One of the worst aspects of human nature is our need to brandish our cell phone cameras at concerts or museums and capture every single moment. The thinking is that the more we capture, the less we’re going to forget of that Beyonce concert that we overpaid for. However, there’s a new condition called “photo-taking impairment effect” that Read More
Protestors surrounded a Google employee bus yesterday and captured it on video they hoped would go viral. They got their wish then their camera caught a supposed employee of the tech giant telling them that if they can’t afford San Francisco, they should leave. After some digging, though, it turned out the man wasn’t a Google employee and it was all a hoax. [Slate]
Flailing startup Clinkle has laid off 25 percent of its staff, mostly from its business side, as it figures out what it is. [Valleywag]
Facebook has hired NYU professor Yann LeCun to spearhead its new “artificial intelligence lab.” [Business Insider]
Netflix acquired a documentary about Mitt Romney because that’s exactly what you want to settle in and watch on a Friday night. It will start streaming on Jan. 24. [The Wrap]
The most checked in place on Facebook in America is Disneyland confirming that only moms use the feature. [Skift]
When AllThingsD completes its diaspora from parent company News Corp. early next year, NBCUniversal is reportedly going to invest in the revamped, renamed tech blog and conference business.
Bloomberg reports that a deal has been struck among editors Walt Mossberg, Kara Swisher and the Comcast-owned company to bring over much of its current staff when the website starts anew in January.
Outside of the tech bubble, people residing in real America are apparently living blissfully unaware of what Google Glass is. Enthusiast blog Glass Almanac shoved a picture of a human wearing the $1,500 face computer in front of of 400 people and discovered that only 40 percent could identify what it was. Read More
You probably think that constantly checking your phone gives off the impression that you’re a really busy person with tons of friends and an active social life that rivals Kim Kardashian’s, but it doesn’t. Nope, a new study reveals that you’re just anxiety-riddled loser like the rest of us. Read More
Giant tech companies including LinkedIn, Google, Facebook and others are banning together to create a “Reform Government Surveillance” group. “We strongly believe that current laws and practices need to be reformed,” they explained. [VentureBeat]
Bitcoin’s value plummeted over the weekend after China started cracking down on the use of the digital currency. [PC World]
Netflix is quietly transforming from a streaming company to a full-fledged network that could soon take on the biggies. [New Republic]
The NSA reportedly spied on video game platforms like Xbox Live and probably heard (or saw) a lot of things they wish they didn’t. [Guardian]
Some of the city’s new cabs include USB outlets, panoramic windows and customized climate control so you can drive like a freakin’ Rockefeller. [Gothamist]
Portable television host Ryan Seacrest has the epitome of a “first world problem.” He carries around two phones, with one being not an iPhone because he finds it too difficult to type on the Apple devices. So, as one does, he invested millions in a startup that assembles keyboard accessories for iPhones. The rich problem solve just like us! Read More
Walking without texting feels wrong. What are you supposed to do with your hands? Act casual?
However, it could lead to a lot of perilous situations since your eyes are glued to the screen and not the street. Enter Docomo, a Japanese wireless carrier, that Read More
Even creator Ev Williams is still figuring out what Medium should be. Hopefully the redesign helps? [Fast Company]
On Cyber Monday, Pinterest nearly tripled the revenue on retail sites that it sent traffic to. [TechCrunch]
Here’s what happens when you use bitcoins to purchase gifts on your Christmas list: you commission a portrait of your cat. [Time]
Airbnb’s new San Francisco headquarters have mini apartments influenced by major cities, like Bali and Paris. [PSFK]