Linkages

Booting Up: Return of the Scroogled Edition

scroogled

Microsoft is stepping up its Scroogled campaign, launching television, print and online ads attacking Google on privacy issues. To that end, page A9 of our edition of The New York Times features a half-page ad charging that Google “looks for keywords in your personal email and uses them to target you with paid ads.” Gmail accounts. [NYT]

The Silicon Valley job market is growing at levels last scene in the late-1990s, a piece of information that’s hard to receive without experiencing a pang of anxiety. Also nervous-making: when people in the Silicon Valley business community are saying things like “The growth is crazy and it’s getting crazier.” [Oakland Tribune]

An organized crime syndicate used re-loadable prepaid debit cards to withdraw $11 million from ATMs in a pair of cyber heists in the last days of 2010. [Krebs]

Tumblr is adding real-time updates to its dashboard, a la Facebook’s News Ticker. [TechCrunch]

It wasn’t so long ago that rappers were seeking out business gurus. Grammy-winning producer DeVon Harris says startups should be studying hip-hop. [Quartz]

Reality Check

Pitiful Silicon Valley Resident Asks Quora to Explain The Outside World

(Photo: Rosie Says)

Listen, we understand the desire to reside in a big ol’ tech bubble. It’s so warm and cozy here, with beanbags for office chairs, free lunches prepared by gourmet chefs and cashed-out friends lending you spare Burning Man costumes. Why would you ever want to leave?

But sometimes the need for a reality check burns a hole in your chest, just beneath your hand-sewn, perfectly tailored Everlane shirt. While whipping through the city in an Uber expensed to your corporate card, you might grow a little wistful, hot tears fogging your Warby Parker specs. As you listen to MGMT on the iPod you got as a company Christmas gift, you might become nostalgic for a time when “pitching” referred to baseball and you could easily relate to How The Other Half Lives. Read More