Bezos takes the stage. Intro remarks: all about Amazon Web Services,
which is exhibiting here. The roster includes SQS, Mechanical Turk, S3,
EC2. I still like Amazon for books. Is that so wrong? His gist: you can
use web services to scale backend operations like hosting at a fraction
of the cost of building it yourself. And ultimately, what Bezos is
reminding us is that Amazon’s a software company, not an online
retailer. But do you want to be #1 in online retail, or another web
services company competing with Sun, Microsoft, IBM, HP, etc? Yet Bezos
aims to make the case that his take on web services isn’t just like any
other company. Time will tell.
Interesting question from Tim O’Reilly: what’s up with the controversy over Alexaholic, especially now that it’s Statsaholic?
Bezos: Alexaholic’s domain still is there, but it redirects to the new site.
Tim: You should all get along. Bezos: There’s no open API for Alexa graphs.
Tim: That was true for Google Maps at first. Come on, kiss and make up. Play nice, kids. Everyone loves Statsholic.
Bezos: This is a business decision. We’ve got trademarks to protect. Talk to the hand, and talk to the lawyer. So there.
[Note: those were not exact quotes]