Time Out Americans may not be working fewer hours, as David Roberts suggested in “All in a Day’s Work — Kate Rockwood A Big Loser Calvin Ayre, below, last seen (or not seen) “retiring” from his job as CEO of online gambling powerhouse Bodog (“Last Call,” July/August), is back in the news. In late July, Forbes.com reported that the U.S. Department of Justice had seized $24 million from accounts connected to Bodog and Ayre. Current Bodog CEO Alwyn Morris assured users that “customer deposits are safe and every player has and will always be paid.” Ayre, naturally, was not reachable for comment, but a longtime associate told us he suspects this is “just the tip of the iceberg.” — Josh Dean Moneyball The Washington Nationals may have the greenest ballpark (“Take Me Out to the Ballpark,” April), but they have issues with greenbacks. Claiming the $611 million stadium is not “substantially … [Read more...] about Updates to Stories from Fast Company
If you were to ask him yourself, that is, if you could find him in Cuba or Antigua or wherever he’s fanning himself with a fistful of $100 bills, Calvin Ayre would want you to know that he is not a fugitive, that no matter what the media or the U.S. government thinks of him, he has broken no laws and thus is not in any way an outlaw, or even a scofflaw. He would tell you this with a straight face, or perhaps an indignant one. But, you know, if you happened to hear that Bodog, the Internet-based gambling juggernaut that he birthed and then nurtured in his image, has been operating in violation of U.S. law, and that the 47-year-old Canadian billionaire could be arrested if he set foot on American soil, and that he lives like some sort of fugitive international playboy … well, that’s okay too. advertisement advertisement So which is it? Good question. I hoped to find the answer by meeting Ayre in Macau, where, his publicist said, he would be exploring … [Read more...] about The Personality Behind Online Gaming Site Bodog
First there was Fast Company‘s “The 10 Best Amazon Reviews. Ever.” Now, due to popular demand, we present, with a nod to Christmas, “10 More of the Best Amazon Reviews. Ever.” These reviews are not just a staple of consumer criticism, they’ve become an elevated form of crowdsourced art. Why Amazon? Well, you can find just about anything–from pepper spray to a relaxation capsule, coyote urine, a yodeling pickle, and a rubber bladder catheterization model male bladder–and the House of Bezos invites customers to share their insights in pez-dispenser-sized nuggets of … oh, what the hell, they’re funny! advertisement advertisement Here are 10 more favorites. 1. Spice up your day D-Bag of Liberty gave it 5-stars, calling it “the Cadillac of citizen repression technology”: “Whenever I need to breezily inflict discipline on unruly citizens, I know I can trust Defense Technology 56895 MK-9 Stream, 1.3% … [Read more...] about 10 More Of The Best Amazon Reviews. Ever.