| Apr 11, 2014
| 5:35 PM
Quitters wanted: Unhappy with your job? Feeling unproductive? Take $5,000 and go.
At least, that's what Amazon.com Inc. is offering its warehouse employees.
In a letter to shareholders this week, Chief Executive Jeffrey Bezos outlined the details of a...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 4:03 PM
Forbes' "world's richest people" list was unveiled today, ranking the wealthiest billionaires on the planet. Topping the list was Microsoft founder Bill Gates, reclaiming the No. 1 spot from Mexico's telecom magnate Carlos Slim Helu (Gates' net worth...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has set an agreement to acquire Miami ABC affiliate WPLG from Graham Holdings Co. in a stock-swap deal valued at $1.1 billion.
Deal calls for Berkshire to swap 1.6 million shares that it owns in Graham Holdings Co. for...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 12:03 PM
Amazon is good for online shoppers, but is it good for books?
That's what George Packer asks in this week's New Yorker, in a long article that looks at the online retailer as disruptor.
Amazon can be difficult to write about -- the company would not...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 12:30 PM
As Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella has a big decision to make. He must figure out whether he wants to have the kind of public persona that's meant to connect with consumers or lead from the shadows where he's operated for the past 22 years at the...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 1:06 PM
Here's an assumption underlying many a Big Idea online: If you make it easier for people to act on their impulses in a way that benefits your business, they will.
A good example of this is Comcast's reported anti-piracy initiative. And my hunch is...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 10:34 AM
When not running Amazon, what does CEO Jeff Bezos do? Go looking for NASA's garbage.
On Friday, Bezos confirmed that his team had retrieved the Apollo 11 No. 5 engine from the ocean floor on a mission in March. That was what they had hoped, but with the...
| Dec 21, 2013
| 6:49 AM
This is a column I have put off for weeks, because it makes me sad to write it. And ultimately, it begs an answer, which I am not sure I have.
But with the year ending, I can no longer avoid it. After decades of writing about television and media, this...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 8:02 AM
Don't expect a surprise announcement by the Sulzberger family about selling the New York Times any time soon.
After Amazon.com billionaire Jeffrey Bezos announced he was buying the family-owned Washington Post this week, Times publisher Arthur...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 12:01 PM
A spotlight-loving Chinese business mogul said Tuesday that he wanted to expand his empire into media by purchasing the New York Times.
Chen Guangbiao, who made his fortune recycling material from torn-down buildings, said he plans to discuss the...
| Aug 5, 2013
| 2:15 PM
In a surprise move, Amazon founder and Chief Executive Jeff Bezos has agreed to buy the Washington Post and other properties for $250 million.
The deal is being made by Bezos alone, without involvement from Seattle-based Amazon.