Great Achievements in Facebook
Facebook is releasing a stripped down, aesthetically pleasing app called Paper. This may be the first time in its history the social network has created an upgrade that doesn’t leave users grumbling.
After all, the social network is really good at giving people anxiety. Scrolling through your feed, you’re apt to slog through exes’ engagements, #WAKEUPAMERICA rants, and a dozen BuzzFeed quizzes before you finally give up and check Twitter.
Snapchat has added another 4000 square feet to their L.A. offices, which are located a block from the beach. How nice for them. [The Hollywood Reporter]
It might not happen immediately, but it’s all but certain Netflix is going to jack up its prices. “It’s not clear that one price fits all,” said CEO Reed Hastings. [Bloomberg]
Nerd fight! Facebook is debunking that Princeton University study that it’s going to lose 80 percent of its users in the next few years. A researcher wrote it’s “utter nonsense.” [TechCrunch]
Rap Genius has come to a licensing agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group to keep annotating their songs. [The 405]
Twitter has expanded analytics to its “Cards” feature. [Recode]
Here’s how Imgur became Reddit’s go-to image sharing service for pictures of dogs in fedoras. [Businessweek]
Stars—they’re just like us! (This is provided that you consider Joe Jonas a “star.”) Mr. Jonas, a former member of the formerly-existing Jonas Brothers, was recently spotted driving an Uber car in L.A.
According to the Daily Mail, Mr. Jonas’s excited passenger tweeted, “Today [my friend] and I got in an Uber and Joe Jonas was our driver,” and “We went to Pinkberry and then took a selfie.” Sounds pretty fun. And honestly, we’re pretty impressed the rider was able to accurately distinguish Mr. Jonas from his basically-freaking-identical brothers.
It’s officially a shakeup for Yahoo: Jai Singh is leaving his position as editor-in-chief and will be replaced by CMO Kathy Savitt. [Recode]
Digg produced its first piece of original content yesterday. “We look at Digg as having the potential to be like any other editorial outlet that features freelancer content,” said editorial director David Weiner. [TechCrunch]
After just four months at the Wall Street Journal, Farhad Manjoo is moving to the Times as a
Styles tech columnist. [New York Times]
Facebook is testing a trending topics feature because that doesn’t sound familiar at all. [Daily Dot]
Kyle Chandler is coming to Netflix in a series from the creators of Damages. [THR]
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]
Facebook has temporarily suspended a California woman’s account after deciding photos of her home birth were in violation of its policies.
In December 2013, Venice Beach resident Ruth Fowler used Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to live blog the home birth of her son, Nye. She also documented her post-delivery trip to the hospital, where she went to treat her excess bleeding. By posting the candid photos, Ms. Fowler hoped to normalize the birthing process and help spread awareness about alternatives to giving birth at the hospital.
The photos included shots of her experiencing labor pains, preparing for the birth in a tub after her water broke, resting with and breastfeeding her son and donning an oversize diaper to catch excess blood.
Though Ms. Fowler told Betabeat she had received a surprising number of supportive emails, she noted that one entity isn’t quite as thrilled with the photos of her childbirth process and placenta: Facebook.
If you were wondering whether Snapchat CEO and noted non-apologizer Evan Spiegel was a particularly humble guy, the answer is no, he is probably not.
Today, through a somewhat confusing interaction between Mr. Spiegel and Business Insider reporter Alyson Shontell, we learned that Mr. Spiegel maybe kind of snubbed an invitation from Mark Zuckerberg to come meet him at Facebook’s San Francisco headquarters in 2012. Mr. Zuckerberg reportedly wanted to speak with Mr. Spiegel prior to the launch of Facebook’s Snapchat wannabe app, Poke.
Zynga is accepting bitcoins as a form of payment in some of its games that people still apparently play. [WSJ]
Yahoo has a lot of clunkers under its hood, like Answers, so why won’t they sell them? [Recode]
Facebook is jamming your News Feed with ads, but not as an effort to annoy you (that’s just a fun side effect). Rather, it’s to keep employees from jumping ship before the job is complete. [Quartz]
Similar to what it already does for creating playlists, Pandora is mining your music history to better tailor its ads. [New York Times]
Apple has bought the company behind Snappycam, a $1 photo app that lets users take photos in rapid succession. [CNBC]
It’s that time of year! Google has released the year-end numbers for searches and top trends in 2013. Betabeat has pored over the lists and separated the wheat from the gluten-free chaff to bring you this year’s most popular in tech.