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 178 – AT&T +1

This week, Tom and Andy make up for two weeks lost time, and do it in whirlwind fashion.

Tom wraps up highlights of his trip to CTIA Wireless. We discuss ICANN’s approval of the .XXX domain, New York Times’ paywall, Showtime’s decision to pull future shows from Netflix, the release of Firefox 4,  Amazon’s online Cloud Player, and Google’s +1 social recommendation button.

Later, we discuss AT&T’s purchase of T-Mobile, and the ramifications it has for the mobile industry, and we finish off the show with a brief discussion of the future of Digg following Founder Kevin Rose’s departure.

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