[LINK] Amazon's Silk browser

David Boxall david.boxall at hunterlink.net.au
Tue Oct 11 21:36:18 AEDT 2011

Amazon's new Kindle Fire comes with a browser named Silk. Silk channels 
all traffic through Amazon servers.

... "I strongly suspect that Amazon is going to be releasing a Silk 
desktop browser eventually. Probably not in the near future – Amazon 
needs to make sure that its infrastructure can handle the onslaught of 
all the Kindle users before trying to scale to an unknown number of 
desktop users."
"What's of greater interest here is that Amazon is positioning itself to 
filter content viewed by millions of users – assuming the Fire sells 
well, of course.

 From Amazon's press release about the Silk, "with each page request, 
Silk dynamically determines a division of labor between the mobile 
hardware and Amazon EC2 (i.e. which browser sub-components run where) 
that takes into consideration factors like network conditions, page 
complexity and the location of any cached content." Amazon goes on to 
say that Silk is going to be learning from the "aggregate traffic 
patterns" of Web users. In short, Amazon is watching you.

And not just in aggregate. Each Kindle is tied to an Amazon ID, which 
gives Amazon a great deal of information about you already. Introducing 
Silk into the mix and Amazon is going to be in a position to know a 
great deal about your Web browsing habits along with your buying habits 
and media habits. Now Amazon is in a position to know what books you 
buy, what shows you watch, the Web sites you visit and much more."...

David Boxall                         | "Cheer up" they said.
                                     | "Things could be worse."
http://david.boxall.id.au            | So I cheered up and,
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