Law and Order
In a decision that should serve as a warning to cybersquatters everywhere, Pinterest was awarded a $7.2 million settlement today, the culmination of a legal battle over more than 100 similarly named domains. The social networking site won a judgement in a U.S. District Court in San Francisco against Qian Jian who bought domains like pinterost.com and pinterests.com.
It begins! Twitter is scheduled to make its IPO filing public this week. [Quartz]
If it nails it, Pinterest has a pretty lucrative future in advertising. Customers coming from the site spent roughly $180 on ecommerce sites — more than triple than Facebook users. [Wall Street Journal]
If the government shuts down, the Library of Congress and National Park Service websites would also shutter. [ArsTechnica]
Aol is returning to television with an ad campaign promoting its new, pre-bundled package website called Gathr. But you’ll only see them in Atlanta, Seattle and Minneapolis. [AllThingsD]
Apple is the most valuable brand in the land, finally knocking those jerks at Coca-Cola from the top slot. [New York Times]
Pinterest is branching out beyond its usual offerings of fitspo and “keep-calm-and” posters with a brand-new feature that implies that its users might be able to read more than five words at a time.
Users have been using the platform to pin more than five million articles per day, Fast Company reports, so the company has decided to create a designated article pin to make it easier for users to read things later.
Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg, the founders of AllThingsD, are splitting with Dow Jones and in talks to raise investment at a $30 to $40 million valuation. They don’t get to keep the name, though. [Quartz]
As eyeballs go mobile, Pinterest is introducing a few “tasteful” “relevant” advertisements. [TechCrunch]
Hong Kong wants, loves, needs that gold iPhone 5S. [Digits]
Unfortunately, if you want one here in the U.S., you’ll likely have to wait until October, due to short supply. [The Verge]
“It threw off a hell of a lot of heat, much to my wife’s dismay.” Bitcoin mining gets the A-Hed treatment. [Wall Street Journal]
Maybe Google should check its own pulse before it tries to solve death. [Wired]
Space the Final Frontier
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.
Is your Pinterest flooded with crafts projects you’ll never complete because you’re not Brit Morin, vintage furniture you can’t afford and comically caloric cheese dip recipes? Well, get ready to feel wildly inadequate.
Meet astronaut Karen Nyberg. As GeekSugar points out, she’s currently working on the International Space Station and yet still just pinning away. Her bio: “Astronaut by day. Aspiring quilter, crafter, artist, runner by night. Wife and Mommy 24/7. Currently living & working on the International Space Station.”
U Francey Huh
Pinterest has long been the domain of overgrown sorority girls, bored Southern belles, and Your Annoying Cousin. It’s tough not to hate on the site’s miles and miles of cutesy recipes, DIY projects and saccharine quotes displayed against generic sunset backgrounds.
But with its new savings alerts feature, we just might have to quit playing the Negative Nancy and sign up for an account.
Go Home Science You're Drunk
Pinterest is taking its well-lit show on the road, expanding eastward to the land of cigarettes, simple carbs and wafting B.O. — France.
The site, which is pretty much Tumblr for basic bitches, can already be accessed in French and a few other languages. The official new froggy version will simply provide more French site links and localized content, according to TechCrunch. That likely means an endless stream of pinned Gauloises, animal liver and American Top 40 hits from the mid-2000s.
Pinterest is known as the magical place where sorority girls and your friend’s mom can amass their fave photos of recipes, wedding dresses and craft ideas on their very own online scrapbooks. With immense satisfaction, they then stare at those color-coordinated material items that just might help them to forget the harsh realities of cul-de-sac life.
But the site doesn’t just traffic in shabby chic porn for Tory Burch wannabes. Online retailers have found great success with its largely female, middle-class demographic. Enough repins on the perfect Pinterest image can translate into actual sales.
Oh, GOOD: You’ll soon to be able to drive your Tesla from NY to LA using the company’s expanded “Supercharger” network by the end of this year. [Business Insider]
Now that the Waze-Facebook talks have fallen apart, rumors are swirling that Google might go in for the kill. [ZDNet]
Meet the relaunched NewYork.com, another website dedicated to this city. [Crain's]
Pinterest is going to allow more tasteful nude pictures on the site following complaints by its users. [TechCrunch]
Apple quietly announced a new $229 16GB iPod Touch last night for people who still buy those things. [The Verge]