Linkages

Booting Up: BlackBerry Really Hopes That Keyboards Are Going to Save Them

The future. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons,by ScaredPoed)

Careful where you tread, Ryan Seacrest: BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the company’s future devices will “predominately” feature physical keyboards. [The Verge]

We’re just going to leave this headline here: “Path Closes $25 Million In New Funding.” [Recode]

Since you need another music streaming service, Beats Music is launching next week for $10 a month. [Fast Company]

An Uber car was attacked by striking taxi drivers in Paris. Apparently, they’re not so pleased with the influx of competitors encroaching on their turf. [CNet]

NBC News is taking a ten percent stake in NowThis News, a Lerer Ventures-backed news agency that specializes in producing short clips for Vine and Instagram. “It allows them to experiment in this new medium without putting their legacy brand at risk,” said Mr. Lerer. [New York Times]

Patent Absurdities

Pinterest and Path Attempt to Out-Douche Each Other Over the Letter ‘P’

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There are thousands of startups out there solving important, systemic problems that have been plaguing communities for years. Pinterest, a social network for sharing pictures of butts, and Path, a social network for sharing pictures of your butt with an elite circle of friends, are not two of them.

Now, Techcrunch reports that the platforms are dueling over the letter “P.” This is where tech is today, everyone. Soak it up. Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: Take This STEM Quiz and Enjoy Your AP Chem Flashbacks

Miss u boo (Photo: Wikimedia)

“Letting out a loud shriek, Mr. Ballmer fell to floor, hit his head and began bleeding above his eyebrow.” [Bits]

Why not terrify yourself at the thought of being spied on through your webcam and other connected devices? [Forbes]

After a pointless, month-long publicity stunt where the company ran through a new prospective logo every day, Yahoo! has finally settled on a redesign that’s basically a slight tweak. [Yahoo]

You can now pay $14.99 for a premium version of Path, which buys you “private sharing” and an “inner circle.” Isn’t that the whole point of Path, generally? [The Next Web]

Can you pass a high school science quiz?  [New York Times]

More Money More Problems

Bespoke App for Your Night iPhone Path Reportedly Gearing Up to Raise Big Bucks

Path founder and CEO, David Morin

Rumor has it that Path is about to score some fresh cash.

David Morin’s exclusive social networking app—the secret club that you may or may not want to be a part of—is reportedly preparing for a new round of fundraising that would put its total valuation at around $1 billion, says TechCrunch. The custom-designed, one-of-a-kind app for your night iPhone is reportedly looking to raise between $75 and $100 million from investors. Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: Turns Out Craigslist Can’t Copyright Its Customers’ Listings

SO THERE

Things aren’t going so great over at the Silk Road. Where are nerds going to order their Molly now?! [Telegraph]

Now any old rando can shell out for promoted tweets. Please, please let’s not start using this to promote resumes. [Ad Week]

Craigslist can no longer spook startups like Padmapper with threats of prosecution for copyright infringement: A judge has ruled the company has no such ownership of its users’ listings. [Forbes]

“When he woke up, he found that Path had gone on a rogue mission early in the morning, texting and robocalling an unknown number of his contacts, including his grandparents.” [The Verge]

Apparently authors still bother getting pissed at bloggers. [Daily Dot]

shameless rumormongering

Rumor Roundup: Jason Calacanis Appoints Himself Obi-Wan to Michael Arrington’s Darth Vader

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The Chat-rooming Classes Today, seemingly every tech reporter in the business tuned into Jason Calacanis‘s “This Week in Startups,” presumably in the hopes that Mr. Calacanis would tell all re: the allegations of abuse against Michael Arrington. But as familiar names chattered away in the chat room, Mr. Calacanis had little to say beyond comparing himself to Obi Wan. That would make Mr. Arrington Anakin Skywalker, of course; Mr. Calacanis said he taught him how to be powerful in media, and “I regret that.”

As for the allegations themselves, Mr. Calacanis was quick to say he wouldn’t be commenting on whether they were true, citing his lack of direct knowledge. (He did, however, openly discuss the time that Mr. Arrington called a PR honcho “the c-word,” thereby outing someone who’d never mentioned the incident publicly!) [Correction: Mr. Calacanis first mentioned the incident and the PR exec (Brooke Hammerling) by name in the comments of his Facebook post, prompting Ms. Hammerling to confirm the story, also in a Facebook comment.] All in all, it sounds like he (kinda sorta) regrets getting involved. He apparently thought writing a Facebook note wouldn’t go very far. “I thought that that would be a place where it just lived there,” he said. (Paging Randi Zuckerberg!) “I got a little P.T. Barnum in me and I feel like me commenting on all this stuff actually detracts from it,” he added. Read More

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Rumor Roundup: Ryan Gosling Loves His Warby Specs (Sent From My Night iPhone)

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Morin needs a Mophie Path founder Dave Morin, he of Gosling Parker Economically conscious walking Internet meme Ryan Gosling was recently spotted looking dashing in his Warby Parker frames. The company humble-bragged about the royal sighting on its Facebook page earlier this week noting that the frame is the “Preston.” We share their exuberance. This is one piece Read More

Facebook Faceoff

MessageMe, the Addictive App Facebook Tried to Buy Before Cutting It Off, Already Picked Up More Than 1M. Users

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There have been a rash of reports recently about Facebook’s mercurial approach to third-party developers. The social network may not want to be “in the business of king-making,” by boosting–or suppressing–traffic to popular apps, as Douglas Purdy, director of developer products, told Reuters. But Facebook is increasingly willing to shut the castle gate on competitors.

While Facebook claims it’s an effort to stop spam and promote apps that add value to the network, “Developers say the crackdown is an attempt to stifle applications that compete with Facebook-owned services,” or pay for ads on Facebook, the Wall Street Journal reported last night.   Read More

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Rumor Roundup: When Is Alexis Ohanian Gonna Run for Office Already?

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Your Name Here A Silicon Valley source had the pleasure of dining near Path cofounder Dave Morin and his wife, Brit.co founder Brit Morin recently. Mr. Morin spoke about the future of Path while Ms. Morin, a DIY enthusiast, used crayons provide by the restaurant to doodle on the paper table cloth, said the source. There were rainbows, flowers and balloons, but our favorite was a drawing of the Brit.co logo, with “Morin” written underneath and an arrow pointed towards Ms. Morin (just in case the restaurant staff didn’t recognize her). That’s one way to disrupt advertising, we suppose. Our tipster was kind enough to snap a pic on their way out.

Happy Internet, Mr. President Twice this week in conversation with tech types, Betabeat was asked when Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian was running for office already. The 29-year-old credited with helping to defeat SOPA/PIPA already toured the country (in a bus once leased for John McCain’s  “Straight Talk Express”) running for president of the Internet. But with Sheryl Sandberg hot on his heels, isn’t it time to start campaigning for the real thing? Read More