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On last night’s Silicon Valley, the guys visited TechCrunch Disrupt to present Pied Piper. Their highly anticipated conference debut didn’t quite go as planned, though. Erlich’s meticulously planned, overly theatrical presentation ended soon after it had begun when a judge tackled him from across the stage.
This got us thinking: what are some other examples of presentations that have livened up the tech conference scene, for good or ill? A day full of panels and demos at SXSW or CES can get boring fast, after all. We might as well take a minute to salute the folks who make fools of themselves for the purposes of our entertainment, accidentally or not.
Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates are scaring potential CEO candidates away from Microsoft because they’re worried they’re going to get bullied by the duo. [WSJ]
Facebook is sunsetting its controversial Sponsored Stories ads in April. [Fast Company]
Google is adding a neat new feature to GMail by letting users access email addresses from Google+, so you can email anyone on the increasingly unavoidable social network. [Gizmodo]
Reading Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s explanation about his company’s surge pricing model still confuses us–probably because we got C’s in economics. [NYT]
This is how a blind man navigated CES. [Recode]
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick hears you complaining about surge pricing, but doesn’t care. He says the model is here to stay. [WSJ]
At CES, Yahoo announced a streamlined ad business unit to act as a “central suite of tools for online advertisers to manage all of their buys.” Sounds important. [AdWeek]
Every day Yahoo dreams about content: Marissa Mayer announced the launch of Food and Tech verticals in a splashy presentation that included SNL cast members. [USA Today]
Vine cofounder Dom Hofmann is reducing his role at the company as he focuses his efforts on a new startup. Colin Kroll, the video site’s other founder, will assume his duties. [The Verge]
Avoid Twitter on Feb. 5. That’s when it releases its first-ever quarterly results so you know everyone’s jokes are going to be insufferable. [Recode]
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What happens when you mix two rival CEOs, a soiree and Macklemore? The lamest party report ever, but here it goes: Recode reports that T-Mobile CEO John Legere was kicked out of AT&T’s party last night after he was caught creeping on enemy turf.
Mr. Legere, who has made it clear he wants to obliterate his rivals, showed up at AT&T’s party at the Palms Hotel wearing a shirt embossed with T-Mobile’s logo. Apparently that wasn’t party appropriate attire because security spotted Mr. Legere and asked him to leave and was escorted off hotel property.
People who actually managed to get to this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas witnessed the unveiling of a great invention that’ll give you yet another valid reason to never leave your apartment.
This morning, the Guardian reported that LG has introduced HomeChat: a new line Read More
Uber is distancing itself from an accident in San Francisco that killed a six-year-old. The company says the car wasn’t providing an Uber service during the incident so they’re not at fault. [PandoDaily]
Amazon is slowly putting on its boxing gloves against Netflix. It quietly rolled out its first ad for Prime Instant online video. [Recode]
Netflix has 77,000 sub-categories even though you’re just going to watch 30 Rock again. [Atlantic]
Apparently PlayStation 4 owners watch three times as much porno compared to their Xbox One counterparts. [BuzzFeed FWD]
CES is going to be flooded with celebrities like, uh, Olivia Munn. [AdWeek]
This morning, The Verge published a damning report on an apparent conflict of interest in CNET’s “Best of CES” awards.
The post claimed that CNET’s editorial staff, which votes on the award, crowned Dish Network’s Hopper set-top box device the winner. But before the staff could reveal its decision, CBS–CNET’s parent company–interceded because of litigation filed by CBS and other networks over the Hopper’s ability to skip past commercials.
In a successful attempt to troll CES, Facebook announced a rare invitation to “come see what we’re building” at its Menlo Park headquarters tomorrow. Let the speculation begin!
Could it be a Facebook phone? [TechCrunch]
Messenger for iPad? [TechCrunch]
What about FaceCAR integration? [TechCrunch]
Meanwhile, sources say Apple has cut orders Read More
It’s no wonder that Jimmy Iovine has been the beau of the ball called CES—what would you rather write about, more dumb gadget shit or the smack-talking, paisley-loving head of a major record label?
Just when you thought CES couldn’t get any randomer than Qualcomm’s “Generation Mobile” atrocity, guess who showed up? Bill Clinton, who stopped by to speak in the middle of Samsung president Stephen Woo’s presentation. Not only that, but according to CNET’s liveblog, in the midst of his remarks he digressed and started talking about gun control.
The man used to be the leader of the free world; you really thought he’d get on stage at a trade show and stick to the subject? Child, please.