Black Friday may be a busy day for retailers -- but for tech companies, it's mostly fairly quiet. Still, as we came out of our post-Thanksgiving tryptophan haze, we did find a few things worth sharing.
As TechCrunch reports, that's a serious discount to the $60 a year the e-commerce giant usually charges -- and likely will charge you again, once your subscription has to be renewed next year. Or who knows? Amazon may keep repeating this as a good-will loss leader, designed to lure customers away from the cloud offerings of its multi-tentacled rivals like Apple (AAPL - Get Report) (iCloud), Alphabet (GOOGL - Get Report) (Google Drive) and Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report) (OneDrive). Compared, for example, to the $9.99 a month Apple charges for a terabyte of iCloud storage, this could be a hard deal to pass up.
Amazon closed Friday's half-day of trading down 0.3% at $673.22.
Continuing in the "Wow, they're selling what for $5?!" vein, the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a British nonprofit, announced it would begin selling a no-frills stripped down computer called Pi Zero designed to help folks learn how to code for ... yes, five bucks.
As MarketWatch and the Wall Street Journal note, you'll still have to come up with the peripherals -- a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and whatever else you need -- but the core Pi Zero computer costs less than ... well, pretty much any other pie you might buy.
Not everyone is looking for a $5 bargain. TechCrunch reported Friday that French multinational Vivendi (VIVHY) appears to be looking to get back into the video game business by purchasing a pair of fellow French firms: major game developer Ubisoft (UBSFY) and mobile game star Gameloft (GLOFF) -- worth $3.1 billion and $520 million, respectively. Vivendi has bumped up its stake in each company up past 10% recently, and appears to be trying to take control of their boards.
Naturally, there's no way the folks who brought us Assassin's Creed would just sit back and let themselves be conquered without a fight. The Guillemot brothers, who founded both Ubisoft and Gameloft and who each helm one, are upping their own stakes to back the invader off.
But the conglomerate has deep pockets, and that sort of firepower tends to win in these virtual battles.
And finally, there's the Black Friday elephant in the room: How it's looking for the retailers out there? Is e-commerce putting a bigger crimp in bricks-and-mortar? Are the deals drawing in the bargain hunters? Are Americans spending?
Based on the early reports from TheStreet's Brian Sozzi, the general feeling is upbeat. Retailers like Macy's (M - Get Report) , Best Buy (BBY - Get Report) and J.C. Penney (JCP - Get Report) say they're seeing good traffic and sales both online and in stores. (Not everyone is so pleased, though: Sears (SHLD) , for example. Its stores today are ... let's be polite and say "not crowded.")
To keep up with the details, check out Sozzi's live blog.