Style Startups

Forget the Uber Clones: Soon Enough, There Will Be a Bonobos-of-Everything

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Every time we turn our heads, there’s a new Uber or Airbnb clone. There’s the Uber for helicopters, chefs and planes, as well as Airbnb-style apps for dogs, boats, cars, clothes and private jets. But another startup model is pulling more and more VC dollars away from sharing economy copy-cats and sexting apps. Call it the Bonobos-for-everything, or maybe the Warby-for-everything if you’re not into J Crew-style chinos.

As of this morning, Jack Erwin, a startup that makes mens’ shoes that lean a bit dressy, has closed a $6 million dollar round led by industry giant Brown Shoe. The NYC Soho-based company sells hand-made shoes from Spain, but can offer them cheaper than more established brands by going direct-to-consumer, cutting out middlemen, brands and retailers who jack up the prices. An analogous company would be Brooklyn-based Greats, which sells casual streetwear shoes through a nearly indistinguishable business model. Read More

Campus Crackdown

University Demands Students, Faculty Submit Invasive Sexual History Survey

Clemson University are requiring that students and faculty give up personal information to a third-party site (Wikipedia).

Students and faculty at Clemson University in South Carolina recently opened their emails to find that they must complete a sexual history survey or face disciplinary action.

The survey — which asks invasive questions such as, “How many times have you had sex (including oral) in the last three months?” and “With how many different people have you had sex (including oral) in the last three months?” — is part of an hour long Title IX training course that must be completed by November 1 to avoid violation of the Code of Conduct, according to Campus Reform. Read More

Privacy is Dead

Tim Cook Defends Apple’s Security in Wake of iCloud Hacks

"I <3 privacy." (Wikimedia Commons)

Earlier this month, a number of nude photos were leaked stolen from the various celebrities’ iCloud accounts, leaving many questioning whether Apple products are really as secure as they thought. Though he doesn’t explicitly reference the hacking scandal, Apple CEO Tim Cook took to the company’s website on Wednesday to publish an open letter affirming Apple’s commitment to users’ privacy, as well as detailing new security measures. Read More

Fun With Photography

Tina Fey Takes ‘Thousands’ of Super Close-Up Nudes to Protect Herself If Photos Leak

Because why not? (Screengrab: YouTube)

Following a recent theft of celebrity nudes that inspired a sleazy Reddit charity campaign and an even sleazier artist’s gallery show, celebrities are now discussing ways to protect themselves from such invasions of privacy.

On last night’s Late Show, Tina Fey explained that to avoid being identified if her nudes ever get out, she exclusively takes close-up photos of her butt. Read More

Facebook

Facebook Builds Yet Another New App — This One For Sharing Private Updates

We made a new thing lol. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Remember how much you totally loved Facebook’s new Messenger app (JK please get it off our phones forever)? Well, there’s a chance Facebook’s going to be releasing another new app — and no, we’re not talking about that Slingshot thing.

Facebook has apparently built an app codenamed “Moments,” according to Techcrunch. The app, should it be released, would reportedly let users share personal updates with small groups of friends and family. Read More

Kickstart This

This Kickstarter Wants To Put ‘Justin Bieber’s Balls In Your Mouth’

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Have you ever been bobbing your head along to your favorite song and wondered, “What would this music taste like?” Unless you were rolling face on MDMA, probably not.

Nevertheless, Kickstarter campaign called Beatballs wants to develop a home food processor that evaluates the acoustic properties of a song, and turn that song into a meatball. Call it a cross between an iHome and a KitchenAid. Read More

CRIME

Flyers Bearing Swastika and Uber Logo Found In Jewish Brooklyn Neighborhood

The flyer in question. (JPUpdates.com)

The NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force is currently investigating a series of flyers found in a predominantly Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood, each emblazoned with a swastika and the logo of rideshare app Uber, JP Updates reports. The distribution of the anti-Semitic flyers may constitute a bias incident.

The flyers, pictured here on JP’s site, were reportedly discovered around 9 p.m. last night by a member of Shomrim, the Jewish neighborhood watch group. The flyers had been distributed around Bedford Ave. and Williamsburg St. — an area largely inhabited by Jewish residents. The person who discovered the flyers alerted a Shomrim dispatcher and the NYPD. Read More