Off the Media
Though we often criticize sites like Huffington Post and Buzzfeed for their do-anything-for-clicks mentality, deep down we know it’s not really their fault. It’s the advertisers who also make this trade lucrative. The way publishers see it, they are just fulfilling a need.
I’ve been there myself. I know that pageviews are a terrible metric for measuring “quality”—I’ve compared it to the military measuring success by bodycount. But what else is there?
Many entrepreneurs can’t even remember to feed themselves. How can they take care of a baby?
I remember a time in 2011 when I was watching Paul Graham,
That’s a curve PG draws. The launch of excitement and users, and then there’s that damn “trough of sorrow”.
Creating a business is full of rejection Read More
This past Monday, the world was introduced to Heartbleed, a bug in OpenSSL that allowed hackers to access sensitive user data.
OpenSSL is an an encryption tool installed on servers hosting as much as two thirds of the entire Internet, including sites like Yahoo! Mail and OKCupid. The Heartbleed bug allows Read More
For some users, Twitter looks different again for inexplicable reasons. [Fast Company]
Reported real company Lithium Technologies is spending $100 million to buy Klout. [CNN]
Get excited: Google’s $3.2 billion deal for fancy thermostat maker Nest has officially closed. [Recode]
Yahoo has plopped down $10 million for New York-based “social diary” app Wander. [TechCrunch]
FBI will pay you $10,000 “for information leading to the arrest of any individual who intentionally aims a laser at an aircraft.” [Ars Technica]
Yahoo’s Q4 earnings were bad. Revenues dipped 2 percent to $1.2 billion and the stock tanked as a result. [BI]
Medium, which is not Tumblr, has raised $25 million in another round of funding. [Recode]
Apple added a TV section to its online store so that means everything in your life is going to change. [New York Times]
Netflix could finally expand to Germany and France. [Verge]
The Daily Dot has acquired the British version of themselves, The Kernel. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. [TechCrunch]
Ezra Klein is joining Vox Media to start a new website that focuses on “the crucial contextual information.” How thrilling for all of us. [Politico]
Google is shelling out $400 million for artificial intelligence company DeepMind. [Recode]
Revenge porn purveyor Hunter Moore was released on bond set at $100,000. His next court appearance is Feb. 7. [CNN]
“Cabdrivers who are looking for fares are scanning the streets,” a lawyer said. “Uber drivers looking for fares are looking at their phones.” [New York Times]
It’s kind of cute how hard Yahoo is trying to lure former Google employees to work for them. [Recode]
T-Mobile CEO John Legere spoke bluntly about his competitors: “This industry blows. It’s just broken. It needs change.” So, the company is paying people’s early termination fees if they switch over. [Ars Technica]
Some say drones are the future, but BlackBerry thinks it’s keyboards. [Recode]
If you’re judging by the reviews, everybody loves Yahoo’s News Digest app. Most likely because they’re all fake. [BuzzFeed FWD]
Last year, music streaming increased 32 percent while sales of albums and singles dipped 6.3 percent. Disturbingly, the most-streamed song was “Harlem Shake” so think about that for a while. [WSJ]
Yahoo is looking to spend cable-like money (think $1 to $2 million an episode) on original shows to finally get people to notice it. [AdWeek]
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick hears you complaining about surge pricing, but doesn’t care. He says the model is here to stay. [WSJ]
At CES, Yahoo announced a streamlined ad business unit to act as a “central suite of tools for online advertisers to manage all of their buys.” Sounds important. [AdWeek]
Every day Yahoo dreams about content: Marissa Mayer announced the launch of Food and Tech verticals in a splashy presentation that included SNL cast members. [USA Today]
Vine cofounder Dom Hofmann is reducing his role at the company as he focuses his efforts on a new startup. Colin Kroll, the video site’s other founder, will assume his duties. [The Verge]
Avoid Twitter on Feb. 5. That’s when it releases its first-ever quarterly results so you know everyone’s jokes are going to be insufferable. [Recode]
The Year Observed
Zynga is accepting bitcoins as a form of payment in some of its games that people still apparently play. [WSJ]
Yahoo has a lot of clunkers under its hood, like Answers, so why won’t they sell them? [Recode]
Facebook is jamming your News Feed with ads, but not as an effort to annoy you (that’s just a fun side effect). Rather, it’s to keep employees from jumping ship before the job is complete. [Quartz]
Similar to what it already does for creating playlists, Pandora is mining your music history to better tailor its ads. [New York Times]
Apple has bought the company behind Snappycam, a $1 photo app that lets users take photos in rapid succession. [CNBC]
Funding rounds and IPOs come and go, but one thing we can always count on is the quirkiness of the tech sector’s execs. Herewith, a smattering of the weirdest things our favorite CEOs did (at least publicly) this year.