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]
If you have a Google Chromebook on your holiday shopping list, Microsoft is trying its best to Scroogle-shame you from buying one. The computer company released a new television ad yesterday with the stars of something called Pawn Stars that tries to convince the public that Chromebooks are crap.
Microsoft, a company allegedly run by adults, has opened an online shop dedicated to anti-Google products. The ‘Shop Scroogled’ outpost contains a variety of interesting and not dorky gifts decked out with slogans lambasting the search giant’s privacy practices.
Bitcoin licenses for sellers might become a thing that exists in New York. The state is going to soon start holding hearings about regulating the digital currency. [The Verge]
Dan Porter said ominously that he “knew it was our time” to sell OMGPop to Zynga before it was taken out back and essentially shot. [New York Times]
Over the next six months, Google is improving the blockage of child porn using technology that tags pictures and keywords as illegal. [Telegraph]
Apple is close to snapping up Israeli company PrimeSense, which developed the technology behind Kinect. [Digital Trends]
OK: “Watch Airbnb’s Chef Rap About Food at a Hackthon.” [TechCrunch]
Google said the number of user requests from government agencies has doubled in the last three years. [AllThingsD]
Fab axed another 80 employees yesterday as it continues its pivot to a Bed Bath and Beyond. [Valleywag]
Google reportedly gave Snapchat a $4 billion offer because saying big numbers is fun. [The Verge]
Under Armor scooped up app maker MapMyFitness for $150 million. [ReadWrite]
Nearly 62 percent of Reddit users read the site to get “news” thus blurring the definition of what qualifies as news. [Journalism.org]
Are you sick of potential dates being turned off by your ex-girlfriend’s online claims that you were a coke-addicted, abusive mess when you dated? Then you will love a new website called Brand.com, which cleanses Google of false information about people, places and things.
Brand.com’s president, Michael Zammuto, told VentureBeat the site’s “patent-pending De-Indexing Action Plan is the first turnkey process that can permanently erase misleading content from Google, Yahoo, and Bing’s search algorithms.”
The mystery of those Google barges floating in San Francisco and Portland might’ve been solved, and so we’ve got an early candidate for the oddest SXSW stunt ever. For the past few days, speculation was that the four-story, windowless structures were giant retail spaces for Google Glass, and now KPIX-TV has all but confirmed those suspicions.
Weird, Google is using shady tactics to inflate Google+ user numbers. [AllThingsD]
The iPad Air goes on sale today, nerds. [Digital Trends]
Circle Internet Financial has raised $9 million in funding to bring Bitcoins mainstream since we’re still trying to make that a thing. [TechCrunch]
Haha, remember when we got excited that Netflix might soon come to Comcast’s boxes? The cable company is telling everyone to chill because it’s “not a high priority.” [Chicago Tribune]
The Internet is telling Nick Bilton “thanks!” for helping push the FAA’s new gadget rules. [Skift]
The mystery of the supposed Google barges is no closer to a solution. At this point, it’s not even 100 percent confirmed that Google’s actually involved, much less that the barges contain an invading force of Singularitarian shock troops (our pet theory).
We do know that the Coast Guard has paid one of the San Francisco structures a visit. However, they refuse to say what, if anything, they know about the floating riddles. All a spokesman would tell the San Jose Mercury News was the drive-by was related to neither fire nor medical emergency.
However, we do have an idea how this how the scene played out. Betabeat’s best guess:
Cue Silicon Valley brick-shitting: The latest batch of Snowden leaks suggest the NSA is hoovering up massive amounts of Google and Yahoo data, snatching it off the connections between their various worldwide data centers–without their permission. The project is called “MUSCULAR,” in case “PRISM” wasn’t Ludlum-y enough for you.