from Breakingviews:

Say “ni hao” to Jack Ma’s Amazon-style volatility

January 29, 2015

By Richard Beales

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Morning Bid with David Gaffen:

Better Fed than dead

January 29, 2015

The Federal Reserve's policy announcement on Wednesday pretty much reinforced the status quo, which is that the Fed is the immovable object when it comes to markets.

from Full Focus:

Amazon warriors fight off loggers

September 5, 2014

Illegal loggers have long invaded areas of the Amazon rainforest. Tired of what they say is a lack of sufficient government assistance, the Ka’apor Indians feel it is time to take matters into their own hands. The tribe sent out their best warriors to hunt down loggers and drive them off their land.

from The Great Debate:

The analogue titans’ last gasp against the digital giants

By Nicholas Wapshott
August 4, 2014

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Amazon’s bullying of the book publisher Hachette and the uninvited bid by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox to swallow rival TimeWarner has caused some economists and commentators to ask, why are such aggressive moves not attracting the attention of the Justice Department’s trust-busters? Both moves are textbook examples of how monopoly power can abuse -- or so they would have seemed not long ago.

from Nicholas Wapshott:

The analogue titans’ last gasp against the digital giants

By Nicholas Wapshott
August 4, 2014

amazon-hachette

Amazon’s bullying of the book publisher Hachette and the uninvited bid by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox to swallow rival TimeWarner has caused some economists and commentators to ask, why are such aggressive moves not attracting the attention of the Justice Department’s trust-busters? Both moves are textbook examples of how monopoly power can abuse -- or so they would have seemed not long ago.

from Jack Shafer:

Why I’m ditching my Amazon account

By Jack Shafer
May 27, 2014

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I've got an Amazon habit. Like many of my other habits -- coffee drinking, newspaper reading, excessive profanity -- it's one that I've cultivated and refined over the years, ever since I made my first purchase on June 24, 1996, for a new copy of Dan Wakefield's New York in the Fifties.

from Breakingviews:

Rob Cox: ITT’s ghost hangs over Silicon Valley

May 20, 2014

By Rob Cox
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Stories I’d like to see:

Streamlining the Postal Service, when a merger fails and ‘Who lost Ukraine?’

By Steven Brill
May 13, 2014

U.S. postal service trucks sit parked at the post office in Del Mar, California

This piece has been updated with a postscript at the end.

1. Postal Service blues:

Last week’s report that the U.S. Postal Service lost another $1.9 billion in the last financial quarter made me yearn for a story detailing the cost constraints afflicting this largest and most hidebound of government services. Everything from union restrictions, to legacy pension obligations, to congressional pressure that keeps even the smallest rural post office not only open but open on Saturdays, to lobbyist strong-arming that keeps the service from using its 32,000 retail footprints to offer other services.

from Breakingviews:

Mini-me tech bubble is mere shadow of 2000 excess

May 5, 2014

By Robert Cyran
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Stories I’d like to see:

Amazon’s price increase, Congressional whistleblowers, and a question for President Obama

By Steven Brill
March 18, 2014

1. Are customers really upset at the Amazon Prime price increase?

The day after Amazon raised the annual subscription price for its Prime service from $79 to $99, the New York Times ran a story headlined, “Complaints As Amazon Raises Cost of Prime.” I found the reporting lacking and the headline unfair.