Surface tablets make up a miniscule 1.3% of mobile tablet
Web use in North America,
InformationWeek. The largest share of mobile tablet Web use belongs
to Apple iPads, followed by Amazon Kindles, Samsung tablets,
(GOOG) Android tablets, and
Barnes & Noble
(BKS) Nooks, and finally Microsoft's Surface RT and Surface 2. The
Windows 8-running devices have experienced poor market share, too.
Microsoft was forced to declare a $1 billion write-down on unsold
inventory earlier this year. With a price drop sales have
increased, but Microsoft was still not one of the top-five tablet
vendors during Q3.
The First Billion Dollar-Plus Online Black Friday
Consumers spent a record-breaking $1.2 billion in online purchases
on Black Friday,
AllThingsD. That's a 15% jump from the $1.04 billion spent in 2012.
Amazon was the most-visited online retailer, followed by
(TGT). Apparel accounted for the largest spending category,
followed by computer hardware, consumer electronics, packaged
goods, and shipping services.
Amazon Series Debuts to Poor Reception
Amazon original series
has seen low popular reception since its premier according to
social media readings,
CNET. The half-hour comedy received less than 3,500 posts across
(YHOO)-owned Tumblr, and blogs in the two weeks following its
November 15 premier. Compare this to the initial two-week
(NFLX) original series
House of Cards
Orange Is the New Black
, which received roughly 21,000 and 31,000 social media posts,
respectively. Fizziology, the social media research firm behind
these numbers, found 16% of the comments made about
positive and 7% negative, the latter of which is considered high.
House of Cards
, which launched in February, saw 62% of its comments positive over
the same time period.