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. Read More
Leave it to Bezos
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.” Read More
Bad news for those of us with lousy, package-stealing neighbors: Bloomberg News reports that Staples and RadioShack have both pulled out of Amazon’s lockers program. Corporate HQ probably wasn’t thrilled about inviting their scariest competitor into their stores to begin with, and the experiment just didn’t generate the cash to make it worth taking a viper to their breast. Read More
Here’s the thing about Jeff Bezos: He hasn’t just upended the book business and set his sights on taking over basically all retail, everywhere, all the time. He also has the singular misfortune of looking like a super villain. (Just ask anyone who works in publishing.)
From the bald head to the power-casual ensembles, it’s like he’s engaged in 24/7 Lex Luthor cosplay (and we’re not the only ones who’ve noticed, either.) Pulling Apollo-era rockets out of the ocean: total super villain move. Watching him buy the Washington Post gives us faint deja vu–didn’t we see this on an episode of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman? Read More
At 4:15 p.m., according to Jim Romanesko, Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth called her staffers into the auditorium for a 4:30 p.m. announcement. The news: Amazon founder and noted rocketry enthusiast Jeff Bezos is buying the Post and its “affiliated publications” outright. He’ll pay $250 million in cash.
Perhaps you heard the shrieks of shock issuing from newsrooms all over town? Read More
We’re so, so close to a world where Amazon removes all reason for you to leave your apartment. You can order lightbulbs for same-day delivery and, while you wait, watch Dora the Explorer in the dark. And soon, Reuters reports, you’ll be able to order fresh groceries (as opposed to the Soap.com staples available now) from the company.
Amazon is expanding its AmazonFresh pilot in Seattle, soon to Los Angeles and then San Francisco later this year. Depending on the results, Amazon might expand to 20 other cities in 2014. Read More