Booting Up: Zynga and Bang With Friends End Lawsuit Dispute, Hug

All about those Bitcoi(Photo: Insider Monkey)

Tis the season for Amazon to staff up for the holidays. It’s planning to hire 70,000 workers–an increase of 40 percent from last year. [USA Today]

Facebook has tweaked its settings for Graph Search…again. Now posts on your profile that aren’t made private are openly searchable. Or something. [VentureBeat]

Zynga and Bang With Friends have settled their trademark dispute although terms weren’t disclosed. However, BWF is hinting at their new future at [AllThingsD]

Manhattan and the outer boroughs is going to be blanketed in even more free Wi-Fi by December. [The Verge]

Science and tech departments, like NASA, will be largely affected by today’s government shutdown. [CNet]


Jeff Bezos Wants Your Advice on How to Run a Newspaper, Plz

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Amazon founder, CEO and bajillionaire Jeffrey P. Bezos casually purchased the Washington Post for a cool $250 million not too long ago, and now he’s soliciting advice on what to do with such a decrepit artifact.

Mr. Bezos has been out press-pimping the new Amazon Fire, which, at $379, is the perfect Christmas gift for the whole family. This led him to the Today show, where he mused, “Someday … I think printed newspapers on actual paper will be a luxury item, sort of like how people still have horses but it’s not their primary way of commuting to the office.” Read More

Leave it to Bezos

Staples and RadioShack Remember Amazon Is a Competitor, Bail on ‘Lockers’ Program

Cool dystopian world-building, Jeff. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Bad news for those of us with lousy, package-stealing neighbors: Bloomberg News reports that Staples and RadioShack have both pulled out of Amazon’s lockers program. Corporate HQ probably wasn’t thrilled about inviting their scariest competitor into their stores to begin with, and the experiment just didn’t generate the cash to make it worth taking a viper to their breast. Read More


Booting Up: Instagram Is Soon Going to Be Inundated With Ads

150 million of these people! (Photo: Hashgram)

150 million people are using Instagram each month, with about half of those photos being a cocktail pressed against a sunset. Now the app is seeking advertisers to capitalize off it. [Wall Street Journal]

Spotify lost $177 million last year so of course the streaming service thinks it’s worth a $5.27 billion valuation. [Billboard]

Could millennial’s relationship with Tinder be on the rocks? Usage of the app from people aged 18 to 24 decreased 20 percent since the beginning of the year. [Bloomberg Businessweek]

Everyone can shut up about Amazon releasing a free smartphone because it’s not happening. *side eye* [The Verge]

Michael Wolff <3′s Kara Swisher. [USA Today]

Money Money Money

Tim Ferriss Is Working on a Primetime TV Show, Says Tim Ferriss

TeeVee! (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Bad news, guys: It sounds like Startupland might be losing 4-Hour Workweek scribe and Valley guru Tim Ferriss. Or at least his money, anyway.

Mr. Ferriss recently sat down for a chat with Fortune and revealed that, in fact, he’s “considering dialing my startup involvement.” (We think he meant “back,” but it looks like somebody dropped a word.) Why’s that? Too much dumb money: Read More


Booting Up: Feds Seized $2.9M from Mt. Gox’s Dwolla Account

Oops. (Photo: Round Rock Offices)

When the Department of Homeland Security seized the funds from Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox’s Dwolla account, we were unsure just how much was taken; now, according to court documents, that number totaled $2.9 million. [Gigaom]

Yesterday Twitter added “related headlines” to tweets, and everyone momentarily freaked out. [PandoDaily]

If you’re building an app that connects to Instagram, better not put “Insta” or “gram” in the title or else you’re gonna have a bad time. [Techcrunch]

Internet citizens, typically reasoned and level-headed when it comes to these sorts of things, freaked the fuck out yesterday when Amazon temporarily went down. [Fast Company]

Elon Musk’s Tesla Model S achieved the highest safety rating of any car. Ever. We like to imagine Mr. Musk celebrating with a lavish party on Mars. [Tesla]


Booting Up: That UFO Might Be a Project Loon Prototype

Sure, okay.

Wall Street in the age of Twitter: Yesterday Carl Icahn tweeted about holding a position in Apple–and the stock promptly jumped. [Business Insider]

“Sitting in a conference room in Mountain View, California, he beams proudly as he runs a YouTube clip of one of the newscasts. The mysterious craft was his doing. Or, at least, the work of his Google team.” [Wired]

Looks liking Amazon is staffing up a hush-hush facility in New Jersey (wonder if any of the Real Housewives needs a gig?), which might mean grocery delivery is coming to New York City.  [AllThingsD]

Here’s an extremely aggravating story about one reporter’s exchange with Xbox Live support re: in-game harassment. [The Mary Sue]

Dave Eggers is writing a novel about someone who works at a big, creepy tech company. LOL? [Valleywag]


Booting Up: Apple SVP Mysteriously Disappears From the Company’s Executive Page

The new iPhoneC(heap)? (Photo: WeiPhone)

Bob Mansfield, Apple’s senior vice president of technologies, is suddenly no longer an executive. His bio was removed yesterday from the site without explanation, but a spokesman said he’s now working on “special projects reporting to [CEO] Tim [Cook].” [AllThingsD]

Amazon is hiring 5,000 people and opening five more fulfillment facilities over the next few years. [Bloomberg]

Michael Dell is making one final offer to take his computer company private: $13.75 a share. He said he’ll remain with the company even if his attempt fails. [Forbes]

Get excited: Here is possibly what the packaging of the new, budget version of the iPhone looks like. Or maybe not! [CNET]

Here’s a deep dive into the tax breaks Twitter receives from San Francisco. [BuzzFeed]


Booting Up: New York-Based Timehop Raised a $3 Million Round to Keep Haunting You Forever

Chromecast. (Photo: Google)

After taking a $900 million write down on Surface RT, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer admitted they probably made too many of the tablets. In a town hall meeting, he reportedly expressed his disappointment in its sales. [Verge]

Facebook’s strong quarterly earnings were all a mirage because the social networking site is worth $24 billion less than when it first went public. [TechCrunch]

What does Google do when a promotion is doing too much promoting? End it! The company said “due to overwhelming demand” it has stopped offering a three month free trial of Netflix with every Chromecast sold. [Los Angeles Times]

For Q2 earnings, Amazon registered a $7 million loss but increased its revenue 22 percent since last year to $15.7 billion. [Forbes]

New York-based app Timehop raised a $3 million round led by Spark Capital. [TechCrunch]