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The battle over Bezos’ bulge: Amazon CEO accuses Pecker of blackmail
Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO/Washington Post-owner/world’s richest man/sender of nudes, let it all hang out yesterday when he accused David Pecker (chairman of American Media, which owns the National Enquirer) of extortion in a longer-than-average Medium post.
Allegedly, American Media blackmailed Bezos to prevent him from pursuing an investigation of the Enquirer’s publication of some of Jeff’s “private” info last month. But instead of giving in, Bezos responded with a highly public Pecker slap.
The Enquirer hits ‘below the belt’
After the Enquirer published an article about Bezos’ extramarital affair that included “intimate texts [sic] messages,” Bezos hired a team of lawyers to take a long, hard look at the situation.
Apparently, this investigation enraged American Media. The company asked Bezos (verbally and then via email) to cancel the investigation and publicly state that he didn’t have reason to believe the Enquirer’s coverage was “politically motivated.”
When Bezos refused, AM responded with a threat to publish a series of 9 highly specific, “below the belt” images including a so-called “dick pick.”
Bezos goes public with Pecker
But Bezos didn’t back down. Instead, he doubled down on his dick pick in a post titled “No thank you, Mr. Pecker.”
The post not only reprinted all of the Enquirer’s extortion efforts, but it also described American Media’s “long-earned reputation for weaponizing journalistic privileges, hiding behind important protections, and ignoring the tenets and purpose of true journalism.”
Across the internet, many commentators who are usually critical of Bezos complimented the response: Bulldog tech critic Kara Swisher of the NYT even called it “a big d#*k move.”
Do investors deserve to know about this Amazon ‘package’?
In their ransom notes, the Enquirer made the argument that publishing the photos was necessary to show Amazon shareholders that Bezos’ business judgment was terrible.
But Bezos responded by reminding the Enquirer that Amazon just had its “most profitable year ever… and it’s usually somewhere between the #1 and #5 most valuable company in the world.”
“If in my position I can’t stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can?” Mr. Bezos asked.
| Conor Grant, News Writer at The Hustle
Bezos is right: Many people have been blackmailed by the Enquirer, but no one else has such a big pair of companies.
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The footprint’s on the wall: Foot Locker invests $100m into online sneaker company
Foot Locker, the classic mass-market shoe source for athletic mallrats, invested $100m in GOAT Group, the online sneaker marketplace for rare and high-end kicks.
According to TechCrunch, the companies said that the investment will eventually lead to the 2 companies combining their efforts across their digital and physical retail platforms.
Did Foot Locker just save itself from turning into Blockbuster?
Foot Locker is yet another store falling victim to the retail apocalypse, closing 110 stores last year and 147 in 2017.
But, the investment in GOAT could be its shot at a new sole: Founded in 2015, the LA-based online shoe marketplace helped pioneer the ship-to-verify model into the secondary sneaker biz to help make vintage shoe-buying a more “seamless” and “safe” customer experience.
Now, GOAT has over 12m active users on the platform, up from last year’s 2.5m sneakerheads. In 2018 several top sellers on GOAT sold over $10m worth of sneakers, up from $2m in 2017.
The online Sole Rush continues
Sneaker resale is incredibly hot right now, and these days it’s attracting more than your average hypebeast.
Farfetch acquired online sneaker marketplace Stadium Goods for $250m in December, and StockX hauled in $44m in 2018.
Plus, Foot Locker isn’t GOAT’s first foray into physical retailers; last year it acquired physical retailer Flight Club.
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KenSci raises $22m to predict patients’ risk of illness (and save hospitals money)
The days of maverick, cane-wielding doctors riding on a hunch and a whiteboard to make medical decisions may be numbered — at least, if KenSci, an artificial intelligence startup out of Seattle, has anything to say about it.
3-year-old KenSci just raised a $22m Series B to advance its predictive AI platform, which uses aggregate data to forecast patient risk for things like sepsis, heart attacks, and even cancer.
Armed with a hashtag (#deathvsdatascience) and a dream, KenSci seems poised to take the ward by storm.
It’s a win for patients, but it’s an even bigger win for hospitals
KenSci provides a “risk prediction” dashboard for healthcare practitioners to track cost of care, no-show appointments, and readmission rates — all in the hopes of lowering expenses for providers.
And a little help with resourcing could go a long way: VentureBeat writes that in 2017, US health care costs hit $3.5T (17.9% of the US’ GDP).
It also has potential to help doctors make bigger patient decisions…
Like when it’s time to throw in the towel
Research from KenSci shows that patients on average “transitioned to end-of-life care too late: 28% of patients transferred to hospices died or were discharged within a week.”
In other words, KenSci’s system could use data to predict mortality rates and make heretofore personal decisions between a patient and doctor about their end-of-life care more quantitative.
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Refrigerdating: Samsung’s launching a dating app based on what’s in your refrigerator
If you’re reading this, you already know: As part of a promotional tactic for its new “smart” refrigerator, Samsung is releasing a fridge-based dating app called… “Refrigerdating.”
But don’t get lost in the (refrigerated) sauce. This ain’t no “IHOb.” This is completely real… *Sigh*
Beauty is only fridge-deep
Per its website, refrigerdating is a service that helps people find love based on the contents of a potential match’s refrigerator.
With the app, you upload a photo of the inside of the Samsung Family Hub smart fridge, and you can swipe right or left based on the beliefs of someone else’s fridge-relig’ and whether they align with your own.
According to CNET, Samsung worked with a relationship expert when creating the app — so it definitely legitimately wants you to find love and it’s NOT just trying to push its products on you.
But, for the people who can’t afford the $4k Family Hub Refrigerator — DON’T PANIC — you can also join the service without one.
Capitalism is a chilly mistress
Food is more than ever a part of people’s lifestyles, and with that comes a confounding amount of nuance (in short: all food gives you cancer, and you can’t date someone who’s OK with eating stuff that causes cancer).
Bottom line: Online dating’s been around for decades now and, with dating apps based on preferences of political, religious, even farming beliefs, niche dating services have proved to be a juice that’s worth the squeeze — making ideas like refrigerdating all the more upsetting.
| Wes Schlagenhauf, News Writer at The Hustle
Q: Who knew that finding your soulmate is as easy as looking in someone’s refrigerator? A: Samsung and serial killers.
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- Posting newborn’s weight and length makes childbirth rather too similar to fishing.
- Bottled water companies do not produce water, they produce plastic bottles.
- “Boneless wings” are just a way to make adults feel better about ordering chicken nuggets.
- All dogs are therapy dogs. The majority of them are just freelancing.
- It will be an interesting day when aliens land and Miss Universe has to genuinely defend her title.
- via Reddit
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