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Rumors & Acquisitions: The Earthquake, Violence and Mike Arrington Likes To Be Optimistic Edition

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NO, YOU AREN’T CRAZY. Twitter asploded with soul-searching tweets as New Yorkers wondered if they’d really felt something. Haha, Warby Parker evacuated; so did Jordan Newman, Google spokesman and a recent transplant from the Googleplex, who felt it on the 15th floor and evacuated himself although people on the fourth floor didn’t notice anything. Gary Vaynerchuck wondered if it was because he had just announced his retirement from making wine videos. There was some alarm when the newsroom saw a tweet that trains were down, which turned out thankfully to be untrue. The earthquak’s total DMG to NYC was more along the lines of this. But we have already an animated .GIF, a mug (thanks Etsy!) and a check-in (thanks Foursquare!) to remember it by.

GUNS AND STEEL. Remember Silk Road, the website with an absurdly-long URL where you can buy drugs and other wonderful things with Bitcoin, and lots of its harmless customers gave quotes to Gawker? There’s a similar underground site that’s a little more ominous, a source tells Betabeat. It’s called Metal Storm–another common name that makes it tough to find by a search–and senators might want to pay more attention to this one, because it sells guns. Read More

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Warby Parker Goes to Washington

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Warby Parker, which now has more than 40 employees and more than $1 million in revenue, is subject to laws that vary state-by-state. “Dispensing eyeglasses is not that complicated and even if it were complicated, there should be uniform rules,” co-founder Neil Blumenthal told the New York Times. The designer eyeglasses distributor sent Mr. Blumenthal to Washington last month to be a face for entrepreneurship, and what he heard didn’t inspire much confidence. “It might be too much to ask Washington to help with entrepreneurship when they can’t even get the basics right, like maintaining a decent credit rating,” he said. Read More