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Booting Up: Jeopardy Decides How We Should Pronounce GIF

It's pronounced "Bone EE-vair." (Photo: Twitter)

In what is a huge get for Snapchat, the app has poached Emily White from Instagram as its COO. She was in charge of luring advertisers to the Facebook-owned company and is expected to assume a similar role. [AllThingsD]

The machines will rise, in the eyes of Google at least. It has installed Android software inventor Andy Rubin to lead the company’s robotics creations. [NYT]

Tumblr is reportedly having trouble attracting advertising money because it’s just too complicated for brands. [Digiday]

Instead of releasing all of its new kids program all at once, Netflix said that it’s going to debut Turbo Fast in “pods” because all of the episodes aren’t yet completed. [Wired]

Jeopardy engaged in the GIF pronunciation debate and we all lost. [Daily Dot]

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At Long Last, Tumblr Has Decent Search Functionality

Get ready to FREEBASE some Sherlock fan art.

For most of Tumblr’s history, attempts to search the site have been frustrating and often just plain fruitless. It really took a lot of dedication to keep up with the erotic Optimus Prime fanfic community, you know?

But it looks like the company finally invested some effort into fixing this particular feature. Tumblr announced today the site’s search functionality “has been rebuilt, front to back, to help explore all of your 65 billion(!) posts.” Read More

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Tumblr Gifmeister and Early Employee Topherchris Is Leaving

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Another early Tumblr employee hit the road today. Christopher Price, better known by his Internet alias topherchris, just announced that he’s leaving the site after “precisely 1,540 days.”

Mr. Price started using the site about a week into its existence, then joined the team in April 2009 as “editorial director.” “The kids in charge over at Tumblr HQ have decided to offer me the esteemed position of Editorial Director,” he wrote at the time. “This is truly an honor and delightful surprise, since I didn’t even know they could afford a paid staff, let alone health insurance.” Read More

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David Karp Wants to Talk About Drones, Not Boring Stuff Like ‘How We Run the Company’

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This week’s New York is a roundup of “brands” that have boomed since the 2008 crash, which can also be read as a bleak treatise on our dystopian age. (Imagine a world where the best economic prospect for a single mom working at Red Lobster is a deformed cat… who becomes a star!) Among the honorees: Tumblr, of course.

The mag sat down with the site’s freshly flush young founder and discovered that he is not shy about letting you see that he is so, so bored right now: Read More

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David Karp Has a Fancy New Loft in Williamsburg and It Is ‘Mildly Steampunk’

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Everybody praise Tumblr founder David Karp, for he has managed to complete a bajillion dollar renovation on a stunning Williamsburg loft, all the while avoiding the tacky Star Trek vision that most people conjure when picturing the abode of a tech founder. That is the takeaway from a design story in the New York Times, which spotlights Mr. Karp’s recently completed spacious loft apartment in the heart of South Williamsburg. Read More

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Booting Up: So How Many Active Users Does Tumblr Really Have?

Heavily featured in that New Republic piece, ouch. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)

Uh-oh: Tech bros may very well be the new bankers. [The New Republic]

Tumblr just won’t give up the goods re: active user stats, which is the most relevant number for potential dashboard advertisers. Could the number be as small as 30 to 50 million? [BuzzFeed]

Here’s one more dinner-table guessing game gone: Google Glass will be able to name the song you’re listening to. [The Verge]

Foursquare’s adding restaurant menus to search results, which means you’ve now got a way to search for the specific dish you want, and bless them for that. [The Verge]

You people are sending 350 million snaps every single day. [CNET]

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When Yahoo Swooped In, Tumblr Was Down to $16.6M in the Bank

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Now that Tumblr’s been welcomed into Yahoo’s purple bosom, David Karp’s days of wheedling venture capitalists are over. If the company hadn’t sold, though, Mr. Karp would’ve been doing a lot of door-knocking with his hat out, because it turns out the company had just $16.6 million left at acquisition. (It’s also a question just how much ads were bringing in.)

Pretty sure there are rinky-dink jungle airstrips with longer runways. Read More

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Booting Up: Yahoo! Takes Up Residence in Another Newspaper Building

The Chron. (Flickr, by juliandunn)

After announcing they’d move into the old New York Times building, out on the West Coast Yahoo is relocating to the old San Francisco Chronicle, as well. [Bloomberg]

Next year YouTube will open a production studio right here in New York City. Also, mobile now accounts for 40 percent of time spent watching the site’s videos. [The Wrap]

Steven Levy, who gets so many behind-the-scenes stories we’re starting to suspect he’s actually a breaking-and-entering artist, tells of how the new Moto X happened. [Wired]

“But this data, and Quantcast’s, suggests that Tumblr’s presence on the internet, or at least a major part of it, isn’t growing, but shrinking.” [BuzzFeed]

Guess what? There’s a science fiction movie coming to theaters that’s got some actual science in it. [Fast Company]

RebelMouse, the NYC startup helmed by HuffPo mafia member Paul Berry, raised $10.25 in series A funding. [Wall Street Journal]

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Booting Up: Instagram Is Looking for a Political Outreach Manager in D.C.

Instagram enters DC. (Screengrab: Twitter)

Instagram is looking to hire a Washington, D.C.-based Political Outreach Manager to “manage and execute relationships” with politicos and to presumably teach Hillary Clinton how to take a proper selfie. [AdAge]

For Q2 earnings, Google reported $14.1 billion in revenue, but earnings per share checked in lower than expected at $9.56. [GigaOM]

It’s believed that a generic iPhone charger played a role in a electrocuting and killing that 23-year-old Chinese stewardess earlier this week. [ZDNet]

Since Microsoft had to take a $900 million write-down on Surface, surely the thing that doomed the tablet was advertising. Right? [CNET]

Tumblr is making it much more difficult for users to find NSFW content and everyone is so mad about it. [Daily Dot]

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Tumblr Asked You to Reset Your Password Because of a Pretty Embarrassing Security Hole

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Last night, Tumblr product VP Derek Gottfrid posted a rather alarming communique to its users, far from the usual omg-we’re-just-so-darn-happy-to-announce gushing. “We have just released a very important security update for our iPhone and iPad apps addressing an issue that allowed passwords to be compromised in certain circumstances¹. Please download the update now,” the post read, emphasis theirs. Read More