Jesus died for our selfies

Paris Suggests You Take a Selfie on Love Bridge Instead of Destroying It With Padlocks

No more locks. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

You may have read about the Parisian bridge that collapsed due to the weight of tourists’ locks: couples were placing padlocks on the Pont des Arts in order to demonstrate both their love for each other and their disrespect for classic architecture, and the bridge ended up partially collapsing under 45 tons of cold, hard metal.

Now, the city government is trying to keep couples from further maiming the bridge. To do this, they’re encouraging tourists to take selfies instead of defacing public property, the Guardian reports. Read More

instagram that shit

Et Tu, Beyoncé? Singer’s Latest Instagram Pic Looks Photoshopped

Beyoncé, wiggly iPhone and all. (Screengrab via instagram.com/beyonce)

This shouldn’t surprise us, because Beyoncé keeps tighter control of her image than pretty much any other star. But it’s still disappointing to learn that her latest Instagram photo appears to have been edited for maximum ***flawless-ness.

The telltale signs: the iPhone and wine glass on the table both look warped. This makes it seem like the singer (or more likely, her “people”) used editing software to alter her thigh. Or she just likes her pinot from an oblong glass! It’s impossible to tell. Read More

genius dispatch

Novelty Rules: Inside China’s Startup Culture with George Ruan

George Ruan.

My homie George Ruan is a serial entrepreneur with experience in China. Both of us are passionate about Bitcoin. China is my favorite country, and – especially with the advent of Bitcoin – the Chinese Internet intrigues me. Chinese people do everything better than us, so I am pretty sure someday the Chinese Internet will be much better than our crappy Internet. The Chinese version of Genius is going to be way better, for sure, since the entire website is a Confucian concept…

George was kind enough to sit me down and school me to the memes. He is currently the CEO of Honey, dope startup in Pasadena. Read More

Crime and Punishment

Alleged Pedophile On the Lam Caught in Nepal With Facial Recognition Software

Gotcha. (fbi.gov)

Nearly a decade and a half after fleeing New Mexico, an accused kidnapper and child sex offender was tracked down in Nepal using facial recognition technology.

Juggler and magic shop owner Neil Stammer jumped bail fourteen years ago, after being accused in 1999 of criminal sexual penetration in the first degree, kidnapping, criminal sexual contact of a minor, bribery of a witness, and battery, the BBC reports. Read More

The Equity of the Crowds

Congressmen to SEC: Crowdfunding Laws Are Taking Way Too Long To Pass

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When President Obama signed off on the JOBS Act, it looked like crowdfunding project backers were going to be rewarded for their faith in pipe-dream projects with some real equity. Unfortunately, those laws are taking an extremely long time to actually take hold.

Congressmen Jared Polis and Darrell Issa, along with the 28 other members of the House Innovation and Entrepreneurship Read More

DRUNK IN TECH

Study: We Drunk-Text Because Our Intoxicated Selves Don’t Give a Crap About Repercussions

The average young American human prepares to send a drunk text. (via wzlx.radio.com)

This news won’t un-send the terrible drunk texts you unleashed in a blackout. But it might give you some insight into why you decided to, say, wastedly emasculate your ex via iPhone in the first place.

A recent study shows that alcohol “dulls the brain’s ‘alarm signal’ that warns you when you are making a mistake,” news.com.au reports. “These dulled warnings are what leads to the loss of self-control we often regret after one too many.” Read More

All The Startup Ladies

Gilt Cofounder Alexandra Wilkis Wilson Leaves to Become GLAMSQUAD CEO

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson (Photo via GLAMSQUAD)

A cofounder of Gilt is leaving her company to become president and CEO of GLAMSQUAD.

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson is moving from the retail company she cofounded to head up the on-demand beauty service app, which currently offers hair and makeup service in the comfort of your own apartment. She served as strategic advisor and cofounder at Gilt, according to a release. Read More