Let's Go Shopping
Let’s be blunt: malls terrify us. There’s dealing with the parking, the hour-long wait at the Cheesecake Factory (no we’re not sitting at the bar like heathens) and don’t get us started with the teens circling around the Wok N Roll samples like vultures. And apparently, the rest of America is starting to realize that because more and more people are doing their holiday shopping online.
The Seattle Times reports that online retailers are, *cough,* cashing in as new data reveals that they’re growing more quickly than their brick-and-mortar competitors. According to retail analysts, holiday sales now account for 40 percent of shopping done online–almost double from 2012.
Fight! Fight! Fight!
Twitter changed how its block function worked. People hated it. Twitter changed it back. [Time]
Some enterprising Yahoo employees are going to Facebook and Google bus stops to recruit fresh meat. [Forbes]
It takes Netflix users a week to finish a 22-episode season of a show. [WSJ]
Amazon might launch a Costco club-like online store called Pantry next year. Shoppers can choose from 2,000 bulk items and have them delivered for a small fee. [USA Today]
[palms to the air emoji] Here’s a new trailer for House of Cards. [YouTube]
Leave it to Bezos
Everyone is excited about Amazon’s improbable plan to deliver packages by drones, except for one person: eBay CEO John Donahoe.
Drinking a gallon of haterade before recently appearing on Bloomberg, Mr. Donahoe lambasted Team Bezos’s plan to replace some delivery drivers with the unmanned aerial vehicles as a “fantasy.” Emily Chang, a reporter at your dad’s favorite business network, asked him if eBay had any similar plans. He responded with a big, fat nope.
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]
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]