Visiting Dignitaries

Listen, Ashton Kutcher Is a Tech Guy and Always Has Been, I Don’t Know Who Told You Otherwise

So method.

Remember Ashton Kutcher, the huggable moptop from such comedy hits as Dude, Where’s My Car?, and That ’70s Show? Well, forget him. Forget he ever existed. Because the real Ashton Kutcher eats, sleeps and breathes tech and he always has, dummy.

You might have heard about the rollicking farce Mr. Kutcher is currently promoting, a film called Jobs. His part as the eponymous Steve Jobs “marks the all-in moment” solidifying his involvement in the tech world, CNet tells us. His foray into the industry began, of course, with his stint as “a popular Twitter user,” because that’s how all the greats get their start in tech. Read More

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Tesla Fans to Plant a WiFi-Enabled Monument to Their Idol in Palo Alto

Nikola Tesla, circa 1895. (Photo: Marc Seifer Archives)

Looks like we’re going to have to come up with another description for inventor Nikola Tesla, besides “under-appreciated.” Plans for a museum at Wardenclyffe are well under way, and now a Kickstarter project has raised $127,260 to build a life-sized bronze monument to the man smack in the middle of Silicon Valley.

What, no colossus?

The project is the brainchild of Dorrian Porter, who discovered Nikola Tesla four years ago thanks to a Google doodle. The statue will be parked in front of a Palo Alto office building, and it will hold a time capsule to be opened in 2043. Also included: a Wifi hotspot! Read More

Visiting Dignitaries

Cameron Diaz and Elon Musk Are Still Dating, So She Probably Wants His Babies

She has this going on for her. (Photo: Flickr)

As the temperatures heat up, so does the relationship between actress/aspiring flip-phone model Cameron Diaz and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk! Page Six reports that Jane Fonda’s pet project is getting increasingly hot and heavy. Supposedly, the 41-year-old billionaire regularly leaves the company’s Palo Alto office without telling anyone because he’s “visiting Cameron.”

Sounds very official, you guys! Read More

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Rumor Roundup: In Which an Angry Reader Hopes We Are Forced to ‘Work on a Land Line Forever’

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A (literal) letter to the editor: When Betabeat freelancer David Shapiro wrote a damning review of the new BlackBerry Z10, saying that people would think less of you if you opted for it over an iPhone, we expected to receive some angry feedback. What we did not expect, however, was to receive a real paper letter, mailed to our offices, lamenting the “hugely irritating and pompous and dumb and plain silly” post. We suppose it’s appropriate, however, that such an impassioned BlackBerry user would take to the mailbox instead of email–does email even work on that thing? (JK) Read More

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Gary Sharma’s Highlights from SXSW 2013 (Grumpy Cat, Elon Musk, Shaq, BBQ Pool Parties, Angry Birds & more!)

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Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun, singer/songwriter Tori Kelly, IRL Productions’ Emily Gannett and billionaire / Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban at Conduit Corner @ SXSW 2013 (photo by Erica Gannett)

This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.

This was my sophomore outing at SXSW (‘Spring Break for Nerds!’) and it was every bit as epic and intense as the first one. Five days of non-stop boozing ‘n schmoozing ‘n pool partying ‘n BBQing ‘n celeb meeting  ‘n concerts with little-to-no sleep can take its toll. I feel like a HERD of elephants ran over me! Now that I’ve put that mental picture in your head, let’s dive in.

My 2013 SXSW actually began right here at La Guardia airport, where I ran into bunch of local tech peeps en route to Austin, including Newscred CEO Shafqat Islam. There was a storm coming, but luckily we got out before it hit. In fact, my flight left half an hour EARLY, if you can believe that, so thank you, United. (Of course, the return flight was delayed by an hour, so there went all the hard-earned goodwill. Oh well.) Read More