Windows phones used to be the last reprieve from brunch photos, but not so much anymore: an Instagram app will soon be released. [The Verge]
Netflix had itself a nice third quarter. Its subscriber base pushed past HBO’s with 31 million, the company raked in $1.1 billion in revenue and is mulling the idea of expanding into original moves. [Variety]
eBay is a hotbed for other tech companies looking to poach a well-trained CFO. [Wall Street Journal]
Speaking of both of those things, former Netflix CFO Barry McCarthy has decamped to mysterious startup Clinkle for a COO spot. [GigaOM]
Somehow, five million people downloaded BlackBerry’s BBM app yesterday so that’s neat. [CNet]
Starting today, BlackBerry is going to make it easier to talk your friends from 2007. The rotting company said that its once-popular messaging app BBM is will finally be released for free in Apple and Google’s stores. It’s already out for iTunes with the Google Play version expected to be out soon.
PayPal is dropping processing charges for users of its mobile payment platform in an attempt to better take on Square and Groupon. [Verge]
Google is expected to debut a competitor to Spotify later today. Which one of you asked for this? [New York Times]
This is happening: “Boost VC is launching a fund of at least $300,000, called the Boost Bitcoin Fund to invest in Bitcoin startups.” [Forbes]
Airware, a company that creates the insides of unmanned drones, is now freshly funded. Andreessen Horowitz just pumped a $10.7 million Series A funding into it. [TechCrunch]
A Blackberry BBM app is coming to iPhone and Android phones this summer if you still remember your pins. [BGR]
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If you’re running the BlackBerry 10 operating system and tend to use your phone’s browser to view some rather NSFW content, listen up: Crackberry reports that a setting in the new OS could show your friends exactly which porn videos you’re watching. Oops.
If you’re not Beyonce and you’re still carrying around a Blackberry, chances are you are over 55, wear a three piece suit to work or–like a family itself–you are desperately beholden to a family plan from which there is no escape.
Where once we touted Blackberry Curves like prized possessions, obsessively BBMing friends and humblebragging about the jitters induced by that phantom blinking red light, we now cluck our tongues in derision at the behind-the-times fogies who dare to wield a device that isn’t an iPhone or Android.