Leave it to Bezos
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.
Until Snapchat fesses up, we’re never going to know how many snaps are actually sent a day. [BuzzFeed]
Included in the refreshed Twitter app are wonky new animations, new search features and news about trending television shows. [TechCrunch]
Smart Apartments, better known as one of the city’s most “notorious” Airbnb landlords, settled a lawsuit with New York City yesterday. It has to shut down and pay a $1 million penalty. [Skift]
Get excited for Amazon-branded grocery items as the company continues its quest for world domination. [AllThingsD]
Google Glass is now open to developers, so porn? [CNet]
This week, Amazon will introduce Sunday delivery via USPS in New York and Los Angeles. [Los Angeles Times]
Vox Media picked up the Curbed family of websites (including Eater) for an estimated $20 to $30 million in a mix of cash and stock. [New York Times]
Apple is rumored to be developing two new, curved phones that range from 4.7 to 5.5 inches which is a perfectly FINE size. [Bloomberg]
Netflix and YouTube now account for nearly half of your broadband service during primetime. Notably, Hulu and Amazon trail far behind. [AllThingsD]
The most interesting part of this story is that of course Airbnb has a Head of Global Hospitality position. [Skift]
Ignore that Facebook raked in $2 billion revenue last quarter and instead let’s freak out that teens are fleeing the social network. ”We remain close to fully penetrated among teens in the U.S,” it, uh, reassured. [Business Insider]
In light of Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz’s departure, Square announced that a former Goldman Sachs CFO will replace him on the board of directors. [AllThingsD]
Kickstarter announced a series of top-level changes. Cofounder Yancey Strickler is the new CEO, with Perry Chen moving into a chairman position. [Kickstarter Blog]
Google’s Glasses accessory store quietly swung its doors open yesterday. Everything is very expensive, like a fabric pouch that will set you back $50. [TNW]
With Amazon’s new charity program, a generous 0.5 percent of selected purchases will be donated to nonprofits. [Digital Trends]
If you’ve ever wondered what motivates ecommerce’s top customer reviewers to keep plugging away at their computers, logging every last reaction to every single purchase they make, NPR has the answer: free shit.
At least, that’s the case with some of Amazon’s reviewers. A reviewer with enough clout can be invited to Amazon Vine, Read More
today in travel
Remember when we all got excited that the FAA was going to soon ease its draconian regulations on the use of in-flight electronics…and then nothing happened? Well, now that the government shutdown is over, the FAA said Thursday that it’s going to move “very quickly” with the revamped rules.
Twitter plans to sell 70 million shares at $17 to $20 each when it debuts its IPO on Nov. 6. The company is worth a “modest” $11 billion–more than AOL and Yelp combined. [New York Times]
Amazon raked $17 billion in revenue last quarter but, again, couldn’t convert that into a profit. Next time! [AllThingsD]
BlackBerry doesn’t “approve of or condone” the spate of suspicious reviews of its BBM app in the Android store, but we’re sure they won’t be mad if you keep saying nice things. [TNW]
Fab.com got a face lift today that features a $17 “Shut the fuck up & do your job” tote. Hmmmm. [AllThingsD]
Twitter formally announced that it has poached Vivian Schiller from NBC News for its Head of News position. [FastCompany]
Former Apple CEO John Sculley is reportedly mulling a bid for BlackBerry. [Globe and Mail]
YouTube is planning to a service that’s described as “Spotify with video” later this year. [Billboard]
Amazon’s entry into the set-top box game might miss its scheduled holiday deadline as it scrambles with development delays. [The Verge]
Suck it Silicon Prairie: London is the new leader in patting itself on the back for nurturing tech startups. [New York Times]
ICANN is approving several new top-level domains in the next few weeks including شبكة, 游戏 and онлайн. [BBC]
Apple isn’t full of dummies. There’s a few reasons why its new OS is being released for free, like customer goodwill and accelerating adoption. [AllThingsD]
Ahead of its IPO,Twitter has obtained a $1 billion credit line. Let’s go shopping, Jacky boy! [Reuters]
Amazon has upped its free shipping minimum to $35 because they are rude. [CNNMoney]
Outbrain, the creator of those ubiquitous ad links placed at the bottom of websites, has picked up $35 million in fresh funding. [AdWeek]
An Aereo app for Android has finally dropped. [Engadget]
Crime and Punishment
Today’s edition of “Unruly Teens” comes from Ballston, Va. where the first Kindle-related quarrel might have been recorded.
The Arlington County Police Department reports that a 16-year-old hit allegedly his mother over the head with a frying pan after she refused to let him borrow her Kindle. While it’s unknown what kind of Kindle it was and whether the kid was just really eager to start reading The Circle, we do know that the incident happened earlier this month in the Arlington suburb.