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Amazon's sinking stock price may cause it to take stock in 2015 — If you want to see a snapshot of the very moment that Amazon jumped the shark, see below: That's Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos presenting the Fire Phone in June. Within two months, Amazon had slashed the price - introduced at $199 for the 32GB version - to $0.99.

Uber hires IBM's former chief privacy officer to assess its policies — Reacting to an outcry from consumers about the company's access to a " God view" of all data in the network, Uber has hired a data privacy expert to "conduct an in-depth review and assessment" of the company's current policies.

Twitter's 'Buy' button gets its first holiday promotion — Twitter will give its new "Buy" button a real-world workout with its first holiday promotion. Starting Thursday, AMC Theaters will offer a $30 gift card via its Twitter account, which has more than 251,000 followers, and Promoted Tweets. Those who click the tweet with the Buy button will be led to a landing site where they can enter credit card information.

Brand experts: Uber will probably ride out the latest scandals — Uber's latest round of scandals involving threats to smear journalists critical of the company didn't go over so well with journalists, but consumers are likely to shrug it off, branding experts say, even though the revelations show Uber has the ability to track them in real-time and to keep a tally of their activities.

Report: Uber probing New York City exec for tracking journalist — Uber is investigating its top New York City executive for using the company's "God view" tool to track a journalist, according to a report. The exec, Josh Mohrer, is the general manager of Uber NYC. According to Mohrer used God view to catalog trips taken by Johana Bhuiyan, a reporter for that publication.

Viber's 'public chats' let you see what celebs are texting about — Can text messaging be a public platform? Viber aims to find out with its new Public Chats. The feature lets users "listen in" on a chat between a celeb and an interviewer. The first round includes DJ Paul van Dyk and singer-songwriter Pixie Lott.

Uber CEO apologizes for top exec's revenge plan, doesn't fire him — Uber CEO Travis Kalanick took to Twitter on Tuesday to apologize for remarks made by SVP-Business Emil Michael, but didn't fire him. A BuzzFeed report on Monday night quoted Michael saying the company should hire "opposition researchers" to dig up dirt on journalists who oppose his company to the tune of $1 million.

Facebook wants to be your tech news powerhouse — Facebook is trying to be your go-to source for tech news, rather than just a way to see baby pics and find out which friends are engaged. Seven months after introducing FB Newswire, the social networking giant on launched FB Techwire on Tuesday, a brand extension that will focus on industry happenings.

Facebook is cracking down on 'overly promotional' posts from brands — Facebook announced that it intends to crack down on "promotional content" from brands, citing feedback on Friday from users who complained about too much hucksterism in their News Feeds. Such content was showing up in the form of status updates from brands that consumers had Liked at one time or another.

No joke: The Onion reportedly up for sale — Satirical news site The Onion is up for sale, according to a report, which insists the move is no joke. The self-proclaimed "finest news source" in America is working with investment bank GCA Savvian on a sale, Bloomberg reported, citing "people with knowledge of the matter."
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Nov 20, 2014

A lot of people talking about how Uber should handle PR. I suggested doing a “Meme Me” thing with Travis. What could go wrong?

Nov 20, 2014

@dberkowitz Yeah true. I need to get a time machine and go back to 2004 with this idea

Nov 20, 2014

@KyleOrl @DrewKerr True. OK how about a restaurant that just serves leftovers then?

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