Tech companies are spending an unprecedented amount of money on buying politicians, and in true Washington style, they’re getting their money’s worth in meaningless PR stunts.
Late last year Morgan Stanley estimated that Facebook would generate over $1 billion via video ads. This estimate was made was before Facebook ever had a video ad product. In light of this information, its not surprising to see Facebook prioritizing its video player and aggressively encouraging brands to invest in their platform. Read More
The end of the year is an important time for reflection—particularly about how utterly basic everyone on online dating sites has apparently become.
Never ones to pass up an opportunity to share absurd dating stats, Match.com has just released its 2014 Year in Review report. Reading the stats about what people are writing on their profiles, we’re starting to think the site was doling out free pumpkin spice lattes to anyone who signed up. Read More
Dear Worst People in the World,
Hey you, yes you. You—the reporter nailing Bill Cosby’s hide to the wall—you’re awful.
Any way you look at how the story of Cosby’s alleged sexual assaults has developed, it’s terrible.
The last time you posted a Facebook status, you were probably thinking, “Wow, I really wish I had an intelligent robot to make sure this post won’t come back around to haunt me.” No? Too bad.
Facebook is building an artificial intelligence program that will serve as a social media assistant—kind of like Clippy, the obnoxious Microsoft Read More
Divorce has traditionally been a messy and painful process, riddled with battles for custody and arguments over finances. Thankfully, there’s a startup dedicated to making divorces more amicable—and unsurprisingly, they’ve been extremely successful.
Launched in 2013 at Y Combinator, Wevorce connects families with a trained divorce professional who can help them stay out of court, and complete their divorce proceedings as peacefully as possible. Wevorce’s network of experts also helps couples solve other divorce-related entanglements, like splitting finances and co-parenting children. Read More
Gift giving is super fun, but you know what blows? Gift wrapping. Besides pretending to like all your obnoxious family members, it’s the one part of the the holidays that just really isn’t up to par.
For those who tend to find themselves in a terrifying mess of wrapping paper and Scotch tape around this time of year, perhaps this will be of interest: Shyp, the on-demand shipping app that saves you from ever having to visit the post office again, will launch its holiday gift wrapping service tomorrow. Read More
Android is eating the planet as more people worldwide take up Android as either their first or latest smartphone. Problem is, those people need apps, and apps need coders to make them, and a number of hiring managers, founders and consultants here in NYC are coming up dry when looking for capable Android talent.
“Hiring for Android is almost impossible,” Ben Schippers, cofounder of dev-shop HappyFunCorp, told Betabeat. “You’re seeing a spike in Android use, and now we’re competing with Samsung, Facebook, Google and the Fortune 500 for talent.” Read More
I recently drove from LA to San Diego and back twice, at night. I took a road I’ve driven maybe six times, CA-73.
CA-73 used to have tollbooths. Weirdly, they were gone. Read More