General Assembly

General Assembly Partners With Tumblr to Teach the Cool Kids to Code

The lessons are incredibly self-explanatory — enough handholding for just about anyone to make it through. (Screengrab via Dash)

Remember back in the day, when you had to jerry-rig your Myspace layout with sloppy HTML in order to stand out from the crowd? Kids these days have it so much easier.

As of this morning, General Assembly (GA) is partnering with Tumblr to offer free lessons in how to build Tumblr themes. Tumblr has always offered its mostly-young userbase themes to customize their layouts, but now Tumblr users can to dig into the actual code that drives those layouts. Read More

Twitter Politics

Bitly CEO Not Surprised Twitter Finally Bought Its Own Tweet-Marketing Group

(via Twitter)

Twitter announced yesterday that it’s acquiring Gnip, a company that analyzes tweets, Facebook likes and Tumblr reblogs for marketers.

It seems like an obvious move. Why should Twitter sit by and let third-party companies profit from its massive content output without getting in on the fun? Still, marketing groups like Gnip have been profiting from social media companies for some time. Twitter is only the most recent in a line of tech startups trying to get in on the action.

Bitly, too, sat on its own database of social behavior data for years before recently making moves to license it. So Bitly CEO Mark Josephson isn’t surprised by the Twitter acquisition. Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: Facebook Is Turning 10 So Get Excited To Hear About That All Day

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Facebook is turning 10 years old today in case you didn’t know. Here’s an interview with Zuck. [Today]

Google has been ordered to move its mysterious barge currently creeping in the San Francisco waters because of lack of permits. [Recode]

When the government asked for user data, Tumblr gave it out 76 percent of the time according to a so-called Transparency Report. [CNet]

Now any website or developer can make their website compatible with Google’s Chromecast. [ReadWrite]

Please stop retweeting this fraudulent Esurance account on Twitter because it’s not going to help you win millions the company is giving out. [BI]

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Booting Up: Tumblr’s Traffic Might Be Declining

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Amazon is denying that it’s developing an “over-the-top” live streaming service for televisions. [The Verge]

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority approved a pilot program last night that requires companies operating employee shuttles (cough Google and Facebook) to obtain permits and pay fees. [Recode]

The Internet is about to have its “big bang.” On Feb. 4, thousands of domain names, like .pizza, will be on sale. [Quartz]

Don’t freak out Marissa with this news, but Tumblr’s traffic is reportedly declining. [Forbes]

Uncarrier T-Mobile is launching Mobile Money, a low-cost bank account for people who are uncomfortable with traditional banks. Interestingly, users can access more than 4,000 ATMs for free. [CNet]

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Booting Up: How Excited Are You For Facebook’s Reader?

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“Uber for healthcare” is a thing that could eventually happen for the one percent. [Valleywag]

Speculation is ramping up that Facebook might finally release its Flipboard knockoff (internally called “Paper”) later this month. Yayyyyyyy? [Recode]

Using the fancy @ symbol, Tumblr users can finally mention each other in their posts. [Verge]

Long live the llama: Aol has officially unloaded Winamp and Shoutcast to Belgian startup Radionomy for $5 to $10 million. [TechCrunch]

Netflix has ordered nine episodes of Marco Polo, a historical drama about something. [Vulture]