Sounds like a desperation move:
(CNN) — The ubiquitous red envelopes will endure, but they will carry a new name.
Netflix is rebranding its 12-year-old movies-by-mail service as Qwikster and adding video games to its catalog, Reed Hastings, the company’s CEO, announced Sunday night. The Web-streaming portion will continue to be called Netflix, he wrote on the company’s blog.
After the separation, people who subscribe to both services will have to log into two separate websites, Netflix.com and Qwikster.com, to manage their movie queues and account information, Hastings wrote. Customer reviews and ratings from Netflix will be ported to Qwikster for the launch, but after that, people will have to rate and search for movies on each site separately, he wrote.
Qwikster’s site currently presents a landing page that says it is “launching soon.” Hastings did not offer a timeline for Qwikster’s debut. Andy Rendich, the operations chief and 12-year veteran of the company, will run the new mail-order arm.
So Netflix dvd renters will now have to sign in at a different site before they eventually sell the service off? I’m so not regretting dropping them when they raised prices.
‘Know Your Meme’ Acquired By I Can Has Cheezburger in Seven-Figure Deal
The acquisition by Cheezburger comes on the heels of a recent infusion of $30 million in funding earlier this year from investors including the Foundry Group, Madrona Venture Group, Avalon Ventures and SoftBank Capital. Cheezburger founder Ben Huh said in a 2009 interview with Slate.com that he prefers to buy established sites rather than copy them, something he appears to have done here with the pickup of the web’s largest meme database.
Cheezburger already has MemeBase, which stands as one of its most successful sites generating 90 million page views on around 3.5 million monthly visitors, but to be fair it’s name is somewhat of a misnomer as it mainly serves as a TLD for dozens of Cheezburger’s niche offshoot sites like GraphJam and Go Cry Emo Kid. Even the vanilla memebase.com serves mainly as a user submission ground for images and videos of recent memes, lacking the depth to be considered any substantial authority on memes.
I have got to get me a website.
They work for tips only. The only surprising thing about the article is that Walmart isn’t taking a cut of their tips.
July 31, 2007 – Wal-Mart prides itself on cutting costs at home and abroad, and its Mexican operations are no exception. That approach has helped the Arkansas-based retail giant set a track record of spectacular success in the 16 years since it entered Mexico as a partner of the countryâ€™s then-leading retail-store chain. But some of the companyâ€™s practices have aroused concern among some officials and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that Wal-Mart is taking advantage of local customs to pinch pennies at a time when its Mexican operations have never been more profitable.
Wal-Mart is Mexicoâ€™s largest private-sector employer in the nation today, with nearly 150,000 local residents on its payroll. An additional 19,000 youngsters between the ages of 14 and 16 work after school in hundreds of Wal-Mart stores, mostly as grocery baggers, throughout Mexicoâ€”and none of them receives a red cent in wages or fringe benefits. The company doesnâ€™t try to conceal this practice: its 62 Superama supermarkets display blue signs with white letters that tell shoppers: OUR VOLUNTEER PACKERS COLLECT NO SALARY, ONLY THE GRATUITY THAT YOU GIVE THEM. SUPERAMA THANKS YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING. The use of unsalaried youths is legal in Mexico because the kids are said to be â€œvolunteeringâ€ their services to Wal-Mart and are therefore not subject to the requirements and regulations that would otherwise apply under the countryâ€™s labor laws. But some officials south of the U.S. border nonetheless view the practice as regrettable, if not downright exploitative. â€œThese kids should receive a salary,â€ says Labor Undersecretary Patricia Espinosa Torres. â€œIf you ask me, I donâ€™t think these kids should be working, but there are cultural and social circumstances [in Mexico] rooted in poverty and scarcity.â€