Amazon.com Inc. is getting into the app-selling arena by opening an online store to distribute software for smartphones and tablet computers running Google Inc.’s Android operating system.
Google, Twitter and other technology companies are finding ways to help following last week’s earthquake in Japan. Google Inc. has an online “person finder” for people seeking information about a missing person.
Online shoppers subscribing to Amazon.com’s premium membership are getting a new entertainment feature that will allow them to watch movies over the Internet, just as they can through Netflix’s rapidly growing video subscription service.
Google Inc. is making the leap from digital librarian to merchant in a challenge to Amazon.com Inc. and its Kindle electronic reader.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether Amazon.com Inc. had pulled the item, or whether the author withdrew it.
Users are threatening to boycott the online retail giant over a self-published book on pedophilia that its author says has so far only sold one copy.