Apple and Amazon are in licensing discussions with Riyadh on investing in Saudi Arabia, two sources told Reuters, part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's push to give the conservative kingdom a high-tech look. A third source confirmed that Apple was in talks with SAGIA, Saudi Arabia's foreign investment authority. Both companies already sell products in Saudi Arabia via third parties but they and other global tech giants have yet to establish a direct presence. Amazon's discussions are being led by cloud computing division Amazon Web Services (AWS), which would introduce stiff competition in a market currently dominated by smaller local providers like STC [...]
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Amazon applied for an “AmazonTube” trademark earlier this week, according to a filing found by TV Answer Man, as the company’s public feud with Google over accessing YouTube content on Amazon’s devices continues to escalate. While there’s not a lot of information about what AmazonTube might be, based on the trademark application’s description of “providing non-downloadable pre-recorded audio, visual and audiovisual works via wireless networks on a variety of topics of general interest,” it sure sounds like a YouTube competitor. TechCrunch notes that Amazon has also applied for a trademark on “OpenTube”, as well, which, if anything, is a more blatant name for what Google [...]
Learn to think and work smart. The holiday shopping season is finally over, and that means Amazon has some shopping data for us. This holiday season, Amazon’s Echo Dot was the top-selling Amazon device, as well as the top-selling product available from any manufacturer across all categories on Amazon.com, with millions sold. Meanwhile, Amazon’s newer Alexa-enabled devices, the Echo Spot, Echo Dot and Echo Buttons, sold out this holiday season. However, customers can pre-order those devices to reserve a place in line. Amazon’s Alexa app also topped the charts for Apple and Google Play on Christmas day, suggesting [...]