Square regularly asks for advice from a 75-year-old “granny” of an employee. [WSJ]
If you ignore Patch, AOL might finally be making money from its content verticals. [AllThingsD]
Twitter employs a Postmaster in charge of all those pesky emails that you’re regularly bombarded with. [TNW]
Apple sent a takedown notice to Apple-tracker.com, a site that helps customers track the whereabouts of their devices, because it violates the site’s TOS. [The Verge]
Facebook is testing a Trending Now module to ensure that those words becoming meaningless. [AllFacebook]
Ignore that Facebook raked in $2 billion revenue last quarter and instead let’s freak out that teens are fleeing the social network. “We remain close to fully penetrated among teens in the U.S,” it, uh, reassured. [Business Insider]
In light of Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz’s departure, Square announced that a former Goldman Sachs CFO will replace him on the board of directors. [AllThingsD]
Kickstarter announced a series of top-level changes. Cofounder Yancey Strickler is the new CEO, with Perry Chen moving into a chairman position. [Kickstarter Blog]
Google’s Glasses accessory store quietly swung its doors open yesterday. Everything is very expensive, like a fabric pouch that will set you back $50. [TNW]
With Amazon’s new charity program, a generous 0.5 percent of selected purchases will be donated to nonprofits. [Digital Trends]
Twitter has chosen the New York Stock Exchange for its IPO. “This is a decisive win for the NYSE,” said the exchange’s head of global listings, rubbing NASDAQ’s face it in. [The Verge]
Glenn Greenwald is bailing on the Guardian for a new media venture funded by (wait for it) Ebay founder Pierre Omidyar. [Reuters]
Let’s everybody have a sad trombone for Yahoo! earnings. [AllThingsD]
Got a debit card? Then you can now email your friends money, thanks to Square Cash. [The Verge]
“While the collection is largely typical of the artist’s whimsical tongue-in-cheek work, there is one thing different about his latest creations: Banksy is sharing them on the social Web.” [New York Times]
Grind’s a-growin’ We’re wishing a happy housewarming to exclusive coworking platform Grind, which just opened its second NYC location at 39th and Broadway. The company—whose original NYC location is at 29th and Park—offers talented techies and entrepreneurs a functional, comfortable, caffeine-laced space to do their work, outside the confines of the oppressive corporate world. Grind’s new space boasts 1.5 times the square footage of the original, and hopefully that much more gourmet, eco-friendly, ethically sourced coffee.
Amazon is planning a big biodome at the foot of its new HQ, because Jeff Bezos. [Gizmodo]
More people are using their tablets on planes. Someone actually paid to conduct this study. [USA Today]
Square has expanded to Japan. [The Next Web]
Kim Dotcom says he invented two-factor authentication and Google, Twitter and others are engaging in “massive IP infringement.” [The Verge]
Foursquare now offers more specific search and filter capabilities. [TechCrunch]
Leaning Out of Tumblr Jessica Bennett, the Tumblr employee who was laid off with the shuttering of Storyboard, announced today on Twitter that she’s taken a job with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. “Turns out being fired ain’t that bad,” she tweeted, along with a link to a Facebook post by Ms. Sandberg herself announcing Ms. Bennett’s hiring:
“So excited to welcome Jessica Bennett to the Lean In team! Jessica is joining us to run Editorial – helping us connect women all over the world with their passion for leaning in! Special thanks to Nell Scovell and Rachel Sklar for introducing us to Jessica!”
How much leaning in was required to land that job?
News broke late Friday night that daily deals site LivingSocial was hacked, exposing the personal data of 50,000,000 users. [New York Times]
Robert Scoble showered in his pair of Google Glass and everyone on the Internet cried themselves to sleep. [Google Plus]
Jack Dorsey has a new plan for world domination: revamping how McDonald’s charges you for that Big Mac. [USA Today]
Facebook is losing users quickly as many decamp for new social network experiences on platforms like Path. According to one study, just last month the site lost 6 million U.S. users, a 4 percent drop. [The Guardian]
What you Google can predict how the stock market behaves. Time to buy all the stocks in “Sergey Brin arms” then? [BBC]
Zuck apparently wears a t-shirt while swimming in the ocean. Who’s surprised? [Valleywag]
Twitter cofounder and Square CEO Jack Dorsey took the stage in a non-Silicon Valley venue this afternoon: an auditorium in the Hearst HQ, for a chat with Harper’s Bazaar executive editor Laura Brown.
Fittingly for an audience of stylishly attired editorial belles, Ms. Brown led by asking Mr. Dorsey about his leadership philosophy. The man, it seems, likes to think of himself as an editor.
“I’ve studied a lot of editors, I’ve studied a lot of newspapers and magazines,” Mr. Dorsey explained. He thinks of his own job as editing the team (brings new meaning to “kill your darlings”), as well as crafting both mission and product for the company. “It’s a constant chance to make it better and better and better and better. Sometimes the best edit is a complete rewrite,” he concluded.
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.
Accel has closed a $475 million fund that they plan to use for Series A startups mainly in Israel and Europe. [TechCrunch]
Yesterday was Twitter’s 7th birthday and it celebrated by hitting the 200 million users milestone. That’s great and all but… [The Verge]
…YouTube announced they have one billion monthly users. You know what’s cool? [San Jose Mercury News]
The influx of new money from this round of billion dollar startups has undeniably changed the Valley. But is it for the better? [East Bay Express]
Turns out Starbucks baristas actually have no idea how to use that Square thing. [Fast Company]