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Amazon.Com to Employ 500 For Tech-Related Jobs In Fairfax County

The Gov. of Virginia, Robert F. McDonnell (R) has made an announcement that Amazon.com is planning a recruitment of 500 employees to its Fairfax County Web Service Businesses. The Dulles Corridor was cemented as a major information technology centre and big data storage. This highlighted the retail giant’s growing role as computer storage provider through the division of Amazon Web Services that was established by the company in the year 2006.


Mr. McDonnell also said in a press release that to support engineering and services for commercial as well as Government customers of AWS cloud services, Amazon will create a Herndon area office. An amount of $100,000 per year is expected to be paid by the jobs as an average. No further information was received from a spokesperson of Amazon.

The Western Fairfax and parts of Loudoun County houses an important telecommunication network which has been named as MAE-east and it is the main Internet hub on the East Coast and connects to a growing network of data centers and other infrastructures of technology. The vice chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, Raul Fernandez has commented that Virginia has delivered and one more time has stood aside from other jurisdictions.

He also added by saying that the other jobs which will be created out of these Amazon jobs shall result in the addition of the diversification of employer base in that region. On the other hand, $ 500, 000 has been approved by McDonnell as state grant for assisting the Amazon’s recruitment and training.

Amazon Seeks Patent Guidance


SAN FRANCISCO – Amazon.com recruit a team of IP experts to lead its plan to acquire licenses and patents, in the midst of their increasingly intense battle with Apple and Google face the segment of mobile devices and content digitally.

Amazon hired the executive recruitment firm, Argos Search, to help find a “leader in investments and “intellectual property” acquisitions to identify and evaluate strategic opportunities for the acquisition of IP and licensing,” according to a job description obtained by Reuters this week.

The candidate would work closely with leading technology equipment and development of future projects for Amazon, as described.

“At Amazon, we are growing rapidly in many new and innovative technology areas,” the company said in the text.

“To support and protect our expansion we are looking for an executive to work with our business teams to identify and seek intellectual property,” he said.

An Amazon spokesman did not respond to an email in which he was asked to comment. Thomas Wedewer, Argos executive recruiter who works in the project, also declined to comment.

The search suggests that Amazon is trying to get more patents, either through acquisitions of companies that have in abundance or the purchase of portfolios of patents or licenses, according to experts in intellectual property.

It is also a sign that the third largest retailer on the Internet is serious about its intention to take a greater role in the segment of mobile devices and digital content, they said.

Amazon is known for developing their own patents, but mostly in the commercial online. An expansion to mobile devices and digital content delivery for these phones require a number of different licenses, intellectual property, experts say.

“As we go to wireless devices and digital media, they have realized that the best way to handle this is to be more proactive in IP,” said David Pridham of IPNav, which helps companies make money from their patents.

“They are following Apple in delivering digital content to their own hardware devices (…) That’s the kind of technology around which they want to build an IP barrier,” he said.

Buy or build intellectual property licenses in these areas will help to protect against possible Amazon claims alleging violations of patents of other companies, Pridham said.



Amazon Buys Company Stock

NEW YORK  – The e-commerce company Amazon.com agreed to buy Kiva Systems for 775 million dollars in cash, a deal that will bring more technology to its vast network of warehouses.
The acquisition, which has been approved by the shareholders of Kiva, was completed in the second quarter of 2012, Amazon said in a statement.

Kiva developing robots that circulate around the deposit taking and moving shelves and boxes full of products.

The technology helps retailers fulfill orders quickly online and with fewer workers. Companies such as Gap , Staples and Crate & Barrel have used this technology.

Amazon has traditionally used more employees in their tanks. However, Kiva robots have been used by other e-commerce companies acquired by Amazon in recent years as Quidsi and Zappos.

“It is on the way to improve efficiency,” said Scott Tilghman, an analyst at Caris & Company. “Given the scale of operations of Amazon, it makes sense to have this facility in the company,” he said.

The logistics centers are crucial for business online retailer Amazon. However, the company also offers logistics services to other retailers , making deposits even more important.

“Amazon has long used automation in logistics centers, and Kiva technology is another way to improve productivity by moving the products directly to employees for selected, packaged and stored,” said Dave Clark, vice president of overall customer service Amazon.com

The company has been in recent years to allocate more money in health care centers since the company opened a large amount of deposits to cope with rapid business growth.

Expenditure management centers as a percentage of their income increased by over 9% in 2011 from just over 8% in 2010, according to Aaron Kessler, an analyst at Raymond James.

“This has been recently a great focal point for investors,” said Kessler. “It’s a great cost. Are both dispatching and increasing volumes, so you need to determine how to get major advantages of these management centers,” he said.


iPad 3 – Jurisdiction 0

Apple launched the original iPhone two years ago, sold millions and silenced those who denied that there was a market for tablets. Now that Apple is preparing to unveil the third version of the tablet on Wednesday, still rivals fail to move from the starting line.

The competition initially scoffed at the idea of ​​a tablet. Eric Schmidt of Google said in 2010 that there was no “big difference between a phone and a tablet.” The confusion of invaded when Apple sold nearly 3.3 million iPhone in the first quarter of its foray into the market.

A year after the debut of the iPhone, more than 100 boards of other brands were released or were in development. But by then, the company Apple launched the iPhone and 2, and most potential competitors were not even able to bring products to market, those that did, they sold devices almost doomed from birth.

A Samsung executive clearly said last month, “Honestly, we do very well in the tablet market.”

Apple sold a record 15.4 million iPads in its last quarter, and this accounts for a share of 59% of the global market for slates, according to estimates issued in February by DisplaySearch, the analysis division of NPD Group.

Amazon is a distant second with a market share of almost 17%, followed by Samsung, with about 7%, Asus, with a portion of 4.6% and Barnes & Noble with 3.5%.

Two rivals, Amazon and Barnes & Noble, offered tablets “light”: devices with a modest price lower than the iPad. Amazon began selling its Kindle tablet Fire at $199 in November 2011, promoting it as a multimedia device. Barnes & Noble did the same with the Nook Tablet.

The share of 17% of Amazon is admirable for a device that takes only a quarter in the market. The company, however, will not earn much money marketing it to only 199 dls, but his goal is to sell content such as ebooks, applications, videos and digital music.

Competitors who base their strategy solely on the hardware does not have that option, and for them, the market is bleak. When consumers have to choose between a 499 iPad tablet dls and another at a similar price, overwhelmingly prefer the iPad.

The cemetery of the tablets: Two foolish slate, the TouchPad from Hewlett-Packard and BlackBerry playbook reserach in Motion, debuted at the same price as the iPad.

HP’s adventure turned out to be a cautionary tale. It finished shutting the TouchPad in August, after just 49 days on the market. The RIM playbook is still alive, but struggles to survive. The slate was released in April 2011 and immediately drew criticism for feeling unfinished. Lacked key features integrated applications, including mail, calendar, address book and BlackBerry Messenger. For nearly a year, users of the tablet had to connect to a BlackBerry smartphone to use these functions, until RIM released version 2.0 of the operating system of the playbook last month.

RIM reported in December that it had distributed only 150.000 slates playbook in the third quarter. A smaller number to the already meager figure of 200,000 Playbooks sent in the second quarter, less than 500,000 devices sent in the first.

Samsung’s approach, ‘try everything’: Two tablets based on Android , the Galaxy Tab by Samsung and Motorola Xoom, raided the market at a price even higher than the iPhone, 599 and 799 dls dls respectively.

Overall, the Board Xoom impressed critics, but sales disappoint from the start. Motorola, a few months later, was forced to reduce the price of its Wi-Fi tablet to 499 dls, the same as the iPad.

Samsung, on the other hand, is testing boards all possible sizes to see what works. The Galaxy Original Tab had a 7 inch screen, the next trial was 10.1 inches, then came the 8.9 inch screen.

To complicate the picture, Samsung recently announced a new product line called “Note”. The Galaxy Note 5 inches, which was released last month, is a touch screen device that seeks to bridge the gap between phones and tablets.

Samsung plans to launch a 10.1-inch Note, the same size as its larger Tab. According to CNET, a company executive said at a trade show last month that he expected sales of the tablet to cannibalize Note 10.1-inch Tab. “The best thing to survive in the market is to annihilate your own products. We want to stay competitive,” he told reporters Hankil Yoon, director of product strategy at Samsung.

It’s like they want all manufacturers that are not Apple. But when it comes to tablets, competitiveness is a trick that still leaves them.