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- Mattel has made its biggest change to its iconic doll, Barbie, in its 57-year history. Barbies now will be available in four body types with numerous skin tones and hairstyles.
- Amazon‘s share price dropped dramatically yesterday in after hours trading – on news that the huge company made a huge profit and beat last year’s numbers by a significant margin. So why the drop – apparently the market expected even bigger gains. Sheesh.
- Tickets to the hottest events are impossible for average fans to get, according to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. His office released a report Thursday that says, “Ticketing, to put it bluntly, is a fixed game,” and blaming computer bots and ticket brokers for the problem. The report also notes that measures to block the bots, are being defeated with sophisticated computer programs and low-cost overseas workers.
- Some well-known venture capitalists are engaging in bit of a public war of words thus week. Paul Graham, one of Silicon Valley’s best-known investors and a cofounder of the startup accelerator program Y Combinator took to twitter to say that startups should focus on building great products, not on marketing, and for that reason he thinks shows like “Shark Tank” are a distracting waste of time for entrepreneurs. But billionaire investors Mark Cuban and Chris Sacca came back swinging. Cuban more or less called Graham and the startups his accelerator program had backed “entitled” and “arrogant.” Chris Sacca is a billionaire angel investor who put early money into massive tech companies including Uber and Twitter also jumped in saying that pitching 7 million viewers every Friday night on ABC hardly seemed like a waste of time for a founder.
- A popular Sandy Springs Italian restaurant is relocating to Emory Village in Decatur. Castellucci Hospitality Group is moving its southern Italian restaurant Double Zero from its location on Roswell Road because the building was sold.
- A North Carolina Senator thinks Atlanta is a case study for how not to grow as a city. He wrote an Op-ed for Charlotteagenda.com that says “Atlanta is now widely acknowledged to have made serious mistakes during its period of hyper-growth that began in the 1980s.” He goes on to say that our biggest mistake is our failure to extend MARTA to the suburbs saying, “It’s difficult to overstate what an obvious no-brainer this is for the top spot. The failure to extend Atlanta’s mass transit rail network into the suburbs has been called ‘the mother of all mistakes’ and ‘the single worst mistake in a whole cluster bomb of missteps.’” Yup. Dana loves Atlanta, but she gotta agrees… and the fact that we still haven’t fixed this is cuh-razy.
- Georgia’s newest visitor information center was unveiled at the world’s busiest airport earlier this week. The custom-designed, 1,200-square-foot facility at the top of the arrival escalators near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s baggage claim will offer travel brochures, state travel guides and travel tips from staff. Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Tourism division partnered with Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) on the project.
- Horse racing is one hoof closer to being legal here in Georgia. The state Senate’s committee handling the proposal approved a constitutional amendment allowing Georgians to vote on horse racing this fall. This is the first step toward sending the proposal to the full Senate. Committee members also gave what’s called “do pass” recommendation to a separate bill spelling out details of how horse racing would work in Georgia.
- Gregg Allman is bringing his Laid Back Festival to Atlanta this spring. Gregg Allman, of Allman Brothers Band fame, will headline the festival May 7th at Lakewood Amphitheater kicking off a five-stop tour. Opening acts for this year’s festival have not been revealed yet, but last year’s festival included the Gregg Allman Band, The Doobie Brothers, Bruce Hornsby and others. The festival last year also had 20 regional restaurants, food trucks and breweries on site.
For other events and appearances: check out Dana’s event calendar: http://danabarrett.com/events/.