Love in the Time of Algorithms

Match.com Wants You Attention Grubbers to Compete for a Marriage Proposal Planner

Could these two be America's Next Top Proposers? (Photo courtesy Match.com)

For people who spend a lot of time online, it feels like you can’t swing a dead lolcat without hitting a viral marriage proposal video these days. It’s not necessarily a new phenomenon, though. People have delighted in watching strangers’ marriage themed home movies since the earliest days of America’s Funniest Videos. But with the advent of YouTube, you can catch the latest gushy, overblown wedding stunt on demand, whenever you please.

The digital cupids at Match.com have taken notice, and they’re running a contest for couples who met on their website. This is prime wedding proposal season, you see, with 39 percent of questions being popped from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day, according to a release from Match. Read More

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Booting Up: We Need to Protect the Queen as Startups Flock to London

She LOVES apps.(Photo by Ian Gavan/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Former Apple CEO John Sculley is reportedly mulling a bid for BlackBerry. [Globe and Mail]

YouTube is planning to a service that’s described as “Spotify with video” later this year. [Billboard]

Amazon’s entry into the set-top box game might miss its scheduled holiday deadline as it scrambles with development delays. [The Verge]

Suck it Silicon Prairie: London is the new leader in patting itself on the back for nurturing tech startups. [New York Times]

ICANN is approving several new top-level domains in the next few weeks including شبكة, 游戏 and онлайн. [BBC]

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Booting Up: Not Even Benedict Cumberbatch’s Fandom Can Save The Fifth Estate From Bombing

Going to bomb. (Photo: Walt Disney)

We live in a world where Google’s whopping third-quarter revenue of $15 billion is considered “satisfactory.” [Forbes]

This year, 40 percent of YouTube’s traffic comes from mobile–up from 25 percent in 2012. [TechCrunch]

Hulu made the worst kept secret that former Fox exec Mike Hopkins is its new CEO official yesterday. [The Verge]

Netflix is experimenting with DVD-like extras for its original programs. Get excited for that Orange is the New Black blooper reel! [Engadget]

The Fifth Estate, that riveting moving about Wikileaks, is unlikely to rake in more than $5 million this weekend. “It’s pretty scary at this point,” said one analyst. [Variety]

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Booting Up: Jack Dorsey Approves of New York’s Transformation into Startupland

We're going to need some mouse ears. (Photo by Brian Harkin/Getty Images)

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]

Crime and Punishment

NYPD Busts Rapper Who Boasted About His Illegal Guns on Instagram and YouTube

The evidence. (Photo: NYPD)

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. Read More

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On Social Media, Young Artists Blur the Boundary Between Performance and Life

Comedians Cole Escola (l) and Jeffery Self went from YouTube to cable TV and back again (Logo)

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?  Read More