The Latest Ad Will Make You Want to Expatriate Yourself

CANOEING-US-OUTRIGGER-CANOES-RACE really ought to throw up a job listing for someone with a clue. Check out their latest misstep, via the Verge: a rewritten version of “The New Colossus,” the sonnet famously inscribed at the foot of the Statue of Liberty, which begins: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

In the latest ad from Zuck and friends, the poem now diverges into: “And give me the influencers and the dreamers, talent that is searching for purpose, those dedicated to the doing. Send all these, the boundless borne to me.” Read More

It's Zuck's World We're Just Living In It

Zuck’s Still Trying to Reroute All Your News Consumption Through Facebook

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The Wall Street Journal says that yes, the Facebook Reader is a real thing, and the company has been working on it for over a year. It’s probably more of a recommendation engine than an RSS product, and it reportedly “resembles” Flipboard.

The justification? Keeping those eyeballs on the page longer, meaning more engagement, meaning more ad dollars: Read More

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Instagram Adds Video Feature So You Can Now Show Us Clips of You Drinking Your Cocktail

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The update we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived, and you can now post videos to your Instagram.

“Video is a complex medium … it’s hard to edit, it’s hard to manage, it’s hard to upload,” said Instagram’s Kevin Systrom at Facebook’s Menlo Park HQ today. In fact, he added, he and his cofounder considered including video initially, but they couldn’t do it with the “speed, simplicity, and beauty” of photos. So now, team Facebook to the rescue!

You’d think Mr. Systrom had never even heard of Vine. Read More

It's Zuck's World We're Just Living In It

Facebook Is Basically ConEd Now, Sorry Zuck

Indie film star. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

This one’s gonna sting: Reuters suggests that Facebook is losing its cachet, to an extent. #Teens are far more excited about Snapchat; Facebook Home hasn’t exactly been a soaring success. But the site isn’t going anywhere, probably, because it’s such a big, bloated part of the Internet that it’s practically a utility company.

Is there anything more bittersweet for a “disruptor” to hear? Read More

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Rumor Roundup: Zuckerbergs in Budapest, Naveen’s API and at Least One Tumblr Engineer Is Super Stoked to Now Work for Yahoo

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Yahoo! for Yahoos! We’ve found a leading candidate for the single person happiest to hear that Yahoo was acquiring Tumblr. No, we’re not talking about CEO David Karp.

Meet Tumblr engineer Jeremy Johnstone. He used to work for Yahoo, and, apparently, the company retains a place of pride in his heart. In fact, he still wears Yahoo gear so constantly that one of his colleagues (the parent of Tommy Pom, no less) has created an entire Tumblr–”Jeremy’s Yahoo Wardrobe”–to chronicle his displays of loyalty.

For example, here is the bright purple car covered in Yahoo decals that he drove in 2007. Here is his Halloween costume from 2006, when he dressed up as the Yahoo logo. And then there are his many company t-shirts. Love is a beautiful thing, you guys. Read More

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Hey Mark Zuckerberg, the Israeli Government Would Like to See You About Some Parody Accounts

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Israel just discovered parody Facebook accounts and that’s bad news for Mark Zuckerberg. Moshe Gafni, a parliament member for an ulta-Orthodox sect, is so annoyed that a fake account containing his name was being used to impersonate him that he’s now demanding to speak in-person with the Facebook CEO.

After repeated complaints to Facebook for the page’s removal went unanswered, Mr. Gafni asked the parliament’s Science and Technology Committee, which he happens to head, to convene for an urgent discussion about the  Read More

Slim Shady

Eminem Publisher Sues Facebook for Allegedly Using One of His Songs in Facebook Home Ad


Mark Zuckerberg and co. have been acting a little slim shady (heh) recently, at least according to the keeper of rapper Eminem’s extensive musical catalog. The Detroit Free Press reports that Eight Mile Style, the publisher of Eminem’s songs, is suing Facebook and its ad agency for using a song that sounds suspiciously like the artist’s 2000 jam “Under the Influence” in an ad that streamed during Zuck’s announcement of Facebook Home on April 4th. Read More