Linkages

Booting Up: Dustin Moskovitz and the Winklevoss Twins Met, Hugged at Burning Man

Man, remember Napster? (Photo by Stephen J. Boitano/Newsmakers)

Go ahead, Instapaper this oral history of Napster even though it doesn’t include Sean Parker’s wedding: “I said, ‘Come back, and tell me how someone is going to get paid.’ And they never came back.” [Fortune]

In the words of 2 Chainz: Feds watching.  [New York Times]

Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz met the Winklevoss twins at Burning Man and, actually, hugs rather than punches were exchanged. In case you were worried about things getting awkward at those Harvard class reunions! [Medium]

Don’t forget to pre-order Bleeding Edge, Thomas Pynchon’s upcoming novel about Silicon Alley, then let’s all reconvene to exchange made-up stories about encounters with the author. [Slate]

Aetna reportedly once tried to buy ZocDoc for $300 million. The founders said no, because would you want to be associated with a health insurance company?  [Business Insider]

Nuptials

TMZ Says Sean Parker Is Spending Almost $9M on Wedding Decor Alone

Okay, Elrond. (Photo: TMZ)

When last we left the story of Sean Parker and Alexandra Lenas’s elaborate wedding plans, the Napster founder and former Facebook president was insisting that, despite reports, it was not a theme wedding and there would be “nothing medieval about it.”

Rather, the outfits created by Lord of the Rings costume designer Ngila Dickson would be “based on modern suits and dresses with some elements of victorian flair and whimsy.”

But he didn’t say anything about the backdrop! Read More

Enter Sandman

Spotify Debuts New Discovery Features, Best Friendship of Sean Parker and Lars Ulrich

Copacetic! (Photo: Spotify)

Today, at a press conference that culminated in a Frank Ocean performance and an unexpected onstage love-in by Sean Parker and Lars Ulrich, Spotify debuted a number of new features, revolving around discovery.

CEO Daniel Ek entered to “Rock the Casbah,” the Clash bouncing off the exposed brick walls. Despite it not even being noon, several attendees already had beers in their hands.

“At Spotify, we think of ourselves as punks, the type that are against the establishment,” Mr. Ek informed the crowd. “We’re really punks because we’re restless and we really hate it when people tell us this is just the way it is.” Read More

Launches

Sean Parker’s Video Chat Startup Airtime Launches With a Splash at Lengthy, Star-Studded Event

Olivia Munn and Snoop Dogg, Airtiming.

Expectations were starting to flag as a scrum of reporters stood in a milk-white waiting room waiting for Airtime to fix a few last-minute bugs. “Sean is freaking out,” we overheard one Airtimer confide. (Or was it Shawn?) But media were ushered in just after 10:30, and when latenight talk show host Jimmy Fallon ran onstage to rock music to introduce us all to the “live social video platform,” we knew we were in for a show. “Tell me how you guys met,” Mr. Fallon asked Airtime cofounders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker. The audience’s terrible, frenzied applause was just getting started. Read More