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Celebrity Shopping Service OpenSky Hires Merchandising Exec

OpenSky, the e-commerce company that lets users “follow” celebrities using a Twitter-like system, has hired its first chief merchandising officer. Simon Black joins the New York-based start-up after running merchandising at Eddie Bauer and HSN. OpenSky has raised $49 million from investors including Providence Equity and Highland Capital.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus