Couric, Out? Per The Hollywood Reporter, Katie Couric is done with ABC and could be headed to, uh, Yahoo. Yes, your mom’s favorite talk show host is being courted by your mom’s homepage in a deal that would “pump up the Internet giant’s media presence.” Ms. Couric is said to be negotiating an early exit from her Read More
Party time. Last night, Betabeat ventured out to Thrillist Media Group’s launch party for Supercompressor, its newest tech-centric website. Bathed in dark purple lighting, the Classic Car Club setting turned into a clubby sphere filled with young people who looked like they’d just dropped out of a society magazine. Read More
Rumor Roundup: Jennifer Lawrence Does Silicon Valley and Another Techie Competes for Nerdiest Nuptials Ever
The Promo Games Your pretend best friend Jennifer Lawrence embraced her not-so-hidden geeky side this week, plugging her new movie all over Silicon Valley and stopping by Facebook, Yahoo and Google.
She rapped with Sheryl Sandberg at Facebook HQ and posed for a photo. Then, at Marissa Mayer’s palace of purple, Ms. Lawrence promoted Hunger Games: Catching Fire by chatting about Oscar dresses, Katniss’s wardrobe, and her new Kate Gosselin-esque pixie cut. Read More
Tumblr Goes Hard Taking a break from reblogging, faving and figuring out when their shares are going to vest, Tumblr employees threw themselves a cute little Halloween party. We spotted them sharing some photos on rival social network Twitter, but it looked like they were having a good time. The sales team dressed up as the cast of Spring Breakers, Betaworks’ golden child Poncho was spotted in the crowd and some jokester decided to be a Yahoo! employee. That forced smile and suit looks rigid enough to fit in the corporate world, so well done. Read More
Rumor Roundup: Match.com Throws a Fancy Cocktail Party, Model Student Karlie Kloss Enters Codecademy
Match-dot-cocktail. Match.com held its annual cocktail party at site relationship expert Whitney Casey‘s opulent SoHo apartment on Wednesday night. The bar was wide open, finger foods were aplenty, and we got to chatting with CEO Sam Yagan about online dating in all its permutations.
Also a co-founder of OkCupid, Mr. Yagan is one of the entrepreneurs responsible for online dating as we know it. Midway through the evening, he addressed the crowd. He noted that his companies had worked mainly on “stigma-busting for the last 10 years,” and would now be turning their attention to mobile. Since Match.com is Tinder’s lead investor, Mr. Yagan is clearly ahead of the game. Read More
Rumor Roundup: Mayor’s Spox Jumps to Kickstarter, Googlers Play Segway Polo and Gaga Has Instagram Worried
Ridin’ nerdy Some people in tech want to get rid of the industry’s reputation as a festering geek pool, while others don’t give a toss if people think they’re dorks. To the left is a picture of some people playing Segway polo on the Google campus, tweeted by Google Ventures’ David Krane. You be the judge.
Peace out With the election right around the corner, it looks like the Bloomberg administration is starting to power down. Today, the Daily News reported that deputy press secretary Julie Wood–who runs the mayor’s Instagram, among other things, and is a familiar face from the mayor’s many, many visits to startup offices–is leaving for her next act. Read More
Tinder on. Hey ladies, is dating a Winklevoss on your tech bachelor power list? Well, fire up the Tinder because one half of the Winklevii has been spotted sleuthing the app for some hotties. A screenshot of Cameron‘s profile has been floating around Twitter, meaning he’s single and ready to mingle.
Since we can’t see past the initial picture, we’re guessing some interests pulled from his Facebook profile include rowing, bitter indignation and suits from Brooks Brothers. Read More
Steppin’ out Wednesday, New York got its newest incubator/hangout hub when Mayor Bloomberg (joined by Questlove) opened the Made in NY Media Center in Dumbo. It was promptly christened later that evening, when Founders Forum, the invite-only conference (of which the New York Observer/Betabeat was a media partner), held a reception in the space.
Ghetto Gastro provided the grub; the Blabdroids, the documentarian cardboard robots, had their own room; a startup called Symplr projected the fruits of its video mixing app on the walls. Questlove stopped by again, but apparently we missed Prince Albert, Duke of York. Read More
It begins! Twitter is scheduled to make its IPO filing public this week. [Quartz]
If it nails it, Pinterest has a pretty lucrative future in advertising. Customers coming from the site spent roughly $180 on ecommerce sites — more than triple than Facebook users. [Wall Street Journal]
If the government shuts down, the Library of Congress and National Park Service websites would also shutter. [ArsTechnica]
Aol is returning to television with an ad campaign promoting its new, pre-bundled package website called Gathr. But you’ll only see them in Atlanta, Seattle and Minneapolis. [AllThingsD]
Apple is the most valuable brand in the land, finally knocking those jerks at Coca-Cola from the top slot. [New York Times]
Rumor Roundup: Ben Lerer Gets a Mandatory Surprise Birthday Party and Bill Clinton Makes an Accidental Coprophilia Joke
Happy Birthday, Ben! CEBro of Thrillist Media Group Ben Lerer celebrated his birthday this week. His coworkers reminded him what a spritely young brosefstein he is by mocking up an old fake ID on a cake. Team Thrillist was also nice enough to honor their overlord by throwing him a surprise party, but, judging by the picture, they only ordered a single cake.
His week got even better when he was one of the few humans in the world get his hands on a gold iPhone 5S. So big week for you, Ben! You don’t look a day over “21.” Read More