Dec 30, 2013 #KevinsDailyReads
We’re coming close to the end of the year – one day left. One day left to tie up all those loose ends for 2013 and start thinking about those New Year resolutions. Many years ago, one of my NY resolutions was to create a mailing list – I guess this fulfills that; thank you all for helping me fulfill that goal.
Over the weekend, New York Times put together a very comprehensive “project” on what’s been happening in Benghazi – what sparked the chaos, the various stakeholders and recent updates; the American diplomatic mission at Benghazi, Libya, was attacked on Sept. 11, ’12 by heavily armed group and since then, it’s been ongoing civil unrest (http://nyti.ms/19BAhnl); earlier yesterday, the GOP contend that the NYT investigation was “inaccurate” and based on wrong sources – we’ll see (http://ti.me/19BAzue)
Private equity giant Blackstone just made a $200M / 13% investment stake in Crocs Inc (yes, the co that brings you colourful jelly shoes); co CEO will leave in April, investment buys the PE firm 2 board seats; co seen losses in recent quarter (http://reut.rs/1ePhzNo); Obviously, this spiked the stocks (http://bit.ly/19BIibY)
Time Warner is spinning off Time Inc into a separate public company; the print industry has been in decline for quite a while now and other media giants such as News Corp and The Tribune Co have spun off their newspaper segments to focus on higher growth segments (television? online?); journalists will report to the biz unit – for traditional news agencies, this is a slippery slope to conflicts of interest (http://nyti.ms/JDrpDq);
Unfortunately, I too spent my thanksgiving at an asian all-you-can-eat(AYCE)-buffet (it sucked – thanks for asking); Hyphen piece talks about how these buffets have become such pillars of the Asian American experience – and apparently, an alternative to the Turkey dinner (http://bit.ly/19BGrE3);
Will Microsoft actually fear the Chromebook? ChromeOS has seen leaps in market share from ’12 to ’13 and MSFT has consistently been struggling with its NB segment; concern still hinges on Google’s reliance on internet – most of our day is spent on the web, however (http://onforb.es/19BJgET)
NB: Might not be able to curate reads for tomorrow! If I do, it will probably be at a rooftop bar (or club?); if you don’t receive reads tomorrow, happy early New Year from Taipei!