Amazon said flooding in Thailand and economic problems in Europe weighed on its financial results for the fourth quarter but it also said it was pleased with the results, which disappointed investors.
Some observers were likely also disappointed that Amazon didn't disclose unit sales figures for its popular Kindle e-readers. It said only that during the last nine weeks of 2011, Kindle unit sales, including the Fire tablet, increased 177 percent compared to the same period in 2010.
Some analysts believe Amazon makes very little money on the sale of Kindles, hoping to make money instead on e-book sales. Read more...
“Developing with Facebook is like building a house on a swamp,” says Microsoft’s Nathan Totten. He should know. He used to work at social media company Thuzi, and when the company needed to write a C# Facebook application, he and his colleague Jim Zimmerman were so disappointed by the existing C# SDKs that they built their own.
Totten is now a technical evangelist at Microsoft, and his project has become the open source Facebook C# SDK with a measure of approval from Microsoft as the suggested way to build C# applications for Facebook.
In mitigation, the dynamic features of C# 4.0 are actually well-suited to APIs that are in flux, as Totten explains in his post mentioned above. Some API changes and additions can be accommodated without changing the SDK at all. This has also made it possible to make the C# SDK somewhat similar to the PHP SDK, which is an advantage when you are consulting the Facebook documentation. Read more...