Power Player

Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club Gets the Swag Treatment: Tons and Tons of Duracell Powermat Chargers

Not cool! (Photo: JustJared)

Rapping mogul Jay-Z has 99 problems but an uncharged cell phone is certainly not one of them. In January, Mr. Carter signed up to be a spokesperson for Duracell’s Powermat charging station, a sleek little square that charges your cell phone just by resting your phone on top of it. Now, Mashable reports that HOVA has outfitted his swank 40/40 Club with Powermats, which should satisfy the attendees of those startup parties 40/40 has been hosting.

According to Mashable, the sports bar and lounge is “outfitted with Powermat charging stations through the resin-top bar area, VIP lounges and the stadium style seating with a view of the 165-inch state-of-the-art video walls.”

We be big pimpin‘ spendin volts. Wired charging is a hard knock life–once you have your moment of clarity you’ll realize the only way to run this town is with money, cash and Powermats.

Okay, we’re done.

XX in Tech

Lady CEOs Take Over Internet Week

Ms. Barna (firstround.com)

The rain was really starting to come down hard, but the female CEOs at Internet Week appeared undaunted by the passing storm. Birchbox’s Hayley Barna, Learnvest’s Alexa von Tobel, Nest.io’s Caren Maio, Mashable’s Sharon Feder and Artspace’s Catherine Levene joined CNNMoney reporter Laurie Segall for a discussion about gender in tech.

The panel was entitled “Why Being a Good CEO Has Nothing to Do with Being a Woman,” but it was clear from the first question that the women on this panel were more concerned with talking about their businesses than how being a woman has hindered their growth in the tech sector. And who can blame them? After all, the panel was specifically about how gender had nothing to do with their success–though almost all of the questions revolved around their experience as women in a male-dominated world. Read More

shameless rumormongering

Rumors & Acquisitions: Hacker News Allegations, a Fast-Follow Start-Up, and Leave Groupon Alone!

rumormonger

FLACKER NEWS. A week ago, someone uploaded this incendiary! infographic! to Pastebin and Imagur: “Hacker News and Y Combinator exposed as scam!” Betabeat does not know the origin of the image; we were sent the link today by a tipster. “In twelve months of observation (since before and after the recent re-factors), we have determined beyond a reasonable doubt that “Hacker News” uses the following techniques,” it says.  Read More

Anti-Social Networking

Google+ Clarifies Brand Pages and Mashable Drops Profile

UPDATE: Betabeat has learned that, after talking with Google+, Mashable has decided to pull its Google+ account until the official launch of branded profiles.  Pete Cashmore, classy guy that he is, will post soon on this and of course, he and all Mashable employees will continue to share news, links and cat pictures on their personal accounts.

Seems like Google+ has decided to wipe the slate clean on brands, giving everyone a fair shot at what will be the most aggressive social media gold rush to date.

MORE UPDATES: Google+ Ad Guy Christian Oestlier, who is running the brand page portion of the search giant’s new social network, has issued a formal update. Basically, he says, Google+ was overwhelmed by the number of businesses, brands and charities who wanted to create profiles. “As a result, we have refocused a few priorities and we expect to have an initial version of businesses profiles up and running for EVERYONE in the next few months. There may be a tiny handful business profiles that will remain in the meantime solely for the purpose of testing how businesses interact with consumers.” Read More

Anti-Social Networking

Anger Mounts As Google+ Plays Favorites With Brands

velvet rope

Unless you count the bacteria parties during the Cambrian Explosion, Google+ is the fastest growing social network in history, hitting 18 million users in just its first two weeks. Not surprisingly many companies want to get in on the gold rush, with savvy sites like Mashable racking up over 100,000 followers on their news account already.

But even as sites like Mashable have thrived, others have found Google+ much less hospitable. Yesterday Google+ took down ABC News Radio’s profile, much to the chagrin of its the company’s digital platform manager Dan Patterson.

Boing Boing spoke with Google about the issue and was told that brand account would be going live within a few months. They took down their official Boing Boing profile and replaced it with an intern who posted news links. But Xeni Jardin wasn’t ready to stop asking why companies like Mashable and Ford seemed to be getting special treatment. “You can’t ask orgs to simply not engage with such a powerful traffic mover. Not when Mashable has 72K followers or whatever. You can’t just ask other brands to chill and wait until [whenever],” she wrote on Google+. Read More