Ello

Mark Zuckerberg: Ello Will Fail, Can’t ‘Connect the World’ Without Being Free

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Ever since Ello blew up, people have called it the “Anti-Facebook” in order to best describe what it was, and Ello’s founders were happy to distance themselves from Facebook’s values. Finally, the great social media machine itself has turned toward Ello and issued its response.

In their latest gushing profile of Mark Zuckerberg this week, Time examined Facebook’s international strategy to bring the developing world online and link them into Facebook’s digital empire. Turns out, the subject of Ello is, according to Time, the only subject that causes Zuckerberg to lose his cool. From the profile: Read More

Kickstart It

The Internet’s Going Crazy For a Mechanical Pencil That’ll ‘Last You a Lifetime’

So sleek! So shiny! (Kickstarter)

Attention anyone who—like us—has a weird fascination with shiny new office supplies.

A sleek, metal mechanical pencil that’ll purportedly “last you a lifetime” has recently crushed its $4,000 Kickstarter goal. With 56 days still remaining in the campaign, the pencil has already raised over $19,000, and we expect that number will keep on climbing.  Read More

Tech for the Holidays

Here Are Some Bizarre Christmas Kickstarters to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

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Christmas is creeping closer, and while most of us are shopping and breaking out the spiked cider and ugly sweaters, some entrepreneurs are crowdfunding last minute holiday projects and products.

Of the number of holiday-themed campaigns currently on Kickstarter, a number of them are a little out there. From beard photo Christmas cards to a size XL Christmas cookie, here are some of the most bizarre Christmas-y campaigns seeking your support. Read More

Intriguing Rumors

Rumor: Apple to Release 4-inch iPhone 6 to Better Accommodate Women’s Pants

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If we had to guess Apple’s secret motto, we’d definitely bank on, “The newer the iPhone, the bigger the screen.” Hell, when my new iPhone 6 finally arrived in the mail, I officially gave up on ever carrying a phone in my pocket again and headed straight to the closet for a purse.

It looks like Apple is taking iPhone users’ number one half-complaint (half complaint because we love using the big screen, but it’s just not as practical for carrying as it is for watching Netflix) into consideration. Rumor has it that the company may be releasing an iPhone 6 with a four-inch screen in the near future. Read More

uber it

As Uber Secures $1.2 Billion in Funding, CEO Admits to Company’s ‘Significant Growing Pains’

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Uber’s public image has suffered in the past few weeks, what with its Senior Vice President blaming Sarah Lacy for sexual assault against female passengers, and its CEO following up with a preeeeetty unprofessional and unapologetic tweetstorm.

But that didn’t stop the company from announcing the completion of a $1.2 billion funding round today. An Uber spokesperson said the company’s now valued at $40 billion, according to Re/code. Read More

Sext and the City

Study: Kids Who Watch Music Videos Are More Likely to Sext

Cue the sexts! (YouTube)

Because it’s apparently very important to find the scientific reason why today’s whippersnappers just won’t stop sexting each other, Belgian researchers have determined there’s a link between watching music videos and sending sexy messages.

The study, published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, set out to determine whether there was a link, amongst adolescents, between sexting and the consumption of sexualized media—specifically music videos and porn. Read More

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Uber Drivers Don’t Want to Drive Carpooling New Yorkers

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Back in August, Uber said they’d be rolling out a new feature where you could turn your ride into a carpool by picking up additional passengers and splitting the costs, beating out Lyft’s nearly identical announcement by mere hours. Uber will start offering this feature in New York City tomorrow, and they’re “excited” as usual, according to their blog, help New Yorker’s add another random variable to their drunked, late-night Ubering.

Uber drivers, however, aren’t as excited as the guys at the top raking in the major cash. A number of drivers told Newsweek that they’re just going to turn the service off, and that “not many drivers accept UberPool rides. And those who did try it, hated it.” Read More

the robots are coming

Artificially Intelligent Robot Scientists Could Be Next Project for Google’s AI Firm

Are AI scientists in our future? (Pixabay/geralt)

In late October, we wrote about the Neural Turing Machine, a Google computer so smart it can program itself. In the time since, it’s become clear that this is only the beginning and we should expect a lot more from DeepMind Technologies, the little-known startup acquired by Google who developed the human-like computer and sports the mission “Solve intelligence.”

In discussing DeepMind Technologies’s delve into the future of computers with MIT, founder Demis Hassabis detailed the company’s research and mentioned that he wants to create “AI scientists.” Read More