Webwire: BT takes stock after outage; Analysts divided on Kindle Fire profit

BT is trawling its service level agreements to establish if it is liable to compensate customers for a Web outage affecting 275,000 consumers and businesses yesterday.
Analysts are divided on whether Amazon will profit from its new $199 (€151) Kindle tablet, with estimates on production costs ranging from $150 to $250.
Microsoft’s annual report for the year to end-June – released yesterday – reveals that chief executive Steve Ballmer received only half his bonus due to slow progress in mobile phones and tablets.
Music streaming service Spotify is allowing customers to hide their music lists, after fierce criticism of a new feature that automatically posts what tunes subscribers are listening to on Facebook.
US operator AT&T predicts little impact to its financials after losing a bid to recoup $500 million (€378 million) in taxes paid in the late 1990s.
Microsoft is close to agreeing deals with major cable, telecom and media companies to provide live and on-demand programming for Xbox Live.