Counterparties

By Nick Rizzo
September 1, 2011

A new report suggests that we’ve now put too much of our junk in space. But there will soon be less junk on Netflix streaming: Starz, Netflix streaming’s largest provider, has announced that they won’t be renewing their deal with Netflix in February, 2012. (Not a huge surprise; they were getting hosed.)  I’m still angry at Starz for cancelling Party Down.

Steve Jobs was against the tablet before he was for it.

B-School admissions are getting even more gimmicky. Meanwhile this UCLA math major had a bizarre idea for an end-of-summer-break lark: joining the Libyan rebels.

There really was a lot of news in August this year, the WSJ‘s Speakeasy blog reports. Meanwhile, Spiegel breaks down how Wikileaks managed to lose 250,000 diplomatic cables.

The Other Felix has a good profile of British PR maven Matthew Freud (yes, those Freuds), who is the husband of Elisabeth Murdoch. (Yes, those Murdochs.) In other rich people news, the wealthy are apparently now selling gold, and buying art. Haven’t they generally done that pretty much forever?

A former Bill Clinton aide is expected to be the new Prime Minister of Haiti. Huh.

And a pickup truck carrying large bags of marijuana overturned in San Jose, California. “Passers-by took care of much of the cleanup, police said.”

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Why is anyone surprised about Steve Jobs changing his mind? He is probably one in a million, because he can do so. Most CEOs just ride the ship down in flames. I remember when Jobs said that no one would want to watch video on a little iPod screen, then, when he had sold enough iPods to people, he realized that people actually would like video on a little iPod screen, and so gave the iPod video and built a real business out of it. Most CEOs would have stuck to their guns to show how tough and consistent they were. It’s not like a CEO has any skin in the game. If the company crashes and burns, it’s no skin off their back.

I had a summer intern designing image filters who had spent the previous summer with mujadeen in Iran back in the 90s. Just because you are a STEM major doesn’t mean you can’t be political. Maybe this UCLA guy wasn’t all that fond of Qadafi. Not everyone loved the guy the way John McCain did.

Posted by Kaleberg | Report as abusive

Netflix is about to fall apart. Check out a great summary of this at: http://ihaveoptions.blogspot.com/2011/09  /quick-thought-9-1.html

Posted by go1jogging | Report as abusive

Quick…watch Starz’ Spartacus while you can!

Posted by GRRR | Report as abusive

Great roundup

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