This holiday shopping season appears to belong to cheap tablets. Between the $199 Kindle Fire and the recently introduced $249 Nook Tablet, Amazon.com
Weren't these two companies little more than unheralded booksellers a dozen years ago?
Both companies announced an impressive array of popular third-party apps that will be available on their entry-level gadgetry when they hit the market next week.
We still don't have official reads from either company, but Asia's DigiTimes -- the well-connected tech specialist that has a good pulse on component suppliers and contract manufacturers -- claims that Amazon has just boosted its Kindle Fire order to 5 million units for the quarter. If true, it means the pre-orders leading to Tuesday's release are clearly going well.
Briefly in the news
And now let's take a quick look at some of the other stories that shaped our week.
revealed on Thursday afternoon that the discount broker is no longer seeking a sale of the company after a strategic review. I blame the E*TRADE Baby. (Nasdaq: ETFC)
adjusted revenue climbed 21% in its latest quarter, though the Chinese dot-com's profitability fell sharply as it invests in ramping up its popular Weibo microblogging website. (Nasdaq: SINA)
Sirius XM Radio
announced a Foster the People concert in New York City exclusively for invited SiriusXM listeners. I wonder whether the satellite-radio giant knows the band's biggest song is about a classroom massacre. (Nasdaq: SIRI)
- Graphics-chip pioneer NVIDIA
posted better-than-expected results on Thursday night. Looking good! (Nasdaq: NVDA)
shed 111,000 net subscribers in its latest quarter, but it did declare a one-time dividend of $2 a share. Is this some new DISH satellite-television promotion? (Nasdaq: DISH)
Until next week, I remain,