Discovery Communications HQ in Silver Spring, MD, was stormed today by a lunatic gunman, James Lee, who felt the Discovery Channel needed to better address environmental issues and overpopulation. The building’s 1,900 employees were evacuated, along with a childcare center on the premises, before a stand-off with police led to Lee being shot and killed. Three hostages were reportedly safely removed.
Apple‘s upgraded iPods (featuring unified packaging) and improved/cheaper Apple TV announcements today have “raised the stakes,” according to the Financial Times, in the battle for multiplatform TV and video viewing.
Sony‘s Qriocity, a subscription-based music and video service launching in the UK this year, aims to take on Apple’s iTunes.
HP‘s board authorized $10 billion for share buybacks.
IBM powers mobile apps for US Open tennis fans.
Kodak is seeking iPhone and BlackBerry royalties to fund its turnaround.
Amazon, Wal-Mart and eBay top consumers 100 favorite e-tailers.
Allergan agreed to pay $600 million to settle allegations that it had marketed Botox for medical uses, like pain and headache, not approved by the FDA.
US auto sales saw a dismal August, as GM and Ford reported nervous buyers staying away in droves.