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SkyMall Is Earthbound, but Its Legacy of Nutty Gifts Lives On

businessweek.com — How did they know you needed a $25 Mounted Squirrel Head while hurtling toward Antigua at 600 miles an hour? And a $500 Volkswagen Camper Tent to go with it. In the end, it was a shaky bet for SkyMall, especially as consumers passed over the in-flight catalog of absurd gadgets and gimmicky home goods for online retailers and the fun to be found on tablets or phones.
Jan 25, 2015

SkyMall wasn't known for yoga pants, but that don't mean @KimBhasin can't report about it... businessweek.com/articles/2015-…

Jan 25, 2015

SkyMall wasn’t originally intended to shock you, co-founder says. But nowadays you can buy a $85,000 shark boat on it businessweek.com/articles/2015-…

Euro Slips With Asian Stocks on Greece While Crude Sinks

businessweek.com — The euro fell as Greece's prime minister conceded defeat in national elections, with the Interior Ministry projecting anti-austerity party Syriza will win enough votes to put it close to a majority. The 19-nation currency neared its weakest level in more than 11 years against the dollar, after tumbling last week on the European Central Bank's plan to pump 1.1 trillion euros ($1.2 trillion) into the economy to stoke inflation.

China's Anti-Corruption Drive Sets Off Death Threats and Dawn Raids

businessweek.com — Frozen Chinese bank accounts. Top executives taken in for questioning. Reports of death threats and pre-dawn clashes between armed body guards and police in Beijing. That's the fallout from a corporate feud playing out in Chinese press and social media for the past two months.
Jan 25, 2015

China's Anti-Corruption Drive Sets Off Death Threats and Dawn Raids buswk.co/15J03Yw great read by @beijingscribe

Tootsie Roll Succession Puts Spotlight on Aging CEO Ranks

businessweek.com — The death of 's 95-year-old chief executive officer is casting a spotlight on the graying ranks of American CEOs and board members over the past decade. The average age of a CEO in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index increased to 56.9 last year from 55.3 in 2004, according to Spencer Stuart, an executive-recruiting company.

A CEO and His Son

businessweek.com — When Andrew Solomon, then 31, fell into a deep depression in 1994, his father's life changed immediately and immeasurably. Howard Solomon, the head of a modest drug company in New York City called Forest Laboratories Inc. (FRX), brought Andrew to live with him the day his son started taking medication.
Jan 25, 2015

@jennyalyse first is apparently Andrew Solomon, heir (and inspiration) for Forest Labs. Second is more baffling. businessweek.com/stories/2002-0…

South Sudan Rebel Leader Demands Kiir Quit After Deal Signed

businessweek.com — South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar demanded that President Salva Kiir resign from chairing the country's ruling party, saying misrule under his leadership caused a conflict that's killed thousands of people. Factions of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement on Wednesday signed an agreement in Arusha, Tanzania, to begin reunifying the party.

Netanyahu Says Congress Speech Needed to Warn Against Iran Deal

businessweek.com — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will go "everywhere I'm invited" to warn against a nuclear deal with Iran, as criticism mounted over his planned speech on the negotiations to the U.S. Congress.

President Trump? 'I'm Very Serious'

businessweek.com — More than anything else, Donald Trump wants you to know that he is rich. "Look, the news is that I'm much richer than everyone thinks," Trump says, possibly for the 11th time in one afternoon. "I'm worth more than $7 billion, with hundreds of millions in cash.
Jan 24, 2015

Who isn’t? RT @Tyrangiel: Trump says "I am seriously considering running for President." buswk.co/js59nb pic.twitter.com/Tvhrtkfq4u

Jan 24, 2015

RT @Tyrangiel: Trump says "I am seriously considering running for President." To which @bw says... buswk.co/js59nb pic.twitter.com/RTmw7TQvAZ

Jan 24, 2015

Trump says "I am seriously considering running for President." To which @bw says... buswk.co/js59nb pic.twitter.com/RTmw7TQvAZ

Power Hungary: Viktor Orban, Europe's New Strongman

businessweek.com — The soccer match hasn't drawn much of a crowd. It's being played in tiny Felcsut, Hungary (pop. 1,800), and the teams on the field are ranked 3rd and 10th out of the 16 squads vying for the national championship.
Jan 25, 2015

RT @attilamong: Commercial TV head #Hungary moves family out of country,hires bodyguards because of threats."Better safe than sorry" buff.ly/1CEL9yY

Subprime Woes At Cerberus

businessweek.com — By Dawn Kopecki General Motors took some flak when it sold a 51% stake of General Motors Acceptance Corp. (GM), then the carmaker's most profitable unit, to Cerberus Capital Management and others in late 2006. Most figured the private equity firm got a good deal from the beleaguered carmaker, paying $7.4 billion for the auto and mortgage lender.
Jan 24, 2015

Cerberus also had its grubby paws all over the subprime lending crisis. Of course. businessweek.com/stories/2007-1…

Beer Can Celebrates 80th Birthday: 80 Years of Beers

businessweek.com — For beer lovers, there's nothing quite like the satisfying crack of a cold brew being opened. Other than maybe that first, icy cold sip. It's a pleasure that dates back 80 years, when the first can of beer was sold on January 24th, 1935 in Richmond, Virginia.
Jan 24, 2015

RT @business: The beer can just turned 80! To celebrate, here are 80 beer cans in less than 80 seconds buswk.co/1yTAAp1 pic.twitter.com/Ek4sxCdkof

Jan 24, 2015

RT @business: The beer can just turned 80! To celebrate, here are 80 beer cans in less than 80 seconds buswk.co/1yTAAp1 pic.twitter.com/Ek4sxCdkof

Why Greece's Alexis Tsipras Might Not Want To Win Big

businessweek.com — Greece is about to go to the polls to elect a new government, and virtually everybody expects that the left-wing SYRIZA party will be victorious. Anything is possible, but to most people watching the election, the only real question left at this point is whether SYRIZA will win an outright majority of the seats in parliament, or whether it will need to form a coalition government with a smaller party.

Elon Musk Guest Stars On The Simpsons

businessweek.com — While attending the University of Pennsylvania, Elon Musk was a busy dude. He pursued degrees in business and physics during the week, and on weekends threw raging parties at a rented multi-bedroom house-turned-nightclub to earn extra money. By the time Sunday night came around, Musk wanted to relax, and did so with a ritual shared by millions of people.
Jan 23, 2015

RT @jeff_foust: "The [Simpsons] episode begins, naturally enough, with Musk traveling through space in a craft of his own design." buswk.co/1EBXL92

Jan 23, 2015

Elon Musk: Guest-Starring on The Simpsons Was 'Kind of Trippy' buswk.co/1Ct5zuw via @BW

Jan 23, 2015

Elon Musk guest-starred on The Simpsons, and told @valleyhack it was "kind of trippy" buswk.co/1Ct5zuw via @BW

Jan 23, 2015

RT @BradStone: Spoiler alert: It's Elon Musk v. Montgomery Burns on this week's The Simpsons buswk.co/1Ct5zuw via @BW by @valleyhack

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Rich Lawyers 'Livid' Because New York Lawyers Are Slightly Richer

businessweek.com — It has been a long and feisty bonus season in the world of big law firms. First, several New York firms announced bonuses for senior associates that were around $40,000 fatter than last year's haul.
Jan 24, 2015

RT @BW: Rich lawyers "livid" because New York lawyers are slightly richer... bloom.bg/15xEkSx

Jan 23, 2015

RT @EdAdams: Rich Lawyers 'Livid' Because New York Lawyers Are Slightly Richer businessweek.com/articles/2015-…

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India's Arms Race With China: Defense Contractors Will Be Big Winners

businessweek.com — Barack Obama will be the guest of honor at India's Republic Day parade on Jan. 26. The celebrations will feature child acrobats, marching bands, and colorful floats representing India's states and territories. Also on display will be the country's military hardware, much of which dates from the
Jan 24, 2015

RT @Frederikbalfour: India is world's biggest importer of weapons and defense systems and US is biggest supplier Bruce Einhorn writes buswk.co/1ClNy0V

How Abercrombie & Fitch and CEO Michael Jeffries Lost U.S. Teens

businessweek.com — On Sunday morning, Dec. 7, Michael Jeffries called some of the senior executives at Abercrombie & Fitch to discuss the holiday season. That was typical Jeffries. He was the creator and chief executive officer of the modern-day Abercrombie and had controlled virtually every aspect of the company for the past 22 years.
Jan 25, 2015

The fascinating decline of Abercrombie & Fitch from elite retail juggernaut to troubled apparel company buswk.co/18dHNHE

Jan 25, 2015

RT @PhilipRucker: Interesting @BW piece on the fall of @Abercrombie and it's egomaniacal, high-maintenance CEO businessweek.com/articles/2015-…

Jan 24, 2015

RT @poppyphi: I noticed Fifth Ave was a little less odorous. Why "occupying the peak is very perilous" in retail businessweek.com/articles/2015-…

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It's 3:30 p.m. and You Look Like Hell

businessweek.com — It's 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday and I look terrible. According to the tanning-product company St. Tropez, which apparently conducts scientific surveys in its spare time, women look their most wrinkly and haggard at 3:30 on Wednesday afternoons.

How Abercrombie & Fitch and CEO Michael Jeffries Lost U.S. Teens

businessweek.com — On Sunday morning, Dec. 7, Michael Jeffries called some of the senior executives at Abercrombie & Fitch to discuss the holiday season. That was typical Jeffries. He was the creator and chief executive officer of the modern-day Abercrombie and had controlled virtually every aspect of the company for the past 22 years.
Jan 23, 2015

RT @BW: New @BW cover: How Abercrombie & Fitch and CEO Michael Jeffries lost American teens buswk.co/1CisdFO pic.twitter.com/7Vw0rHVC8q

Jan 23, 2015

RT @BW: New @BW cover: How Abercrombie & Fitch and CEO Michael Jeffries lost American teens buswk.co/1CisdFO pic.twitter.com/7Vw0rHVC8q

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SkyMall Is Earthbound, But Its Legacy of Nutty Gifts Lives On

businessweek.com — How did they know you needed a $25 Mounted Squirrel Head while hurtling toward Antigua at 600 miles an hour? And a $500 Volkswagen Camper Tent to go with it. In the end it was a shaky bet for SkyMall, especially as the in-flight catalog of absurd gadgets and gimmicky home goods was passed over for online retailers and the fun to be found on your tablet or phone.
Jan 25, 2015

SkyMall's legacy for selling zany gifts will carry on, even as it goes bankrupt -- @KimBhasin's first for @bw mobile.businessweek.com/articles/2015-…

Jan 23, 2015

Here is a list of things Skymall will soon no longer be able to sell you, including an $85,000 shark boat buswk.co/1JwzQc4