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Bezos: People Don’t Want Gadgets, They Want Services

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says there is a simple reason that few people bought the dozens of Android tablets launched last year.

Most folks don’t want gadgets, Bezos said. They want services.

And the Kindle Fire, Bezos said, is more a service than a gadget. Bezos is speaking at an Amazon event that just kicked off. (Click here for our live coverage.)

Bezos began by showing the commercial that aired last night, which he said hopefully captures the spirit of his company.

“We love to invent,” Bezos said. “We even like going down alleys that turn out to be blind alleys. Every once in a while, one of those blind alleys opens up into a broad avenue, and that’s really fun.”


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald