For media venture funded by eBay founder.
It’s really too bad somebody leaked this before he was ready to announce. Glenn Greenwald, the crusading blogger who came to international recognition this year for his part in the NSA leaks from Edward Snowden, is leaving his perch at the London-based Guardian. Greenwald will join a new media venture funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, though specifics about the project are still unknown. In a blog post on Tuesday, Greenwald said that he was given a "once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity" and had to go for it. Both Greenwald and the Guardian said the parting is amicable. Never one to over-hype his next big thing, he says that, “When people hear what it is, there is almost no journalist who would say no to it.”
Supplement contains forbidden stimulant.
Meth-heads and juicers unite! Scientist found that craze, a sports supplement that was recently listed by Bodybuilding.com as the “New Supplement of the Year," contains a synthetic chemical called N,alpha-DEPEA, which is derived from methamphetamine. Harvard scientists began investigating the product after two athletes were banned from international competitions following failed anti-doping drug tests. The manufacturer of Craze, Driven Sports, does not list the ingredient, which is surprising since according to the Boston Globe, the owner has already served a prison sentence for “selling and transporting a highly toxic industrial chemical packaged as a weight loss supplement that resulted in a young woman’s death.” The FDA has said it cannot review the findings by the scientists due to the shutdown.
Sorry to be the pessimist, but even if Congress reopens the government and agrees on lifting the debt ceiling, we’re in for a rocky ride come the new year. Welcome to the year of the groundhog. By Daniel Gross
The budget wars are almost over! Long live the budget wars!On Monday night the contours of a deal to defuse the ticking fiscal bomb emerged in the Senate. The government would reopen and stay funded through January, and the debt ceiling would be increased to get the nation through February. The Affordable Care Act would remain essentially intact. The two houses of Congress would agree to hold talks about long-term budget deficits. In other words – take two delays and agree to keep arguing over the same topics in the morning.
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To increase the amount of information you absorb on Twitter—and decrease the amount of time wasted—here are seven tips and tricks that will have even the most Twitter-averse users addicted to the site's convenience. Make Follow Lists Divvying up the accounts you follow by topic is a great way to make sure you don't miss the users and issues you care about most. Build lists under the "Me" page and within apps like TweetDeck so you can organize your feeds and watch several lists at once.
When the normally level-headed titans of high finance start to sell off in a frenzy, you know things are bad. Daniel Gross on the debt ceiling's newest freak out.
The Davos crowd – bankers, finance ministers, central bankers, large-asset managers – is generally not prone to panic. These are people who traffic in incremental change, who wear stiffer upper lips to match their bespoke suits, who avoid hyperbole the way they avoid flying coach.But as the U.S. government remains shut down for a third week, and as America careens toward the debt ceiling, this normally unflappable crowd is starting to sweat. It’s as if they haven’t been paying attention to the absurd pageant of brinksmanship that has been playing out in Washington over the last few years, and are only now waking up to the horror that one house of Congress – and hence a branch of government – is essentially controlled by a group of people who care not a whit for the prerogatives of global bondholders.
Most gyms make money by being intimidating and underused. But Downsize Fitness, which requires members to be overweight, plans to make a profit by creating community.
Downsize Fitness, a Chicago-based, overweight-only gym, is upsizing in a hurry. Founded in Chicago in 2011, it now has four outposts in Illinois and Texas. “We have received 50 inbound requests to set up Downsizes all across the world,” said Kishan Shah, a former Goldman Sachs analyst who earlier this year joined Downsize Fitness as chief executive officer. Shah, 27, is half the man he used to be, thanks to a focus on fitness. He once weighed 400 pounds, and has lost more than 200 pounds.
The New York State Attorney General wants Airbnb to turn over user data. It could lead to the ruin of Gotham’s short-term rental market, writes Jim Epstein
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, newcomers to New York City found an abundance of spare bedrooms, living room couches, and kitchen cots available for rent. "Boarding out," as it was once called, also provided a vital income stream for poor families in possession of spare rooms, couches, and cots. By 1912, according to one survey, nearly half of Gotham's black households had boarders, many of them migrants from the South.
The holiday shopping season is around the corner. But if the government doesn’t reopen for business soon, it’s going to be a very un-merry Christmas, writes Daniel Gross.
Black Friday is only seven weeks away. And the government shutdown, now in its second week, is already casting a pall over the holiday shopping season. You can ridicule, dump on, or boycott, the Christmas shopping season, but you can’t deny its importance. The fourth quarter is simply a huge one for the consumer economy. Advertising budgets are ramped up. Stores of all types stock up in anticipation of a massive rush of demand. The last several weeks can make or break the year for many large retailers.
No one likes a shutdown. But Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s petition for a bipartisan solution is just absurd. The GOP made this mess, and the GOP oughtta fix it, writes Daniel Gross.
For the record, I love Starbucks. I’ve got a Starbucks card in my wallet. I regularly wow bystanders by brandishing the Starbucks mobile payment app on my iPhone. At home, I start the day by scooping out a couple of heaping tablespoons of Starbucks espresso roast into my Breville machine.But I was a bit dismayed by this morning’s news that Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is spearheading a nonpartisan drive to jolt Washington into action. On the company’s home page there’s a plea to “our leaders in Washington, D.
The Amazon founder and new Washington Post owner sends his employee ominous questions marks, rants about ‘stupid pills’ in office emails, and has a unicyclist father, according to a new book.
For his upcoming book The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, Bloomberg Businessweek writer Brad Stone was refused an interview with his subject, the Amazon founder and now Washington Post owner—but he still managed to cobble together an exhaustive history of the online marketplace by talking with "hundreds of current and former friends" of the enigmatic leader. From tracking down Bezos's birth father to spilling the businessman’s best insults, here are the most revealing bits from an excerpt released on Thursday.
With an Ohio Walmart hosting a holiday food drive for its own workers, The Daily Beast's Michael Tomasky criticizes the notoriously stingy company for not paying them more.
The Prawer Plan, which recommends ethnic cleansing of Israel's Bedouin population, is slated to come before the Knesset during its winter session. If it's implemented, Jews around the world will face an uncomfortable revelation about Israel's character.