Look, New York is a tough town. The rent is too damn high, you’ve got to sell a liver to buy groceries and let’s not even discuss the cost of booze. It helps to move here with a little nest egg. And so the latest crop of newcomers has turned to a particularly zeitgeist-y solution: Crowdfunding.
By Kelly Faircloth 11/14/13 12:00pm
There’s much debate over whether there’s anything to be worried about re: 3D printed guns. Sure, you can theoretically produce an untraceable plastic gun in the comfort of your garage, but it’s easier said than done and the result is often unreliable and quick to break.
That’s not enough to reassure the ATF, though. Read More
By Kelly Faircloth 11/13/13 3:20pm
November’s supposed to be a happy time for retailers, an opportunity to separate Americans dazed by tryptophan from their hard-earned dollars with a blitz of red-and-green advertising. But we’re guessing the offices of Fab.com are pretty light on holiday spirit these days. According to AllThingsD, the company is planning still more layoffs.
That would be the third round of cuts this year. Hasn’t anyone ever told CEO Jason Goldberg about the old bandaid-ripping trick? Read More
By Kelly Faircloth 11/13/13 10:01am
“The car sitting there—it’s not good or bad. It’s the driver that gets in it,” Randi Zuckerberg informed the Transom, explaining her philosophy of how to behave online. “I think for every opportunity that technology creates, it also creates other problems,” she added. “It’s up to us to figure out how we put some etiquette and some rules around this Wild West.”
We were in a small back room in the Union Square Barnes & Noble with the author, who had just finished a Q&A withArianna Huffington about her new books, Dot Complicated for adults and a picture book simply titled Dot. (She also runs a website of the same name). Decked out in polka dots, Ms. Zuckerberg was both chipper and stubbornly on-message about the importance of tech/life balance. Read More
By Kelly Faircloth 11/11/13 2:10pm
Ever wonder what Twitter would sound like on the eve of an asteroid smashing into the planet? Well, here’s a theory: it might sound a little bit like the official Blockbuster account did on Friday.
The company’s owner, Dish, announced recently that it would close all 300 remaining brick-and-mortar outlets by early January. But Saturday was the last day to rent anything, apparently, and @Blockbuster has opted to go out on a downright elegiac note, pulling on everyone’s heartstrings and playing on fond memories of browsing the drama section for promisingly racy covers.
Read ‘em and weep: Read More
By Kelly Faircloth 11/07/13 1:50pm
Today Twitter, all primped and polished, made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange. The company was welcomed with open arms, the stock promptly popping from the initial price of $26 to $45.10. And, of course, there was a small army of photographers ready to capture every moment.
Behold, scenes from the morning–with a little color commentary from Betabeat.
Here’s Jack Dorsey, presumably counting down the moments until he can buy every piece of train memorabilia anyone’s ever even thought about putting up for sale: Read More
By Kelly Faircloth 11/07/13 1:13pm
By Kelly Faircloth 11/06/13 2:15pm
Here’s a scene that, sadly, probably won’t make the ultra-special limited-edition Lord of the Rings Blu-Ray collection: Page Six reports that last night Gandalf himself, a.k.a. noted Shakespearean actor Sir Ian McKellen, “stripped down onstage Monday night at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre for the annual Only Make Believe charity gala,” to reveal a pair of Tolkien-themed underwear.
It gets even better, though. Wait for the techie punchline to the shenanigans: Read More
By Kelly Faircloth 11/06/13 10:00am
By Kelly Faircloth 11/04/13 1:55pm
Sure, Katy Perry just passed Justin Bieber as the most popular person on Twitter. But that doesn’t mean the diminutive Canadian heartthrob is losing his taste for the digital rat-race.
Fortune reports that he’s just made a new seed investment, his first in a social network. The Biebs is pumping some of his endless cash into Shots of Me, a new teen-targeted social network due to launch later this week. VC Shervin Pishevar and boxer Floyd Mayweather have also invested. Read More