Target is the store you can’t walk into without dropping $120 on tooooootally necessary housewares, clothes and snacks. And Pinterest is the website you can’t log onto without losing hours of your life in a sea of inspirational quotes and wedding paraphernalia.
So in an act only the most shrewd retail genius could concoct, the two highly addictive brands are joining to create the alpha and omega of holiday shopping.
In a story line that not even Pretty Little Liars could script, teenagers in San Diego are in serious trouble for their involvement in a sexting ring. NBC San Diego reports that dozens of high school students are being investigated by the police for sharing explicit photos, and it could lead to criminal charges.
The mystery of the supposed Google barges is no closer to a solution. At this point, it’s not even 100 percent confirmed that Google’s actually involved, much less that the barges contain an invading force of Singularitarian shock troops (our pet theory).
We do know that the Coast Guard has paid one of the San Francisco structures a visit. However, they refuse to say what, if anything, they know about the floating riddles. All a spokesman would tell the San Jose Mercury News was the drive-by was related to neither fire nor medical emergency.
However, we do have an idea how this how the scene played out. Betabeat’s best guess:
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A lil something for Sumpto Billing itself as the Klout for college students, Sumpto announced that it’s gathered $350,000 in investments from the likes of SocialStarts.net and Nick Brien, former CEO of McCANN Group. Sumpto uses students’s output on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. to determine how influential they are among their peers. But Sumpto doesn’t want to just be “Klout for college students” – it wants to take into account each student as an individual and reward them for being themselves… as much as it’s possible to be any version of your college self and still be deserving of a reward.
We’ve been wondering what 3D printers can really be used for aside from manufacturing hairless Troll dolls and illegal guns. Lo and behold, the answer is full scale replicas of poop–special eff-excrements, if you will.
In researching this story, Betabeat learned of a whole new world of poop categorization known as the Bristol Stool Form Scale, or BSFS, via Discover Mag. It’s a measurement system for figuring out how long your doo doo has been traveling through your intestines. It involves looking at one’s waste and describing it with a range of verbal descriptors named after food, like “sausage” and “chicken nuggets.” Appetizing.
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Imagine if your next false diagnosis of bone cancer or gout came from a real doctor instead of an automated database. This idea could be thrilling if you’re a sane person who happens to dislike going to the doctor–not so much if you’re an obsessive online symptom checker.
Either way, WebMD is getting closer to making it a reality. With their purchase of the health startup Avado, they’ll be beefing up their doctor-patient interactions–and possibly giving the Internet’s biggest hypochondriacs actual, not imagined, heart attacks.
Our long national nightmare of having to turn off our Kindles while taxiing is now over. The Federal Aviation Administration announced today that the use of personal electronic devices can be utilized from gate-to-gate. Cell phone conversations will remain banned.
“The minute I heard about Candy Crush, I though it was a candy or a soda,” said Dylan’s Candy Bar proprietor Dylan Lauren. “So I’m pretty, like, surprised that they didn’t launch a candy earlier.”
Ms. Lauren was presiding over a small party at her Candy Land-like temple to sugar yesterday evening, in honor of the launch of a line of Candy Crush-branded candies. Boxes are $4 a pop and available in four flavors; Dylan’s Candy Bar will sell them beginning Nov. 1, before they roll out to retailers including WalMart in the following days, WWD reports.
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Well, good for Edward Snowden landing a job in this tough economy! After being granted asylum by the Russians in August, the NSA whistleblower has been busy figuring out the path of his new life, and today that includes getting off the couch and entering the workforce.
The CEO of the nation’s oldest car-making conglomerate is looking to take a cue from futuristic electric car company Tesla by selling his Buicks, Cadillacs and Fords online–and presumably not in a shady Craigslist ad.
General Motors is actively exploring the concept of online sales, GM chief executive Dan Akerson said in a recent investor call, according to the Verge. He was quick to swear that such a Flintstones-meet-the-Jetsons dream come true would not make dealers obsolete.