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Rumor Roundup: Ricky Van Veen Makes His HBO Debut and Ann Curry Fights for Google Reader

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Family ties Looks like Kim Dotcom has a pretty good sense of humor about his appearance. The Megaupload founder recently posted a photo on his Instagram of himself posing next to a hippo with the caption “Kim and his Brother ;-).” Zing.

(Photo: Instagram)

(Photo: Instagram)

Can you hear me now? It’s a cardinal rule of working outside the office that you absolutely must learn to use your inside voice. But it seems a few people in Silicon Valley haven’t quite mastered that particular trick. “Stopped by a Starbucks on Sand Hill Road to use Wifi,” Slate’s Farhad Manjoo recently tweeted. “Surrounded by indiscreet start-up guys preparing for VC meetings.” Remember guys: The walls have ears.

Boys on Girls CollegeHumor founder Ricky Van Veen has been known to drag his girlfriend, HBO star Allison Williams, around to tech events, but she’s not afraid to give him a taste of his own medicine. In Sunday night’s episode of Girls, Mr. Van Veen had a cameo appearance which even earned him a credit at the end under “Also Starring.”

(Photo: Screenshot)

(Photo: Screenshot)

Clad in a plaid shirt and jeans, Mr. Van Veen was present in the startup party scene for Charlie’s new app, Forbid. “We hit 20,000 MAU, and then everyone was just like, ‘Ohhh fuck we did it,'” Charlie says earlier in the episode when explaining why they’re throwing the party. (MAUs are monthly active users, duh.)

When Marnie grabs the mic and decides to turn the party into her own private karaoke sesh, Mr. Van Veen can be seen rolling his eyes at his real life girlfriend. Inside jokes! He also has a short scene with Shoshanna, where he tells her, “Restaurants are like my passion. Just going out to things is who I am.” We’ve never met Mr. Van Veen in real life, but his Girls character was definitely insufferable.

As far as the accuracy of the scene when compared to an actual startup party? We’d give it a 7/10. Needed more neckbeards.

Spamalot Looks like even New York Times editors aren’t immune to the occasional Twitter hack. Earlier this week, Times public editor fell pray to a little vanity when she clicked a spam link, which caused her profile to tweet out the same link:

(Photo: Twitter)

(Photo: Twitter)

Ms. Sullivan seemed to take it all in stride. “Now I know I’ve had the complete Twitter experience, with account briefly hacked,” she tweeted shortly after. “Thanks to all for help and sorry for the unintended spam!”

#freegooglereader Budding bloggers who rely heavily on RSS to find stuff to write about aren’t the only people lamenting the imminent shuttering of Google Reader. Turns out ex-Today Show host Ann Curry was also a fan. Larry, can you hear her?

FYI Lo Bosworth would like the world to know that she finally, finally got Mailbox:

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