Off the Media

Spare Us The Sanctimony: The Gross Hypocrisy of Online Media in the Nude Photo Leak

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It seems to me that we are entering a new phase in our media culture online. It’s post-gossip, post-snark and post-smarm. It is the sanctimony phase.

Maybe it’s an outgrowth of Upworthy and its simple yet holier-than-thou politics. Maybe it’s the natural extension of outrage porn. But you are seeing it quite clearly with the media reaction to the recent trove of leaked celebrity nudes. Read More

High Tech

Miley Cyrus Says Instagram Is Worse For Your Brain than Marijuana

Miley reaching for her iPhone (jk) at the VMAs. (Photo via Getty)

Miley Cyrus has been quiet lately — a little too quiet. This time last year, she was twerking with a giant finger and somehow getting blamed for Robin Thicke’s aura of scuzziness. What’s she doing now? What’s on her mind?

Thankfully, an Australian TV show creatively named Sunday Night had a chance to catch up with her. And one thing she’s probably not doing is Googling herself. She reportedly told the interviewer that social media was worse for your health than marijuana. Read More

This Means War

Gett Calls Out Uber For ‘Playing Dirty Tricks’

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The battle for taxi app supremacy has gotten ugly between Uber and Lyft, with both companies firing snarky comments back and forth and accusing each other of sabotage. Along the way, they’ve decided that going after each other isn’t enough, and that they might as well throw a few punches at the smaller companies caught in the crossfire.

Apparently, Uber ran the same playbook on Gett this past January. In an appearance on Bloomberg’s “Street Smart,” Gett’s Head of Marketing Brooke Moreland accused Uber of ordering Gett rides and canceling them last minute to disrupt service. Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week: Startup Weekend Fashion Battle, Transatlantic Entrepreneur & More

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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.

Bumping into models everywhere? Not getting any sleep? Friends dressing up like Lady Gaga? Yup, it’s Fashion Week! Sep 03 is ModaBox Runway Show (feat. Frank Debourge & Lanz Pierce). Sep 05 is Carrie Hammer’s Runway Show. Sep 05 is Startup Weekend Fashion Battle, 3 Free Passes ($75 value)! Read More

Crowd Power

Kickstarter and Indiegogo Close Record-Breaking Campaigns On the Same Day

Ryan Grepper, the man behind the Coolest Cooler. Which by default makes him "The Coolest Guy." We're sure he planned that. (Screengrab via Kickstarter)

Kickstarter and Indiegogo are always held up against each other as rivals — people ask which is more secure, which is more indie, and which one is the better place to raise money. But this weekend, they both get to be winners, to an extent.

The Coolest Cooler broke Kickstarter’s record for highest funds raised by a campaign ever, coming in around $13 million, and Stone Brewing Company broke Indiegogo’s at $2.5 million. Read More

Airbnb

Airbnb’s Latest Subway Propaganda Reminds You That You Love, Support Airbnb

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Just about everyone in New York has seen the ads: “New Yorkers agree: Airbnb is great for New York City.” But apparently, the message wasn’t clear enough the first time around.

Airbnb has updated the campaign to be much more in-your-face and explicit. On many of the new ads, the smiling portraits of the lovely and diverse cast of Airbnb hosts have been scraped away for bold, white space and much bigger text. For anyone who didn’t get the message before — many New Yorkers we spoke to simply thought they were ads for Airbnb’s service — the message is much clearer. Read More

Rise of the Drones

Google Takes the Wraps Off Its Super Secret Drone Delivery Program

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Oh good, even more drones to be petrified of. This time it’s from Google.

After more than two years of research, the company’s research lab Google X announced Project Wing last night. The plan is to use the flying robots to deliver packages within minutes to its destination. Hmm, that sounds mildly similar to Amazon’s, which is also planning to use drones as delivery vehicles. Read More