Protestors surrounded a Google employee bus yesterday and captured it on video they hoped would go viral. They got their wish then their camera caught a supposed employee of the tech giant telling them that if they can’t afford San Francisco, they should leave. After some digging, though, it turned out the man wasn’t a Google employee and it was all a hoax. [Slate]
Flailing startup Clinkle has laid off 25 percent of its staff, mostly from its business side, as it figures out what it is. [Valleywag]
Facebook has hired NYU professor Yann LeCun to spearhead its new “artificial intelligence lab.” [Business Insider]
Netflix acquired a documentary about Mitt Romney because that’s exactly what you want to settle in and watch on a Friday night. It will start streaming on Jan. 24. [The Wrap]
The most checked in place on Facebook in America is Disneyland confirming that only moms use the feature. [Skift]
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]
While you spent the summer day-drinking, the wunderkind founder of mysterious payments startup “Clinkle” was hard at work. Three months on, it’s no clearer what the startup, which was somehow able to net a $25 million seed round, actually does. Yet AllThingsD reports that the company has managed to sign Richard Branson as yet another investor.
Clinkle has also debuted an ad to sell us on the merits of this as-yet-unrevealed piece of technology. Rather than getting specific, though, they decided to go high concept. In fact, we’d say it’s all concept, no pitch.
Hey, if you felt a faint disturbance in the force this morning, here’s why: Lucas Duplan, a kid barely old enough to drink, just raised a $25 million seed round for his stealth payments startup, which is called “Clinkle.” According to AllThingsD, the company is telling everyone it’s the largest seed round in Silicon Valley history.
Pay no attention to the ghost of Color Labs hovering in the corner of the conference room.
The name, according to Business Insider, ”comes from the sound change makes and its ability to turn into a verb (‘Clink this!’).” When will someone launch a startup dedicated to finding better startup names?