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Forget PR Emails: App Used Heartfelt Letters, Nabbed Thousands of Downloads and Investor Interest

Dojo helps users find fun things to do in London (Twitter).

In this so-called tech- bubble of ours, it’s important to make your product stand out. And let’s be honest, publicity tactics like distributing flyers and spamming everyone with poorly-written PR emails isn’t good for anyone.

One London startup got much further by channeling their creativity instead of relying on typical marketing strategies. Dojo — an app that helps users find fun restaurants, popups and events — actually garnered 3,000 downloads in two weeks by handing out personal letters. Read More

Anti-Social Media

Ello Will Remain Ad-Free and Porn Friendly, Says Founder

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Update #1: Overwhelmed by the deluge of new users, Ello almost choked off all access for new members, but have gone all-hands-on-deck to keep Ello alive and soldier on through the hype.

Update #2: Brands are showing up like crazy to make profiles on Ello — here’s why it won’t ruin everything.

When we broke the news about Ello, a new social network that claims to be the safe haven from its fiendishly invasive competition, it mostly fell on deaf ears — but the past six months were nothing compared to what’s happened in the past 24 hours.

Since the sudden Facebook exodus to Ello, requests to join went from 4,000 to 27,000+ per hour, Twitter exploded with desperate requests for invites, eBay responded with an enormous black market for invites, and Ello became the fifth hottest trend on Google searches. No big deal. Read More

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Sure Why Not: Pornhub Just Launched a Record Label

Coolio debuted a music video on Pornhub earlier this year. (Facebook)

Pornhub may be a prime source for fap material (ugh, sorry), but they’re also capable of so much more. They plant trees! They make clever FIFA World Cup commentary! And now, they also produce records, apparently.

The porn site has officially launched its own record label, Pornhub Records, Billboard reported yesterday. The announcement may seem totally bizarre, but this isn’t Pornhub’s first dabbling in the music industry; artists Coolio, FaltyDL, and Xiu Xiu all used the site to premiere music videos within the past year. Read More

Wait Before You Update

Apple Pulls First iOS 8 Update Hours After Its Release

Don't update your iPhone. Just don't.(Screengrab: Youtube)

It was only a week ago that iPhone users took to Twitter to complain about iOS 8.

Today, there’s a new trending iOS topic, and it’s no better. Users are tweeting complaints about the assortment of major problems iOS 8.0.1 unleashed on their phones, because in case you haven’t heard, Apple’s first iOS 8 update crashed and burned. In fact, the update caused so many problems that, today — on the same day as its release — Apple pulled iOS 8.0.1. Read More

Anti-Social Media

Mysterious Social Network ‘Ello’ Explodes In Popularity For People Fleeing Facebook

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Update: #1 For anyone concerned about the future of Ello, they’ve assured us that the site will remain ad-free and porn friendly!

Update #2: Overwhelmed by the deluge of new users, Ello almost choked off all access for new members, but have gone all-hands-on-deck to keep Ello alive and soldier on through the hype.

Update #3: Brands are showing up like crazy to make profiles on Ello. Will it undermine everything Ello stands for? Nah.

When we broke the news of Ello’s impending launch last March, we worried it might be destined for obscurity, like the thousand other failed, would-be Facebook competitors. But the mysterious social network and anti-Facebook hideaway has suddenly exploded in popularity as Facebook has begun driving away artists, performers and the LGBTQ community.

When they started their roll-out in July, Ello got a few sign-ups from the mailing list generated from word-of-mouth buzz. Each day after, they grew twice as large, which ramped up to three times as large each day. Then, after The Daily Dot declared yesterday that “the great gay Facebook exodus” had begun, interest in Ello went nuclear. Ello’s founder told Betabeat that he’s seeing 4000 new signups each hour. People are frantically tweeting each other about Ello, and traffic on our Ello stories from six months back has exploded. Read More

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Emma Watson 4Chan Nude Photo Leak Confirmed a Hoax

A UN speech delivered by Emma Waston went viral over the weekend. (Screengrab: YouTube)

Following Emma Watson’s well-received UN speech on gender equality came rumors that the actress’s nude photos had been stolen and would soon be posted online by a 4Chan user. The threat also came after the invasive theft and distribution of nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and many others less than a month ago.

Emmayouarenext.com has been hosting a countdown clock, ticking down until the release of Emma Watson’s nude photos. Many had been wondering if the photos actually exist and would be making their debut at the end of the countdown, but it has been confirmed that the whole thing is a hoax. Read More