Visiting Dignitaries

Is This the Most Desperate Recruiting Ploy in the History of Silicon Valley?

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Could The Internship–an upcoming comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as two older gents who attempt to land a Google gig–actually be a secret ploy by Google to attract new employees? That’s what we’re wondering after catching the trailer that just dropped on YouTube. At one point, Owen Wilson says, “We’re looking at some sort of mental Hunger Games against a bunch of genius kids for just a handful of jobs.” With all the competition for talent, we’re pretty sure Google’s the one that feels like Katniss, but okay. Read More


Booting Up: Google Goes to the Movies Edition

On set. (Photo: Collider)

It appears Google is playing nice with The Internship, a.k.a the movie where Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson dick around at Google. [AllThingsD]

Apple swears iOS 6 maps–which are so bad there’s a Tumblr to chronicle the most astounding mistakes–will improve. [BBC News]

Always be targeting: Salesforce and Facebook are teaming up. Users of the cloud-for-the-enterprise company can now take their own customer contact data and instruct Facebook to send just those people tailored ads. [Business Insider]

From the CFO of Verizon: “Unlimited is just a word, it doesn’t really mean anything.” We’re pretty sure it means without limits? [Gizmodo]

A BlackBerry outage hits Europe. The last 15 people with BlackBerries must be very inconvenienced.  [The Guardian]

Hollywood Tech

We Have Some Strong Plot Suggestions For Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn’s The Internship

On set. (Photo: Collider)

We told you this morning that The Internship, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn’s new comedy about grown men interning at Google, was looking for some extras–specifically “Asian Stanford students.” The tone deaf casting announcement got us a little worried about the future of the film, which will undoubtedly be Oscar material. So we thought we’d put our brains together and see if we couldn’t help the two funnymen out. Here are our suggestions for plot improvements to ensure that this film doesn’t turn out to be Jack And Jill set in Silicon Valley. Read More

Hollywood Tech

Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn’s The Internship Is Looking for Extras to Play ‘Asian Stanford Students’

On set. (Photo: Collider)

Want to be in a movie? According to AllThingsD, The Internship–that absurd comedy starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn depicting them as 40-somethings who somehow score internships at Google–has moved to the San Francisco Bay Area for its final weeks of filming. A casting call for extras revealed that they’ll be filming today at Stanford and throughout San Francisco next week.

Another casting call is looking for an “Owen Wilson stand in” for The Internship. If you work in the San Francisco area, are 25 to 45 years old, have blond hair and are a little under 6 feet, you can get paid $20/hour for standing around looking like Owen Wilson. Hey, it beats loudly talking about some app you’re building in a hip mid-Market coffee shop, hoping some investors with cash to spare might just happen to overhear you. Read More