Apple CEO Tim Cook threw his support behind the Employment Nondiscrimination Act in an op-ed. “At Apple, we try to make sure people understand that they don’t have to check their identity at the door,” he wrote. [Verge]
There’s supposedly four mysterious Google barges (not three) with the latest rumor being that it’s to showcase Google X projects beyond Glass. Self-driving cars showroom, anyone? [Glass Almanac]
It’s going to take a lot more than redesigning flagship Yahoo products to save the company, employees grumble. [New York Times]
Google CEO Eric Schmidt called the NSA hacking allegations “outrageous” if proven true. [Wall Street Journal]
The YouTube Music Awards attracted roughly 220,000 concurrent views and sounded pretty boring. [AllThingsD]
#FollowFriday Well, well, well–look who’s on Twitter! Apple CEO Tim Cook took the bluster out of everyone’s #FF today and tweeted for the first time.
Internet sleuths hopped on the case, parsing the clues to determine whether the profile (“Fan of Auburn football and Duke basketball,” his bio reads), was the real deal. Two Apple employees and a Twitter worker were Mr. Cook’s first follows, for instance, but he also followed Anderson Cooper and Kings of Leon. What did it all mean??
BlackBerry is going to eliminate 40 percent of its staff by the end of the year as it morphs into a juice bar. [Wall Street Journal]
Two Myspace alumni are learning what it’s like to work for successful tech companies. [New York Times]
“I don’t feel euphoric on the up, and I don’t slit my wrists when it goes down,” says Tim Cook in a, uh, revealing interview about Apple’s stock price and the state of the company. [Bloomberg BusinessWeek]
YouTube gaming network Machinima is cutting 10 percent of its staff. [AdWeek]
Netflix, which has been riding the wave of good news lately, is actually shutting down a DVD distribution center in Montana. [The Montana Standard]
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Someone sounds a little dejected that their Project Glass submission was rejected.
Speaking at yesterday’s (biweekly?) All Things D Digital Conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook threw shade at Google’s face computer, saying that he doesn’t think it will hit mainstream appeal because no one wants to look like an insufferable ass if they don’t have to. Oh, and the steep $1,500 price point could be a hinderance.
In an interview yesterday at the D conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook promised, “We have some incredible plans that we have been working on for a while.” If you’re talking about that smartwatch, pal, we’ve already moved on to Google Glass. [AllThingsD]
Apple is stepping up the pace of its acquisitions, though. [AllThingsD]
Aviary is expanding to Tokyo in June, with 50 million monthly users in hand. [The Next Web]
Perhaps disappointed with the results of its no good, very bad commercials, Facebook now wants to invade your consciousness via television-show product placement. [Valleywag]
After a small advertiser revolt, Facebook is finally cracking down on groups dedicated to rape and violence against women. [Businessweek]
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Tim Cook and other Apple representatives are on Capital Hill today, answering questions about why the company doesn’t pay any more taxes here in the U.S. of A. Senator Carl Levin is currently waving around his iPhone and grilling the lot of them about their Irish subsidiaries.
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“The inevitable next step is for Kim Kardashian to sit on the board of a tech start-up, host a global-poverty-awareness event and write a book on behavioral neuroscience.” [New York Times]
The tax man’s hanging round Apple’s door, and now Tim Cook is due to appear before Congress on the matter. [Telegraph]
For her science fair project, this teenaged girl invented a supercapacitor that could maybe, with further development, charge your electronics lightening fast. Everyone’s now feeling pretty bad about their baking soda volcano, huh? [Jezebel]
Matt Mullenweg says that talk of Yahoo buying Tumblr sent WordPress imports from Tumblr skyrocketing, from 400-600 posts per hour to 72,000 on Sunday. Of course, that could’ve just been one really dedicated porn reblogger. [AllThingsD]
Tumblr users are having a collective meltdown to rival The China Syndrome (only onetime Yahoo users are old enough to get that joke). [Buzzfeed]
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is worried about our state’s significant uptick in phone thefts, but that’s really more Tim Cook’s problem. Bloomberg reports that Mr. Schneiderman has penned a letter to tech giants like Google and Apple asking them why, if you guys are capable of making face computers and cars that drive themselves, can’t you make phones unstealable?
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Look, Apple CEO Tim Cook is a busy guy. He does lots of important stuff, like announcing that there will be announcements in the future. His time is worth a lot. So CharityBuzz, an online charity auction, is hosting a very generous offer from Mr. Cook: people–rich people, specifically–can bid to have coffee with him at Apple headquarters. The “estimated value” of this presumably hour-long (tops!) outing? $50,000, which is just $2,762 dollars shy of the U.S.’s median household income.
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Every spring during the Qingming Festival, people in China honor their ancestors by cleaning and repairing their tombstones. Offerings are also made to the dead, typically consisting of food and drink, but because Chinese culture dictates that deceased relatives will need money and other material goods in the after life, many will also burn fake money or paper replicas of homes and cars as offerings.