An independent researcher claims that there are 20 million fake accounts for sale on Twitter. [WSJ]
Apple has confirmed that it has bought 3D-sensor technology company PrimeSense for nearly $400 million. [AllThingsD]
Uber is helping drivers finance their new cars with a spate of new deals with auto manufacturers. [TechCrunch]
Turntable.fm is shutting down the “virtual DJ” portion of its website to focus on live events because that’s what the Internet needs. [TechCrunch]
Waze users now have the option of the directions being screamed at them by Kevin Hart and other assorted celebrities. [VentureBeat]
Until Snapchat fesses up, we’re never going to know how many snaps are actually sent a day. [BuzzFeed]
Included in the refreshed Twitter app are wonky new animations, new search features and news about trending television shows. [TechCrunch]
Smart Apartments, better known as one of the city’s most “notorious” Airbnb landlords, settled a lawsuit with New York City yesterday. It has to shut down and pay a $1 million penalty. [Skift]
Get excited for Amazon-branded grocery items as the company continues its quest for world domination. [AllThingsD]
Google Glass is now open to developers, so porn? [CNet]
It's the End of the World as We Know It
Ever wonder what Twitter would sound like on the eve of an asteroid smashing into the planet? Well, here’s a theory: it might sound a little bit like the official Blockbuster account did on Friday.
The company’s owner, Dish, announced recently that it would close all 300 remaining brick-and-mortar outlets by early January. But Saturday was the last day to rent anything, apparently, and @Blockbuster has opted to go out on a downright elegiac note, pulling on everyone’s heartstrings and playing on fond memories of browsing the drama section for promisingly racy covers.
Read ‘em and weep:
The Promo Games Your pretend best friend Jennifer Lawrence embraced her not-so-hidden geeky side this week, plugging her new movie all over Silicon Valley and stopping by Facebook, Yahoo and Google.
She rapped with Sheryl Sandberg at Facebook HQ and posed for a photo. Then, at Marissa Mayer’s palace of purple, Ms. Lawrence promoted Hunger Games: Catching Fire by chatting about Oscar dresses, Katniss’s wardrobe, and her new Kate Gosselin-esque pixie cut.
Love in the Time of Algorithms
We all know the Internet can conjure relationships out of nothing more than thin air and a WiFi router. But where’s tech when you’re embroiled in the nitty gritty of a relationship, jousting with your partner over non-issues like pizza toppings and text message response time?
One Chicago couple might just figure that out. Claire Meyer and Alan Linic have tweeted the cause of every fight they’ve had since August, New York Mag reports, and the resultant account, @WeFoughtAbout, is a real beaut.
Fox Business anchor Charlie Gasparino, who was snubbed by Twitter CEO Dick Costolo for comment, had a reasonable response: “This guy looks like the guy you beat the hell out of…I’m not advocating violence, I’m just saying he looks like—.” [Dealbreaker]
Taking a page from TechCrunch, Aol is asking Aol employees to “disrupt” the company since the suits are out of ideas on how to fix it. [TechCrunch]
If you’re a Twitter employee on a diet, yesterday was a difficult day for you! They snacked on doughnuts, macaroni and cheese roast-duck fritters and a grilled rack of lamb. [WSJ]
If Stephen Elop takes control of Microsoft, he’s mulling the idea of axing Bing and selling off the company’s Xbox unit. [Bloomberg]
The 63 networks of NBCUniversal and the Today show are going to broadcast Richard Branson’s trip to space next August. [Variety]
Under the blessing of Sir Patrick Stewart, the highly anticipated Twitter IPO joined the party on the New York Stock Exchange. After initially pricing itself at $26 a share, TWTR immediately popped to $45.10, which puts the company at a $25 billion valuation.
CNBC reports that more than 30 million shares changed hands in the first half hour of trading. Shares quickly hit $50, before settling below that.
Twitter’s IPO is opening at $26 a share with 70 million shares up for grabs. That puts the company’s valuation at $18.1 billion. [New York Times]
But some analysts are wary the stock might “moonshot” at open explode to $40 or higher, which nobody wants because, hi, Facebook. [CNBC]
Twitter employees aren’t planning any big bashes because they “don’t want to come off lame or douchey.” If you weren’t invited to anything, just say so you guys! [AllThingsD]
There’s absolutely no pressure on the New York Stock Exchange to perfectly execute today’s trading as the entire world watches. [USA Today]
All the questions you were afraid to ask about the Twitter IPO are answered here. [Guardian]
Square regularly asks for advice from a 75-year-old “granny” of an employee. [WSJ]
If you ignore Patch, AOL might finally be making money from its content verticals. [AllThingsD]
Twitter employs a Postmaster in charge of all those pesky emails that you’re regularly bombarded with. [TNW]
Apple sent a takedown notice to Apple-tracker.com, a site that helps customers track the whereabouts of their devices, because it violates the site’s TOS. [The Verge]
Facebook is testing a Trending Now module to ensure that those words becoming meaningless. [AllFacebook]
The latest thinking is that Twitter’s IPO is likely to be priced at the higher range at $25/share before locking in its price tomorrow. [Bloomberg]
Naturally, Bitstrips announced their rich Asian backer in a stupid comic strip. Also, people want to invest in this? [Wall Street Journal]
Blackberry is going to keep plugging along with its handset business since that’s going well. [AllThingsD]
An article on Pocket, “the DVR of the Web,” lasts 37 days before you decide not to read it. [Fast Company]
Apple is adding 2,000 jobs in Arizona with the opening of a manufacturing plant. [Reuters]