In what is a huge get for Snapchat, the app has poached Emily White from Instagram as its COO. She was in charge of luring advertisers to the Facebook-owned company and is expected to assume a similar role. [AllThingsD]
The machines will rise, in the eyes of Google at least. It has installed Android software inventor Andy Rubin to lead the company’s robotics creations. [NYT]
Tumblr is reportedly having trouble attracting advertising money because it’s just too complicated for brands. [Digiday]
Instead of releasing all of its new kids program all at once, Netflix said that it’s going to debut Turbo Fast in “pods” because all of the episodes aren’t yet completed. [Wired]
Jeopardy engaged in the GIF pronunciation debate and we all lost. [Daily Dot]
Cyber Monday out of the box That glorious, pajama shopping-enabled holiday, Cyber Monday, is less than a week away now. And Birchbox is rolling out several ways to take advantage of their deals for the occasion. First up, they launched their shopping app last week so you don’t even need to support the weight of a laptop while buying presents from your couch. Next, Birchbox is generous enough to give you a Rebecca Taylor-designed makeup pouch when you spend at least $55 on other stuff. So, not every present has to be for someone else. And finally, they’re instituting a points system for the day that can get you up to a $30 value when you spend $100. Sounds like it’s time for some extra fancy smelling face goop!
Another number to add to your Snapchat statistic stew: 70 percent of the app’s users are women. The rest are dogs. [WSJ]
Pinterest is entering the travel sector with “Place Pins,” where users create boards and place…pins on to destinations. Sponsors will populate the slots with information and media about the area. [Skift]
Groupon’s new “Freebies” section sounds a lot easier than getting a Klout perk. [Chicago Tribune]
If Barry Diller still ran Fox, he would absolutely sue Aereo for scraping its signals. But since he financially backs the streaming startup and has successfully defeated any court cases against it, he says he’s “on the side of the Angels.” [TVSpy]
AOL’s Tim Armstrong and Gilt Founder Kevin Ryan are joining Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s transition team. [Politicker]
Until Snapchat fesses up, we’re never going to know how many snaps are actually sent a day. [BuzzFeed]
Included in the refreshed Twitter app are wonky new animations, new search features and news about trending television shows. [TechCrunch]
Smart Apartments, better known as one of the city’s most “notorious” Airbnb landlords, settled a lawsuit with New York City yesterday. It has to shut down and pay a $1 million penalty. [Skift]
Get excited for Amazon-branded grocery items as the company continues its quest for world domination. [AllThingsD]
Google Glass is now open to developers, so porn? [CNet]
Snapchat’s rejection of a multibillion dollar offer from Facebook was made “because they think making a deal now would leave many billions more on the table.” [New York Times]
LivingSocial is “ashamed and embarrassed” that its outage has lasted more than 40 hours. [AllThingsD]
That “What Would I Say?” app for cobbling your Facebook statuses together was a result of a Princeton Hackathon. [New Yorker]
Searching for a new hobby, Google’s Eric Schmidt has joined the board of The Economist. [Guardian]
Apple is requesting an additional $380 million in damages from its argument with Samsung over patent infringements but Samsung only wants to pay $52 million of it. [CNet]
Jesus died for our selfies
Snapchat has come a long way from the fraternities of Stanford. Via Getty Images, here is a photo of a debutante taking a Snapchat selfie while waiting around to be presented at the Queen Charlotte’s Ball.
According to the Daily Mail: ”Dubbed the ‘crowning event of the London Season’ the guest list is hand-picked with care: only young women from the richest families are invited to the ball where, after months of careful preparation and spending thousands of pounds on each ticket, the young debutantes are able to show off their skills in poise and elegance.”
Philadelphia has finally beat its big bro New York City at something–the historic city leads the nation in smartphone theft :(. Their mayor is joining Pennsylvania and New York attorneys general on an initiative to curb the burglaries. [CBS Local]
Google+ has seen a 58 percent jump in users, meaning the social network no Read More
If the Snapchat bubble was going to explode, it doesn’t sound like that’s going to happen anytime soon. AllThingsD is reporting that it’s close to snapping up “hundreds of millions” of dollars in fresh funding that values the ephemeral photo sharing app at up to $3.6 billion.
Jesus died for our selfies
Conventional wisdom dictates that everyone hates selfies. You have to roll your eyes when your high school frenemy pops up, mugging adorably, in an Instagram pic with some terrible “dance like no one’s watching” caption.
But people keep posting them, and liking them, and commenting on them, despite widespread kvetching about the selfie phenomenon. Like pumpkin spice lattes or the Kardashians, selfies are too popular to really be as reviled as we like to pretend they are.
No matter how ephemeral your messages are, there’s one question Snapchat can’t shake: Who can see your snaps? So, hoping to evaporate that question from the nation’s consciousness, the app’s head of trust and safety, Micah Shaffer, reiterated that opened snaps are immediately zapped from its servers. But he did admit that unopened messages can not only be viewed, but can be turned over to law enforcement.