National Enquirer Lawyer Denies Tabloid Extorted Jeff Bezos

An attorney representing American Media Inc. CEO David Pecker says his client did not engage in extortion or blackmail against Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Speaking on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, attorney Elkan Abramowitz said the primary source for the Enquirer’s investigation into Bezos’ love life was a longtime tipster for the tabloid magazine.

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Jeff Bezos Can Sue The Pants Off National Enquirer

A lawsuit could change the way we think about privacy in the digital age. Privacy is not quite dead. For egregious cases, there are remedies lying ready to hand in the civil law of torts, at least for the case that Bezos might want to bring against AMI.

Prosecutors Probing Enquirer After Bezos Report

Federal prosecutors are looking into the National Enquirer’s handling of a story about Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ extramarital affair to see if the tabloid’s publisher violated a cooperation agreement with prosecutors, the Associated Press reported on Friday.

Bezos Accuses National Enquirer Of Extortion

Bezos, who is also owner of The Washington Post, detailed his interactions with American Media Inc., or AMI, in an extraordinary blog post Thursday on Medium.com. The billionaire did not say the tabloid was seeking money — instead, he said, the Enquirer wanted him to make a public statement that the tabloid’s coverage was not politically motivated.

Sun Valley Buzz About Jeff Bezos, Bob Iger

Jeff Bezos had the Allen & Co. conference crowd in Sun Valley, Idaho, transfixed on Thursday morning as the Amazon CEO spoke about the evolution of his company, what he looks for in leaders, and his ambitious plan to develop the world of outer space for the betterment of humanity. Several attendees made mention of what one described as a “baller move” by Disney chief Bob Iger to take his breakfast at a prominent front table with Fox’s Rupert Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch and Rupert’s wife, Jerry Hall.

COMMENTARY BY ALEX PAREENE

Billionaires Are Transforming American Media

The American media landscape, like the rest of the country, is being reshaped by the whims of the ultra-rich

Tech Boosts WaPo’s Financial Performance

Before Jeff Bezos, the Amazon CEO and e-commerce visionary, bought The Washington Post in 2013, the Post was losing revenue and its losses were widening, as it struggled to find income to replace its decline in print ads. The Post is now privately owned and doesn’t discuss specific figures, but says revenue and profits are up, as subscribers grow and digital ad revenue increases. Its monthly web traffic has grown 56%, to 78.7 million over the past two years, according to ComScore.

Bezos Gives $1M To Support Press Freedom

The Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press on Tuesday night announced a $1 million donation from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the biggest gift from an individual in the organization’s 46-year history.

Amazon’s Bezos Passes Buffett On Richest List

NEW YORK (AP) — A rough day on Wall Street for Warren Buffett means Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is now the third richest person in the world. Bloomberg’s billionaire index shows Buffett lost more than $754 million Thursday, thanks to a slide in shares of his company, Berkshire Hathaway. Bezos lost $136 million, but at the […]

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No Tough Questions For Bezos on ’60 Minutes’

If the ’60 Minutes’ segment Sunday night on Amazon had been a drone, you’d have to say it badly missed its target. Rieder argues the news program gave Amazon a prime platform, but no tough questions, especially about the numerous logistical and regulatory issues facing the use of drones.