Booting Up: Shazam ID’s Its Way to Fresh Funding, WebTV Gets the Ax

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New York Times’ sugardaddy Carlos Slim is investing $40 million into music discovery app Shazam. The company plans to use the little treat to bolster its television feature that can identify a commercial’s song and direct users to their website. [Reuters]

Facebook’s improved Graph Search rolls out to “several hundreds of millions” of people who use American English this week. [ABC News]

The overal median age of workers in the tech industry is very, very young. Eight of the 32 companies surveyed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the median age was just 30 years old or younger. For example, Facebook’s median age is 28 and Google’s is 29. [New York Times]

Solar Impulse’s plane, which was powered entirely by the sun, landed successfully from its cross-country jaunt in New York over the weekend. [TechCrunch]

Aw, remember MSN TV (née WebTV)? If not, don’t worry: it’s being killed off at the end of September. [AllThingsD]


Booting Up: Silk Road Founder Unruffled by Bitcoin Ups and Downs

You know these girls talk shit.

There are now 150 million Snapchats sent every day. Very few of them are sent by people older than 30. [Business Insider]

Facebook is testing ads in your Graph Search, but so far they’re not based on your searches. (So you won’t get an eHarmony ad when you search “ex-girlfriends who I still love.”) [TechCrunch]

The founder of the Silk Road–who goes by the name “Dread Pirate Roberts”–isn’t too worried about Bitcoin booms and busts. “Bitcoin’s foundation, its algorithms and network, don’t change with the exchange rate.” [Forbes]

The New York Times won a Pulitzer for investigating Apple’s business practices. [Pulitzer]

Meanwhile, Funny or Die has released iSteve, its very own movie about Steve Jobs. [Funny or Die]

Private Eyes Are Watching You

Facebook Graph Search Means You’re Back in the Personal Brand Curation Business


Yesterday, Facebook’s gamble on an Apple-esque press event paid off. The public markets punchline debuted “Graph Search,” a feature that recalled its pre-IPO promise. Some dared to wonder if the world’s largest social network, which can often feel like a steady stream of cross-posts from Twitter and Instagram, found a way to make itself “useful.” 

Through an intuitive search bar, users can easily sort all that data buried in “About” sections or deep the Timeline archives. Yelp can’t tell you which Indian restaurants your friends from India like. And, try as Search Plus Your World might, it wouldn’t be able to help you fill a Google+ circle with librarian friends who also like Beyoncé. Read More

It's Zuck's World We're Just Living In It

And the Mystical Magical Product Facebook Announced Was… Search

Sure, if you're into that kind of thing. (Photo: Screencap)

Today, Facebook hosted a big presser to reveal “what we’re been building.” This prompted breathless speculation but, much to our dismay, the big reveal was not Facebook for cars, introduced by Hasselhoff in full Knight Rider getup. Instead, it was “graph search.” Not to be confused with “web search,” it’s a better way for Facebook to leverage all the personal data you’ve willingly turned over.

Whee? Read More