Hawaii Zuck-O Look who ditched the hoodie (but kept the Adidas sandals). Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was recently spotted indulging in a little Hawaiin R&R with wifey Priscilla Chan. US Weekly reports the pair “looked excited to be spending quality time together,” which makes sense since it’s pretty easy to be happy when you’ve escaped the maw of Silicon Valley. The Zucks also “chowed down” on something called “beachside burgers” at a “picnic table.” Stars: they’re just like us (but rich).
When Instagram released its new terms of service back in December, users flipped their shit so hard that many of them swore they were giving up the service entirely. But anyone actually live up those promises? The New York Post said so. Based on stats from AppData, which only counts accounts linked to Facebook, the paper reported that daily active users had dropped from 16.4 million to 12.4 million as of December 29.
But those numbers got so much coverage that Instagram, which rarely pulls up the curtain, felt compelled to counter claims it’s hemorrhaging users. AllThingsD reports the company has added a number to the list of stats on its press page: 90 million monthly active users. Boo-yah?
A mere four days after the Internet reacted in abject horror to a change in Instagram’s Terms of Service that seemed to indicate that the photo-sharing site planned to co-opt users’ likenesses for insidious revenue-generating purposes, company cofounder Kevin Systrom said in a blog post last night that the company would revert back Read More
It's Zuck's World We're Just Living In It
Mark Zuckerberg’s adorable moppet of a puppy is all grown up and herding sheep these days, it seems. But even his charming resemblance to a dirty mop can’t keep him safe from the Instagram backlash.
Three days ago, Facebook founder posted an Instagram image of his canine companion chasing a barnyard animal. The first comments were limited to Beast’s cuteness. But when TOSgate erupted, the photo of the magnificently filthy monster was flooded with comments from infuriated Instagram users, venting their rage at the man they consider directly responsible for Instagram’s new terms of service.
Instagram’s updated terms of service unleashed a maelstrom of confusion from users who believed that the new terms would allow Instagram to sell their photos without compensation. Celebrities even began quitting over it! Unwilling to lose their influential users, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom took to the company blog today to clarify just what exactly the new TOS says.
The National Rifle Association unpublished its Facebook page in the aftermath of the tragic shootings in Newtown, Conn. [TechCrunch]
Are your tweeted-out Instagram pictures of Christmas lights looking a little busted? Sorry to rain on your lifecasting parade, but that’s not some temporary glitch. AllThingsD reports that Instagram has disabled the “cards” that make your snapshots show up all pretty in your Twitter feed, so they’re likely to show up cropped or otherwise effed.
Pop quiz: what’s more bubblicious than a Silicon Valley party featuring a monkey that will pose for Instagram photos? A Las Vegas party featuring the founder of Instagram, of course. And here you thought the good times ended when Kozmo’s CEO jumped off his grand piano in 2000.
This past Saturday, Kevin Systrom spun a set at Rain nightclub at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, which was covered by TMZ. Before you insert an eyeroll emoji, please refer to this curtain-opener in Vegas Seven recounting Mr. Systrom’s teenage years selling vinyl records to Paul Oakenfold and Paul van Dyk.
AllThingsD‘s Mike Isaac insists, “I spoke to a few people who are attending and they tell me that not only is it a fun Vegas road trip, but that Systrom is a legitimately talented DJ,” expressing some remorse about not attending.
Be Cool Stay In School
Minority Report is a guest column by Sarah Kunst, who does business development and product at fashion app Kaleidoscope. She’s a black, non-engineer female in tech, but plans to IPO anyway.
Few founder origin stories capture the nerd mind like “Hacker as dropout.” From Bill Gates at Microsoft to Box’s Adam Levie, and of course a little-known CEO named Zuck, the allure of leaving the dorm room behind to rake in billions seems irresistible.
Recently, this middle finger to the establishment of higher education has been codified by billionaire rabble rouser Peter Thiel. This past Sunday, for the second time in three months, the New York Times found cause for a close examination of the virtues of Mr. Thiel’s 20 under 20 Fellowship as a way for exceptional teenagers to pass college and collect $100,000 to spend on changing the world. Granted, participants aren’t your typical undeclared freshmen at State College U. Rather, they’ve already exhibited Mensa-level intelligence, with a work ethic to match.
What doesn’t coordinate quite as well? Their social lives. A recent night saw several Thiel fellows–all under legal drinking age–at a San Francisco house party described by one attendee as “tech hippies doing drugs and sitting in a cuddle pile.”
Let the games begin, my friends. Due to API restrictions, Twitter is no longer allowing Instagram app users to use the “Find Your Friends” feature to connect with their friends on Twitter. But Instagram doesn’t seem too bogged down by the news–possibly because it’s busy celebrating reaching 80 million users today.
The “Find Your Friends” feature is still available on other apps, including The Fancy and Foursquare. However, The Fancy only boast around one million users and Foursquare around 10 million, a fraction of the milestone Instagram reached today.