Amazon India hosts ‘Golden Ticket Sale’ of Yu Yureka smartphone for select customers

IndiaAccording to the website, registered customers will receive an email from Amazon.in informing them of their access to the sale. The ‘overwhelming response’ from the customers had earlier forced Micromax subsidiary Yu Televentures to close the  registrations for the first sale of its Yureka smartphone early.

http://post.jagran.com/amazon-india-hosts-golden-ticket-sale-of-yu-yureka-smartphone-for-select-customers-1424249917

Amazon outbids Myntra, Snapdeal to bag title sponsorship of fashion week

IndiaNEW DELHI/KOLKATA: Amazon India has bagged the title sponsorship of the India Fashion Week, replacing Wills Lifestyle, as India’s deep-pocketed e-commerce companies increasingly snap up title sponsorship of major television shows, fashion and sporting events to increase their visibility. Amazon, which has ambitious plans for India’s booming online fashion industry, beat peers such as Snapdeal.com and Myntra to bag the sponsorship of the prestigious bi-annual event organized by the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), two people familiar with the development said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Amazon-outbids-Myntra-Snapdeal-to-bag-title-sponsorship-of-fashion-week/articleshow/46212309.cms

NSW govt brings AWS into its security envelope

AustraliaThe NSW government has come up with a new way to pitch public cloud offerings to its agencies, who might still be wary of sending their data over the open internet. It has signed Amazon Web Services and Rackspace up to its Cloud Connect program, and is in discussions with other providers to get them on board too.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/400419,nsw-govt-brings-aws-into-its-security-envelope.aspx

Xiaomi may follow Amazon model for its online portal in India

IndiaBENGALURU: When Chinese phone maker Xiaomi starts its own portal to sell phones in India, it may adopt the model followed by Amazon and Flipkart to work around the country’s retailing regulations. Xiaomi will likely set up a marketplace platform and bring on board third-party retailers to sell the phones on its portal Mi.com. Xiaomi will supply the sellers so that it doesn’t flout retailing norms, according to sources.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/xiaomi-may-follow-amazon-model-for-its-online-portal-in-india/articleshow/46115215.cms

NEC Launches Solution to Improve Availability of SAP HANA(R) Run on AWS

JapanTokyo, Jan 30, 2015 – (JCN Newswire) – NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) announced today the global release of a solution employing NEC’s EXPRESSCLUSTER clustering software to improve availability of the in-memory database software, SAP HANA(R), running on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing service. In recent years, cloud usage has gained heavy momentum, and the number of corporations using SAP HANA on cloud-based service platforms has been increasing.

http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2454940

Amazon Japan says ‘cooperating’ with child porn probe

JapanTOKYO: The Japanese arm of Amazon.com said it was “cooperating fully” with a police investigation into the sale of child pornography, after authorities reportedly raided its Tokyo headquarters.  The probe — which comes less than a year after Japan made the possession of child porn illegal — reportedly follows the arrest of two men in September for posting illicit photo books featuring children on the Internet retailer’s website.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2015/01/27/Amazon-Japan-says-cooperating-with-child-porn-probe/

AWS launches traditional Chinese-language website

ChinaTAIPEI, Taiwan — Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) yesterday announced the launch of its traditional Chinese-language website to enable more local developers and businesses in Taiwan to easily learn and access the most up-to-date information in their local language, according to an AWS press release. Since AWS launched its Taipei location for Amazon CloudFront (as part of the AWS global network of 52 locations for content delivery), as well as establishing of an office in Taiwan early last year, there has been rapid adoption of AWS by Taiwanese organizations of all sizes to drive business agility and accelerate their time to market, the AWS stated.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2015/01/27/427533/AWS-launches.htm

60,000 mobiles sold in a flash sale but Amazon fails crash test, from IN

New Delhi: It was Micromax vs Xiaomi on retail websites on Tuesday, with both running successful flash sales of smartphones on e-commerce sites at the same time. In terms of customer satisfaction, Xiaomi buyers not only picked up more devices but also experienced hassle-free transactions. Micromax’s wholly-owned unit Yu Televentures, which introduced Yureka smartphones on Tuesday, offered and sold out 10,000 devices priced at Rs 8,999 each within three seconds on Amazon.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/60000-mobiles-sold-in-a-flash-sale-but-amazon-fails-crash-test/articleshow/45880553.cms

Ebook sales yet to take off in India; Amazon says market is incipient

NEW DELHI: Srishti Khanna is never without a book. A literature teacher in a Delhi college, the 27-year-old’s room is overflowing with contemporary and classic novels, books on history, literary theory, and philosophy. And so is her ebook reader. However, in the year and a half that she has had the reader, which she keeps encased in a black, book-like cover, she has not bought a single ebook. “They’re all available online for free. And anyway, if I have to buy a book, I might as well buy a hard copy,” she says.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/software/ebook-sales-yet-to-take-off-in-india-amazon-says-market-is-incipient/articleshow/45788912.cms

In a counter to Xiaomi on Flipkart, OnePlus ties up with Amazon to launch in India

Last week, Xiaomi launched its Redmi Note in India. The smartphone will be sold on India’s leading ecommerce platform Flipkart exclusively. In fact, there’s nowhere else you can buy a Xiaomi phone in India. Flipkart is the exclusive sales front for Xiaomi’s entire range of popular, attractively priced phones with cutting edge specs in the country.

https://www.techinasia.com/oneplus-xiaomi-battle-is-also-amazon-flipkart-india/

Amazon Web Services In Southeast Asia

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception in 2006. In the Asia Pacific, AWS operates infrastructure in Singapore, Japan (Tokyo), Australia (Sydney), as well as a limited preview deployment in China (Beijing). We had the opportunity to sit down and speak with Richard Harshman, head of ASEAN, AWS, on the sidelines of AWS re:Invent 2014 held in Las Vegas. We talked about the uptake of cloud services in Southeast Asia, regional sentiments towards the cloud and the identities of some AWS customers in the region.

http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/focus/archive/2014/11/amazon-web-services-southeast-asia

Amazon Hints at Getting Exclusive Indian Selling Rights of OnePlus One Smartphones

The OnePlus One smartphone has started an invite distribution for buying their smartphones in India through an exclusive contest. In the contest, participants need to post a quote along with their #neversettle hash tag and take a selfie. OnePlus will choose 100 lucky winners from among the posted picture to get the right to buy a phone in India. The entire contest strongly hints that the smartphone manufacturer is about to start selling devices in India through a local seller. According to sources, Amazon India is about to get the unique selling right for this smartphone.

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/amazon-hints-getting-exclusive-indian-selling-rights-oneplus-one-smartphones-614850

Chinese Netizens Can Now Buy And Ship Amazon.com Goods Into China

While Chinese shoppers have always been able to buy many goods from Amazon.com and ship them into China, a new program by the company will handle tariffs and localization of product descriptions to smooth the user experience. Amazon.cn announced that its Chinese-language international shopping store started trial operation on November 11, 2014. That day was important as being the Alibaba-inspired Singles’ Day online shopping experience. Amazon’s move to begin its service on that day is a weak way of challenging Alibaba’s monopoly of the Chinese-language e-commerce ecosystem.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/11/20/21148-chinese-netizens-can-now-buy-and-ship-amazon-com-goods-into-china

IDA launches initiatives to support Smart Nation vision, from Singapore

SINGAPORE: Data and analytics will play a key role in Singapore’s vision of a Smart Nation, and to boost the country’s data ecosystem, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has announced two key initiatives. These include the Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) pilot that seeks to address the challenge of discovering datasets in the private sector. Data providers from all industries can participate in the pilot to increase the visibility of their datasets and reach out to new customers.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/ida-launches-initiatives/1439086.html

UCWeb partners with leading e-commerce firms

NEW DELHI: China-based mobile Internet browser company UCWeb today said it has partnered with leading e-commerce firms including Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal for a 15-day Diwali shopping festival. “The idea is that you can browse and compare the product prices via UC Browser, to find the best available deals from Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Myntra, Jabong, Homeshop18 and Shopclues,” the company said in a statement.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/ucweb-partners-with-leading-e-commerce-firms/articleshow/44910238.cms

India’s ecommerce market rocketing to $6 billion next year – nearly double the current level

Ecommerce might be young in India but it’s growing super fast. India’s ecommerce market will reach US$6 billion in consumer spending in 2015, leaping from US$3.5 billion in 2014, according to the latest data from Gartner . This makes it one of the fastest-growing ecommerce markets in Asia/Pacific. The potential for a 70 percent growth rate to be maintained or even accelerated can be seen from the low base from which it is emerging.

https://www.techinasia.com/ecommerce-in-india-to-reach-6-billion-next-year/

Amazon Web Services to build two Sydney data centres

Cloud behemoth Amazon Web Services is constructing two large data centres of its own in Sydney, Australia. The builds – which have already moved beyond site selection and design – come just 18 months after the public cloud provider began offering services from racks housed within three co-location facilities in the New South Wales capital.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396802,amazon-web-services-to-build-two-sydney-data-centres.aspx

Amazon now has a powerful brick-and-mortar ally in India. Flipkart and Snapdeal, your move

Amazon has tied up with the Future Group retail chain in India, which is a big step-up in distribution capability for both, and sounds fresh alarm bells for local ecommerce players Flipkart and Snapdeal. Media reports said the deal goes far deeper than selling Future Group products on Amazon. “We are exploring synergies in data sharing, co-branding, and distribution network sharing,” Future Group chairman Kishore Biyani told The Economic Times .

http://www.techinasia.com/amazon-partners-future-retail-to-become-click-and-mortar-in-india/

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Calls On Narendra Modi

NEW DELHI: Jeffrey P. Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon.com, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an official statement said. Bezos, who is in India for a visit, had earlier termed India an amazing country, which is full of opportunities and boasts of people who are hard-working, vibrant and have a zest to succeed. Amazon has high expectations from its Indian operations, he noted.

http://news.siliconindia.com/technology/Amazon-CEO-Jeff-Bezos-Calls-On-Narendra-Modi-nid-173526-cid-2.html

Pay with Amazon beats Apple Pay to the punch in India

‘Pay with Amazon’, the ecommerce giant’s attempt at making online and mobile payments far more convenient and secure, launched in India today, well before the much-anticipated Apple Pay. This payment tool from Amazon is for other ecommerce companies to integrate a smoother and more convenient payment system on their own sites. This means that third-party online retailers and merchants can outsource their financial transactions infrastructure to Amazon. Shoppers, in turn, can use the information stored in their Amazon account to make purchases on those other ecommerce sites.

http://www.techinasia.com/pay-with-amazon-beats-apple-pay-punch-india/