Booting Up: Google Is Giving Employees Talking Points About Its Private Buses

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Here’s a leaked memo from Google telling its employees what to think about its controversial shuttle program in San Francisco. [Valleywag]

Neetzan Zimmerman explains what he’s going to do at secret sharing app Whisper and we still don’t get it. [AdWeek]

Analysts are guessing that Apple sold between 50 and 60 million iPhones last quarter because numbers. [Fortune]

Besides the health insurance, there’s another good thing about being acquired by Google: you don’t have to make money. That’s what the founder of Waze joked yesterday. [Recode]

Beats Music, which offers nearly the same thing as Spotify but has 100 percent more Dr. Dre, is now available for download. [BGR]


Booting Up: Up to 20 Million Accounts On Twitter Might Be Fake

Hmmmm. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

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] 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]


Booting Up: Shh, No One Mention Money

Making money is cool. (Getty)

“Right on cue, we hear cynics asking, ‘But how will they ever make money?’ let alone ‘enough money to justify the valuation.’ Just this weekend, the rumors (and doubts — for example, read the comments) were all about Snapchat.” No, but seriously. [Medium]

Speaking of cash, though: Base salaries for New York City tech jobs are skyrocketing. No surprise there. [Crain’s]

Fred Wilson, cool mom: “I like to be the person the founder calls when he wants advice and counsel.” [PandoDaily]

As appealing as we find the idea of a real-time Google Maps based on Waze’s data, that sounds like it’ll take even longer to load. [Forbes]

In the trial hashing out whether Apple conspired to drive up ebook prices, exec Eddy Cue admitted yesterday that yeah, he totally expected prices to increase as the result of Apple’s plans. But hey, more books! [CNET]


Booting Up: Hopefully This Is the Last Waze Acquisition Rumor We’ll Ever Hear

Google's possible new purchase.

Is the long saga of ‘Who’s Acquiring Waze Today’ finally nearing a finale? The Israeli startup is nearing a deal with Google to be snapped up for a cool $1 billion. [WSJ]

On the heels of reportedly raising $100 million in new funding, Snapchat is ramping up its sales department [TechCrunch]

AT&T is extending its upgrade window from 20 months to two years. [AllThingsD]

Apple is expected to unveil iRadio, Siri, and a revamped iOS at the company’s developer conference, which kicks off today. [CNET]

Speaking of the new iOS7, screenshots of it have supposedly leaked. It’s very flat, but colorful. [9to5Mac]


Booting Up: Get Excited For More Nudes on Pinterest

Nudie. (Photo: Pinterest/TechCrunch)

Oh, GOOD: You’ll soon to be able to drive your Tesla from NY to LA using the company’s expanded “Supercharger” network by the end of this year. [Business Insider]

Now that the Waze-Facebook talks have fallen apart, rumors are swirling that Google might go in for the kill. [ZDNet]

Meet the relaunched, another website dedicated to this city. [Crain’s]

Pinterest is going to allow more tasteful nude pictures on the site following complaints by its users. [TechCrunch]

Apple quietly announced a new $229 16GB iPod Touch last night for people who still buy those things. [The Verge]


Booting Up: Meet the CEBros Behind Bang With Friends

Colin Hodge. (Photo: Valleywag)

Meet Colin Hodge, the 28-year-old CEBro behind Bang with Friends, the “sex positive brogrammer in search of a viral loop.”  [Valleywag]

Digg’s CEO described its upcoming Google Reader replacement as “very clean, very simple, and very fast.” It’s expected to be released at the end of June. [Fast Company]

Nobody knows what’s going on with the acquisition of Waze. It’s now rumored that Google is interested in purchasing the Israeli company. Betabeat might buy it too, who knows. [TechCrunch]

Lyft, the on-demand ridesharing app for normals, raised $60 million in funding led by Andreessen Horowitz. [Business Insider]

A “bookless library” is set to open in Texas offering 100 e-readers for loan if you needed another reason not to move to San Antonio. [Salon]


Booting Up: Now Rumors Have Facebook Thinking of Buying Waze

Google's possible new purchase.

Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer earned $68.6 million last year. Think about that while you’re scraping together change to refill your metrocard. :( [Bloomberg]

Rumor has it that Facebook is looking into buying mobile map app Waze for up to $1B. Waze really gets around–last we heard it was dating Apple. [TechCrunch]

Microsoft might be mulling a $1 billion purchase of Nook Media LLC, its joint venture with Barnes and Noble. Ask not for whom the bell tolls, guys. [TechCrunch]

Time and Google have teamed up to produce Timelapse, a new package that shows how the Earth’s surface has changed over the last thirty years. (Spoiler: Not for the better, if you like nature.)  [Time]

Can’t patent software in New Zealand any more, sorry. [Forbes]


Booting Up: Apple Might Buy Itself a Solution to the Maps Mess

Google's possible new purchase.

Scuttlebutt says Apple might be interested in acquiring navigational app Waze. If only Apple had a time machine that would let them do so six months ago. [TechCruch]

Twitter is worth about $11 billion these days, if you judge based on how it trades on the secondary market. [Business Insider]

Google+ is growing–largely because users of Gmail, YouTube and the like have to sign up. [Wall Street Journal]

Speaking of THE GOOG, that antitrust investigation might finally come to an end today. [Bloomberg]

What Anonymous managed to dig up and how in the Steubenville, Ohio rape case, including that video (which will destroy your faith in humanity, consider yourself warned). [The Atlantic Wire]

There's a Map for That

iOS6 Maps are So Bad They Inspired Their Own Mocking Tumblr

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A few days ago Waze CEO Noam Bardin kvetched that Apple’s native mapping app would stink up iOS 6. If The Amazing iOS 6 Maps Tumblr is any indication, he was right.

The screengrabs posted on the site come from iPhones and iPads. While many are self-explanatory, some come with pithy commentary, like this image, captioned, “Freiburg, Germany. Seem to be authentic World War II sattelite  (sic) images”: Read More

There's a Map for That

Apple Affiliate Waze Claims iOS 6 Maps Suck [UPDATE]

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Inside Google HQ’s vast and endlessly churning maw there’s probably some schadenfreude tonight, as it looks like Apple’s iOS6 replacement for the Google Maps app might be a turd in the new iPhone’s punch bowl. That’s the story from Waze CEO Noam Bardin, anyway.

BGR reports that Waze supplies traffic info for Apple’s new maps. Perhaps because Apple is actually relying more on TomTom for mapping services than Waze, Mr. Bardin has some strong opinions about Apple’s choices: Read More