Best Of FORBES: Amazon Launches Fire TV, GM And Mary Barra Testimony Continue

Apr 2 2014, 5:10pm CDT | by

Today was day two of GM CEO Mary Barra’s testimony before a House subcommittee on the automaker’s recall crisis. Is she being thrown under the bus? Are the company’s apologies beginning to sound hollow? FORBES reporters answer those questions and more:

“General Motors Chief Executive Mary Barra began her testimony before a House subcommittee Tuesday with yet another apology for the company’s delay in recalling vehicles equipped with faulty ignition switches linked to 13 deaths. But how many times can you apologize without offering a real explanation?” — Joann Muller. Read Without Answers, GM’s Apologies Are Starting To Sound Hollow

“For two days this week, General Motors Chief Executive Mary Barra withstood a barrage of Congressional questioning over GM’s recall crisis. But as she sat for hours at House and Senate witness tables, a question circulated on comment boards and in conversations: was Barra being thrown under the bus by GM?” — Micheline Maynard. Read Is GM CEO Mary Barra Being Thrown Under The Bus?

And in other news:

“If you’re one of the last remaining BlackBerry diehards, you can cross T-Mobile off the list of retailers selling the struggling smartphone: following a tiff with T-Mobile over an ad featuring Apple's iPhone, BlackBerry has said that it will not renew the contract that allows T-Mobile to carry BlackBerry devices in its stores” — Maggie McGrath. Read BlackBerry Dumps Licensing Deal With T-Mobile

“The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, which represents the nation’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans, says “80-85″ percent of newly enrolled individuals buying plans under the Affordable Care Act are paying their premiums” — Bruce Jaspen. Read Blue Cross Says ’80-85′ Percent Of Obamacare Enrollees Are Paying

“Both sides wrapped themselves in the First Amendment today as the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court struck down limits on the number of candidates individual donors can contribute money to, and dissenters bemoaned the elimination of one more restriction on campaign spending” — Daniel Fisher. Read Both Sides Cry ‘Free Speech’ As Supreme Court Lifts Campaign-Finance Limits

Amazon, in an ambitious bid for control over your TV viewing, launches Fire TV, taking on Apple, Roku, and Google in the race to become your portal for on-demand movies and television shows” — Amadou Diallo. Read Amazon Launches Fire TV, Offering Voice Search For Movies

“Can your smart phone replace a formal budget or a simple sense of thrift? Jake Fuentes sure hopes so. Not long after graduating from Stanford, he went out for dinner and overpriced drinks with friends, paid with his debit card, and was unpleasantly surprised a few days later by a $35 Bank of America overdraft fee. So last year the now 27 year-old Fuentes launched Level, an iPhone and Android app that functions as a mobile spending scold” — Samantha Sharf. Read Can’t Control Your Spending? There’s An App For That, But Does It Work?

“Hobby Lobby doesn’t want to cover its employees’ morning after pills. Chick-fil-A backs “traditional marriage” as opposed to the same-sex variety. Then there are Forever 21 and In-N-Out Burger, which print Bible verses on their bags. Who knew so many major U.S. corporations were so devoutly religious?” — Clare O’Connor. Read Burger With A Side Of Bible: Companies Mixing Religion With Retail

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