Betabeat’s twisted sense of humor is rivaled only by our love of selfies, and even we wouldn’t do this.
Yesterday, a crowd gathered in view of the Brooklyn Bridge when an apparently suicidal man was being coaxed by police into stepping away from the edge. A New York Post photog was on the scene when he caught a woman whipping out her iPhone and getting her selfie on, with the cops and the distraught man in the background (click through for a pic of the selfie enthusiast).
Starting today, Uber passengers can now pay for their rides using PayPal. [GigaOM]
We’d love to be at the meeting between the RapGenius guys and the songwriters’ group accusing them of stealing their work. [The Wrap]
The usage of the word “selfie” shot up 17,000% since two years ago with the Instagram accounts of Betabeat’s staff accounting for half of that. [USA Today]
If you have all of your 401(k) invested in Bitcoins, yesterday was a worrying time since it lost nearly $300 of its value in a half hour. [GeekWire]
The founders of Myspace blame Rupert Murdoch for destroying the site and nothing else. [Huffington Post]
Jesus died for our selfies
It doesn’t look like the #VoterSelfies movement is going to sweep the Philippines anytime soon. Ahead of today’s elections, the country’s Commissions of Elections reminded voters that it’s illegal to take pictures of completed ballots and laid out guidelines as to when it the requisite selfie is allowed.
Voting laws state that making copies or identifying who someone voted for, which a completed ballot selfie falls under, is prohibited in the country.
In an effort to help your parents finally understand what the hell it is you’re talking about, Oxford Dictionaries Online–which prides itself on chronicling youth jargon–announced that it’s adding “twerk,” “selfie,” and “derp,” among others, to its archives.
I Tumbl For You
If you’re a painter trying to explore themes of exhibitionism and voyeurism, one microblogging site has you covered. And how! “There must be 50 million unique Tumblr sites and I think 49 million of them must be of nudity!” Portland artist Dan Gluibizzi ”jokes” to Wired.
That would help explain how Tumblr just crossed over into 20 billion pageviews.