Amazon.com founder and new Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos was flown from the Galápagos by an Ecuadorian navy helicopter after suffering a kidney stone attack on New Year's day, according to a summary of reports from local newspapers.
Writing in Quartz, an admirable sister publication of the Atlantic magazine, the other day, the experienced technology watcher Christopher Mims struck a gloomy note.
A decade ago Berlin's mayor Klaus Wowereit tried to attract creative types to the city by declaring "Berlin ist arm, aber sexy" (poor but sexy).
The 300 richest people on the planet are $524bn (£319bn) better off than this time last year, with the world's richest man, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, increasing his fortune by $15.8bn to $78.5bn over 2013.
This is the year that cities become even smarter.
What does 2014 hold? According to Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, it means smartphones everywhere - and also the possibility of genetics data being used to develop new cures for cancer.
Ruby Karp may have written,"I'm 13 and None of My Friends Use Facebook," but according to a new study, Mark Zuckerberg's social network remains the platform of choice for adults, with 71 percent using the website in the U.S.
Zappos is known for its quirky culture, and now the online footwear retailer plans to strip all management titles and oust any semblance of a top-down hierarchy, news website Quartz reported.
The new year is just around the corner and with that investors are looking ahead to where they should place their bets in 2014.