October 7, 2013 Last Updated 7:46 am

BBC to announce new version of iPlayer Tuesday, new app; Amazon to hire big in Poland

Morning Brief:

The BBC is set to unveil a new version of iPlayer on Tuesday which will feature exclusive content not available through the British public service broadcasting statutory corporation. The news was broke yesterday by The Guardian, which wondered whether the unbundling of services might endanger the Beeb”s license fees.

BBC-iPlayer-icon-smThe BBC’s director general Tony Hall is to give a keynote address on Tuesday where he is also expected to unveil a new mobile and tablet app which will allow listeners to programming from BBC Radio 4, Radio 3 and the World Service on-demand.

The BBC operates through a Royal Charter which is reviewed every ten years. The BBC was established in 1922 by the British General Post Office, and reorganized by Royal Charter in 1927. It is funded through license fees (or license fees, if your prefer). The former BBC Director General Mark Thompson is the current CEO of the New York Times Company.


Amazon remains on a major hiring spree.

Bloomberg reported this morning that the online retailer will be hiring 6.000 permanent employees for its three new logistics centers in Poland. The centers will be able to serve most of eastern Europe including Russia and Ukraine. Two centers will open by late summer of next year, the third in 2015.

Amazon has announced just last week that it planned on bringing on 70,000 full-time seasonal workers as part of its effort to handle online holiday shoppers.

“Each year, seasonal jobs lead to thousands of long-term, full-time roles in our sites—jobs that offer great pay, benefits starting on day one and the chance for employees to further their education through our Career Choice program,” said Dave Clark, Amazon’s vice president of worldwide operations and customer service.


Apple has yet to announce when it plans to hold its iPad event, though this site long ago placed its money on an October 22 date. Apple generally does not give reporters a whole lot of time to arrange their flights, usually ten days, but that would mean an announcement this Thursday or Friday.

Right now the expected agenda is the launch of new iPads and a second generation iPad mini, as well as the launch of OS X Mavericks which will bring iBooks to the Mac. Right the rumor mill is saying that a retina iPad mini may not be in the offing, which would make an iPad event pretty disappointing if true.

There has also been very little rumored about a new version of iBooks Author, though one would assume that would have to come along with iBooks for the Mac.

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