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It’s hard out there for a 1960s R&B star, especially when his name is another word for an erection.
In February, we learned that Chubby Checker was planning to sue Hewlett-Packard for $500 million on the grounds that the company profited from his likeness by creating a dick-measuring app called, you guessed it, Chubby Checker.
Last week, Betabeat highlighted the work of a Canadian doctor who developed a smartphone app to predict the size of a man’s member. Enter a dude’s height, shoe size, “butt size,” age and finger length, and Dr. Chris Culligan’s app—called the Predicktor—will predict his penis size.
Former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill once asked Sheryl Sandberg if she was a “pom-pom girl.” If Mr. O’Neill were alive today, the Facebook COO would tell him she’s “a pom-pom girl for feminism,” she writes in her forthcoming book. [WSJ]
Talk about chutzpah. An Indian website plagiarized articles on medical research, then filed a DCMA request with WordPress to pull the originals down. [ArsTech nica]
Hewlett-Packard is planning on “taking full advantage” of Dell’s transition to a private company. [Deal Journal]
Somebody had to go and point out that zip, zero, not a single member of the billion-dollar startup club is based in New York. [Crain's New York Business]
Jon Stewart on Vine: “Every time there’s a human advancement, it is used almost immediately for porn.” [AllThingsD]
Vint Cerf is wishing the modern-day Internet a happy 30th birthday today. [Google]
Reddit had 37 billion page views and 400 million unique visitors in 2012. [Reddit]
If the New Year left your brain feeling like this GIF looks, we sympathize. [Daily Dot]
Here’s a trend to watch for in 2013: Companies are pretending they want employees to spend some time away from their electronic devices. [NYT]
The new year will bring documentaries that aim to tell the history of Silicon Valley on public television. Again. [AllThingsD]
Lost in the hubbub over Hewlett-Packard’s $8.8 billion loss on Autonomy was word in the company’s 10-K—filed quietly during the last week of 2012—was a hint that CEO Meg Whitman may start spinning off businesses. [Bloomberg]
Did we mention that New York City’s techies have New Year’s resolutions? [Betabeat]
Ever since Hewlett-Packard delivered its bombshell allegations against Autonomy, the search engine maker that HP acquired for $11.1 billion last year, the dispute between the sides has fallen into a holding pattern: Autonomy founder Mike Lynch speaks, and HP doesn’t.
In the hours since Hewlett-Packard stunned investors by announcing an $8.8 billion loss on its acquisition of Autonomy, competing narratives have emerged to describe just what went wrong.
H-P spoke first, explaining that “accounting improprieties” and “outright misrepresentations” committed before it acquired the British search engine maker for $11.1 billion last year led to Read More
Hewlett-Packard took an $8.8 billion charge against fourth-quarter earnings after uncovering “serious accounting improprieties, disclosure failures and outright misrepresentations” at Autonomy, the British software maker H-P acquired last year, the company said today.