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If Yahoo’s protracted revamp saga could use one thing, it’s reality shows. Apparently, Marissa Mayer might agree: she recently contacted Ryan Seacrest’s entertainment production company about “interesting business opportunities,” All Things D reports.
Ryan Seacrest Productions is responsible for Shahs of Sunset and Keeping Up With the Kardashians, as well as radio shows and other mass media shenanigans, while Yahoo is responsible for news content, Flickr and your old email address.
Apple CEO Tim Cook threw his support behind the Employment Nondiscrimination Act in an op-ed. “At Apple, we try to make sure people understand that they don’t have to check their identity at the door,” he wrote. [Verge]
There’s supposedly four mysterious Google barges (not three) with the latest rumor being that it’s to showcase Google X projects beyond Glass. Self-driving cars showroom, anyone? [Glass Almanac]
It’s going to take a lot more than redesigning flagship Yahoo products to save the company, employees grumble. [New York Times]
Google CEO Eric Schmidt called the NSA hacking allegations “outrageous” if proven true. [Wall Street Journal]
The YouTube Music Awards attracted roughly 220,000 concurrent views and sounded pretty boring. [AllThingsD]
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Cue Silicon Valley brick-shitting: The latest batch of Snowden leaks suggest the NSA is hoovering up massive amounts of Google and Yahoo data, snatching it off the connections between their various worldwide data centers–without their permission. The project is called “MUSCULAR,” in case “PRISM” wasn’t Ludlum-y enough for you.
Guess she’s out of ideas for how to dispose of all the skeletons in Yahoo’s closet,because Marissa Mayer has decided to buy herself an old funeral home. The Mountain View Voice reports that the CEO has snapped up a 114-year-old, family-owned mortuary that closes its doors Thursday.
On Saturday, the NYSE tested its systems’ ability to handle the demand from Twitter’s IPO to avoid the problems Facebook faced over at Nasdaq. [Reuters]
Yahoo is still figuring out how to position Tumblr as an advertising profit center, but all the porn isn’t helping. “It’s not high on our list,” said an agency exec. [AdWeek]
Netflix’s CEO said they might release “big movies ourselves” because they hate the theater experience as much as you do. [Hollywood Reporter]
Supposedly Facebook wanted to purchase Snapchat for $1 billion, which Evan Spiegel rebuffed. [WSJ]
Gather round and hear the tale of Feargal O’Rourke. Dubbed a “local hero,” he’s the architect of making Ireland a tax avoidance heaven for large tech companies, like Twitter. [Bloomberg]
Times tech writer David Pogue is leaving The New York Times for Yahoo, he announced today on his Tumblr.
Twitter has chosen the New York Stock Exchange for its IPO. ”This is a decisive win for the NYSE,” said the exchange’s head of global listings, rubbing NASDAQ’s face it in. [The Verge]
Glenn Greenwald is bailing on the Guardian for a new media venture funded by (wait for it) Ebay founder Pierre Omidyar. [Reuters]
Let’s everybody have a sad trombone for Yahoo! earnings. [AllThingsD]
Got a debit card? Then you can now email your friends money, thanks to Square Cash. [The Verge]
“While the collection is largely typical of the artist’s whimsical tongue-in-cheek work, there is one thing different about his latest creations: Banksy is sharing them on the social Web.” [New York Times]
Cory Booker’s disaster of a Web startup Waywire was sold to Magnify, a video distribution service. [AllThingsD]
Facebook picked up mobile data analytics company Onavo for roughly $200 million. Perk: It gets an office in Israel! [TechCrunch]
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s “charm offensive has impressed many on Madison Avenue, but getting advertisers to actually spend more on Yahoo’s Web properties will not happen overnight, industry experts said.” [Reuters]
Purchasing cable channels a la carte is happening sooner than you think…in Canada. If its successful, analysts expect the U.S. to follow suit. [Reuters]
Here’s everything you need to know about 23andMe, the $99 genetics test startup. [Fast Company]
Video circulating of a Tesla that caught on fire is making investors worried about the safety of its lithium-ion batteries. [Business Insider]
Sure, the Silk Road is blocked, but that doesn’t mean the Dark Web is going anywhere. [The Verge]
Turns out Tom Clancy could be pretty prescient. [Time]
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