If you spend all your time on the Internet obsessively reading thought-pieces about shows that don’t seemed to be watched by many people not writing about them, as I do, you’ll have heard of Transparent by now. Everyone loves it! They all say you need to watch it, ASAP! They are not wrong!
Tucker Reed is sweet on Brooklyn—big time. A resident of Prospect Heights who enjoys frequenting the Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Mr. Reed is a champion of the city’s most populous borough. He is a ball of energy as he talks about all of the work the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership has done with him as president for the past two years, from supporting the technology sector with the Brooklyn Tech Triangle Coalition to establishing Downtown Brooklyn as New York City’s college town. About a year after Commercial Observer conducted the Sit-Down interview with Mr. Tucker, we wanted to check in and see how the nonprofit has been doing with the reinvention of Downtown Brooklyn.
Leave it to Bezos
In an ingenious bit of marketing that will have executives at Fox wringing their hands, Amazon has taken the pilots for 10 new original series and made them available for free streaming. Viewers will rate the episodes, which will then determine what gets made into the next Alpha House, and what gets kicked to the web series curb.
Lets take a look, shall we?
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In what is allegedly not an April Fools stunt launched five months prematurely, Jeff Bezos announced that Amazon plans to start delivering packages by drone. He took to CBS’ 60 Minutes last night to announce that packages less than five pounds will be mailed by the flying robots as part of its “Amazon Prime Air” program.
The Future of the Ebook
Vox Media is buying Curbed Network, “a saucy trio of urban lifestyle and entertainment blogs,” for an estimated $20 to $30 million. (Fortune)
Is Rupert Murdoch really happy? Sure. He’s an 82 year-old media mogul who is not going to jail for phone hacking. Plus, he bought a vineyard! (USA Today)
Leave it to Bezos
Have you tried searching Amazon for anything other than a specific book lately? Don’t, because your results will be clogged with crap. Try finding a half-decent romance novel and it’ll become instantly clear why GoodReads has gotten so popular–keyword searches are full of poorly written pornography with hideous covers.
But the flood of poorly vetted self-published work poses much, much bigger problems for booksellers. Take, for instance, British bookseller W.H. Smith, which was recently found to be carrying titles like Daddy Rapes the Virgin Daughter in the Attic and Amber’s Rape By Her Parolee Father. A search for “daddy” would return eye-searing results, inspiring a shitstorm across the pond in the U.K.
Money Money Money
Betabeat has long harbored a not-so-secret suspicion that Jeff Bezos might actually be Lex Luthor. Well, fire up your word processor and get ready to write some crossover fanfic, because a new profile in Bloomberg Businessweek, excerpted from a coming book by writer Brad Stone, essentially confirms at least one major overlap: Jeff Bezos loves pitching a good fit at his henchmen.
Apparently some of his employees call his angry fits “nutters.” Take this anecdote of his response to a poorly planned-out update: “He called me a ‘complete f------ idiot’ and said he had no idea why he hired idiots like me at the company, and said, ‘I need you to clean up your organization.”
Bad news, guys: It sounds like Startupland might be losing 4-Hour Workweek scribe and Valley guru Tim Ferriss. Or at least his money, anyway.
Mr. Ferriss recently sat down for a chat with Fortune and revealed that, in fact, he’s “considering dialing my startup involvement.” Why’s that? Too much dumb money:
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The Amazon website went down this afternoon, but is since fixed.
For around twenty minutes, typing in “Amazon.com” resulted in a message that said: “Oops! We’re very sorry, but we’re having trouble doing what you just asked us to do. Please give us another chance–click the Back button on your browser and try your request again. Or start from the beginning on our homepage.” Eventually, giving the site a second chance worked.
However, Amazon was kind of well-prepared, from a graphics persective. An image that illustrated the service failure message featured three titles Oops (a picture book), I’m Sorry…My Bad! (also a picture book) and Grave Mistake (which looks like a YA book).
This roundup might be a little top-heavy today, but it’s not every week that Jeff Bezos buys The Washington Post.
To start: the front-page headlines of The New York Times and the Post, respectively. (Newseum/Newseum)
Post associate editor Bob Woodward thinks the sale is “very sad,” but added: “I think in some ways, this Read More