Booting Up: Gilt Groupe Might Be Going Public Later This Year

Soon. (Photo: Netflix)

Gilt Groupe is rumored to (finally) go public in the third quarter of this year. “The company is in a good place and the market is a good place,” said a source. [Recode]

How funny is HLN’s pivot in becoming the “first TV home for the social media generation”? [LostRemote]

Netflix created House of Cards Against Humanity, a set of “inappropriate” cards, to promote the show’s second season. [Verge]

Hulu announced it’s adding several CBS classics, like Happy Days and The Brady Bunch, and newer programs such as Everybody Loves Raymond to its platform soon. [Engadget]

“Instead of bridging the gap between social news and real news, Paper’s creators unintentionally highlighted it.” [Forbes]


Booting Up: Twitter Is Sorry For Messing With The Block Function

See you soon, Frank! (Photo: YouTube)

Twitter changed how its block function worked. People hated it. Twitter changed it back. [Time]

Some enterprising Yahoo employees are going to Facebook and Google bus stops to recruit fresh meat. [Forbes]

It takes Netflix users a week to finish a 22-episode season of a show. [WSJ]

Amazon might launch a Costco club-like online store called Pantry next year. Shoppers can choose from 2,000 bulk items and have them delivered for a small fee. [USA Today]

[palms to the air emoji] Here’s a new trailer for House of Cards. [YouTube]


Netflix Fails to Sweep the Emmys, Like That Matters

Netflix's chief content officer and VP of original content turned out. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Variety)

Another awards show season kicked off last night with the Emmys, featuring an overexposed Neal Patrick Harris and way too many tributes to celebs we’ve lost.

But last night was also Netflix’s first big, black-tie outing as a content creator, rather than simply a distributor. The company went into the ceremony with 14 nominations, two wins at the Creative Arts Emmys, and a boatload of breathless think pieces about what it all means. Read More


Booting Up: Welcome to the Wonderful World of Piracy, Netflix!


Now that Netflix is in the original content business, the company has to deal with piracy. It took some time, but House of Cards is now all over the torrent sites. [Variety]

Is Apple working on a competitor to Street View? [Apple Insider]

New software would leave student essays to be graded by A.I., leaving professors more time for other tasks. What professors are doing that’s more important than evaluating the progress of their students is anyone’s guess. [New York Times]

“If you install this, then it is very likely that Facebook is going to be able to track your every move, and every little action.” [GigaOm]

A secrets-sharing app named “Whisper” just raised $3 million from Lightspeed Venture Partners. [PandoDaily]


Booting Up: ‘Hey, the U.S. Totally Cyberattacked Us Too’ – North Korea

Happy Friday. (Photo: Sodahead)

Perhaps feeling jealous of China, North Korea is now accusing the U.S. of committing cyberattacks against it. [Tech in Asia]

We’ve reached the point where online programming could actually make a significant dent at the Emmy’s. House of Cards, anyone? [The Daily Dot]

Google Reader’s demise as a wake up call: what do we lose when we become so wholly reliant on a cloud-based app? [Slate]

More techies have stepped up to the plate to fight gun violence. Big name Silicon Valley investors have launched an “innovation and investment” campaign called Sandy Hook Promise. [TechCrunch]

Guns aren’t the only political issue techies are taking up. Zuck and others are working for high-skilled immigration reform. [Hillicon Valley]


Booting Up: Ecomom is Liquidating After Founder Jody Sherman’s Suicide


Six months after raising $4.7 million and less than three weeks after founder and CEO Jody Sherman committed suicide, Ecomom is liquidating. [PandoDaily]

Tesla CEO Elon Musk got around to publishing the data he promised would show that a New York Times review of his company’s electric Model S sedan was a “fake”: “We were played for a fool and as a result, let down the cause of electric vehicles.” [Tesla]

Times’ reporter John M. Broder answered Mr. Musk’s post point-for-point, reiterating that he followed the instructions of Tesla employees throughout his test drive.  [NYT]

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings: “House of Cards now the #1 most popular TV show in the world, according to IMDb. And I still can’t get (Neftlix Chief Content Officer) Ted Sarandos to tell me how many millions are enjoying it on Netflix.” [Facebook]

President Barack Obama hosted a Google+ Hangout. [Daily Dot]

Stop calling it the Harlem Shake. Just stop, really. [Gawker]

A meteorite struck Chelyabinsk, Russia, injuring 400 people. [Mashable]

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True Life: I Binge-Watched Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’


Remember when catching up on a TV show required numerous trips to Blockbuster in a single weekend? Us neither. For years we’ve been mainlining our television shows entire seasons at a time, thanks to the glories of video streaming. How else would anyone have made it through the dismal nadir of season three of “Lost”? What do you think got Americans addicted to “Downton Abbey”?

So when I sat down to watch the first episode of “House of Cards” on Saturday, as a way of killing laundry time, I didn’t expect I’d stretch the show out over the next 13 weeks, like I was watching “Dallas” circa 1982. But I also wasn’t planning to find myself awake at 2 a.m. last night, polishing off the last episode and frantically googling “house of cards season 2 please oh please tell me it’s coming soon.”  Read More