How can Amazon be this far behind? (from AppleInsider)

The New York Times reports that Amazon has acquired New York-based Touchco, a small start-up specializing in touchscreen technology.

It's not like gestures are new; they're at least as old as the iPhone and iPod touch. Why is it that they wouldn't pull the trigger on something like this years ago? They're chasing technology, reminiscent of Microsoft and Zune or Linux and the desktop, copying paradigms that are old news instead of trying to help shape them as they form. I'm not going to say adding better gestures to Kindle (are there any now?) is a bad idea, but it is already a tired idea.

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