Is the cloud the future of low-wage labor?

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Amazon is a leader in the cloud-computing world with a wide range of services from on-the-fly computing power to large scale data hosting to virtual network services hosting Amazon has built up a full service platform. A company can outsource the entirety of its IT infrastructure to the Amazon cloud, in theory. Full-time support staff is available as well to handle users or support questions, project development support or customer service.

The Internet is filled with companies offering these services and much more. It’s gotten so that an individual could create, staff and manage a small company with sales staff on the road, developers and management on the back end and tech support for staff and customers including full accounting and financial management from their bedroom. Amazon has pioneered a new level in this new world, cloud labor. Continue reading

The Drill Down 181 – Week of Oops

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This week Tom and Andy discuss Research In Motion’s recent missteps, Google crowdsources map refinements, AT&T admits to network failures, ,more news on Nintendo’s next console, Sony’s Playstation Network clobbered by intruders, the effects of Gawker’s redesign on their traffic, Netflix becomes the largest subscription business in the US, How (and why) Apple tracks your location and who’s using this info now.

Later, we discuss a major failure of Amazon’s cloud service, the multiple sites it affected and whether cloud services are the right choice for small enterprise. Finally we discus various rumors on the upcoming changes in the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5.

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