Jolly Saint Nick is coming early this holiday season in the form of an Uber publicity stunt. Tomorrow, the on-demand private car company is delivering
nondenominational holiday bushes Christmas trees to New Yorkers for $135.
In partnership with the Home Depot, the company will ship out an eight foot Fraser Fir to your apartment “within minutes” of it being ordered. The option will appear as “UberTREE” in the app tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., so may the odds be in your favor.
Come on, guys. Come. On. First we learned yesterday that in 2013, Americans had the lamest taste in music besides Maroon 5-obsessed Singapore. And now, Google has released the top 10 trending gifts from Black Friday and reminded us all that the U.S.A. is a nation of shivering scaredy cats who are still clinging to the heinous trends of 2006.
In what is a huge get for Snapchat, the app has poached Emily White from Instagram as its COO. She was in charge of luring advertisers to the Facebook-owned company and is expected to assume a similar role. [AllThingsD]
The machines will rise, in the eyes of Google at least. It has installed Android software inventor Andy Rubin to lead the company’s robotics creations. [NYT]
Tumblr is reportedly having trouble attracting advertising money because it’s just too complicated for brands. [Digiday]
Instead of releasing all of its new kids program all at once, Netflix said that it’s going to debut Turbo Fast in “pods” because all of the episodes aren’t yet completed. [Wired]
Jeopardy engaged in the GIF pronunciation debate and we all lost. [Daily Dot]
Ugh, is there anything worse than when you find yourself nodding your head like yeah to a catchy song only to discover that it’s about Nazism? There’s a new app that helps you avoid those musical faux pas. It’s currently being tested in Germany to fight the spread of that genre of music. Read More
Toilets have been toileting for hundreds of years without the slightest bit of disruption, minus the phasing out of the bidet. As such, the elimination industry is ripe for an app or gadget to make it more ergonomically friendly.
Some startups, like the folks behind the Squatty Potty and this odd girls-only pee funnel, have attempted to chip away at the porcelain throne, but none have caused a large scale shift. But now, there’s a new sheriff in Shitsville: the Wellbeing Toilet, which won a contest for potty design in the U.K. Could this be the thing that changes bowel movements forever? Read More
Good news: taxi hailing app Hailo and Coors Light are partnering to give out $10 cab credits at participating bars. Bad news: You’ll have to go to places like Johnny Utah’s to get it.
It’s part of the startup’s #CelebrateSafe program that’s hoping to make the holiday season a bit safer for those blacked out on mulled wine. “We’ll be collecting your awesome photos and reposting so others know to #CelebrateSafe!,” the website writes.
Spotify released its year-in-review numbers and damn, do Americans have some lame-ass taste in music. One might even call it basic.
The word “basic” has many definitions. Betabeat’s preferred meaning is “offering or consisting in the minimum required without elaboration or luxury; simplest or lowest in level” (ty, Google). So how’s this for basic: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis simply burned up the charts this year, and you won’t believe how many people listen to Maroon 5. Read More
If you’re closely tracking the wild swings in bitcoin’s value, it’s enough to make you crave a glass of wine–or several. The City Wine Cellar in Staten Island is now accepting the decentralized digital currency as a form of payment,presumably to help calm your nerves after hours of nerd mining. Read More
In Canada, Black Friday is all topsy turvy. For example, there is no Thanksgiving the day before, so Canadian shoppers don’t get the three-for-one Deadly Sin deal of greed, gluttony and sloth that Americans enjoy on this festive weekend.
And, it turns out, the stuff they buy from Canadian Target actually belongs in a Yard Sale pile or at least a Goodwill, if one lady’s story is correct. Read More
Cyber Monday sales exploded 20 percent higher than last year as more shoppers prefer the Internet over the mall. [Bloomberg]
Apple purchased Twitter analytics site Topsy for $200 million yesterday, but what they plan to do with it is clouded in mystery. One guess is that they’re going integrate it with iTunes Radio and alert “trending” music on the social network. [WSJ]
Facebook is rejiggering its News Feed formula to cut down on junk and emphasize high-quality news articles. [BuzzFeed FWD]
Here’s a peek into Betaworks’ long-term plans. [Digiday]
Darth Vader joined Instagram yesterday and took an alleged selfie that isn’t a selfie at all. [Wired]