Selfie Nation

‘Selfie Police’ Will Make You Pay to Post That Duck Face Mirror Shot

Selfie Police! Amanda Bynes, you are definitely under arrest. (Facebook)

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. Read More

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Booting Up: Looking At BlackBerry’s Earnings Report Is a Neat Way to Feel Depressed

Foursquare's Dennis Crowley. (Photo: Sound Ctrl)

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]

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Booting Up: Instagram Might (Or Might Not!) Launch a Messaging Service Today

Instagram's man with the plan. (Photo: Scaleogy)

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]

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Booting Up: Darth Vader Joins Instagram But His Selfie Technique Is Pretty Weird

Not how this works! (Photo: Instagram)

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]

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Booting Up: Everybody Is Using ‘Cyber Monday’ As An Excuse to Shop Today

Betabeat at the mall.

An estimated 131 million people are expected to shop online today, which doesn’t seem that different from any other day. [NBC News]

Under interim CEO John Chen, BlackBerry is going to trick people in “emerging markets” into buying its products. [AllThingsD]

“@instagram.com” email addresses could be a thing. [TechCrunch]

The tech community has little interest in helping Kanye fulfill his DONDA dreams. [Valleywag]

Ben and Jerry’s ads on Instagram are less aggravating than other brands’ promos are. [AdWeek]

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Booting Up: FDA Orders 23AndMe to Halt Sales Of Its Sketchy DNA Tests

Banned. (Photo: 23AndMe)

The FDA is ordering Google-backed 23andMe to stop selling its personalized DNA tests because it doubts the products are backed by science. [USA Today]

If we’re judging by follower counts, likes and comments then ads on Instagram are working. [Digiday]

Flipboard is reportedly close to securing a $50 million funding round. [Fortune]

Blackberry’s COO and CMO have been fired, which is probably an early Christmas gift for them. [Business Insider]

Could Best Buy’s #VineinLine campaign on Twitter for Black Friday lead to people recording their fights and using the hashtag to promote them? Hopefully not! [AllThingsD]

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Instagram’s New App for Windows Phones Doesn’t Really Do Much

Well, it looks cute. (Photo: Verge/Instagram)

Like throwing a Real Housewives cast party without any wine, Instagram today released a version for Windows Phones that is devoid of any useful features.

First, the newly released app doesn’t let users snap pictures, rather they have to be uploaded from the phone’s camera roll. Another key feature missing is the ability to upload videos, so we’re just going to have imagine what your slowly disappearing piece of french toast looks like. The Verge notes that users can’t tag people or view that little-used map of your geotagged pictures. Read More