When Jeff Bezos -- the man who founded Amazon as an online bookseller but guided its evolution into the Walmart of the Internet -- got into a diaper bidding war with that very retailer, he wasn't about to lose.
In an excerpt from his book "The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon," Bloomberg Businessweek's Brad Stone recounts the scorched-earth maneuvers Bezos was willing to make as Amazon faced off with Walmart over Quidsi, the company behind Diapers.com, the online retailer of baby products. Stone also shows how Bezos' single-character e-mails sent workers … Read more
As guitarist for The Yardbirds, where he riffed with Jimmy Page, and later in The Jeff Beck Group, where he rocked out with Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood, Jeff Beck has been no stranger to superstar collaborations over the last five decades. Today "Rolling Stone"'s pick for the no. five guitarist of all time joins forces with one of the greatest composers of the 20th Century on The Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck Concert Tour. The shows find the seven-time GRAMMY-winning and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, playing on Wilson's Beach Boys … Read more
Amazon CEO and co-founder Jeff Bezos' purchase of the Washington Post is now final. According to the Associated Press, all of the I's have been dotted and the T's have been crossed and the newspaper is now officially under Bezos' ownership.
The Amazon CEO entered into an agreement with the Washington Post Co. in August to buy its newspaper publishing businesses for $250 million, including its flagship newspaper after decades of family ownership. Bezos bought the business as an individual entity, not through Amazon.com.
In a memo to Post employees shortly after the announcement, Bezos said he … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- New law lets teens delete digital skeletons.
- "Dumb and Dumber" sequel in production: Jeff Daniels, Jim Carrey share photos from set.
- Netflix launches Spoilerfoiler to stop Twitter from spoiling "Breaking Bad."
- Companies to pay $350,000 fine over fake online reviews.
- "Safe texting zones" coming to a New York state highway near you.
Thwarted by irreconcilable differences, the Digital Advertising Alliance has withdrawn from an effort to standardize how browsers could tell Web sites that users don't want their behavior tracked.
The World Wide Web Consortium's Do Not Track effort included browser makers, privacy advocates, and advertisers, but the conflicting agendas hobbled an already contentious effort. Most recently, the working group trying to hammer out the standard rejected a July proposal from the DAA.
"After more than two years of good-faith effort and having contributed significant resources, the DAA no longer believes that the TPWG is capable of fostering the … Read more
Keeping Twitter developers happy can be dicey work. So, Jeff Sandquist has a tough job in front of him.
Over the last year or so, the company tightened its controls over what those developing for Twitter's platform can do, in many cases pulling the plug on third-party Twitter clients and often angering developers who felt they had helped make Twitter what it is.
But Twitter is also working hard to streamline its service, making things easier for users and advertisers alike in advance of its expected IPO, which it said last week was now in the works.
That's … Read more
It's hard to think of a year in which Bill Gates wasn't at the top of the Fortune 400 list, considered as the definitive annual list of America's richest.
And so it goes: the Microsoft co-founder continues to be the wealthiest American for the 20th year in a row, according to the list, thanks to his total net worth of $72 billion, up $6 billion from 2012.