wapostbezosThe best comments, quotes, and random zingers we heard this week…

“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.”—Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos in a memo to employees of The Washington Post, the newspaper he purchased for $250 million in cash.

“Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, has purchased the Washington Post for $250 million. He said that last night, like most Amazon customers, he was drunk and buying crap on the Internet he didn’t need.”—Comedian Conan O’Brien on Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos purchase of the Washington Post.

—”Why is Amazon’s founder betting on old media? Here’s one answer: Jeff Bezos loves content and he always has.”—Bloomberg BusinessWeek senior writer Brad Stone, and author of the soon-to-be-released book The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, in his story on Bezos buying The Washington Post.

“All told, “Everywhere at Once” feels like a solid LP. It’s not particularly adventurous, nor is it particularly offensive – it just feels like a good album put out by a committed group of musicians.”—GeekWire’s Blair Hanley Frank writing about the new album from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere introduces the company's JUMP upgrade plane. (T-Mobile US image)
T-Mobile CEO John Legere introduces the company’s JUMP upgrade plane. (T-Mobile US image)

“I’ve made it clear, we’re not done. Un-Carrier 3.0 is already scheduled, and you can trust it’s going to do two things. It’s going to solve another customer pain point and it’s going to unveil another weakness of the major players, with an inability for them to respond.”— T-Mobile CEO John Legere on the Bellevue carrier’s plans to continue to shake up the wireless industry.

“When you’re dying of malaria, I suppose you’ll look up and see that balloon, and I’m not sure how it’ll help you. When a kid gets diarrhea, no, there’s no website that relieves that. Certainly I’m a huge believer in the digital revolution. And connecting up primary-health-care centers, connecting up schools, those are good things. But no, those are not, for the really low-income countries, unless you directly say we’re going to do something about malaria.”—Bill Gates commenting on Google’s plan to provide high-speed Internet across the globe through a network of high-altitude balloons.

“In related news, the National Association of Travel Agents issued a press release calling Orbitz a ‘flash in the pan’ and Expedia a ‘waste of time and a danger for customers.’ Seriously, who cares what the NAR thinks? They represent a people who expect to be paid handsomely for a job that is being mechanized on a daily basis.”— A GeekWire reader commenting on the National Association of Realtors’ biting response to President Barack Obama sitting down for an interview with Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff.

Contour3“No one really knows what happened. We were just told we are no longer are employed by Contour and the doors were locked on Friday.”—Jacob Hase, the former social media manager at Contour, the Seattle maker of helmet-mounted digital cameras.

“The ending is sad and good people out of a job is horrible. But I know everyone involved was proud of what they were able to build over the nine years. GoPro did a great job at building their brand, they should be commended.”—Contour co-founder Marc Barros commenting on the closure of the helmet-mounted camera maker Contour.

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  • http://www.crownsocial.com/ Zach Huntting

    Kind of a short-sighted comment by Gates. Very out of character.

    • xiaozi

      Kind of a right-on-the-mark comment by Gates, who is actually doing something about it.

      Let me give you a clue, Zack, since I realize it’s not very common in Seattle.

      Malaria is a slow painful death that disproportionately affects children and elders who cannot survive the fevers, dehydration and vomiting, or the inflammation of the liver and/or spleen when those symptoms exist.

      It’s a disease common to poor countries where people do not have access to proper sanitation or clean water, things one usually acquires before getting a Smartphone, tablet or social media accounts.

      • http://www.crownsocial.com/ Zach Huntting


        Apologies if my comment seemed insensitive toward people suffering from malaria. That was not my intention.

        What I thought was short-sighted about Gates’ comment was that improving infrastructure leads to greater competitiveness and rising wages, which although probably not the best way to combat malaria immediately, effects the main reason why certain areas are afflicted by malaria while others aren’t: poverty.

        While I don’t believe improving access to the Internet is the only thing that should be done in those countries, I think it’s an obvious benefit that also has long-term implications for health.

        • xiaozi

          Thanks for your response.

          I don’t think Gates is against providing internet access. In fact, he has often elaborated his thoughts on the importance of this in education.

          If you go back to the full interview in Bloomberg Businessweek, the context of his remarks is a bit more clear and on the mark about Google pulling back from broader research initiatives he saw as positive and narrowing their research and charitable focus to just “their core scope” so to speak, and that this serves their interests more than those they claim to help.

          The basic point being that these people have more basic immediate needs and are not in a situation where they would actually benefit from wireless broadband when they are struggling with basic survival.

          I think he makes a valid point.

          Anyway, I think you would find the interview interesting, Gates always raises some good questions.

  • Ron Olander

    I thought it was excellent. You work for Google?

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