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]
Go PageYourself Working on your website will now take you even fewer clicks away from Facebook stalking your high school acquaintances: PageYourself announced recently that they’ve introduced the concept of a Facebook-based individual website. They call it the “f-Site” and they’re already up and running. Using the app on Facebook, the f-Site essentially Read More
In what is a huge get for Snapchat, the app has poached Emily White from Instagram as its COO. She was in charge of luring advertisers to the Facebook-owned company and is expected to assume a similar role. [AllThingsD]
The machines will rise, in the eyes of Google at least. It has installed Android software inventor Andy Rubin to lead the company’s robotics creations. [NYT]
Tumblr is reportedly having trouble attracting advertising money because it’s just too complicated for brands. [Digiday]
Instead of releasing all of its new kids program all at once, Netflix said that it’s going to debut Turbo Fast in “pods” because all of the episodes aren’t yet completed. [Wired]
Jeopardy engaged in the GIF pronunciation debate and we all lost. [Daily Dot]
Cyber Monday sales exploded 20 percent higher than last year as more shoppers prefer the Internet over the mall. [Bloomberg]
Apple purchased Twitter analytics site Topsy for $200 million yesterday, but what they plan to do with it is clouded in mystery. One guess is that they’re going integrate it with iTunes Radio and alert “trending” music on the social network. [WSJ]
Facebook is rejiggering its News Feed formula to cut down on junk and emphasize high-quality news articles. [BuzzFeed FWD]
Here’s a peek into Betaworks’ long-term plans. [Digiday]
Darth Vader joined Instagram yesterday and took an alleged selfie that isn’t a selfie at all. [Wired]
We all remember the amazing judgment that came with being a teen. Sure, why not follow up those five shots of Captain with a giant bong rip? Nothing bad will come of hooking up with this terrible 23-year-old pill addict! And hey, Ugg boots with denim mini skirts? Chic.
Just kidding, the only thing worse than a teenager’s judgment is her acne. That, presumably, is why New Jersey state Senator Shirley Turner has introduced a bill that would allow minors to force websites to remove the content they themselves created and posted. Unfortunately, it seems to be just as useless as that California law that purports to do the same thing.
Law and Order
Finally, a story involving a teenager using Facebook that doesn’t end badly. On Tuesday, a suicidal young man posted to the social network that he was contemplating jumping off the George Washington Bridge, but the cops saw the message just in time.
Square regularly asks for advice from a 75-year-old “granny” of an employee. [WSJ]
If you ignore Patch, AOL might finally be making money from its content verticals. [AllThingsD]
Twitter employs a Postmaster in charge of all those pesky emails that you’re regularly bombarded with. [TNW]
Apple sent a takedown notice to Apple-tracker.com, a site that helps customers track the whereabouts of their devices, because it violates the site’s TOS. [The Verge]
Facebook is testing a Trending Now module to ensure that those words becoming meaningless. [AllFacebook]
So, it appears Instagram wasn’t lying about showing ads on your feed! The first one appeared this morning in the form of Michael Kors photo that showed shiny watch and, uh, some colorful maroons. In what could be a pin from Gwyneth Paltrow’s secret board on Pinterest, it appeared on some users’ accounts (we didn’t see it) with the requisite Sponsored tag.
Ignore that Facebook raked in $2 billion revenue last quarter and instead let’s freak out that teens are fleeing the social network. ”We remain close to fully penetrated among teens in the U.S,” it, uh, reassured. [Business Insider]
In light of Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz’s departure, Square announced that a former Goldman Sachs CFO will replace him on the board of directors. [AllThingsD]
Kickstarter announced a series of top-level changes. Cofounder Yancey Strickler is the new CEO, with Perry Chen moving into a chairman position. [Kickstarter Blog]
Google’s Glasses accessory store quietly swung its doors open yesterday. Everything is very expensive, like a fabric pouch that will set you back $50. [TNW]
With Amazon’s new charity program, a generous 0.5 percent of selected purchases will be donated to nonprofits. [Digital Trends]
It's a Zuck Zuck Zuck Zuck World
Today on Facebook’s quarterly earnings call, the company admitted for the first time that it might be having the slightest bit of trouble with the younger cohort.
Business Insider reports that on the call, CFO David Ebersam gave investors a little heads up: “Our best announcement on youth usage [is that] among U.S. teens was stable overall from Q2 to Q3 but we did see a decrease in daily users partly among younger teens,” he said, adding that it’s “of questionable significance,” but “we wanted to share this with you now because we get a lot of questions about teens.”