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.)
Baby I Can Drive Your Car
General Motors’ CEO Dan Akerson wants to turn all cars into rolling iPhones capable of automatically scheduling their own oil changes — nevermind the fact that AAA yesterday announced findings that even hands-free devices cause driver distraction.
Mr. Akerson told the totally chill and low-key Chief Executives’ Club of Boston that integrating 4G technology with automobiles is crucial because people spend 2.5 hours per day on their smartphones and tablets, and only 16 hours a week in cars, Reuters reports.
Play Your Video Games
It’s not hard to find vitriol on the Internet. But if you’re fiending for a reason to hang your head in shame re: humanity, tweeting about the lack of female representation in video games seems to be the perfect way to coax bilious haters out of the woodwork.
Feminist media critic Anita Sarkeesian made a simple observation yesterday and blasted it out on Twitter. ”Thanks, #XboxOne #E3 press conference for revealing to us exactly zero games featuring a female protagonist for the next generation,” she said. Within minutes, a diarrheal flow of fury was unleashed upon her as a puerile crop of gargoyles attempted to put her in her place.
Sex Drugs and Code
It’s apparently easier than ever to make like Neely O’Hara and hoard red pills, blue pills, all the pills, just by clicking a mouse. Thanks again, Internet.
The National Association of Attorneys General say a plethora of prescription drugs and their counterfeit counterparts are available online, and it’s partly Google’s fault.
Uber has a novel idea to fend off competition: Lower its prices. UberX, its comparatively less expensive on-demand car service, plans to slash prices next week by 25 percent in San Francisco. [TechCrunch]
Google has won the popularity contest of which tech companies Americans love! Around 83 percent of respondents said their view of Goog is “favorable,” with Apple (72 percent) and Facebook (60 percent) following behind. Let’s see how long this lasts. [Washington Post]
Facebook is revamping its advertising plans by dropping several ad units to make it simpler. Rather, it will ask companies what results they want to achieve and help them pick the best plan. [AllThingsD]
Now real estate sites are creating apps for Google Glass with Trulia being the first one to do so. [New York Times]
Some YouTube founders have created a Vine knock-off in China. [TechCrunch]
By now, you’ve probably heard about the viral sensation that’s, shall we say, galloping across the nation. It’s called Prancercise, and it’s a questionably-effective exercise regime developed by a Florida woman who’s wild about horses. Strap on some ankle weights, turn on some groovy music, and prance around like a horse. That’s literally how it Read More