According to the company, Amazon posted 72.9 items sold per second on its site over the 2008 holiday season. Meanwhile, it's been venturing outside the store and making a gradual push as a technology provider as of late. Lighting a little fire under Apple's iTunes, the company launched Amazon MP3, its DRM-free MP3 digital music store early last year. Additionally, Amazon has been building out its Web Services suite, which includes tools such as S3, which allows companies to store data on Amazon's computers, and EC2, which lets companies use Amazon computers to run their own applications. The company did its part for sustainability with the compellingFrustration Free Packaging initiative, which allows customers to avoid the many evils of hard plastic wrapping and instead choose plain cardboard for their online purchases. Bezos also continues to look to the stars and is hoping to launch his Blue Origin commercial space flight program by 2010.
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