Jesus died for our selfies
Ever since Instagram fell into the app store from the heavens above, diners been dutifully dedicating the first few moments after the arrival of their sushi and molten chocolate lava cakes to snapping photos and choosing the perfect filters.
But some amateur photographers won’t be forced to settle for the low-quality iPhone food porn any longer.
A South African internet provider called MWEB created the #dinnercam, a machine seeking to “take social media food shots to the next level,” Gothamist reported.
Jesus died for our selfies
This is it. The fact we’ve all been avoiding, something we’ve all known to be true since the dawn of the Rise filter, has officially been confirmed by Science.
A recent study found that Instagram users who post too much or too often see less interaction from their followers, the New York Daily News reports. And that’s regardless of how many hordes of followers they have.
She might not have come in first place, but Kelly Roberts, 24, still arguably won last weekend’s NYC Half-Marathon.
As Gothamist reported, the Brooklyn resident made the 13.1 miles more manageable by taking selfies with unsuspecting “hott guys” in the background, and posting them to Instagram with the hashtag #hottguysofthenychalf.
The only thing worse that you could probably include in your selfies than snow is a dead body. That’s what an Alabama high school student did after taking a picture with a cadaver in the background and Read More
Let us all rejoice, because kids are finally using their wide-eyed pouting powers for good and not evil.
As the Huffington Post reported, two Brigham Young University students have created a project called the Selfie Police, wherein participants are encouraged to donate a dollar for every selfie they take. One-hundred percent of the proceeds go to Vittana, a charity that helps low-income kids afford a college education.
If you go out for a night with your girls but don’t take any selfies, did you actually go out at all? That’s the problem posed for some New York partiers who are feeling less than turnt by several clubs’ rules banning cell phone photography and potentially threatening the “going out selfie” to extinction.
BlackBerry’s Q3 earnings are atrocious: it racked up a $4.4 billion net loss with a 50 percent decrease in phones shipped. It’s now refocusing its efforts to selling phones in Indonesia. [BI]
Foursquare secured $35 million in fresh funding because collecting badges is cool. [Verge]
Instagram says its ads are going great and everybody loves them. [AdWeek]
WhatsApp has garnered 400 million monthly users without spending a dime on advertising. [CNet]
Wall Street Journal might be getting rid of AllThingsD, but it’s keeping the D. Its new tech section will be called “WSJD,” which um… [BuzzFeed]
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.
Instagram is supposedly launching a messaging service later today because you need another app to talk to the same five people. [TechCrunch]
Just because Andreessen Horowitz is giving $25 million in Series B funding to bitcoin bank Coinbase doesn’t mean we have to stop thinking the digital currency is a fad. Right?! [AllThingsD]
Comcast has signed up nine new channels to use Twitter’s live tweeting featured dubbed See It. [Engadget]
Snapchat has kicked up another $50 million in funding. [AllThingsD]
Bored? Let’s imagine what the new Start menu is going to look like on Windows! [ZDNet]
Cyber Monday sales exploded 20 percent higher than last year as more shoppers prefer the Internet over the mall. [Bloomberg]
Apple purchased Twitter analytics site Topsy for $200 million yesterday, but what they plan to do with it is clouded in mystery. One guess is that they’re going integrate it with iTunes Radio and alert “trending” music on the social network. [WSJ]
Facebook is rejiggering its News Feed formula to cut down on junk and emphasize high-quality news articles. [BuzzFeed FWD]
Here’s a peek into Betaworks’ long-term plans. [Digiday]
Darth Vader joined Instagram yesterday and took an alleged selfie that isn’t a selfie at all. [Wired]