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Best of the Tech Blogs: What Amazon's New Job Openings Mean for Its Future.


Plus, Pandora is still behind after a good performance in the second quarter.

This column highlights the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary about the tech sector from around the Web each day.

New York Times-Bits
Link: Job Openings at Amazon Web Services Reveal Its Future
" (AMZN) does not talk much about what it does in operating the world's largest publicly available computing cloud. But if you read between the lines you can get a sense of where it is going – global expansion, a new kind of Web browser, and spy work for the United States government."

Link: Pandora Still In The Red Despite Soaring Ad Revenue & 3.3B Listener Hours In Q2
"Streaming music service Pandora (P) reported better than expected revenue gains in its second quarter fiscal year 2013 earnings report.

"The company's revenue for FY13 second quarter was $101.3 million, a 51% increase compared to the same quarter last year and $20.5 million higher than the previous quarter. The bulk of revenue came from advertising $89.4 million, with premium subscriptions accounting for $11.9 million. Yet, Pandora's profits are still down, with a $5.4 million net loss for the quarter compared to $1.8 million year-over-year."

Link: IDC: Android-Crazy China Passes U.S. As Smartphone Leader, But India's Growing The Fastest
"The latest figures out from IDC confirm that this is the year that China will overtake the U.S. as the world's biggest smartphone market, with its 25.5% share a significant lead over the US's 17.8%. The tipping point has been a long time coming: China is the world's most-populated country, so it was only a matter of time before it would overtake the U.S. But the trend has been accelerated in the last couple of years with the rise of cheap sub-$200 devices built on Android (GOOG)."

Link: HP Envy x2 Tablet/Laptop Combo Cuts Across Categories
"Do you want your laptop and your tablet to be the same device? That's the essential question facing HP's (HPQ) new Envy x2 - a clever combination of full-featured Windows 8 (MSFT) laptop with a detachable screen that functions on its own as a Windows-8 powered tablet.

"I was able to examine the consumer-oriented Envy x2 for only a few moments at an HP preview event earlier this month, but my initial impressions were of a sturdy, well-made device."

Ars Technica
Link: For Windows RT tablets, Differentiation Will Be Key
"While we've seen and heard snippets of information about tablets running Windows RT-the ARM version of Windows due to release alongside Windows 8 on October 26-details about hardware specifications and pricing have been difficult to come by. Pricing information is still MIA, but Asus (ASUUY) and Samsung (SSNLF) have both taken the wraps off more-or-less final versions of their Windows RT hardware at the IFA electronics show today."

Link: Phones Will Get All Charged Up About New Ultrabook Feature
"Intel (INTC) is hoping that the relationship between your cell phone and a future Ultrabook will be nothing short of electric.

"A post on the company blog today announced that Integrated Device Technology will develop and deliver the chipsets that will enable some future Ultrabooks to wirelessly charge certain devices."
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