startup rundown

Startup Rundown: Viners Test Out Zero Gravity and Livefyre Acquires Storify

Apple drop incoming. (Photo: YouTube)

Zero gravity Vines Newton would be proud - in honor of Gravity Day, September 8, GE asked Viners to film themselves catching an apple at the top of their screen and dropping it down through the bottom. When put together, it looks like the apple falls from one video to the next as you scroll through them, ending in a zero gravity multi-apple drop. GE compiled all the #GravityDrop vines in this trippy five-minute video. Read More


Do You Hate Having $100,000? We’ve Got the Perfect Pokemon Card For You

(Screengrab: eBay)

If you have a spare $100,000 lying around and are all out of matches with which to light it on fire, don’t worry. There’s an even easier way to dispose of those annoying hundred g’s and it’s called buying a stupid Pokemon card.

Pokemon is apparently still relevant to some sad souls out there, insists, along with other card games like Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic: The Gathering, so now is the perfect time to buy the Pikachu Illustrator card, of which there are only six in rotation. Read More

The Youngs

Toddler Accidentally Buys Car on eBay

Let's hope her tastes aren't too expensive! (Flickr, atomicjeep)

Here’s yet another piece of evidence to suggest that digital natives who’re barely out of diapers will soon be bossing us all around: KPTV reports that recently, thanks to the miracles of intuitive app design, a toddler barely a year old managed to use her father’s smartphone to order a car on Ebay.

That’ll teach her parents to try to make her take that nap. Read More

Annals of Ebay

eBay Yanks Prank Auction for ‘Jewish Spot in Heaven’ After Bids Reach $100,000

Mr. Mandel (Photo: azjewishpost)

Though you may no longer sell magic potions or tarot readings on eBay, one enterprising New Jersey resident decided that he could perhaps skirt the auction platform’s rules against metaphysical items and put his spot in “Olaam Habaah (Heaven)” up for sale. At least that’s what he originally told The Jewish Daily Forward. Within hours, the “item” had raked in bids upwards of $100,000, which is really chump change considering we’re talking about all of eternity here. Read More

startup rundown

Startup News: BitPay Raises Real Money from Founders Fund and eBay Wants You to Come Hang Out

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Peter Gabriel to Sledgehammer music industry Cuesongs, Peter Gabriels’ song rights company, is planning on the “genesis” of a new way of legal music listening by a partnership with Audiosocket, a music licensing and technology business here in the US. The Brit’s company, which includes music from Dido, Groove Armada and Ziggy Marley, plans to license its artists to Audiosocket, whose customers include systems like Vimeo. They hope that it will give legitimate access to music fans while simultaneously paying artists. Here’s hoping it will bring the stop-motion awesomeness of his 1987 video back into fashion. Read More

Hemp Seed Round

Bong with Friends: Silicon Valley’s Programmers Are Flying High


It’s not easy being a computer programmer in Silicon Valley. Even with slides, buffets, and any other number of ridiculous amenities, the tech business can be a stressful and even physically painful endeavor (you try typing for twenty hours straight). But for many of America’s best coders, the remedy to stress is manifesting in a way bosses would probably rather not know about: they gettin hiiiiiiiigh, brah! San Jose, which is home to over 100 medical marijuana dispensaries, is seeing a noticeable uptick in the number of customers who work in tech, according to a report from Businessweek. Read More