Another number to add to your Snapchat statistic stew: 70 percent of the app’s users are women. The rest are dogs. [WSJ]
Pinterest is entering the travel sector with “Place Pins,” where users create boards and place…pins on to destinations. Sponsors will populate the slots with information and media about the area. [Skift]
Groupon’s new “Freebies” section sounds a lot easier than getting a Klout perk. [Chicago Tribune]
If Barry Diller still ran Fox, he would absolutely sue Aereo for scraping its signals. But since he financially backs the streaming startup and has successfully defeated any court cases against it, he says he’s “on the side of the Angels.” [TVSpy]
AOL’s Tim Armstrong and Gilt Founder Kevin Ryan are joining Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s transition team. [Politicker]
Over The Aereo
Aereo’s a techie darling with a big-name backer in Barry Diller, but that doesn’t mean its path to success is lined with rose petals. Of course there are the legal challenges from pissy broadcasters, but the Wall Street Journal points out the company faces another challenge: Keeping all those antennas running.
Apple isn’t full of dummies. There’s a few reasons why its new OS is being released for free, like customer goodwill and accelerating adoption. [AllThingsD]
Ahead of its IPO,Twitter has obtained a $1 billion credit line. Let’s go shopping, Jacky boy! [Reuters]
Amazon has upped its free shipping minimum to $35 because they are rude. [CNNMoney]
Outbrain, the creator of those ubiquitous ad links placed at the bottom of websites, has picked up $35 million in fresh funding. [AdWeek]
An Aereo app for Android has finally dropped. [Engadget]
It’s tech company CEO exposé week on the Internet! Today’s person of interest is Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. [Bloomberg Businessweek]
Similar to @MagicRecs, Twitter’s personalized notification service is moving into news with @Eventparrot. [TechCrunch]
Peeved television networks plan to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to review lower court rulings about the legality of Aereo. [Variety]
Asian group messaging apps like WeChat are posing quite the threat to their American counterparts. [Wall Street Journal]
Disney is launching a “family-friendly” music service, in case searching Kidz Bop on Spotify is too hard. [Billboard]
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer released his final letter to stockholders yesterday with no sign of when he’s going to leave. [AllThingsD]
According to planning documents, Facebook’s housing development has an area called the “Quad” and six-foot walls surrounding it. Is there at least an iced coffee kegerator? [Valleywag]
Here’s everything you need to know about those ridiculous 55 inch touch screens (they’re not iPads!) in the even more ridiculously titled “Fox News Deck.” [TechCrunch]
Broadcasters in Utah are suing Aereo using the same claim that the IAC-owned company is retransmitting its content without permission. [The Verge]
Beats Headphones is launching a music streaming service because that’s exactly what the world needs. [TNW]
Tinder users’ locations and Facebook information were briefly available through a simple hack this weekend. The data was only exposed for a few hours, and the company says it wasn’t enough to put users in “jeopardy.” [Quartz]
Google is revealing a second generation of its Nexus 7 tablet. It’s expected to be priced at $229 — $100 less than the iPad. [WSJ]
Apple’s Q2 earnings beat analysts’ modest expectations on revenue of $35.5 billion so the company isn’t dead yet! [AllThingsD]
Time Warner, who previously tried to sue Aereo, is encouraging subscribers to try it out if its dispute with CBS happens. [Verge]
Yahoo is taking Flickr offline tomorrow for six hours for maintenance. [CNET]
JackThreads Gets an iPads App Purveyor of men’s clothes and accessories JackThreads is attempting to seal up its lucrative mobile market. The company, described as ‘urbo-hipster’ by TechCrunch, is currently generating about 40 percent of revenue via its iPhone app. CEO Ben Lerer revealed how he was excited to “Roll out this beast to our guys.” Not sure if “beast” correctly describes a collection of blazers and jackets, but we wish them luck.
The crooner Bing Crosby might’ve been a total dick, but it turns out he was a pretty smart angel investor. Guess the Biebs isn’t so special, after all! [New Yorker]
“They became a virtual criminal flash mob, going from machine to machine, drawing as much money as they could, before these accounts were shut down.” Don’t look now but someone lived out your wildest ATM-related dreams. [The Verge]
If you’re going to I/O, keep your eyes peeled for all the sensors tracking air quality, noise levels and lord knows what else. [TechCrunch]
Square’s TOS was recently updated to add that you can’t sell “firearms, firearm parts or hardware, and ammunition; or… weapons and other devices designed to cause physical injury” using the service. Guess you’re gonna have to start bringing duffle bags full of cash to the gun show again. [CNN Money]
Aereo launches in Atlanta June 17. [Aereo]
Over The Aereo
Aereo, the online service that lets users livestream local channels, announced today that it will be rolling out service to Boston, its second major metropolitan area. Starting May 15, customers in the Massachusetts area who have pre-registered for the free service will start receiving their invites to try it out. On May 30, membership will available to all 4.5 million people in the Boston area.
Nearly 30 channels will be available for streaming, including the city’s network affiliates, specialty channels (i.e. PBS Kids, The Country Network) and some Spanish-language networks. The Boston market extends beyond Massachusetts and includes parts of New Hampshire and Vermont. Aereo has been staffing up in Boston and has several engineering job openings listed on its Career page.
Over The Aereo
What’s the best way to respond when a court ruling doesn’t go in your favor? Public histrionics, judging by statements from News Corp. COO Chase Carey.
Last week, the Second Circuit appeals court upheld a decision denying broadcasters their motion for a preliminary injunction against Aereo, the Barry Diller-backed startup that lets users live-stream broadcast TV. The plaintiffs in the case are a cohort of powerful media companies, including NBC, CBS, Disney and, yes, News Corp, whose COO Chase Carey is not taking the decision lying down.