Twitter Politics

Bitly CEO Not Surprised Twitter Finally Bought Its Own Tweet-Marketing Group

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Twitter announced yesterday that it’s acquiring Gnip, a company that analyzes tweets, Facebook likes and Tumblr reblogs for marketers.

It seems like an obvious move. Why should Twitter sit by and let third-party companies profit from its massive content output without getting in on the fun? Still, marketing groups like Gnip have been profiting from social media companies for some time. Twitter is only the most recent in a line of tech startups trying to get in on the action.

Bitly, too, sat on its own database of social behavior data for years before recently making moves to license it. So Bitly CEO Mark Josephson isn’t surprised by the Twitter acquisition. Read More

Kids These Days

Thanks to iPads, Toddlers Are Totally Over Toy Blocks

Kids don't know how to do this anymore. (Wikimedia Commons)

Here’s a frightening thought regarding the future of humankind: according to The Telegraph, children born in the digital age are so addicted to technology, they’re forgoing playing with blocks, pens and paper.

Members of the UK’s Association of Teachers and Lecturers are warning that the addiction is leaving children as young as three with no dexterity in their fingers but the ability to swipe a touch screen with ease. Read More

Delivery From Inconvenience

One-Hour Grocery App Instacart Finally Available To Manhattanites Below 110th Street

You might never have to come here in person again! (Wikimedia Commons)

Last month, we salivated over Instacart, the app that lets you order food from select New York grocery stores and have a personal shopper collect it and deliver it in as small a time frame as a single hour.

Today, Instacart shared good news: it’s finally delivering to Manhattanites below 110th Street. When Instacart first launched in New York, the service was only available below 34th Street, excluding the Financial District. Now a bigger percentage of Manhattan can experience the joys of having a friendly personal shopper bring a bag of fancy Whole Foods trail mix directly to your workplace to curb your 3 p.m. hunger attack. Read More

LOLOL

Hello M’Lady: Hilarious Amy Schumer Video Skewers ‘Friendzoned’ Guys

"You can't win. But the app does send you a warning text when he angrily turns on you." (Screengrab via YouTube.)

Reddit functions as many things — a cradle for Internet memes, a hub for horrifying tales of bodily functions, a much-needed platform for Lil Jon.

But one of the most nefarious ways Reddit has influenced our culture is by providing a platform for men who believe they’ve been “friendzoned.”

What is the friendzone? It’s a pretend place that exists only in the imaginations of oft-rejected heterosexual men — and on a popular subreddit. Read More

Investments

Squarespace Takes $40 Million in Growth Equity

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Website-building service Squarespace announced yesterday that they’ve accepted $40 million in Series B funding from General Atlantic.

Squarespace has been growing rapidly, and needs the cash on hand to sustain that growth. With more and more users, and now 285 employees, they could use the $40 million for basic business needs like more real estate for their New York City offices.

Competitors in the website services field have been raising enormous sums of money and going public, leaving Squarespace with some catching up to do. Read More

Delivery From Inconvenience

Swedish Student Invents Hand Scanner to Replace Credit Cards

A shopper uses the system. (Screengrab via YouTube)

In case paying with the swipe of a credit card wasn’t convenient enough for you, a Swedish student at Lund University has devised a way to pay for goods using a vein map of your hand.

Fredrik Leifland’s system uses vein-scanning technology that already existed, according to a prepared release. He merely connected the scanning terminals, banks, stores and customers to create a new system. Read More

ATwitter

#PesachProblems: Jews Are Live-Tweeting Their Passover Seders

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There was a time when Passover meant putting down our iPhones and celebrating our ancient Jewish heritage over Bubbie’s classic matzah balls.

But it’s 2014, and technology has started making a comeback at the Seder table. JDate made dating profiles for Moses and the Pharaoh. The famed Bronfman Haggadah debuted in app form. So it shouldn’t come as much of a shock that hordes of Twitterers are using #SederUpdates to live-tweet their Passover dinners. Read More