Ignore that Facebook raked in $2 billion revenue last quarter and instead let’s freak out that teens are fleeing the social network. ”We remain close to fully penetrated among teens in the U.S,” it, uh, reassured. [Business Insider]
In light of Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz’s departure, Square announced that a former Goldman Sachs CFO will replace him on the board of directors. [AllThingsD]
Kickstarter announced a series of top-level changes. Cofounder Yancey Strickler is the new CEO, with Perry Chen moving into a chairman position. [Kickstarter Blog]
Google’s Glasses accessory store quietly swung its doors open yesterday. Everything is very expensive, like a fabric pouch that will set you back $50. [TNW]
With Amazon’s new charity program, a generous 0.5 percent of selected purchases will be donated to nonprofits. [Digital Trends]
It's a Zuck Zuck Zuck Zuck World
Today on Facebook’s quarterly earnings call, the company admitted for the first time that it might be having the slightest bit of trouble with the younger cohort.
Business Insider reports that on the call, CFO David Ebersam gave investors a little heads up: “Our best announcement on youth usage [is that] among U.S. teens was stable overall from Q2 to Q3 but we did see a decrease in daily users partly among younger teens,” he said, adding that it’s “of questionable significance,” but “we wanted to share this with you now because we get a lot of questions about teens.”
Sure Why Not
Move over, weird Google Glass earbud. There’s a new kind of wearable tech in town, and it’s marginally cooler-looking.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America and eBay have teamed up to color with magic markers on a bunch of USB cords, then wrap them around people’s wrists, PSFK reports. See, they are iPhone chargers that don’t come with iPhones or wall plugs.
In case there wasn’t enough paranoia in Russia, this should do it: The Chinese are supposedly hacking into electric irons and tea kettles to somehow set off massive spam attacks.
Jesus died for our selfies
Snapchat has come a long way from the fraternities of Stanford. Via Getty Images, here is a photo of a debutante taking a Snapchat selfie while waiting around to be presented at the Queen Charlotte’s Ball.
According to the Daily Mail: ”Dubbed the ‘crowning event of the London Season’ the guest list is hand-picked with care: only young women from the richest families are invited to the ball where, after months of careful preparation and spending thousands of pounds on each ticket, the young debutantes are able to show off their skills in poise and elegance.”
Cue Silicon Valley brick-shitting: The latest batch of Snowden leaks suggest the NSA is hoovering up massive amounts of Google and Yahoo data, snatching it off the connections between their various worldwide data centers–without their permission. The project is called “MUSCULAR,” in case “PRISM” wasn’t Ludlum-y enough for you.
Help is finally here for the victims of Hurricane Sandy: Google is
dumping donating 17,000 Nexus 7 tablets to those rebuilding from last year’s storm. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that $2.7 million worth of devices will be handed out to places, like to libraries and senior centers, in communities that were struck by Sandy.
Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners have just officially taken Dell private once more. Let’s kick the tires, shall we? Engadget reports that, for months, Latitude E6430u laptop owners have been complaining on Dell support forums that it reeks of cat piss.
“Product engineer” aren’t usually the two words that come to mind when we hear the name Ashton Kutcher, but apparently nightmares do come true. The tech wunderkind has passed the interview process and is joining the computer company Lenovo in a role that he’s struggling to explain.
If you’ve ever wondered what motivates ecommerce’s top customer reviewers to keep plugging away at their computers, logging every last reaction to every single purchase they make, NPR has the answer: free shit.
At least, that’s the case with some of Amazon’s reviewers. A reviewer with enough clout can be invited to Amazon Vine, Read More