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Amazon Falls Short of Q2 Wall Street Estimates

Amazon reported that net sales were up 29 percent in the second quarter of 2012, totaling $12.83 billion. However, they missed Wall Street estimates of $12.9 billion in sales.

The company noted that Kindle Direct Publishing authors had scored 20 spots on Amazon’s list of the top 100 bestselling Kindle titles. The quarter also included an estimated loss of $65 million as the company acquired Kiva Systems.

Here’s more from the release, looking ahead to next quarter: “Net sales are expected to be between $12.9 billion and $14.3 billion, or to grow between 19% and 31% compared with third quarter 2011. Operating income (loss) is expected to be between $(350) million and $(50) million, down from $79 million in the comparable prior year period.”

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.