Thursday, December 22, 2011

Morning Brief: Wave of bombings hits Baghdad; Robinson gets sweet exit package from NYT; Amazon pushes out updates to Kindle Fire tab OS and Kindle app for iOS

At least 14 bombings occurred in Baghdad this morning as a wave of sectarian violence shook the capital after the Shite-leg government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki issued an arrest warrant for the Sunni vice president, Tariq al-Hashemi.

The attacks followed closely the withdrawal of the last American forces in the country.

"I was sleeping in my bed when the explosion happened," CBS News quoted 12-year-old Hussain Abbas, who was standing nearby in his pajamas. "I jumped from my bed and rushed to my mom's lap. I told her I did not want to go to school today. I'm terrified."

Reuters is reporting that the exit package The New York Times Company will paying Janet Robinson to step down as CEO will total over $15 million.

The new agency quotes an unnamed source as saying that Robinson will receive a $4.5 million consulting fee, plus $10.9 million in pension benefits. But Reuter added this tidbit near the ned of its report:
But Robinson is getting less than half of the $37.1 million in severance Craig Dubow received when he retired as Gannett Inc's CEO in October, after six years at the helm of the newspaper publisher and amid similarly dismal financial results.
The New York Times Company continues its efforts to close a deal for its Regional Media Group made up of newspapers such as The Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida, The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa, Calif., and The Tuscaloosa News in Alabama.

Amazon pushed out an operating system update to users of the Kindle Fire, reportedly improving scrolling and other basic navigation traits.

Amazon also issued an update to its Kindle app for iOS which brings in magazines and newspapers Kindle Editions (generally replica or text versions). Users have complained, however, that the app update takes away the ability to archive previously read books and that the app is buggy.

MobileBurn posted a video of the changes to the Kindle Fire OS on its YouTube Channel: