• Amazon Announces New Fire Tablets, E-Ink Kindles And A Special Fire For Kids
  • ManServant Will Let You Order Around Hot Men For $125 Per Hour

    ManServant Will Let You Order Around Hot Men For $125 Per Hour

    A 6’2″, sandy blond gentleman wearing a tailored suit and tie gently bows to greet me and seat me. “Hello, I am Fabio and I will be your man servant this afternoon,” he says. His gentle, hypnotic voice wraps around me. I suddenly realize I’ve been seated and proceed to accidentally knock my sunglasses off the table. Fabio quickly picks them up and then takes out… Read More

  • FCC Chairman Wheeler: Title II Is On The Table

    FCC Chairman Wheeler: Title II Is On The Table

    In the final moments of the FCC’s public comment period on its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) concerning net neutrality, there was a spike in input regarding precisely how bad regulating ISPs under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 would be. To summarize the corporate response: Oh god, please no. Please. Read More

  • If You Want An Android Smartwatch, Get The Moto 360
  • BuySellAds Acquires Ad Startup LaunchBit

    BuySellAds Acquires Ad Startup LaunchBit

    LaunchBit, an ad startup focused on helping software-as-a-service businesses find new customers, is announcing that it has been acquired by ad platform BuySellAds.com. The financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed. LaunchBit co-founder and CEO Elizabeth Yin told me via email that the LaunchBit ad network will continue to operate, “business as usual,” while it’s… Read More

  • BeautyCon Raises Seed Funding So Brands Can Say Goodbye To Hollywood… And Hello To YouTube

    BeautyCon Raises Seed Funding So Brands Can Say Goodbye To Hollywood… And Hello To YouTube

    Moj Mahdara has seen the future of branding and entertainment, and it’s on YouTube. The chief executive of the burgeoning media business BeautyCon has raised under $5 million in seed financing from entertainment and publishing big shots like Michael Eisner, the former chief executive of Disney Co., the publisher Hearst Corp., Kelly Osbourne, and talent lawyers Ken Hertz and Eric… Read More

  • Memoir Debuts A “Predictive” Photo-Sharing App For iOS 8

    Memoir Debuts A “Predictive” Photo-Sharing App For iOS 8

    Photo-sharing application Memoir, launched last fall to make it easier to rediscover your photo memories through a combination of advanced search features and a time-capsule-like function, similar to competitor TimeHop. But one of the app’s more interesting features was a way to request photos from other users. Today, thanks to iOS 8, that option has now been improved. The company calls… Read More

  • Airbnb Will Begin Collecting Transient Occupancy Taxes For San Francisco Bookings Next Month

    Airbnb Will Begin Collecting Transient Occupancy Taxes For San Francisco Bookings Next Month

    Airbnb announced today that it will soon begin collecting and remitting a 14 percent hotel occupancy fee for guest stays occurring in San Francisco. In a blog post, Airbnb’s regional head of public policy David Owen wrote that the policy will go into effect for all bookings that take place on or after October 1 in its home city. Read More

  • Google’s Skybox Satellites Shoot GIFs Of Burning Man Being Built

    Google’s Skybox Satellites Shoot GIFs Of Burning Man Being Built

    Google bought Skybox Imaging for $500 million, and the micro-satellite company’s most recent mission was…to take photos of Burning Man. Skybox repeatedly flew its satellites over Burning Man to create GIFs of how the 70,000 person make-shift hippie city was assembled and then deconstructed over three weeks. For example, above you’ll see the whole city rise and fall, and… Read More

  • Storehouse Arrives On The iPhone

    Storehouse Arrives On The iPhone

    Storehouse, the 2014 Apple Design Award winning long-form photo-sharing service from former Apple designer Mark Kawano, has launched its app for the iPhone. This comes almost four months after the startup raised $7 million in A-series funding from SherpaVentures and seed investors True Ventures, Lerer Ventures and Designer Fund in order to expand their reach beyond the iPad. Read More