YouTube is supposedly going to soon let users save clips to their phones so they can watch them offline so that’s neat. [AllThingsD]
Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom said that he didn’t set out for the app to be a platform for fancy fashion ads, but since that’s where the money is, he’s totally fine with that direction. [TechCrunch]
“San Francisco is great. But New York has people, dynamics, intensity,” said Jack Dorsey, seeing the light. [USA Today]
There’s a new startup from former Facebooker Dan Fletcher called Beacon. Its premise? Be the “Netflix for news.” [Forbes]
AppNexus is creating a joint venture with fellow ad company Millennial Media to create a mobile marketplace that’s bigger than Google. [Business Insider]
Last week 22-year-old Ohio resident Matthew Cordle confessed in a stunning YouTube video to killing 62-year-old veteran and photographer Vincent Canzani in a booze-fueled car accident back in June. Now, The Columbus Dispatch reports that a grand jury has officially indicted Mr. Cordle for aggravated vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony.
Crime and Punishment
As it turns out, recording videos of yourself discussing how to grow weed isn’t the smartest idea in the world. Yesterday Kyle Berry learned that the hard way when he plead guilty for manufacturing the illegal drug after he inadvertently revealed his identity in a YouTube video series, making it really easy for police to capture him.
Rise of the Drones
You don’t get the feeling that when up-and-coming rapper Matthew Best was choosing the Rise filter for his pictures of illegally smuggled assault weapons, he fully intended on receiving anything more than a few faves. His social media trail assisted the New York Police Department yesterday in its biggest gun bust ever that led to the seizure of 250 firearms and 19 arrests.
It’s hard enough to orchestrate a glitch-free wedding–and now, it appears brides and grooms may have to worry about camera drones plowing into their domes prior to the big day, too.
A photographer at a wedding in Le Barge, Wyo., recently attached a camera to a quadcopter in order to capture some video of a Read More
Jeffery Self and Cole Escola—a young comedy duo who parlayed YouTube success into two seasons of a cable TV sketch program—played two sold-out shows in New York this weekend, their first since splitting three years ago.
Separately, each has continued a trajectory of online mini-celebrity—especially Mr. Self, who moved to Los Angeles in 2010 and closely chronicles his personal life on social media.
Millennial, fearless and wildly funny, Jeffery and Cole exemplify a new generation of digitally native performers. But their audience is confronted with a challenge: when artists choose to broadcast their most private moments on social media, where is the boundary between life and performance?
After announcing they’d move into the old New York Times building, out on the West Coast Yahoo is relocating to the old San Francisco Chronicle, as well. [Bloomberg]
Next year YouTube will open a production studio right here in New York City. Also, mobile now accounts for 40 percent of time spent watching the site’s videos. [The Wrap]
Steven Levy, who gets so many behind-the-scenes stories we’re starting to suspect he’s actually a breaking-and-entering artist, tells of how the new Moto X happened. [Wired]
“But this data, and Quantcast’s, suggests that Tumblr’s presence on the internet, or at least a major part of it, isn’t growing, but shrinking.” [BuzzFeed]
Guess what? There’s a science fiction movie coming to theaters that’s got some actual science in it. [Fast Company]
RebelMouse, the NYC startup helmed by HuffPo mafia member Paul Berry, raised $10.25 in series A funding. [Wall Street Journal]
Lyst lets you load up If you’re a compulsive online shopper (NO we are not browsing cute sundresses as we write this), then Lyst’s new creation might be your new best friend. Today the online fashion hub introduced its Universal Shopping Cart, a device that lets you buy products from multiple retailers—like Alexander Wang, Read More
Yesterday Apple hired Paul Deneve, the former CEO of fancy fashion house Yves Saint Laurent. The company didn’t reveal what his exact role is aside from working on “special projects.” [AllThingsD]
Yahoo must love racking up frequent flyer miles: They purchased video creating app Qwiki for $50 million. [Bloomberg]
Google-owned YouTube has not only renewed its deal with VEVO, which will keep its videos exclusively on the site, but purchased a 7 percent stake in the music video company. [Billboard]
It’s great news that Facebook is bringing its goofy stickers to its Web chat, but it’s sad news that the initiative’s creator has reportedly left the company. [TechCrunch]
The U.S. State Department spent nearly $700,000 on buying Facebook likes in a desperate attempt to sit at the popular table. [Gizmodo]
It’s a common problem: you’re walking down the street in a European tourist destination and you come upon a giant fridge with a beer logo on it.
But try as you might, you can’t get it to open. Instead of buying a beer elsewhere, you beckon fellow passersby to show them the cruel appliance. A crowd forms. Finally, a Canadian walks up, slides her passport into the high-tech fridge scanner, and the fridge pops open. Free beer for everyone! (Shhh, don’t worry about laws against drinking in public.)