Last week marked the first state visit to the United States by a French president in 22 years. In addition to Washington, D.C., François Hollande visited the Silicon Valley. The last time a French head of state did so was in 1984, when François Mitterand met an ambitious eccentric named Steve Jobs. Read More
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Succeed sold 1.5 million copies worldwide, and she’s now retooling it for recent college graduates, USA Today reports. The new addition will include a letter from the author and “six new chapters from experts.”
If Ms. Sandberg needs any help coming up with ideas, she should look no further than HBO’s Girls, which provides myriad examples of what not to do right after you’ve graduated, if you’re the type who wants or needs an actual career. Read More
Singer Alicia Keys is leaving her meaningless “global creative director” gig at BlackBerry, reports The Canadian Press. She joined the company last January to help bolster the brand’s new line of smartphones, but BlackBerry has reportedly fallen out of love with her as it looks to cut costs. Read More
What could be less exciting? “Blake Lively lies still, breathing.” That’s it. That’s the only less exciting activity.
Still, we are talking about her. This time, it’s because she’s starting a lifestyle website that isn’t a lifestyle website. She announced it in September by saying to Vogue, “The main element of it is that it’s about storytelling and it’s about living a very one-of-a-kind, curated life, and how to achieve that. There’s nothing like it out there – it’s without a genre.” Read More
Portable television host Ryan Seacrest has the epitome of a “first world problem.” He carries around two phones, with one being not an iPhone because he finds it too difficult to type on the Apple devices. So, as one does, he invested millions in a startup that assembles keyboard accessories for iPhones. The rich problem solve just like us! Read More
Further proving that his spectacular Yeezus tour is actually a cover for a DONDA fundraising round, Kanye West used his screaming audience to pursue an investment from Eric Schmidt at the Madison Square Garden show on Saturday night.
He repeatedly interrupted his set, Complex reports, to inform the crowd that Google chair Eric Schmidt was “in the house.” He then asked “approximately a dozen times, ‘Do y’all want Eric Schmidt to invest in DONDA?’” The crowd went wild. There’s nothing like peer pressure from a bunch of drunk groundlings to get a startup funded. Read More
Last night, presumably after leaving a séance with her coven of Instagram witches, Courtney Love left her iPhone in a yellow cab. Lucky for her, New York Times columnist and all around nice guy Frank Bruni found it, according to New York Magazine.
Instead of attempting to turn a profit on the black market for Ms. Love’s iPhone photos of rudimentary song lyrics scrawled on napkins, Mr. Bruni used the rock mom’s favorite medium, Twitter, to notify her that he’d found her precious phone. Read More
Really intense Black Eyed Pea Will.i.am is starting a brand new tech venture, maybe as a companion piece to the robotic Napster-equipped glorified Furby he pitched in July. This one is a comic book called Wizards & Robots. Pretty sure the only thing this guy likes more than robots is Auto-Tune. Read More
When celebs dip their perfectly pedicured toes into the tech world, the results often feel crass and unnecessary. Do we really need this “clean-living startup” from Jessica Alba? Does anyone read Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP in earnest? And why did we have to download a bad app to listen to Jay-Z’s latest album?
But you can’t get much more crass than Shots of Me, a selfie app backed by a big chunk of change from Justin Bieber. So why do we need this selfie app? “Immaturity fuels bullying and drama-filled comment reels,” TechCrunch points out. “So RockLive has taken funding from Justin Bieber to solve these problems with Shots of Me, a self-portrait photo sharing iOS app that launches today.” Read More
Here’s a scene that, sadly, probably won’t make the ultra-special limited-edition Lord of the Rings Blu-Ray collection: Page Six reports that last night Gandalf himself, a.k.a. noted Shakespearean actor Sir Ian McKellen, “stripped down onstage Monday night at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre for the annual Only Make Believe charity gala,” to reveal a pair of Tolkien-themed underwear.
It gets even better, though. Wait for the techie punchline to the shenanigans: Read More