Strauss-Kahn Case a Set-up? Sources Claim Shocking New Evidence Reveals Accuser’s Alleged Criminal Ties
10:30 pm, June 30th | by Amy Tennery
Holy game changer, folks — things just got crazy(er) in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case.
The alleged sexual assault case brought against the former IMF director by a Midtown Manhattan maid had seemed almost air-tight. But now prosecutors, investigators and, well, apparently everyone on the non-Strauss side of things is reportedly doubting the story that the accuser brought forward, according to a story just published in the New York Times.
The forensic evidence supporting an alleged sexual encounter between Strauss-Kahn and the cleaning staff member is reportedly still intact. What isn’t, apparently, is the accuser’s version of events.
7:00 pm, June 30th | by Hillary Reinsberg
On a jaunt to the Facebook’s Seattle office, Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook was “launching something awesome” next week, according to Reuters. Fine, Mark, just take all the attention away from Google+. Don’t give up until Facebook wins!
This “awesome” “something” was developed in the Seattle office, which has previously played key roles in Facebook’s mobile efforts, so a fair guess would be that the bright and shiny unveiling next week will be in that same realm. iPad and iPhone owners, can we get a “please let it be us”? If you’ve used Facebook on an Apple product – as, well, millions upon millions of people do – you can attest to the fact that the current apps and mobile offerings are pretty limited for a web company.
6:27 pm, June 30th | by Amy Tennery
Yup, it’s Glenn Beck.
So where’s he going? To a mogul heiress’ mansion, naturally.
5:47 pm, June 30th | by Hillary Reinsberg
Sometime next year, Morgan Stanley will get a bit of a shake up. The current Chairman, tough guy John Mack, will step down and hand over the reins to the current CEO and President, James Gorman. At Morgan Stanley, the President is usually a good sign of who’s number two – and on track to be number one. Dealbook had some fun today figuring out which Morgan insiders might take get the job.
The only problem: this may be a years-long guessing game (at least we’ll have a way to keep busy). Insiders say Gorman will likely keep us waiting for quite some time before appointing a President, settling into his job for at least a few quarters before he chooses a favorite.
Although we hate to wait, we’re sure the internal rat race will be one to watch. So let’s take a look at the guys who may be in contention for this thing – or at least, the guys who will be sucking up to their new boss!
5:15 pm, June 30th | by Amy Tennery
No one ever said handwriting analysis was a flawless science. In fact, behind palm reading, tarot card divinations and phrenology, I’d argue that it’s one of the less reliable ways of gauging personality. (Of course this point of view is due in no small part to my own questionable handwriting, but let’s not go there.)
While you may disagree with this attitude, a recent analysis of Fox News Chanel boss Roger Ailes’ handwriting is a big strike against the legitimacy of the craft. It seems that Gawker wasn’t just curious about the content of Ailes’ Nixon-era memos, which they uncovered — they were interested in what the penmanship in the notes said about Ailes. So they hired a handwriting expert — and it sounds like she might have been a little off-base on one or two of his personality traits.
4:45 pm, June 30th | by Hillary Reinsberg
David and Simon Reuben, the brothers who are frequently ranked among the top five wealthiest people in the U.K., just bought Piccadilly Estate for $208 million (130 million pounds), a place that not only sounds fancy, but is actually the former home of royalty and a prime minister, Lord Palmerston, Reuters reports. (Don’t feel bad if you don’t know him, he was prime minister from 1859 to 1865). More recently, it’s also been the site of bankruptcy and disaster.
More recently, the property was owned by Simon Halabi, a former high-rolling real estate mogul who went bankrupt in 2009, defaulting on almost $2 billion of bonds. Halabi had intended to build England’s ritziest six-star hotel on the site, but as you can imagine, things fell through. And before all that, one of the buildings housed the famous In And Out Club, an exclusive private military club for Londoners.
3:43 pm, June 30th | by Amy Tennery
Google+ has a hard road ahead of it. The newest brainchild of Larry Page must navigate a bloated social media market to find its way among the Facebooks, the Tweets and the Tumblrs. While it’s too soon to say whether users will jump on board and set up profiles en masse, there is one person on there who we definitely didn’t expect to see (well, at least not right away): Mark Zuckerberg.
Yup, the Facebook founder is on Google+. And by the looks of his profile pic, he’s none too pleased about it.
2:08 pm, June 30th | by Amy Tennery
Free drinks, better food, priority check-in — first-class flyers really do have it all. Now passengers of one airline can add another pseudo-perk to that list: no crying babies.
Malaysia Airlines has announced that it won’t equip the first-class zone in its upcoming A380 line of mega-jets with infant-friendly equipment, essentially banning the tikes from sitting up front. Of course, mogul parents aren’t taking this lying down.
12:47 pm, June 30th | by Amy Tennery
Looks like Lyor Cohen might be cutting all his strings, now that the Warner Music deal is wrapping up. Cohen, the North American Chairman at Warner, received a $10 million golden parachute, following the $3.3 billion deal with winning bidder Len Blavatnik. Now, it looks like he’s (maybe) doing business with… Jerry Seinfeld? Huh?
No, really — the dyed-in-the-wool west sider Seinfeld has been seen browsing townhouses throughout the Upper East Side, according to the New York Post. And his latest stop? The six-bedroom, eight-bathroom spread Cohen owns at 1 East 94th Street. The place is on the market for $26 million.
11:06 am, June 30th | by Hillary Reinsberg
Warren Buffett announced that Berkshire Hathaway would be buying up Wesco, long considered the “backdoor” (i.e. cheaper) avenue to investing with the Oracle of Omaha, certain Bufett devotees whimpered in despair. Investing with Berkshire or Wesco of course had spectacular appeal numbers-wise, but for many, part of the draw was going to shareholder meetings and getting to hear from Buffett and his amusing sidekick Charlie Munger, who ran Wesco.
For “hard-core addicts” who are worried they won’t get another chance to hear from Munger – a tough but hysterical straight shooter regarded as the only guy willing to stand up to Buffett – don’t fret. Munger will host “A Morning With Charlie” tomorrow in Pasadena, California, according to Bloomberg. Wesco’s website (which, to put it nicely, is just as “no frills” as Berkshire’s) says that “Charlie will make some opening remarks, and then he will take questions from the audience about business, economics and life.” Vague, yet wonderful.