15 Minutes Into the Future
Neil Voss has always been ahead of his time.
He was a pilgrim in the days of video game design, building software and writing soundtracks for Nintendo 64 classics before many creative designers took games seriously. Mr. Voss built interactive web art — a medium that still has yet to mature — with Shockwave and Read More
Take It Off
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.
Hires and Fires
Tumblr users enjoy asking existential questions almost as much as they enjoy reblogging gif sets of cats.
They’ve uncovered a lot over the years, so what was next on the agenda of philosophical debates? Shirt removal, obviously.
It all started when one Tumblr user posted the type of Tumblresque inquiry that can be found Read More
Popular news startup Circa has just announced they’ve hired John Maloney as their new president. Mr. Maloney was formerly president of Tumblr, cofounded UrbanBaby, and also works as an angel investor and advisor.
As Circa’s new president, Mr. Maloney will lead operations, business development and growth, a press release said.
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.
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]
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]
The Year Observed
“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]
Funding rounds and IPOs come and go, but one thing we can always count on is the quirkiness of the tech sector’s execs. Herewith, a smattering of the weirdest things our favorite CEOs did (at least publicly) this year.
It’s that time of year! Google has released the year-end numbers for searches and top trends in 2013. Betabeat has pored over the lists and separated the wheat from the gluten-free chaff to bring you this year’s most popular in tech.