Mr. Shellhammer sang a chipper tune on his way out the door, though. “Founding Fab was something I made in this world. And I am so very proud of that,” he wrote in a valedictory blog post, continuing: Read More
By Kelly Faircloth 11/01/13 9:48am
Sure, Facebook allows you to see the embarrassing songs your friends are listening to at work (Kenny G, all the way), but what about your neighbors? What about neighboring boroughs? You’re in luck: Spotify just sent us some numbers revealing what New Yorkers have been streaming over the past month.
Let’s get nosy! Read More
By Kelly Faircloth 10/31/13 3:41pm
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: Read More
By Kelly Faircloth 10/31/13 10:45am
“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. Read More
By Kelly Faircloth 10/30/13 5:39pm
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.” Read More
By Kelly Faircloth 10/30/13 3:10pm
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.” Read More
By Kelly Faircloth 10/30/13 2:15pm
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.
By Kelly Faircloth 10/30/13 11:39am
By Kelly Faircloth 10/30/13 8:50am
Google recently announced that later this year, Glass Explorers will get a chance to swap out their prototype future specs for an updated model.
Yesterday, the company released photos of what they’ll be receiving. It looks pretty much the same, except now it’ll come with a “mono earbud” that will make the apparatus look, if possible, even dorkier. The good news is it’s detachable, so get excited about another addition to your tangled sack o’ electronics. Read More
By Kelly Faircloth 10/29/13 1:00pm
Aereo’s a techie darling with a big-name backer in Barry Diller, but that doesn’t mean its path to success is lined with rose petals. Of course there are the legal challenges from pissy broadcasters, but the Wall Street Journal points out the company faces another challenge: Keeping all those antennas running. Read More