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]
today in travel
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
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]
Crime and Punishment
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]
The Future of the Ebook
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.
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.
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.”