As guitarist for The Yardbirds, where he riffed with Jimmy Page, and later in The Jeff Beck Group, where he rocked out with Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood, Jeff Beck has been no stranger to superstar collaborations over the last five decades. Today "Rolling Stone"'s pick for the no. five guitarist of all time joins forces with one of the greatest composers of the 20th Century on The Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck Concert Tour. The shows find the seven-time GRAMMY-winning and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, playing on Wilson's Beach Boys … Read more
Amazon CEO and co-founder Jeff Bezos' purchase of the Washington Post is now final. According to the Associated Press, all of the I's have been dotted and the T's have been crossed and the newspaper is now officially under Bezos' ownership.
The Amazon CEO entered into an agreement with the Washington Post Co. in August to buy its newspaper publishing businesses for $250 million, including its flagship newspaper after decades of family ownership. Bezos bought the business as an individual entity, not through Amazon.com.
In a memo to Post employees shortly after the announcement, Bezos said he … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- New law lets teens delete digital skeletons.
- "Dumb and Dumber" sequel in production: Jeff Daniels, Jim Carrey share photos from set.
- Netflix launches Spoilerfoiler to stop Twitter from spoiling "Breaking Bad."
- Companies to pay $350,000 fine over fake online reviews.
- "Safe texting zones" coming to a New York state highway near you.
Thwarted by irreconcilable differences, the Digital Advertising Alliance has withdrawn from an effort to standardize how browsers could tell Web sites that users don't want their behavior tracked.
The World Wide Web Consortium's Do Not Track effort included browser makers, privacy advocates, and advertisers, but the conflicting agendas hobbled an already contentious effort. Most recently, the working group trying to hammer out the standard rejected a July proposal from the DAA.
"After more than two years of good-faith effort and having contributed significant resources, the DAA no longer believes that the TPWG is capable of fostering the … Read more
Keeping Twitter developers happy can be dicey work. So, Jeff Sandquist has a tough job in front of him.
Over the last year or so, the company tightened its controls over what those developing for Twitter's platform can do, in many cases pulling the plug on third-party Twitter clients and often angering developers who felt they had helped make Twitter what it is.
But Twitter is also working hard to streamline its service, making things easier for users and advertisers alike in advance of its expected IPO, which it said last week was now in the works.
That's … Read more
It's hard to think of a year in which Bill Gates wasn't at the top of the Fortune 400 list, considered as the definitive annual list of America's richest.
And so it goes: the Microsoft co-founder continues to be the wealthiest American for the 20th year in a row, according to the list, thanks to his total net worth of $72 billion, up $6 billion from 2012.
Did you know that after 28 years, Burning Man has officially jumped the shark? Or at least cut the tether with its counterculture roots and become the new Davos, where tech bigwigs swarm the annual desert gathering wearing fancy outfits and bearing fat wallets.
The "arrival" of tech's elite and their money led grumpy chroniclers to complain how the latest Burning Man festival was little more than another venue for Silicon Valley's ruling class to share power lunches. And that, harrumph, harrumph, we are told, is bad. "Is Burning Man the new golf?" tweeted … Read more
Christopher Thomas Plante (that's "Christmas Plante" when said quickly) of Polygon fame joins Jeff on a very revealing episode of The 404 Show. We'll chat with Chris about the current state of gaming, including the year's best and most underappreciated titles, disappointing launch lineups, and general advice and sympathy for Nintendo.
We'll also squeeze out a few gaming confessions from Chris and read some general admissions from our listeners as well. A wonderful time was had by all today, so we hope you enjoy it as much as we did recording it. … Read more
Jeff Bezos, the man who made Amazon the Walmart of the Internet, says the same guiding principles behind his e-commerce giant will well serve his latest investment, The Washington Post.
"We've had three big ideas at Amazon that we've stuck with for 18 years, and they're the reason we're successful: Put the customer first. Invent. And be patient," he told Paul Farhi in an interview with the newspaper. "If you replace 'customer' with 'reader,' that approach, that point of view, can be successful at The Post, too."
His first interview since agreeing to buy the Post's publishing side for $250 million … Read more
In this very special episode of The 404 Show, Jeff Bakalar chats with professional funnymen Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. You may recognize these fine gentlemen from their work on MTV's "The State," "Reno 911!," and other programs. The two have worked together on a number of films and are the writers of the "Night at the Museum" movies. Their latest collaboration is "Hell Baby," a horror-comedy that tells the ridiculous story of what happens when a couple who's expecting twins moves into a haunted New Orleans home.
Tom, Ben, and Jeff chat about what it was like working on "Hell Baby," how Goldeneye 007 for Nintendo 64 almost destroyed "The State," and some of their favorite "Reno 911!" characters.