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Many species have gone extinct because humans hunted them into oblivion for their meat. But there's another group of animals that are endangered because we've lost interest in breeding them.
Giving an update about how Gray was injured, police said they still have many gaps to fill, but the picture is becoming clearer. Police now know that Gray was never buckled into the police van.
Joining Kai to talk about the week's business and economic news are Felix Salmon of Fusion and Jo Ling Kent of Fox Business News.
The big topics this week: Nasdaq's record high, Greece's meeting with eurozone finance ministers in Riga, Latvia and the collapse of the Time Warner Cable-Comcast merger.
Listen to the full conversation using the audio player above.
Once embraced by cities for its beautiful white flowers, disease resistance and ability to grow just about anywhere, the Callery pear is now considered a nuisance due to its smell and invasive nature.
This story falls firmly in the categories of A: People having too much time on their hands and B: Stuff that's kind of interesting nonetheless.
Students at the University of Leicester over in the U.K. have figured out how much paper it would take to print the Internet. The whole Internet.
They started by figuring out what it would take to print Wikipedia. Turns out? Almost 71 million pieces of paper.
Then, using the generally accepted figure of 4.5 billion websites out there, and adjusting for font size, pictures and all that, they say it'd take 136 billion pieces of 8-by-11-inch paper to print the whole Internet.
Amazon released first-quarter earnings Thursday, and made it clear that, for now, it owns the cloud and it's raining profits.
Amazon Web Services, which offers data storage and other tech services, took in revenues of $1.57 billion during the first three months of the year. Profits topped $265 million.
“Yeah, I mean, [it's] really firing on all cylinders,” says Colin Sebastian, senior research analyst at Robert Baird.
Amazon's success in the cloud can be credited to one very smart move, says Sebastion. It got there first.
“The reason they dominate is they created this market,” he says
Amazon started as an online marketplace for everything. To be that marketplace, it had to build more and more servers. The company built to peak capacity, which means often times it was left with more capacity than it needed.
“They woke up one day and realized they could sell that same service to other companies.”
Amazon Web Service’s profit margin is 17 percent. The company's overall profit margin is 2 percent. "Think of it as accounting for a third of overall profits, a tremendous amount of operating income” says Gene Munster, senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray.
Cloud services are still a nascent industry. “There are literally tens if not hundreds of billions of dollars at stake,” says Sebastian.
And AWS is still seven times larger than Microsoft's cloud services — it's nearest competitor, says Munster. But Google, IBM and HP are all racing to catch up by offering more than simple data storage, which has become a commodity.
Munster says it’s going to be hard for competitors to gain market share. AWS already has more than a million customers including Netflix and NASA, “and now what we’re seeing now, is businesses are standardizing on Amazon Web Service, building applications that are optimized for AWS, that just creates more stickiness.”
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has said web services could one day outsize Amazon’s retail business. That day may not come soon enough. As it has done many times, the retail side posted a loss last quarter.
Palestinians often buy and sell land without title deeds, or proof of ownership. That's because most of the land doesn't have them. It a problem dating back generations.