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  • The Quantum Quest for a Revolutionary Computer (Jeff Bezo's "Infinity Machine")

    02/10/2014 7:37:20 PM PST · by equalator · 32 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | 2-17-14 | Lev Grossman
    “[The company D-Wave] makes a new type of computer called a quantum computer that’s so radical and strange, people are still trying to figure out what it’s for and how to use it…. The supercooled niobium chip at the heart of the D-Wave Two has 512 qubits and therefore could in theory perform 2^512 operations simultaneously. That’s more calculations than there are atoms in the universe, by many orders of magnitude…. Naturally, a lot of people want one. This is the age of Big Data, and we’re burying ourselves in ­­information—search queries, genomes, credit-card purchases, phone records, retail transactions, social...
  • Washington Post Sells Headquarters for $159M

    11/28/2013 7:59:32 PM PST · by PROCON · 9 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 27, 2013 | AP
    <p>The longtime headquarters building of The Washington Post is being sold to a real estate development company for $159 million.</p> <p>Graham Holdings Co. is the former parent of The Washington Post newspaper. The company announced a deal Wednesday to sell the downtown Washington building to Carr Properties. The sale is expected to close at the end of March 2014.</p>
  • Amazon Goes Postal

    11/27/2013 11:15:49 AM PST · by Trafalgar123 · 8 replies
    Leeb's Market Forecast ^ | November 27, 2013 | Stella Paul
    The bride was gorgeous; the groom was old and arthritic, and everyone agreed they were an odd match. When Amazon married the United States Postal Service for its new Sunday package delivery service, who got the better deal? Most people probably would pick USPS, the quasi-government agency operating with all the fiscal sanity of Obamacare. Prevented by Congress from implementing cost-cutting measures, USPS has lost a staggering $45 billion since 2007, and already has defaulted three times on its obligations. Its business model is kaput; first-class mail volume decreased by 30 percent over seven years, and the future looks even...
  • WH Tried to Interfere with WaPo´s NSA Story

    08/16/2013 6:42:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 74 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/16/13 | Elizabeth Sheld
    The Washington Post´s article detailing the fourth amendment abuses by the NSA got some push back from the administration who attempted to "edit" the article before publication. The internal audit referenced in the article was obtained by the WaPo from Edward Snowden. The details of the audit indicated repeated and growing privacy violations by the NSA, violations which included obtaining thousands of American citizen´s communications records and using methods of information collection that were later deemed unconstitutional by a court. The Post was able to interview John Delong, NSA director of compliance for the article and they were initially
  • How the Post Was Lost

    08/12/2013 10:01:35 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    NY Times ^ | 8-11-13 | Ross Douthat
    MANY American newspapers were doomed to decline from the moment the Internet arrived on personal computers. But The Washington Post, just sold off unexpectedly to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, was never really one of them. This is something the sentimental send-offs for the Graham family and its stewardship tended to ignore. As disruptive as the Internet has been for journalism, The Post was uniquely positioned to succeed amid the chaos. And it has struggled, in part, because the paper’s leaders failed to step into an online-era role that should have been theirs for the taking. The nature of that role is...
  • Today he buys the Washington Post, tomorrow Bezos runs for president?

    08/12/2013 7:24:25 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | AUG 11,2013 | Hugh Hewitt
    What if one of the princes of Silicon Valley, having seen and sized up so many of the rulers of the Potomac has concluded that, after all, these ladies and gentlemen just aren't that talented. No FDRs or Reagans there these days, no George Marshalls, Kennans or Kissingers moving the pieces around the global chessboard in the way that tech titans routinely do, and usually successfully. Perhaps Jeff Bezos has concluded: "I can do that. I can run the country." There are only five things worth having: family, friends, grace, money and power. Most folks can have at least tone...
  • Can Jeff Bezos and John Henry Teach Old Media New Tricks?

    08/08/2013 4:43:55 PM PDT · by Vision Thing · 15 replies ^ | August 8, 2013 | Michael Schrage
    Transformationally speaking, technological innovation is easy. Culture change is not. Jeff Bezos knows this. If he wants to kindle his newly-acquired Washington Post into Amazon Prime, he's free to do so. Technically enhancing the Post will be a digital snap. Getting his paper — pun intended — to adopt, adapt to or embrace an authentically customer-centric Bezosian vision, however, will prove very, very hard. The reasons for that resistance will have little to do with money but almost everything to do with the Post's proud, defiantly elitist and self-righteously professional self-image (a self-image equally ensconced in papers like The New...
  • Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Will Purchase The Washington Post for $250 Million

    08/06/2013 9:40:19 AM PDT · by lbryce · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Agust 6, 2013 | Max Ehrenfreund
    The Washington Post’s parent company announced Monday that it will sell the newspaper to technology magnate Jeffrey P. Bezos for $250 million in cash. Bezos is one of the wealthiest people in the world and the founder and chief executive of The deal ends the Graham family’s control of The Post, which has endured for four generations: The deal represents a sudden and stunning turn of events for The Post, Washington’s leading newspaper for decades and a powerful force in shaping the nation’s politics and policy. Few people were aware that a sale was in the works for the...
  • All The President's Men

    08/06/2013 8:17:55 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-6-2013 | MOTUS
      “Benghazi coverup? What Benghazi coverup!?? We no longer cover phony scandals” In hindsight that trip to the Amazon distribution center in Chattanooga to talk about (small case) jobs, jobs jobs makes more sense. Now that we can officially announce that Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post, you see the perfect symmetry, right? Coming soon: all the news that’s fit to read Even some of our most loyal supporters wondered why Big Guy would pick Amazon - king of the crappy, minimum wage job that makes Walmart look like a worker’s paradise - to discuss his  "better bargain for the...
  • Jeff Bezos buys out the Washington Post. This is Nixon's revenge on the mainstream media

    08/06/2013 6:18:21 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 35 replies
    (UK) Daily Telegraph ^ | August 6,2013 | Tim Stanley
    Somewhere down there, Richard Nixon must be rubbing his hands with glee. The Graham family have been forced to sell The Washington Post – the liberal newspaper that helped bring down Tricky Dick with its coverage of the Watergate burglary. Nixon hated the Post for the not unreasonable reason that it hated him. It wasn't just the pursuit of Watergate that irritated, but the climate that the daily helped create of liberal disdain for his presidency – its insistence that anyone with a fully functioning heart and brain voted Democrat. That attitude wouldn't have mattered if print didn't enjoy such...
  • Journalists Respond With Snark And Awe To Washington Post Sale

    08/06/2013 5:19:28 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 6, 2013 | Lara Seligman
    Journalists responded with shock, awe and a predictable amount of snark to the news that founder Jeff Bezos had bought The Washington Post. The news was announced Monday afternoon. Bezos himself, rather than his company, bought the Washington newspaper for roughly $250 million.
  • Washington Post to be sold to Jeff Bezos

    08/05/2013 1:40:07 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 120 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 5, 2013
    The Washington Post Co. has agreed to sell its flagship newspaper to founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos, ending the Graham family’s stewardship of one of America’s leading news organizations after four generations. Bezos, whose entrepreneurship has made him one of the world’s richest men, will pay $250 million in cash for The Post and affiliated publications to the Washington Post Co., which owns the newspaper and other businesses. Seattle-based Amazon will have no role in the purchase; Bezos himself will buy the news organization and become its sole owner when the sale is completed, probably within 60...
  • Amazon founder donates $2.5 million to same-sex ‘marriage’ campaign

    07/31/2012 2:04:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 60 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 31, 2012 | THADDEUS BAKLINSKI
    OLYMPIA, Washington, July 31, 2012 ( - The fight for traditional marriage in Washington state is heating up with the announcement that billionaire Jeff Bezos, the founder of, and his wife, MacKenzie, have pledged $2.5 million to homosexual lobbyists. The donation comes after opponents of the state’s new gay “marriage” law stopped the legislation in its tracks by collecting and filing over 240,000 signatures in support of a referendum on the November ballot. The contribution makes the Amazon couple the largest financial backer of homosexual “rights” in the state, according to the NY Times, far outstripping the $100k donation...
  • Gay marriage in Washington: Amazon's Jeff Bezos gives $2.5 million

    07/27/2012 1:19:16 PM PDT · by Uncle Slayton · 33 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 27, 2012 | Michael Muskal
    Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, have given $2.5 million to fund efforts in the state of Washington to legalize same-sex marriage, effectively doubling the current electoral war chest of proponents. The gift was announced by Washington United for Marriage, the coalition working to pass Referendum 74 in November. It's believed to be the largest individual gift “to secure or protect the freedom to marry,” the group said in a statement released on its website. Washington is one of four states where the issue of same-sex marriage will be on the ballot this year.
  • Groups Launch Boycott of Amazon (Lefties want Amazon taxes to support Gov. spending)

    08/15/2011 12:56:42 PM PDT · by wac3rd · 18 replies
    The Bay Citizen ^ | August 15, 2011 | Aaron Glantz
    Nan Brasmer says she won't buy anything from Amazon anymore. The 72-year-old president of the 950,000-member California Alliance for Retired Americans is among dozens of community leaders planning to gather in Sacramento Monday morning to launch a consumer boycott of the Seattle-based retailer. The boycott -- and an online petition at -- targets Amazon for its efforts to overturn a new California law that requires internet retailers to collect sales tax from their customers. The boycott is backed by many Demoratic members of the state Legislature, including East Bay Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner and State Senator Loni Hancock, both of...
  • Kindle, iPad, MacMillan, and the Death of a Business Model

    02/02/2010 10:15:39 AM PST · by AJKauf · 21 replies · 962+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Feb. 2 | Charlie MArtin
    f you visited this weekend, hoping to buy a book that happened to have been published by MacMillan, you got a rude surprise. You couldn’t do it. Whether you hoped to buy an e-book for the Kindle, or an old-fashioned physical book, Amazon wouldn’t sell it to you. In a protest against the pricing model that MacMillan and other publishers had negotiated with Apple for the iBookstore, Amazon simply removed the “buy” button from MacMillan’s books. The protest didn’t last very long — just long enough to be noticed and to make the New York Times on the evening...
  • Bezos Wants You!... To Help Build His Spacecraft

    01/07/2007 9:52:05 AM PST · by KevinDavis · 10 replies · 264+ views ^ | 01/05/07 | Parmy Olson
    London - Are you a "hardworking, technically gifted, team-oriented, experienced aerospace engineer or engineering leader?" If the answer is yes, then (nasdaq: AMZN - news - people ) founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos has just the job for you. He's looking for engineers to join his private aerospace business Blue Origin and help develop a new, sub-orbital spacecraft. "We’re working, patiently and step-by-step, to lower the cost of spaceflight so that many people can afford to go, and so that we humans can better continue exploring the solar system," he said on his Web site,
  • Amazon Boss Shows Off Spacecraft (Bezos' Blue Origin Flight Test)

    01/04/2007 9:21:28 AM PST · by anymouse · 33 replies · 1,212+ views
    BBC News ^ | January 4, 2007
    The billionaire founder of has released the first images of the launch of a private spacecraft that could bring space travel to the masses. A video of the cone-shaped Goddard vehicle shows it climbing to about 85m (285ft) before returning back to Earth. The test launch took place in November 2006 in a remote part of Texas, but details have only now been released. The images mark the first time Jeff Bezos has broken his silence on the work of his space company, Blue Origin. Writing on the company's website, Mr Bezos said: "We're working, patiently and step-by-step, to...
  • Details emerge on private spaceport plans

    07/23/2006 10:08:10 PM PDT · by AntiGuv · 4 replies · 413+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 22, 2006 | Michael Graczyk
    A spacecraft taking off from a private West Texas spaceport being bankrolled and developed by founder Jeff Bezos would take off vertically, but unlike NASA's space shuttle would also land vertically, according to an environmental study that offers a glimpse into the secretive plans. The craft would hit an altitude of about 325,000 feet — or almost 62 miles — before descending and restarting its engine for a "precision vertical powered landing on the landing pad" in sparsely populated Culberson County, about 125 miles east of El Paso. Those were among the plans detailed in a 229-page draft of...
  • Tourism Update: Jeff Bezos’ Spaceship Plans Revealed

    07/06/2006 9:03:48 AM PDT · by Paradox · 7 replies · 506+ views ^ | 05 July 2006 | Leonard David
    The public space travel business is picking up suborbital speed thanks to a variety of private rocket groups and their dream machines. Joining the mix is Blue Origin's New Shepard Reusable Launch System. It is financially fueled by an outflow of dollars from the deep pockets of billionaire Jeff Bezos, founder of The Bezos-backed Blue Origin, LLC commercial space outfit has recently turned in a draft environmental assessment (EA) for their West Texas launch site to the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (AST) in Washington, D.C. The document is the best glimpse yet of...
  • Exec to Open Aerospace Venture [Jeff Bezos]

    12/26/2005 1:14:48 PM PST · by aculeus · 3 replies · 405+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | December 26, 2005 | AP
    KENT, Wash., Dec. 26, 2005 (AP Online delivered by Newstex) -- (NASDAQ:AMZN) founder Jeff Bezos expects a rocket-ship complex for his aerospace venture Blue Origin to open early next year. City records show that an office and warehouse he's revamping in this south Seattle suburb will be used to design and build spacecraft and engines. Blue Origin has released few details about the project. But a Texas newspaper editor who interviewed Bezos earlier this year said the billionaire talked sending a spaceship into orbit that launches and lands vertically, like a rocket, and eventually building spaceships that can orbit...
  • Bezos brings space race to Kent as he plans a passenger rocket

    12/26/2005 10:11:24 AM PST · by KevinDavis · 7 replies · 293+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 12/25/05 | Sandi Doughton
    The new space race has touched down in Kent, where billionaire Jeff Bezos is building a rocket-ship complex set to open early next year. Blue Origin, Bezos' aerospace company, will use the facility to design and build spacecraft and engines. The company's near-term goal is to develop a vehicle that can take passengers on a thrill ride to the edge of space. But eventually, Bezos has said, he wants to build spaceships powerful enough to orbit the Earth. He even hopes to establish permanent colonies in space someday.
  • Bezos space project plans HQ in Kent - Venture aims to develop reusable launch vehicles

    11/06/2005 8:05:46 AM PST · by KevinDavis · 7 replies · 262+ views
    King County Journal ^ | 11/06/05 | Clayton Park founder Jeff Bezos' quest to reach the stars will move to Kent early next year. The dot-com billionaire recently bought a 24.65-acre property along South 212th Street, about a mile east of the Boeing Space Center. The property will become the new headquarters for Blue Origin LLC, a project Bezos began in 2000. Blue Origin's mission, according to a brief description on the company's Web site, is developing reusable launch vehicles and technologies ``that, over time, will help enable an enduring human presence in space.'' The Web site also lists several ``immediate openings'' for engineering and technical positions at...
  • Sitting Pretty 10 Years Later

    07/05/2005 6:27:32 AM PDT · by RayChuang88 · 14 replies · 618+ views
    Associated Press via ^ | July 5, 2005 | Elizabeth M. Gillespie
    SEATTLE (AP) - Soon after Inc. (AMZN) debuted 10 years ago, Jeff Bezos and his handful of employees spent late summer nights packing books in a tiny warehouse, scrambling to ship a growing gush of orders. Today, the man who has grown accustomed to being hailed the king of Internet commerce runs a global powerhouse that did nearly $7 billion in sales last year, dealing in everything from banjo cases to wild boar baby back ribs. As more businesses beef up their online operations, is the company that helped get it all started in danger of seeing its dominance...
  • Billionaire picks one-horse town to start space empire

    04/10/2005 4:59:25 AM PDT · by KevinDavis · 32 replies · 1,067+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | 04/11/05 | Paul Harris
    Van Horn is just a dusty blip on a Texas highway. The struggling town of 3,000 hardy souls stands in the middle of a desert. It appears memorable only for the relief it offers after driving miles of empty road.
  • Founder Plans Space Port In Texas Town

    03/10/2005 2:06:25 PM PST · by Vision Thing · 32 replies · 768+ views
    NBC 5i (Dallas) ^ | March 10, 2005
    VAN HORN, Texas -- Even skeptical locals, who've become wary over the years of city slickers with big ideas for their town, perked up when founder Jeff Bezos made his pitch -- a spaceport for commercial travel into space. Bezos flew into this West Texas town a few weeks ago to tell key leaders how he planned to use his newly acquired 165,000 acres of desolate ranch land. He also gave his only interview so far on the spaceport to the Van Horn Advocate, the weekly newspaper Larry Simpson runs from the back of his Radio Shack store. "He...
  • Stocks Fall as Amazon, Data Weigh

    02/03/2005 1:57:33 PM PST · by pickemuphere · 8 replies · 328+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb 03 2005 | Megan Davies
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks broke a three-day rally and slid lower on Thursday, weighed down by a report that showed U.S. productivity growth slowed in the fourth quarter and a sharp fall in online retailer Inc. that dragged on tech stocks. The weaker-than-expected rise in productivity caused concern about higher inflation and a possible speed-up in interest-rate hikes by the Federal Reserve. fell 16.4 percent, a day after the online retailer's results disappointed Wall Street.
  • Space Race 2: Bezos and life beyond Amazon

    01/19/2005 8:03:34 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 6 replies · 430+ views
    UPI ^ | 01/18/05 | Irene Mona Klotz
    Cape Canaveral, FL, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- For years, founder Jeff Bezos has been laboring in secret at his Seattle headquarters on a space-related project known only as Blue Origin.
  • Bezos offers glimpse into space project

    01/13/2005 5:55:23 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 15 replies · 398+ views
    Cnet ^ | 01/13/05 | Jim Hu
    Blue Origin, the secretive space exploration company founded by CEO Jeff Bezos, on Thursday quietly announced plans to build a testing facility on a remote ranch in western Texas. The facility will be built on land owned by Bezos located north of Van Horn, Texas, a community with a population of 2,400 residents as of 2000. In its first public statement about its ambitions, Blue Origin said it plans to build a suborbital spacecraft that can launch and land vertically with three or more astronauts, according to a report in the local Van Horn Advocate newspaper.
  • One small step for space tourism

    12/16/2004 9:53:04 PM PST · by Brett66 · 2 replies · 296+ views
    The Economist ^ | 12/16/04 | The economist
    One small step for space tourism... If plans for a new range of suborbital vehicles get off the drawing board, then holidays in space could get off the ground In the past year, a lot has changed in the field of human spaceflight. In January, President George Bush brushed aside the fact that America's entire space-shuttle fleet was grounded when he announced grandiose plans to put people back on the moon, and then to launch a manned mission to Mars. In June, Burt Rutan, an American aeronautical engineer, showed that human spaceflight was no longer the preserve of governments by...
  • Amazon Offers Free Short Films In Holiday Push

    11/09/2004 9:07:55 AM PST · by OESY · 4 replies · 567+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 9, 2004 | NICK WINGFIELD
    ...Beginning today, Amazon plans to feature one original short film each week in a prominent spot on its home page for the next five weeks -- all commissioned by Amazon and available for free downloading by the site's visitors. The four-to-seven minute movies will star a variety of Hollywood actors in fictional stories fashioned loosely around a theme Amazon describes as "karmic balance;" characters, in essence, learn valuable life lessons.... Instead of a traditional advertising hard sell, the movies mark the escalation of an effort by Amazon to provide unique online content free of charge to its customers, some of...
  • Galaxy Quest

    08/05/2003 4:25:38 PM PDT · by Brett66 · 20 replies · 254+ views
    The Independent ^ | 8/5/03 | Steve Connor
    Galaxy quest Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, has launched his own space programme and wants to send tourists into orbit. He is not alone - entrepreneurs across the United States are reaching for the sky. What is it with rich men and rockets? By Steve Connor 05 August 2003 For a supposedly hi-tech company involved in exploring the futuristic notion of space tourism, it is surprisingly difficult to make contact with anyone at Blue Origin's headquarters in Seattle. The firm is not listed in the local telephone directory and its website offers no other means of contact - unless...
  • Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos meet "Ginger"

    06/16/2003 1:08:27 PM PDT · by Darkshadow · 18 replies · 242+ views
    Harvard Business School - Working Knowledge ^ | Jun 16, 2003 | Steve Kemper
    Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos meet "Ginger"HBSWK Pub. Date: Jun 16, 2003 The story behind Dean Kamen's Segway scooter, and his combustive meeting with the kingpins of Apple and Amazon. Excerpt from Code Name Ginger. by Steve KemperSteve Kemper was given complete behind-the-scenes access to Dean Kamen and the Segway design team during development of the much-hyped "human transporter." The result: A new book, Code Name Ginger. Here's an excerpt. -Ed. Evidently, he's always late, said Aileen Lee, John Doerr's associate. It was almost 8:30 A.M., half an hour after the meeting was supposed to start, and everyone in the...
  • Bezos survives crash of helicopter in Texas

    03/12/2003 7:43:29 PM PST · by gaucho · 7 replies · 353+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 3/12/2003 | Monica Soto
    Bezos survives crash of helicopter in Texas By Monica Soto Seattle Times technology reporter Chief Executive Jeff Bezos avoided serious injury last week when a helicopter he was riding in crashed on a mountain range in southwest Texas. None of the passengers was seriously injured. A spokesman for the Seattle-based Internet retailer declined to comment. Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson, whose department covers 6,125 square miles of southwest Texas, said the accident occurred around 9 a.m. Thursday roughly 16 miles south of Alpine, a small college town. The pilot, Charles Bella of El Paso, had flown Bezos, 38; Elizabeth...