Disrupt Butts

This High-Tech Toilet Can Tell When You’re Pregnant or Diseased

The Wellbeing Toilet. It looks... ploppy. (Photo:  blogs.arts.ac.uk/)

Toilets have been toileting for hundreds of years without the slightest bit of disruption, minus the phasing out of the bidet. As such, the elimination industry is ripe for an app or gadget to make it more ergonomically friendly.

Some startups, like the folks behind the Squatty Potty and this odd girls-only pee funnel, have attempted to chip away at the porcelain throne, but none have caused a large scale shift. But now, there’s a new sheriff in Shitsville: the Wellbeing Toilet, which won a contest for potty design in the U.K. Could this be the thing that changes bowel movements forever? Read More

Brandjacking

Hashable Forgot to Register on Tumblr

South-park-VS.-Family-Guy


“Today we acquired Associated Press and Hashable,” Chris Mohney of Blackbook Media blogged earlier, inspiring Betabeat to spend the next hour typing names into Tumblr, looking for New York start-ups and other companies that might have a social media strategist they need to fire. Tumblr has an established tradition of rapidly booting squatters from copyrighted names, so it’s unlikely that any of these acquisitions will ever see an exit–still, brandjacking opportunities are everywhere! Read More