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Jeffrey Bezos buys the Washington Post for $250 million
Despite the fact that
Amazon lost $39 million last year, Jeffrey Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon, has bought
the Washington Post for $250 million.
"Amazon.com founder Jeffrey Bezos, who revolutionized the book business, isnow aiming to do the same with one of the
nation's most storied newspapers"said the Los Angeles Times.
It also has to be noted that "Seattle-based Amazon will have no role in the purchase;Bezos himself will buy the news
organization and become its sole owner (emphasis added) when the sale
is completed, probably within 60 days" explained the Washington
Here is theletterto Washington Post employees:
"To the employees of The Washington Post:
You’ll have heard the news, and many of
you will greet it with a degree of apprehension. When a single family owns a
company for many decades, and when that family acts for all those decades in
good faith, in a principled manner, in good times and in rough times, as
stewards of important values – when that family has done such a good job – it
is only natural to worry about change.
So, let me start with something critical.
The values of The Post do not need changing. The paper’s duty will remain to
its readers and not to the private interests of its owners. We will continue to
follow the truth wherever it leads, and we’ll work hard not to make mistakes.
When we do, we will own up to them quickly and completely.
I won’t be leading The Washington Post
day-to-day. I am happily living in “the other Washington” where I have a day job that I
love. Besides that, The Post already has an excellent leadership team that
knows much more about the news business than I do, and I’m extremely grateful
to them for agreeing to stay on.
There will of course be change at The
Post over the coming years. That’s essential and would have happened with or
without new ownership. The Internet is transforming almost every element of the
news business: shortening news cycles, eroding long-reliable revenue sources,
and enabling new kinds of competition, some of which bear little or no
news-gathering costs. There is no map, and charting a path ahead will not be
easy. We will need to invent, which means we will need to experiment. Our
touchstone will be readers, understanding what they care about – government,
local leaders, restaurant openings, scout troops, businesses, charities,
governors, sports – and working backwards from there. I’m excited and
optimistic about the opportunity for invention.
Journalism plays a critical role in a
free society, and The Washington Post -- as the hometown paper of the capital
city of the United States
-- is especially important. I would highlight two kinds of courage the Grahams
have shown as owners that I hope to channel. The first is the courage to say
wait, be sure, slow down, get another source. Real people and their
reputations, livelihoods and families are at stake. The second is the courage
to say follow the story, no matter the cost. While I hope no one ever threatens
to put one of my body parts through a wringer, if they do, thanks to Mrs.
Graham’s example, I’ll be ready.
I want to say one last thing that’s
really not about the paper or this change in ownership. I have had the great
pleasure of getting to know Don very well over the last ten plus years. I do not
know a finer man.
Tech predictions for 2015 are all around: A smartphone-PC marriage, cyber attacks, the continuing rise of wearable technology (particularly smart watches), phablets, drones, Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing, mobile payments system, etc. In sum, 2015 is going to be exciting!
But what about smartphones, more precisely, iPhone? It seems the iPhone generation is over. La boucle est bouclée. Most of the mobile trends to watch in 2015 articles are talking about everything related to mobile except a new iPhone... and that makes sense.
Let's take a closer look at the Apple iPhone timeline and evolution
And now at the Apple iPad timeline and evolution
And finally a closer look at the recent iDevices
Considering how big the iPhone 6 Plus is, a new iPhone 7 seems unlikely. A "super" mini iPad too. The iDevice generation is completed. And that's a good thing. Big improvements are sometimes better than small new evolutions. Or perhaps Apple is still hiding something revolutiona…
It's a good time to be a Star Wars fan! Not only the first new epic
Lucasfilm 's spinoff Star Wars soon arrives in theaters (“Rogue One: A Star
Wars Story”) but a new case involving Lucasfilm’s trademarks has been filed in
California. The production company filed this action to protect against
infringement of their intellectual property (IP) rights, including but not limited
to their ownership of “Star Wars”, “Jedi”, “Lightsaber” trademarks, and the logo
of the Jedi Order. Nearly 38 years after the original Star
Wars movie hit the big screen, fans are still trying to use and feel the Force.
Without success. In the meantime, Lucasfilm (owned by Disney) is engaged in the
successful business of merchandising and licensing of distinctive characters
and elements associated with their movies, and of course the protection of
their IP rights. What’s
the case all about? As you know, Lucasfilm owns several
U.S trademarks, trade names, registrations, that incorporate and/or refer to
Mauvaise nouvelle pour les utilisateurs du site
« The Pirate Bay ». L’Avocat Général (« AG ») SZPUNAR vient
pratiquement d’annoncer son naufrage ! Dans son avis du 08 février 2017, il a
conclu d’une part que « The Pirate Bay » (« TPB »)
communique des œuvres au public et d’autre part que les fournisseurs d'accès à
Internet (« FAI ») peuvent bloquer l’accès au site TPB vu son rôle « crucial »
dans le partage de ces fichiers illicites.
The Pirate Bay sème la terreur depuis 2003… On connait tous sa
légende. C’est Le plus grand serveur torrent du web. Il bombarde les
ayants-droits depuis presque 15 ans. Il ne laisse jamais de survivant ; ou
très rarement. C’est l’intermédiaire
qui permet aux utilisateurs de partager les contenus (illégaux) en peer-to-peer. En effet, 90 à 95 % des
fichiers partagés sur le réseau du TPB contiennent des œuvres protégées et
distribuées sans le consentement des ayants droit. D’où vient-on ? Pourquoi cette affaire ?
Des Pays-Bas. D’un côté,
nous avons la soc…