6:26 pm, May 31st | by Amy Tennery
It’s the tell-all book about the Bloomberg family that you’ve been waiting for — almost.
Georgina Bloomberg, the younger of Mayor Mike’s two daughters, has released a new young-adult novel called “The A Circuit,” according to the New York Times. The book is, officially, fiction. But the Times (and, it would seem, anyone who can get a copy) is convinced there’s plenty of truth woven in…
5:39 pm, May 31st | by Amy Tennery
Poor Carol Bartz. The Yahoo CEO hasn’t been able to shake rumors over the last several days that she’s getting kicked out of her post — and now the buzz seems to be heating up.
Bartz, the sharp-tongued exec, who famously took down Michael Arrington at last year’s Disrupt conference, had been the target of replacement rumors about two weeks ago, before sources ran to her defense — and Forbes — arguing that the Yahoo board is still on her side. Of course, the issue didn’t end there.
4:20 pm, May 31st | by Hillary Reinsberg
Would that have made Mark Zuckerberg God? (Juuuust kidding.)
A million users isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? 700 million users! (We all need to stop making this joke ASAP.)
3:38 pm, May 31st | by Hillary Reinsberg
Leave it to Madoff to make a bad situation even worse.
A wealthy divorced couple is back in court, arguing about who gets what – and the Madoff Ponzi scheme is to blame, according to Dealbook. Steven Simkin and Laura Blank had a clean, 50-50 split divorce back in 2006, but Simkin’s half included assets that were invested with Bernie Madoff. By 2009, those assets obviously no longer existed.
Simkin wants a new split of the assets, given the fact that millions of his share disappeared. Fair enough. Sort of…
3:29 pm, May 31st | by Amy Tennery
There’s a lot of ways to bungle PR — but charging a dead woman for internet service that she never received could be among the worst moves a company could make.
Of course, if you’re the director of analyst relations at that company and you go on the record with the Los Angeles Times saying things like “mistakes were made” when asked about the situation, that could actually make matters worse. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what one exec at Verizon did.
2:38 pm, May 31st | by Amy Tennery
Hulu started out in 2007 as a convenient, fun way to catch up on clips of your favorite shows. It packaged these in an aesthetically appealing way, with ads scattered sparingly throughout, allowing channels like NBC and Fox to profit from web videos that would have otherwise been pirated by YouTube, forever impossible to police. And they had that clever commercial with Alec Baldwin. A triumph.
It has since devolved into a frustrating, limited access monster that forces you to watch 30-second commercials prior to clips of roughly the same length and teases you with video content, only to declare part way through viewing that you have to pay for access to watch the whole stupid thing. A nightmare.
2:07 pm, May 31st | by Hillary Reinsberg
Google founder Larry Page may be trying to be a friend to the environment by building a “green” house, but he’s not being a very good friend to his Palo Alto neighbors (at least according to them). And, for what it’s worth, they don’t think he’s being a particularly good friend to the environment, either.
Page is in the midst of erecting a just shy of 10,000-square-foot home in Palo Alto, not far from Google Headquarters. In order to build the almost 3,500-square-foot basement, the construction crew has to continuously pump water into this basement, which, according to the Palo Alto Daily News, neighbors have deemed both wasteful and annoying. Sounds like it.
1:28 pm, May 31st | by Amy Tennery
Looks like even medical leave won’t keep Steve Jobs away from product launches. The Apple guru will be in the house to roll out a handful of new Mac products at the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 6, according to Computerworld. A new operating system and a cloud service called… iCloud (really) are slated for the new lineup. Makes sense that Jobs would want to stick around for all this considering how underwhelming MobileMe has been.
We can’t help but wonder whether these product premieres were on the agenda when Jobs dropped by Apple HQ a few weeks ago.
12:55 pm, May 31st | by Hillary Reinsberg
There’s fighting in the world of European luxury. Hermès! Louis Vuitton Moet Hennesey! The stuff of luxe dreams. And with all the nuance and family drama you could possibly expect. The backstory is that Hermès is accusing LVMH, which is run by Bernard Arnault, the richest man in Europe, of trying to slowly take over [...]
11:29 am, May 31st | by Amy Tennery
Sadly, for those of us who prefer the more…umm, laid-back look, Facebook-Twitter domination has made “camera-ready” a daily requirement. And, subsequently, all tech-savvy moguls are equipped within an inch of their lives to document every moment. Flip cam, ultra-high-res cell phone cameras, glasses-cam (okay, we made that last one up ) — they’ve got it all.
Still, everyone knows it’s not really a Mogul Toy of the Day unless it’s completely impractical (see the $2.8 million car you can’t drive on roads and the $228,452 shoes you can’t really wear, for example).
With that in mind, we present to you the $1.9 million camera.