I was standing right next to Steve Jobs in 1989 and it was the closest thing I ever felt to being gay. The guy was incredibly wealthy, good looking enough to get any girl, a nerd super-rockstar who had just convinced my school to buy a bunch of NeXT machines (which, btw, were in fact the best machines to program on at the time) and I just wanted to be him. I wanted to be him ever since I had the Apple II+ as a kid. Ever since I shoplifted Ultima II, Castle Wolfenstein and half a dozen other games that my friends and I would then rip from each other and pretend to be sick so we could stay home and play all day.
Those Olympic athletes better think twice before taking their opening ceremony selfies tomorrow.
For those lucky enough to have computers in North Korea, their official operating system created by the government is about to get a sleek new update. Although it wasn’t announced in a flashy keynote, Red Star OS’s new look will have a lot of similarities to Apple’s Mac OS X.
Yahoo’s Q4 earnings were bad. Revenues dipped 2 percent to $1.2 billion and the stock tanked as a result. [BI]
Medium, which is not Tumblr, has raised $25 million in another round of funding. [Recode]
Apple added a TV section to its online store so that means everything in your life is going to change. [New York Times]
Netflix could finally expand to Germany and France. [Verge]
The Daily Dot has acquired the British version of themselves, The Kernel. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. [TechCrunch]
Things That Scare Us
That huge, showy-offy glass cube outside the Fifth Avenue Apple Store has become the latest victim of this dumb winter storm.
As our cars slowly morph into Compaq desktops on wheels, security experts warn all those Internet connectivity options might lead to severe issues–like hacking.
Security firm Harman warned that it could become a “serious problem” because the car’s electronic control units, which contains the connected infotainment systems that Google and Apple are pushing to be a part of, are also connected to the vehicle’s engine and safety functions. That poses a problem for evil motorheads who could potentially hack into the car.
Zynga is accepting bitcoins as a form of payment in some of its games that people still apparently play. [WSJ]
Yahoo has a lot of clunkers under its hood, like Answers, so why won’t they sell them? [Recode]
Facebook is jamming your News Feed with ads, but not as an effort to annoy you (that’s just a fun side effect). Rather, it’s to keep employees from jumping ship before the job is complete. [Quartz]
Similar to what it already does for creating playlists, Pandora is mining your music history to better tailor its ads. [New York Times]
Apple has bought the company behind Snappycam, a $1 photo app that lets users take photos in rapid succession. [CNBC]
With Apple’s iPhone struggling to gain a foothold in China, a new deal with the country’s largest wireless network might turn around some of its fortune. China Mobile is expected to start selling the device beginning Jan. 17. [The New York Times]
Careful, sexters! A new Snapchat update from adds fancy filters, bigger text, and the ability to replay a snap. [Gizmodo]
Buoyed by conferences and video, Aol-owned Huffington Post is expected to be profitable next year. [Reuters]
Here’s an inside look at Google Ventures. [Fortune]
Spotify downloads have increased fourfold since its free streaming announcement. [CNet]
It’s that time of year! Google has released the year-end numbers for searches and top trends in 2013. Betabeat has pored over the lists and separated the wheat from the gluten-free chaff to bring you this year’s most popular in tech.
Cyber Monday sales exploded 20 percent higher than last year as more shoppers prefer the Internet over the mall. [Bloomberg]
Apple purchased Twitter analytics site Topsy for $200 million yesterday, but what they plan to do with it is clouded in mystery. One guess is that they’re going integrate it with iTunes Radio and alert “trending” music on the social network. [WSJ]
Facebook is rejiggering its News Feed formula to cut down on junk and emphasize high-quality news articles. [BuzzFeed FWD]
Here’s a peek into Betaworks’ long-term plans. [Digiday]
Darth Vader joined Instagram yesterday and took an alleged selfie that isn’t a selfie at all. [Wired]