YOUTUBE U.

9 Ways YouTube Changed Everything, In Honor of Its 9th Anniversary

(Mrconte.com)

It was nine years ago that YouTube offered the public a beta test of its site, since that time a lot has changed. While its worth noting YouTube was not the first video hosting platform, they were the one that managed to bring it to the masses and as a result, the platform has had a profound impact on media, advertising, politics, music, pop-culture, and individuals across the globe. Read More

shameless rumormongering

Rumor Roundup: Tim Cook Tweets, Miley Hates iOS 7 and AlleyNYC Parties Hard

#sports, yall

#FollowFriday Well, well, well–look who’s on Twitter! Apple CEO Tim Cook took the bluster out of everyone’s #FF today and tweeted for the first time.

Internet sleuths hopped on the case, parsing the clues to determine whether the profile (“Fan of Auburn football and Duke basketball,” his bio reads), was the real deal. Two Apple employees and a Twitter worker were Mr. Cook’s first follows, for instance, but he also followed Anderson Cooper and Kings of Leon. What did it all mean?? Read More

We the People

Sick of Stereotypical Turban Guy, DoSomething.org Petitions Apple to Address Emoji Inequality

These don't exist. (Photo: DoSomething.org)

Late last year, before Miley Cyrus became the platinum-haired twerking PSA that she is today, she started a shortlived Twitter campaign for emoji equality. “RT if you think there needs to be an #emojiethnicity update,” she tweeted, adding “umm before they add nail colors they BETTER add black people!!!” Now, a group of dissatisfied emoji users at DoSomething.org have launched a petition to address the emoji keyboard’s racial inequality. Read More

Visiting Dignitaries

Miley Cyrus Starts Campaign for Emoji Equality

Ms. Cyrus (Photo: Wikipedia.org)

Miley Cyrus had a brush with social advocacy last year when she recorded Occupy Wall Street’s unofficial theme song, “Liberty Walk.”  But since then, she’s remained pretty quiet on any issues of equality. In 2012, she’s cut her hair several times, most notably when she got rid of her bun, which put popular fan account @Mileys_Bun in an awkward position.

But now Ms. Cyrus is back to the fight with a new issue. Yes, Ms. Cyrus has something that all Americans can get behind — Emoji equality. Read More

shameless rumormongering

Rumor Roundup: The World’s Most Cheapskate VC and 57 Is Spotify’s Unlucky Number

MTV JAMS

I’ll Take Stingy for $5, Alex We’ve heard of venture capitalists who drive a hard bargain when it comes to their term sheets, but not so much when they drive off Sand Hill Road. So we were dismayed to learn that a VC at a very prominent 36-year-old venture capital firm asked the non-profit(!) meetup group Hacks/Hackers, which brings together journalists and technologists, to waive a $5 attendance fee for an event. To put that number in context: the firm has more than $400 million under management.

Hacks/Hackers has a very welcoming attendance policy and routinely waives fees for students so that no one gets shut out. But if your portfolio’s aggregate revenue teeters up into the billions, just pry your hands off the fiver, dude. Read More