July 22, 2009
Fun and a Little Weird - Amazon and Zappos
It's just been announced that Amazon and Zappos have joined forces. It will no doubt be considered a buyout, but it's an all-stock deal that enables Amazon to help Zappos expand it's brand. As the economy continues it's belt-tightening, expect to see more deals like this. The recent renewed talks between Microsoft and Yahoo (yeah, that tired old story again) just underscore this, and show that to survive, many of the top companies must buddy up and marshal their defenses. In truth, this latest rumor doesn't have Microsoft buying Yahoo as previous rumors this past winter, just an arrangement for a search deal. And wouldn't that make Bing just that much sweeter?