The article originally was published as "Amazon's Q4: The Kindle Fire effect vs. more investment" on ZDNet's Between the Lines. With Amazon reporting fourth-quarter earnings tomorrow, the main attractions will be tablet figures and the effect on sales of e-books, music, video, and apps. Amazon.com reports its fourth-quarter earnings tomorrow and the main attractions will be sales of the Kindle Fire and its effect on e-commerce in terms of e-books, music, video, and apps. Just awhile back, worries about Amazon's profit margins were everywhere. Oh no, Amazon was selling the Kindle Fire at a loss. Oh no, Amazon is going to stumble.
CNET también está disponible en español, Don't show this again, Lazaridis, who alongside fellow co-CEO Jim Balsillie stepped down from RIM a week ago, said in furr division cats iphone case an interview posted Friday by The Record that he is confident in new CEO Thorsten Heins, In fact, Lazaridis is confident enough that he said he plans to buy $50 million worth of additional stock, "I absolutely know he will take this company to new heights," Lazaridis said in the interview, Lazaridis and Balsillie stepped down amid mounting shareholder pressure, with investors angered and concerned that RIM's stock had lost three-quarters of its value over the past year, Few on Wall Street are as confident as Lazaridis on Heins' ability to execute on a quick turnaround; RIM's stock lost another 8 percent of its value on Heins' first day on the job on concerns that he won't do enough to shake up the company..
Still, Lazaridis is giving Heins a strong vote of confidence with his commitment. Lazaridis, who is also among RIM's largest shareholders, still believes in the value of BlackBerrys. "Would I be buying $50 million worth of shares if I didn't?" he asked. Likewise, he is less concerned about competition than some of the company's other shareholders. Since Apple launched its iPhone and Google subsequently released its Android software, BlackBerry has been playing catch-up and has often well behind its rivals. Its next-generation BlackBerrys aren't expected to hit the market until late this year, presumably after another wave of Android smartphones and the next iPhone come out.
"Bringing someone in from the outside would have been a guess," Lazaridis said, "That would have been like going back four years and saying, 'Well, we think he is a star but now he has to prove himself.' He has proven himself.", Lazaridis said his biggest regret while serving as co-CEO is not spending enough time with his family--something he hopes to rectify, furr division cats iphone case Mike Lazaridis, who very recently stepped down as co-CEO, on new chief Thorsten Heins: "I absolutely know he will take this company to new heights."..
CNET también está disponible en español. Don't show this again. "Kindle Fire has staked out an important market position due to its loyal Amazon customer base and attractive (low) device pricing," Rohan wrote to investors. Rohan isn't the only analyst who's bullish on Kindle Fire sales. Earlier this month, Barclays analyst Anthony DiClemente revised his Kindle Fire sales estimate up from 4.5 million units to 5.5 million. Amazon's Kindle Fire came on the scene in a big way late last year, appealing to customers who wanted a decent tablet at a cheaper price. The Android-based slate comes with a 7-inch screen and includes support for Amazon's many integrated services, such as Kindle e-books and Prime Instant Video. And for $199, it's dramatically cheaper than the industry's top tablet, Apple's iPad.
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