We all remember the amazing judgment that came with being a teen. Sure, why not follow up those five shots of Captain with a giant bong rip? Nothing bad will come of hooking up with this terrible 23-year-old pill addict! And hey, Ugg boots with denim mini skirts? Chic.
Just kidding, the only thing worse than a teenager’s judgment is her acne. That, presumably, is why New Jersey state Senator Shirley Turner has introduced a bill that would allow minors to force websites to remove the content they themselves created and posted. Unfortunately, it seems to be just as useless as that California law that purports to do the same thing.
Law and Order
Finally, a story involving a teenager using Facebook that doesn’t end badly. On Tuesday, a suicidal young man posted to the social network that he was contemplating jumping off the George Washington Bridge, but the cops saw the message just in time.
The time is nearing to unplug your Compaq Presario and take the train over to New Jersey because we’re going Internet gambling, baby. The AP reports that a dozen casinos will open special parlors that will allow online betting beginning Nov. 26, after a five-day “soft play” period to work out the kinks.
texting while driving
Back in 2009, teenager Kyle Best drove his car into a couple on a motorcycle, injuring the man and woman so badly that they each lost a leg. Mr. Best had been texting at the time.
“I thank God that we’re still alive but I think there should be stiffer penalties,” victim Linda Kubert said after the accident, “The cell phone law has to be stronger.”
Perhaps restrooms are the only place you might be able to wear Google Glass. Taking a cue from strip clubs, several state gaming commissions are barring the face computers from the premises for fear that people might use them to–what else?–cheat.
Earlier this week, New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement issued a memo to a dozen casinos banning gamblers from wearing the camera-equipped devices inside. The ban follows similar edicts in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Ohio, and Connecticut.
Fourteen years after the movie’s release and millenials have already forgot the first rule of Fight Club. The latest blabbermouths to blow their cover hail from Bridgewater-Raritan High School in New Jersey, where students have been posting and promoting their videos in a Facebook group.
Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest were hacked this week, after a security breach at customer-service provider Zendesk allowed a hacker to access user email addresses at the three social media companies. [Wired]
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book marketing plans include “Lean in Circles,” in which women study Ms. Sandberg’s curriculum for career success. [NYT]
Twitter cofounder Ev Williams talks about when—and when not—to sell your company. [Medium]
Nevada became the first state to legalize online gambling. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may sign a law legalizing Internet gambling in his state as early as next week. [The Washington Post]
If you’re a “startup junky,” what are you really addicted to? [PandoDaily]
Parts of New York and New Jersey are still without power from the last major news event and yet here we are, in the throes of election day. And with cleanup efforts still ongoing, there’s really no excuse for anyone who forgets one of the lessons we just learned about the rapid speed at which misinformation courses through social media in general and Twitter in particular.
For the love of God, as you go about your day for the next several hours, please take almost everything you read on Twitter with a grain of salt. No, a barrel. Maybe an entire salt lick.
The ratings on Foursquare Explore are now powered not simply by randos assigning stars, but rather a number of factors like checkins and tips. [Foursquare Blog]
At GigaOm’s RoadMap conference, Kickstarter cofounder Perry Chen dropped a little knowledge on the crowd: Last year, $3 million went to gaming projects. This year, the sum is 20 times as high. [Twitter]
Washington wants to strengthen privacy protections for the kiddos, but Silicon Valley swears up and down the new rules are so bothersome it might make it impossible to even bother developing for children. That would be terrible, because then they might have to spend some time outside, God forbid. [New York Times]
Everyone’s just a touch nervous about the prospect of New Jersey’s vote-by-email scheme. [Computer World]
Tumblr now clocks in at 20 billion monthly pageviews. Whew. It’s also basically a ceaseless river of content, with 77 million posts every day on 79 million blogs. (Though presumably many of those are reblogging the same five pinup pics again and again.) [Daily Dot]
It’s fair to say that tech accelerator programs are launching, well, frequently now, all with the same basic template. Between Blueprint Health, DreamIt Ventures and Entrepreneurs Roundtable, Betabeat can barely keep up with the demo days just here in New York. It’s difficult to say who started the craze; Y Combinator may have pioneered the form, but TechStars put its version on TV and open-sourced the term sheets. Either way, everyone wants to launch or join a 12-week program that offers a seed investment and features meetings with mentors and a demo day with investors. Everyone including the state of New Jersey.
Applications are now open for a new accelerator called TechLaunch, funded in part by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. Why? Because entrepreneurs were leaving the state to go to cities with tech accelerators. Now entrepreneurs from 10 to 12 startups can receive between $18,000 and $20,000 of seed investment and stay at Montclair State University “following a vigorous selection process,” according to a press release. “TechLaunch provides a select group of emerging portfolio companies early seed-stage funding, mentorship, key services and exposure to qualified investors, most notably during Demo Day.” AUGH MAKE IT STOP.