We were excited about Spotify’s announcement today that they’ll soon offer free streaming on smartphones, providing a whole new avenue for America to enjoy embarrassing music.
Sadly, though, our dreams of listening to “Purple Rain” over and over and over again for free on our way to work were dashed when we learned that the service will only be available in shuffle mode. Read More
If Facebook’s VP of Product Chris Cox has his way with the redesigned News Feed, content from viral aggregators like BuzzFeed won’t be surfaced as frequently as they are now. [AllThingsD]
CEO Travis Kalanick says now that Uber has figured out how to deliver a car in five minutes, the possibilities for expanding its services are endless. [CNet]
“Twitter has taken over the public real-time internet. Now it wants in on the private one.” [BuzzFeed]
Even though HBO and Netflix both have a large library of movies and watchable original series, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes doesn’t think they’re competitors. [The Wrap]
Everybody loves working at Twitter apparently. [GigaOM]
Internet service is painfully slow and hard to come by in NYC, but at least it’s about to be free for residents of 95 Manhattan blocks!
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced today that a new outdoor public WiFi network is blanketing part of Harlem, from 110th to 138th streets between Frederick Douglass Boulevard and Madison Avenue. The area encompasses 50 parks, and Harlem Children’s Zone will be increasing awareness of the network among residents, business and visitors. Read More
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
“The Wait Is Over,” a sponsored Gothamist post about Nissan taxicabs trumpeted yesterday: “NYC’s New Cabs Have USB Chargers, Passenger Climate Control, Panoramic Glass Roofs.”
High tech cabs with phone chargers and a view? Sounds great to us. But after we got to the bottom of the post promoting Nissan’s #HailYes campaign, we wondered: where are these wondrous vehicles?
Well, only about 12 of the city’s 13,237 cabs are Nissan NV200s. But Nissan’s still pushing a giant #HailYes social media campaign. 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