Apple in Your Eye
Oh, Zuck. We know you have a busy schedule, especially now that you’re running a public company, and we imagine that if you were to ever hang up your CEO boots, you’d have no shortage of speaking engagements that paid you princely sums for a little of your time. Still, the idea that there’s a Facebook fan out there who’d pay the company $100 for the privilege of sending you a message fairly boggles the mind.
The international community, it seems, is still publicly grieving the loss of Apple founder Steve Jobs. In fact, the St. Petersburg National Research University in Russia unveiled a statue of a huge iPhone today to commemorate Mr. Jobs’ death, because it’s Russia, you guys.
Rich People Things
Not only is Starbucks accepting payments via Square, the coffee conglomerate is now also selling the Square credit card reader for $10 at its retail locations. [New York Times]
Spotify has suspended its music download service in the U.K. Users can still stream music, but are sent to an unhelpful FAQ page when they attempt to purchase it. [Pocket-Lint]
Kim Dotcom says the U.S. “planted” evidence, encouraging him to keep copyrighted files on the Megaupload servers but then punishing him when he did so. [Ars Technica]
That indie Steve Jobs film, that will star Ashton Kutcher and be an inevitable flop that we will still watch anyway, is slated for release in April. Who wants to go with us? [Wall Street Journal]
The New York state comptroller is suing microchip company Qualcomm for data about its political expenditures with the hopes it can bring more transparency to corporate political spending. [New York Times]
Today in rich people things: the custom $100 million euro superyacht that Steve Jobs had commissioned to be built prior to his death has been impounded in Amsterdam, where it will spend the holidays dejectedly picking up women in the red light district in an attempt to distract itself from the startling financial reality that has befallen it.
The Securities and Exchange Commission is considering a civil action against Netflix after CEO Reed Hastings posted on Facebook in June that the company’s customers would soon view 1 billion hours of content a month. Mr. Hastings posted his thoughts on the SEC investigation on Facebook. [Facebook]
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Did we mention that winter is coming? Y Combinator is funding less startups in its winter 2013 cycle—less than 50 so far, down from 84 this summer. To reach the smaller number, the accelerator focused on predictors of failure. Turned out, they took a friendlier view of applicants they met after lunch. [Y Combinator]
Apple will have to wait a little bit longer to break ground on its futuristic new headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., after the company submitted an updated version of the proposal Steve Jobs presented to the city council in June of last year.
Larry Page is “hopeful” about the outcome of that antitrust probe into Google. Good for him! [Wall Street Journal]
Speaking of Google, here’s a peak inside its top secret data center. [Wired]
Microsoft has set its Surface tablet price at $499. That’s a lot of money you will never spend on a thing from Microsoft. [Wall Street Journal]
Motherboard talked to Steve Jobs through a psychic medium. Happy Halloween? [Motherboard]
The London Review of Books has a sad about online dating. [LRB]
It’s not every day that we find ourselves sympathetic to Apple’s attorneys but a weird bobblehead-like plastic sculpture of Steve Jobs, created by a sculptor with the deeply obnoxious handle XVALA (we suspect XVALA’s last name is CAPSLOCK), might just have us rooting for the legal eagles from Cupertino. Apple’s lawyers are famous for squashing attempts to co-opt or appropriate any aspect of the Apple brand, and this certainly qualifies.
As Slashgear reports, the sculpture is of Jobs in his trademark mock turtle and jeans wielding an iPhone and standing on Apple’s classic bitten apple logo.
As seen in photos it’s an almost comically creepy image but the press release about the show featuring the sculpture claims the real twist is in the materials used to create the… thing: