At long last, Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) enters the Japanese e-reader and tablet markets as it just opened a Kindle store there that features more than 50,000 e-books and announces that the Fire, Kindle Paperwhite, and Fire HD will be stock by local retail chains. Further, an arrangement with NTT DoCoMo (NYSE:DCM) will enable 3 gigabyte Paperwhite users to receive free mobile data services.
In a new episode to a drawn-out saga, a court in The Netherlands has ruled that Samsung’s (SSNLF.PK) smartphones and tablets do not infringe Apple’s pinch-to-zoom patent. However, the court still must decide on an Apple injunction request.
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Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM) reports that it has laid off “fewer than 100 people” at its Radian6 social media marketing software division, adding that the move, 18 months after Radian6 was acquired for $326 million, is linked to joining the unit with recently-bought Buddy Media.
Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE:HPQ) Chief Executive Meg Whitman announced at a Gartner event that her company will not be making a smartphone in 2013 while adding that it remains interested in offering one eventually. In addition, Whitman declared 2013 a “fix and rebuild” year and reaffirmed the firm’s commitment to the personal computer market despite its struggles of late.
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