shameless rumormongering

Rumor Roundup: Jennifer Lawrence Does Silicon Valley and Another Techie Competes for Nerdiest Nuptials Ever

Okay, it also has to be a myth that J. Law actually enjoyed wearing these (Screengrab: Instagram)

The Promo Games Your pretend best friend Jennifer Lawrence embraced her not-so-hidden geeky side this week, plugging her new movie all over Silicon Valley and stopping by Facebook, Yahoo and Google.

She rapped with Sheryl Sandberg at Facebook HQ and posed for a photo. Then, at Marissa Mayer’s palace of purple, Ms. Lawrence promoted Hunger Games: Catching Fire by chatting about Oscar dresses, Katniss’s wardrobe, and her new Kate Gosselin-esque pixie cut. Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: We Need to Have a Talk About Your User Numbers, Google+

Guess that's what Google+looks like? (geekword.net)

Weird, Google is using shady tactics to inflate Google+ user numbers. [AllThingsD]

The iPad Air goes on sale today, nerds. [Digital Trends]

Circle Internet Financial has raised $9 million in funding to bring Bitcoins mainstream since we’re still trying to make that a thing. [TechCrunch]

Haha, remember when we got excited that Netflix might soon come to Comcast’s boxes? The cable company is telling everyone to chill because it’s “not a high priority.” [Chicago Tribune]

The Internet is telling Nick Bilton “thanks!” for helping push the FAA’s new gadget rules. [Skift]

The Social Network Effect

Hollywood Might Be Mulling a Twitter Movie So Are You Happy Now, Internet?

Jack Dorsey channelling his inner movie villain. (Photo: Getty)

As soon as the first juicy excerpt of Nick Bilton’s Twitter creation story hit the Internet, people tweeted their little hearts out expressing their hope for a Social Network-esque movie based on the book.

Well, here’s a rumor to keep that pot boiling. Regarding turning Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal into a film, “interest is swirling at Sony and several other major Hollywood studios,” TechCrunch reports. Read More

shameless rumormongering

Rumor Roundup: International Defoundered Man of Mystery, Plus Alexis Ohanian Wrote a Book

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Front Page Printed Pages of the Internet Just before taking stage at SXSW to talk his crowdfunded Internet 2012 tour, Alexis Ohanian emailed out a link to his new book, Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed.

Since you asked, Mr. Ohanian, we dig the cover, but “without their permission,” sounds a little iffy in the context of Reddit’s Creepshot scandal, no? Read More

Yes I'm the Great Unboxer

Startup Status Symbol: Ignore the iWatch Agitprop, Pebble Is Ready to Be Unboxed

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Between Nick Bilton’s business section cover story and the Wall Street Journal‘s Foxconn follow-up, it was hard to miss this weekend’s agitprop about the inevitable iWatch. According to Dan Lyons, that’s exactly how Apple intended it. That stock slide isn’t going to manipulate itself!

Mr. Lyons traced the start of Apple’s whisper (in a reporter’s ear) campaign back to TechCrunch blogger, investor, and Apple stock holder MG Siegler, who called the time it takes to pull an all-serving computer out of his own pocket “insane.” That was followed by an impromptu treatise on the iWatch’s ability to “fill a gaping hole in the Apple ecosystem” from Cupertino’s former interface designer. Read More

XY in Tech

Is That a Gadget in Your Pocket? Objectifying 25 Male Tech Writers

Sluttin' it up at CES.

News of the first annual Objectify a Male Tech Writer Day swept across the web this morning following an article penned by one of the event’s founders, gaming and social media reporter Leigh Alexander. “From booth babes to harassment, snide comments to double standards, women have often had a hard time feeling comfortable around the tech industry,” she wrote. In order to demonstrate “the absurdity of objectifying people you claim to agree with or support intellectually,” she’s encouraging female tech writers to give gendered compliments or make sexist proclamations to men about their work.

Though the actual Objectify a Male Tech Writer Day isn’t until February 1st, Betabeat–comprised primarily of female writers–could hardly contain ourselves. Here are 25 gendered comments for 25 of our favorite male tech writers. Read More