Fight! Fight! Fight!
Google is expected to announce a partnership with Audi next week. The two companies will develop an Android-based in-car entertainment and information systems. [WSJ]
Everybody is cautiously excited about Twitter’s stock. This is partly the reason why: “Twitter’s total market value is one-third that of Facebook, which has five times as many users and more than 10 times the revenue.” [New York Times]
People are really liking the Google Chromebook. It accounted for a fifth of commercial laptops sold in November. [AllThingsD]
Amazon announced that on Cyber Monday it sold more than 426 items per second — or 37 million items sold on that one day alone. [BGR]
Shorter: CEO of Large Company Has a Packed Schedule. [New York Post]
It wouldn’t be the holidays if there wasn’t a juicy argument. This year, it’s between UPS and Amazon, with the latter claiming UPS basically ruined Christmas for some Americans by failing to send packages in time for the big day.
Let's Go Shopping
Fans lost their shit when Beyoncé released her digital album by surprise on iTunes last week, prompting breathless tweets and over-the-top headlines like “How Beyoncé’s New Album Redefines Perfection.”
Even the Grinchiest of hearts had to expand a few sizes at the news of 14 new songs and 17 music videos.
But not everyone was so excited.
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]