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All Covered With Vines

Simply Sylvio, Evan Hilton Win Tribeca Film Awards For Vine

(Screengrab via Vine)

It’s 2014, and that means you can get an award from Robert DeNiro’s prestigious Tribeca Film Festival for making a Vine — and you could end up making money. Technology, huh?

Five Viners are being recognized by TFF today in the second annual #6SecFilms contest for their outstanding work in the looping six-second-film genre. Accolades are being presented in the categories of drama (yes, drama!), comedy, animation and genre. There’s also a #6SecFilms Audience Award. Read More

Fun With Bitcoins

‘Tits For Bitcoin’: Webcams and Cryptocurrency Are a Match Made in Heaven

(Screengrab via TitsForBitcoin.com)

We know you can use bitcoin to buy booze and breast implants, and you used to be able to use it for drugs. But the three-month-old site Tits For Bitcoin (yup), which lets you trade cryptocurrency for webcam models, is a new one. Too much bitcoin, not enough things to spend it on — apparently, the site’s founder tells us, that’s a problem people have.

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hbo's silicon valley

‘Silicon Valley’ Ep. 2 Recap: Be an Asshole

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This week on Silicon Valley, Jared Dunn dropped by to congratulate Richard, but Erlich told him to take a hike. Then, someone ordered a stripper named Mocachino, making the guys (and everyone else with a pulse) highly uncomfortable. Richard and Erlich met with Peter Gregory and blew it. Richard then decided to bring Jared aboard since it seems nobody in the “incubator” actually knows how to run a business. Read More

drink up

‘Distiller’ App Recommends Whiskey Based On Your Preferences

Hey, it's an infographic! (Photo via Distiller)

Liquor stores are overwhelming, and not just when you’re already drunk. There are just so many choices that, let’s be honest, are damn near impossible to differentiate.

Many imbibers will be swayed by the smoke and mirrors of clever bottle design and inflatable pirate displays. But for the more discerning customer, there must be a better way to try out new bottles without fear that they’ll suck. Read More

All the jobs

Find Your Next NYC Tech Job At This Keg Party Career Fair

Nothing wrong with a little beer pong break. (Photo: Uncubed)

Finding a new job — what could be more of a drag? Between the résumé-tweaking, cover-letter-writing, endless interviews and uptight-professional dress code, seeking employment is the worst.

But New York City startup Uncubed is looking to change all that with the help of puppies, booze and startups that are cool enough to snag you a Tinder date, at the very least. They host job fairs for grown-ups throughout the U.S., with a New York City event set for April 17. Tickets cost $35 for attendees and $549 and up for companies. Half the companies walk away with at least one new hire, a rep told us, and many more offer jobs to people they’ve met at Uncubed in the following weeks. Read More

shorty awards 2014

Social Media Stars Interact IRL at the Shorty Awards

Ms. Leggero in the beginning of the show. (Photo: Shorty Awards)

Social media fame is strange. Twitter, Instagram, Vine and YouTube celebrities are kind of like reality TV stars, but with even more of an everyman feel. They’ve got low budgets and lower inhibitions, and they play characters online who are an extension of their own identities. Reading tweet after tweet, we begin to feel like we know them.

But we don’t. And meeting them in real life can be awkward. They’re not professional socializers, after all, or even traditional entertainers. They’re just people who, from the privacy of their homes, consistently craft tiny bits of entertainment for our consumption. They’ve mastered the art of connecting with people bit by bit, every day — but only when separated by the distance between two given iPhones. Read More

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Turns Out Andrew W.K. Loves Pinterest

Mr. W.K. on the red carpet. (Photo via Shorty Awards)

We overheard a lot of interviews about social media last night at the Shorty Awards. A hell of a lot. But there was one statement that really caught our attention.

Betabeat was standing next to Andrew W.K. while he was being interviewed by a video crew when we heard him say, “I really like Pinterest.”

Um, what?! Pinterest, the aspirational DIY site for former sorority girls? Pinterest, the fitspo mecca? Pinterest, the go-to destination for millennial bridezillas? We had to investigate. Read More