Further proving that his spectacular Yeezus tour is actually a cover for a DONDA fundraising round, Kanye West used his screaming audience to pursue an investment from Eric Schmidt at the Madison Square Garden show on Saturday night.
He repeatedly interrupted his set, Complex reports, to inform the crowd that Google chair Eric Schmidt was “in the house.” He then asked “approximately a dozen times, ‘Do y’all want Eric Schmidt to invest in DONDA?’” The crowd went wild. There’s nothing like peer pressure from a bunch of drunk groundlings to get a startup funded. Read More
Best Tech Events This Week (AppHack, Refest Art+Tech Festival, Mobile Payments, NYC Gaming, UX for Internet of Things)
This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.
My friend Rachel Hofstetter (Founder/CEO, Guesterly & former Food Editor @ Oprah Mag & Reader’s Digest) has a new book out, Cooking Up A Business! To celebrate, she’s throwing an event @ Levo League next week, Celebration of Food + Entrepreneurship – fireside chats w/ food entrepreneurs Cameron Hughes & Maddy D’Amato, wine flights, Chipotle bar, chocolate tasting + tons more food from the book! Invite only, but I have 5 Free Passes! Read More
Most people deal with bad press by pretending they haven’t seen it or starting a good old-fashioned Twitter feud.
A lawsuit claims that one disgruntled businessman from New Jersey opted to go a different, much quirkier route, by linking journalists’ domain names to a porn website specializing in blow job videos. Read More
An independent researcher claims that there are 20 million fake accounts for sale on Twitter. [WSJ]
Apple has confirmed that it has bought 3D-sensor technology company PrimeSense for nearly $400 million. [AllThingsD]
Uber is helping drivers finance their new cars with a spate of new deals with auto manufacturers. [TechCrunch]
Turntable.fm is shutting down the “virtual DJ” portion of its website to focus on live events because that’s what the Internet needs. [TechCrunch]
Waze users now have the option of the directions being screamed at them by Kevin Hart and other assorted celebrities. [VentureBeat]
Couric, Out? Per The Hollywood Reporter, Katie Couric is done with ABC and could be headed to, uh, Yahoo. Yes, your mom’s favorite talk show host is being courted by your mom’s homepage in a deal that would “pump up the Internet giant’s media presence.” Ms. Couric is said to be negotiating an early exit from her Read More
Betabeat has run a Sexy Week train on Twitter, Reddit, Instagram and Vine over the past few days. We left what we thought might be the least sexy, Pinterest, for last. But when combing the inspirational quote mecca for sexy stuff, we were surprised.
Pinterest, we misjudged you. We thought you were simply where cheerleading coaches and our engaged cousins went for DIY wedding centerpiece ideas and meatloaf recipes. Here’s what we didn’t realize: Pinterest’s pages upon pages of male hotties are where the site’s really hiding the meatloaf. Read More
For schools, replacing books with tablets always sounds like a great idea in the planning stages. They probably think that they’re going to save so much and having kids carry less books is going to be less of a burden to their health. But there’s only one problem that could tarnish a school’s plan: tablets that don’t work. Read More
Oh great, you can finally do something useful with all those bitcoins laying around: leave this god forsaken planet. Sir Richard Branson announced today that his space airline Virgin Galactic will accept the virtual current when it launches next August. Read More
Now that winter is coming, there are a lot of annoying things that make us miserable (looking at you, slow-walking tourists), but perhaps there’s nothing more aggravating than the steam-heated radiators commonly found in pre-war apartment buildings. They’re loud, annoying and very inefficient.
Marshall Cox, a graduate student from Columbia University, hopes to change that with his new startup called Radiator Labs. The company is currently piloting a thermal insulated helmet-like device that fits overs existing steam heat radiators and controls the heat output using a fan. Users can control the temperature using an app. Read More