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  • 13 People Who Could Be Twitter’s Next CEO

    13 People Who Could Be Twitter’s Next CEO

    So far we’ve heard the board is looking for someone who can focus solely on Twitter (and not some other *cough Square) company, is a heavy tweeter, and gets the product. There’s also significant interest to bring in a woman or minority to do the job. Rumors continue to swirl, so we’ve put together a list of plausible appointees, as well as some wild hearsay for good measure. Read More

  • Apple Names Jony Ive ‘Chief Design Officer’

    Apple Names Jony Ive ‘Chief Design Officer’

    Apple’s Jony Ive, the design genius often credited for Apple’s innovative and unique industrial design language over the past couple of decades, has taken on a new role at the company: Chief Design Officer. The new role elevates him above his previous SVP status, and also installs Richard Howarth as the new head of Industrial Design, and Alan Dye as head of User… Read More

  • Makerbot’s Saddest Hour

    Makerbot’s Saddest Hour

    In the process of growth, startups change. They change from scrappy three-person operations to behemoths with new employees rolling in daily. They go on hiring sprees and the founders no longer know the people sitting at cubicles outside their offices. Bigger companies – Google and the like – start sniffing around. And those changes add up – going from 50 mph to lightspeed is… Read More

  • Apple Watch Will Be Sold Online Only During “Initial Launch Period”

    Apple Watch Will Be Sold Online Only During “Initial Launch Period”

    Apple Watch buyers will have to queue virtually in order to buy the device, at least initially. A press release this morning from the company reveals that the first batch of Apple Watch orders will only be collected via the Apple Store application for iOS devices and the online Apple store site. Apple head of retail Angela Ahrendts confirmed this plan in the press release announcing pre-sales… Read More

  • YouTube Confirms Plans For An Ad-Free, Subscription-Based Service

    YouTube Confirms Plans For An Ad-Free, Subscription-Based Service

    Confirming reports from last fall, YouTube announced today its plans for an ad-free, subscription-based service by way of an email sent out to YouTube Partners. The email details the forthcoming option, which will offer consumers the choice to pay for an “ads-free” version of YouTube for a monthly fee. The additional monetization option requires partners to agree to updated terms… Read More

  • Rocket Internet Fashion Group GFG Raises $35M, Poaches Amazon Exec To Lead It

    Rocket Internet Fashion Group GFG Raises $35M, Poaches Amazon Exec To Lead It

    Rocket Internet — the Berlin-based startup incubator that went public in October 2014 — is today adding more muscle to the Global Fashion Group, a cluster of five of its emerging market fashion sites that consolidated into one bigger operation last September. The GFG has raised €32 million ($35 million) at a €2.8 billion ($3 billion) post-money valuation, and it now has its… Read More

  • LivingSocial Offloads Let’s Bonus, Its Last Non-English Business [Updated]

    LivingSocial Offloads Let’s Bonus, Its Last Non-English Business [Updated]

    The downsizing of LivingSocial’s international operations continues: the daily deals site has sold Let’s Bonus — and its operations in Spain, Portugal, Italy and Chile. The buyers are the company’s CEO and CFO, Juan Luis Rico and Joan Pina, as detailed by an internal memo sent out to staff today from Jim Bramson, LivingSocial’s head of corporate affairs… Read More

  • Video: Geek creates dancing humanoid with iPhone head

    Given the enormous creative energy some robot geeks regularly demonstrate, this took longer than I expected: A robot hobbyist (who is Japanese, I believe) created a humanoid with an iPhone head. To be more exact, he took a commercially available robot body kit and used an iPhone 3GS as its “head (through the dock connector). Read More

  • Massager Doubles As Torture Device

    For those with bad headaches or big egos, this 92-brush head massager will keep the brain prepped and ready for action. There’s not much more info on it, since I can’t read much Japanese (golden mountain … head skin … product number … thing), but the brush extensions are meant to poke you in the right places along the rim of the head to keep you refreshed… Read More