Views of the News: Amazon's Bezos unveils drone plan

Dec 3, 2013

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos appeared on CBS' 60 Minutes Sunday night.  At the end of the 14-minute segment reported by Charlie Rose, Bezos unveiled a drone he calls an octocopter.  Bezos says he hopes the unmanned aircraft will one day make deliveries in 30 minutes or less. 

Charlie Rose, CBS News: “Amazon’s Jeff Bezos looks to the future

Mat Smith, Engadget: “Amazon unveils Prime Air drones on ’60 Minutes,’ aims to deliver in half an hour (video)"

Barb Darrow, Gigaom: “Amazon drones were not the biggest surprise from Jeff Bezos on 60 Minutes

Dan Lyons, Huffington Post: “First victim of Amazon drones: The credibility of CBS and 60 Minutes

Panorama, BBC: "Amazon: The truth behind the click"

His brother's interviewer

Four people died Sunday after a commuter train traveling from Poughkeepsie, NY to New York City derailed in the Bronx.  Preliminary reports show the train was trying to navigate a turn at more than 50 miles per hour faster than the posted speed limit.  Monday morning, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo interviewed the state's governor -- and his brother -- Andrew Cuomo about the status of that investigation.

Jack Mirkinson, Huffington Post: “Chris Cuomo’s interview with his brother Andrew raises eyebrows

Lloyd Grove, The Daily Beast: “Chris Cuomo defends his CNN interview with his brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Greta Van Sustren, Fox News: “I don’t have any problem with CNN’s Cuomo interviewing his brother NY Governor Cuomo about the train crash

Business news networks lose audience

The U.S. stock market is reaching record heights, but at the same time, the networks designed to cover them are seeing ratings plunge.  Why is it people are tuning out CNBC, Fox Business Network and Bloomberg TV?

Keach Hagey & William Launder, Wall Street Journal: “Ratings sag for cable-TV business news” (pay site)

Mike Allen and Alex Weprin, Capital New York: “Zucker plans massive change at CNN

Jack Mirkinson, Huffington Post: “CNN’s Jeff Zucker promises more ‘attitude’ at the network

Limits on photo access to White House

Photographers who cover the White House say their access to President Barack Obama is being limited more now than it has been under previous administrations.  They contend the White House is keeping them at arm's length, opting instead to hand out photos taken by White House Photographer Pete Souza. 

Mark Landler, New York Times: “Limit on access stirs tensions between White House photographer and press corps

James Rainey, Los Angeles Times: “Nearly 40 news outlets accuse Obama administration of limiting access

Shannon Rae Green, USA Today: “White House photographers battle for access

Mario Trujillo, The Hill: “White House fires back at photographers angry at lack of access

Growth of viral content sites

We've seen sites like Gawker, BuzzFeed and Upworthy develop a robust audience with their catchy headlines and content designed to illict an emotional response among users.  

Alex Litel, The Wire: “A BuzzFeed in a box: The person behind ViralNova

Bryan Goldberg, PandoDaily: “Viral content is going to be a terrible business model

Farhad Manjoo, Wall Street Journal: “Why everyone will totally read this column

Jim Romenesko: “Gawker boss: We got overtaken by BuzzFeed and smarmy Upworthy is nipping at our heels