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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

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Rumor Roundup: Tumblr Takes Over NASDAQ and Jack Dorsey Will Sell You This Pencil Sketch for $1,000

Art. (Photo: Squareup.com/Jack Dorsey)

Jack of all trades If you recently moved to a new apartment and are looking for some non-Ikea works to spruce up the place, Twitter cofounder and Square CEO Jack Dorsey has just the item for you. The creative Mr. Dorsey has put a pencil drawing he did up for sale on Square’s marketplace. For just $1,000, you can own a 4-panel pencil sketch of a gingko leaf, appropriately signed by “@jack.” But you might want to wipe that sneer off your face: the proceeds go directly to Charity:Water, so we don’t think Mr. Dorsey will be launching a personal moneymaking venture as an artist anytime soon. Read More

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David Karp’s in Cannes, Partying With Diddy and Calling Rivals’ Practice ‘Gross’

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Right now the “Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity,” which is of course a big cushy self-congratulatory bash for advertisers, is in full swing. And so Tumblr founder/apparent Mad Men devotee David Karp is in town, wooing potential clients.

He took the time to toot Tumblr’s own horn and trash its rivals. The Guardian reports that in a seminar, he condemned follower counts (you listening, Twitter?), which he finds just so déclassé: Read More

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Another Early Tumblr Employee Departs: ‘Media Evangelist’ Mark Coatney Leaves

Mr. Coatney (Photo: Twitter)

Tumblr “director/media evangelist” Mark Coatney, one of the company’s early employees and the man who built the site’s outreach team, just announced that he’s leaving the company. For those keeping score at home, that’s right on the heels of creative director Jacob Bijani’s departure.

Mr. Coatney didn’t detail his reasons for leaving in the announcement on his Tumblr, other than to say, “It’s a a good time, with Tumblr moving into a new and even better stage with Yahoo, and though I’m happy about the decision and excited about new opportunities, it’s still bittersweet.” Read More