Things aren’t going so great over at the Silk Road. Where are nerds going to order their Molly now?! [Telegraph]
Now any old rando can shell out for promoted tweets. Please, please let’s not start using this to promote resumes. [Ad Week]
Craigslist can no longer spook startups like Padmapper with threats of prosecution for copyright infringement: A judge has ruled the company has no such ownership of its users’ listings. [Forbes]
“When he woke up, he found that Path had gone on a rogue mission early in the morning, texting and robocalling an unknown number of his contacts, including his grandparents.” [The Verge]
Apparently authors still bother getting pissed at bloggers. [Daily Dot]
Adventures in Venture Capital
Yesterday, word leaked that former Mashable editor Ben Parr is launching a seed stage VC fund targeted at celebrity investors. The cofounders of Tracks.by, a platform for music artists, are also partners in Mr. Parr’s fund. The tech world, as it’s wont to do, erupted into a collective scoff: A star-studded investment firm helmed by a “disgraced” journalist, who was fired for blabbing about his salary, doesn’t sound like the stuff of Sand Hill Road.
Unwilling to let an opportunity for backseat quarterbacking pass them by, tech bloggers immediately swooped in to offer their analysis of Mr. Parr’s newest venture.
Last week, Read It Later—the site and app that, like Instapaper, allows readers to “save” articles for later revisiting—released a series of charts in conjunction with long-form writing aggregator LongReads detailing statistics they had gathered over 2011. The first chart was of the “Most Saved” authors on the internet.
The second chart was far more telling: Those whose articles were both saved and eventually revisited by those who had saved them. In other words, they build a chart of some of the most actually-read individual writers on the internet, and at the top of that list was Deadspin blogger and columnist Drew “Balls Deep” Magary, whose cult following netted the (in equal measures, profane and profound) writer a book deal and bylines with the likes of GQ.
We wanted to know: What’s it like to be the most actually-read* author on the internet? So, we asked. And he answered:
Do you write about beauty products? Do you write about them…on The Internet? Do you do it…in a blog? Well, then, like Occupy Wall Street kids and club kids and the Furries before them, we gather that Beauty Bloggers are next on the list. And how can we tell?
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Last night, we wrote about the TSA screener who was reviewed for disciplinary action after placing one of the TSA’s customary notices in Feministe blogger Jill Filipovic’s bag with the words “GET YOUR FREAK ON GIRL” written on it. Ms. Filipovic posted the note to TwitPic, and then blogged about it. The TSA announced today that the screener was fired.
Jill Filipovic—she of the daily feminism essential-reading blog Feministe—recently took a trip through one of our nation’s great airports. When she got off the plane, she found a note in her bag. She Tweeted the note, it went viral, and the TSA has now publicly acknowledged it and the disciplinary action being taken against the TSA screener who put it there. So what was the note?