Re/wind: Amazon Goes Mobile, Legere Sounds Off
In case you missed some of the headlines this past week, here’s the news that powered Re/code and the week in tech:
- Amazon unveiled its smartphone this week, announcing an exclusive partnership with AT&T and a price tag comparable to to the iPhone’s. While the phone has some neat new features, the big thing about it is how easy the Amazon phone makes it to … buy Amazon products. Re/code’s Walt Mossberg has more on what that could mean for Amazon down the road.
- BlackBerry surprised just about everyone with news that it turned a profit this past quarter. It also announced a deal with Amazon to use that company’s Appstore on BlackBerry 10 devices. Party like it’s 2011, I guess?
- Thelma & Louise: Perhaps the classic selfie.
- Google’s Nest purchased the home-monitoring startup Dropcam for $555 million, making Nest one step closer to turning your home into a giant app. Also, the previously defective smoke detector that Nest pulled from shelves last month is now back on the market, and for $30 cheaper.
- T-Mobile CEO John Legere told a crowd on Wednesday night that other carriers were “raping” their customers with data charges. He subsequently apologized in a tweet. But T-Mobile isn’t apologizing for its continued pressure on the rest of the industry. In other T-Mobile news on Wednesday, the company announced a free weeklong iPhone test drive, an ambitious new data-free music plan, and a partnership with the streaming service Rhapsody.
- More and more full-length videos from the Code Conference became available in the website’s video section this week: Here’s the session with Intel CEO Brian Krzanich talking about his company’s wearables gambit, and here’s Nest CEO Tony Fadell outlining his vision for the future of technology in the home.
- Practice Fusion, a provider of online electronic health records, named its new CFO this week — Robert Park, previously of Chegg — indicating that it plans to go public soon.
- Google said it plans to use its Project Loon to make Internet available in rural areas via balloons next year. No word yet on what the balloons think.
- If you can’t buy Snapchat, copy ’em! At least that’s what Facebook’s strategy appears to be with its latest app, Slingshot.
- The Supreme Court has announced that it plans to consider whether violent threats made on Facebook constitute a criminal act. Comment sections everywhere await the decision with bated breath.