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A fire truck plowed into a restaurant east of Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon, injuring at least 14 people including customers and four firefighers, according to multiple local media reports.
— Gadi Schwartz (@GadiNBCLA) April 16, 2014
Officials said two fire trucks collided sometime after 3 p.m. in Monterey Park, about 10 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The crash sent one of the rigs plowing into the Lu Dumpling House. Officials had not yet said what caused the collision. Read more...More about Us World, Us, and Fire Truck Crash
Six people are dead, 55 are injured and hundreds remain missing after a ferry capsized off the southern coast of South Korea Wednesday morning. Some passengers sent farewell text messages to their loved ones, as the ferry began to sink
Of the more than 470 people on board, there were 325 students and 15 teachers from Danwon High School in Ansan, a city near Seoul, according to the Associated Press.Text Message, South Korea, Mobile, Us World, and World
SAUSALITO, Calif. — These days, Twitter cofounder Biz Stone is focused on his new startup, Jelly Industries.
Jelly describes itself on its website as “a loose network of nerves that act as a ‘brain,’ similar to the way we envision loosely distributed networks of people coordinating via Jelly to help each other.”
Stone, 40, founded the startup last year with partner Ben Finkel. Since leaving the day-to-day operations of Twitter a few years ago, Stone has invested in, and sits on the board of, a host of companies, including Square, Nest Labs, Xanga, and Blogger, which Google now owns.
He is married, has a 2-year-old son, Jacob, and derives immense satisfaction using his estimated $200 million wealth to donate to charities and foundations in order to help others. He lives in Marin County.
Stone, quiet though affable, rarely does press these days. I caught up with him at VentureBeat’s Mobile Summit, where he talked about today’s mobile landscape, how the smartphone is embedded into our DNA, what it’s like being tremendously wealthy, and how he doesn’t really miss the day-to-day at Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters.
He also actively blogs on his website, Bizstone.com.
VentureBeat: How much has changed in the mobile space since you founded Twitter almost a decade ago?
Biz Stone: Everything since I founded Twitter eight years ago. There was no iPhone. Smartphones were the Palm, with a stylus and everything. That was the smartphone. Nobody had those. A few of us did. So everything changed. It’s amazing to think only so long ago, 2007, when the first iPhone came out. Now, everything is mobile. Or a tablet, which is basically the same. I lump those two together. The world is a completely different place. The mobile phone is now the most intimate witness to our lives. It’s the thing that where, when we’re three-quarters of our way to work, and we’re still driving, we’re trying to get to our mobile phones. Not our wallets, but the mobile phone.
VentureBeat: The mobile phone is basically our lives.
Stone: You have to have it. And as a result, it’s become this extension of us that we can’t live without. And so now, when I think of consumer systems to build, I think mobile-first. And actually, we were mobile first at Twitter. But that was only because we were trying to hack SMS to do something that it wasn’t meant to do. We thought that was fun. Like, let’s take this thing and use it for another. And so Twitter was mobile-first, and it was a stroke of luck. Because then, the iPhone came out a year after we started working on Twitter. The timing was beautiful.
VentureBeat: Do you still miss the early days of Twitter, when it was a day-to-day thing for you?
Stone: I don’t miss the day-to-day at Twitter because I’m so engaged with Jelly. I do go over to Twitter quite often, and I meet with Dick [Twitter CEO Dick Costolo], and I meet with Jack [Twitter cofounder and chairman Jack Dorsey]. I do have a bunch of ideas I’d like to have them implement. And I love to bend Dick’s ear. But I don’t miss it, and I have complete faith in the current executive bench there and the team we built to take this company all the way. I feel good about it. Sometimes, I miss it. But in general, no. Also, I’m so into Jelly.
VentueBeat: You still own a considerable equity stake in Twitter, right?
Stone: A lot of equity for an individual person. Too much, really, for one person. I mean, it’s worth a lot of money.
VentureBeat: What’s it like being as wealthy as you are?
Stone: Well, I have lots of theories on money. My theory on mega-wealth is that it amplifies who you are. So if you’re a jerk, you become a bigger jerk. If you’re a nice person, you become a philanthropist; you become very helpful. I consider myself a nice person, and my wife and I have a foundation. We give a lot away, and we try to help people. It’s also extremely freeing. It frees you from all the anxieties of whether or not you’re going to be able to pay bills or take care of your ailing parents or friends. So it’s a true gift, and we believe in giving back.
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That's because the high-end audio-visual company has designed its store as a lure. In the window are the shiny, seemingly affordable products from the company's sister brand, B&O PlayHeadphones, wireless speakers and earbuds are prominent ... and beckoning.
But that's just stage one. Once an interested passerby enters, Bang & Olufsen snares them with the second zone: a wall where beautiful high-end speakers appear out of nowhere. Individual sections of the wall revolve to beautifully reveal models, such as the BeoLab 18 and BeoLab 17, and — thanks to Wi-Fi — with no wires in sight. Read more...More about Retail, Luxury, Speakers, Luxury Brands, and Tech
It's not a smoking gun in legal terms, but a series of emails that leaked out of the ongoing Apple v. Samsung trial Wednesday certainly didn't show the South Korean tech giant in the best possible moral light
The email thread between several Samsung executives begins on October 4, 2011, the day Apple launched the iPhone 4S. Michael Pennington, then the company's VP of sales for North America, complained that "it continues to be Samsung's position to avoid attacking Apple directly, due to their status as a large customer" (of Samsung processors), according to court documents uploaded here by the Wall Street Journal here [PDF]. Read more...More about Apple, Samsung, Us World, and Apple V. Samsung
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I was looking at the news flow stream thing on LinkedIn just now. Don’t ask. But you know, I thought I’d see if anything was worth my time. I found that pretty much every post fell into two categories: “go to my thing” or “read my bland and boring article.” So, a fun idea came to mind.
7 Ways to Bore the Hell Out of People
- Use graphics everyone else would use. Especially people in suits or weird stick men and dollar signs.
- Make sure you use a number in the post title, unless it’s an event. Then just say “new event” or “premier event” or “save your seat.”
- Use bombastic titles and claims like, “The most outrageous ___ you’ll ever see, and that’s not the half of it!”
- Make splelling errors. Ltso of them.
- Write the same post as someone else.
- Report on rumors.
- Forget to finish your post.
Our attention is so precious, so finite. Why waste it?
Heck, this post is a waste. Stop reading it. Do something else. Listen to my podcast instead.
Canadian police have arrested and charged a man who allegedly exploited the Heartbleed bug to steal personal data, including social security numbers, from the Canada Revenue Agency's website.
The arrest comes two days after the CRA first revealed it had experienced a security breach resulting in the loss of taxpayer data.
The 19-year-old man, identified by The Canadian Press as Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes of Ontario, was charged with unauthorized use of a computer and mischief in relation to data Tuesday.
A spokesperson for Canada's Western University confirmed to The Canadian Press Solis-Reyes is a computer science student at the school Read more...More about World, Us World, Us And World, and Heartbleed
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Warning: Game of Thrones spoilers ahead.
Looks like even Jack Gleeson — the actor who played Joffrey Baratheon on Game of Thrones — is happy his character died
The terrible boy-king kicked the bucket on Sunday's episode, poisoned by pie and/or wine, but fans (and most of the other characters) weren't the least bit concerned. After all, we hated Joffrey as much as Joffrey loved Joffrey
But an Instagram picture posted by Gleeson's friend on Tuesday proves that the actor was a-okay with his unexpected passingInstagram, Tv, Photobomb, Game Of Thrones, and Watercooler
Spider-Man and the X-Men — together at last on the big screen? Well, sort of.
Word came down Wednesday that the post-credits “stinger” at the end of Amazing Spider-Man 2 featured Mystique, played by Jennifer Lawrence, fighting a group of soldiers alongside some fellow X-Men.
That revelation, by way of the film’s release overseas, touched off a wave of speculation that Sony, owner of the Spider-Man movie franchise, and 20th Century Fox, which owns X-Men, might be engaged in some kind of major new crossover to mirror the two superheroes’ frequent collaborations in the comic books. Read more...More about Movies, Trailers, Entertainment, Film, and X Men Days Of Future Past
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