Google Ventures has reportedly pulled the $100,000 investment it made in Bustle, the women-focused publication launched by Bleacher Report co-founder Bryan Goldberg, after “deeming the startup out of touch with its values.” [UPDATE: Pando reports that Goldberg bought Google Ventures out; it didn't simply pull the investment.] [Source: TechCrunch]
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has come under fire because two contributors have accepted payments from “Big Oil” companies. This violates the CBC’s code of ethics, which prevents its journalists from receiving gifts or payment from the people they cover, and from using their positions for monetary gain. [Source: Now]
Yesterday, Newsweek fingered one Dorian Nakamoto as the alleged founder of bitcoin. Dorian has since denied the claims and now his brother Arthur, who was quoted in the Newsweek piece, has spoken out. Arthur tells Business Insider that the magazine misquoted or misinterpreted him, and that Leah McGrath Goodman, the reporter behind the piece, “is destroying my eldest brother’s life.” [Source: Business Insider]
We all know when we’ve had too much caffeine: Shaky hands, racing heart, often times coupled with the horrifying realization that you haven’t eaten in 24 hours. One of our PandoMonthly guests even said their “mediocre superpower” would be to remain perfectly caffeinated at all times.
Now that superpower may be a reality: A new iOS app from Jawbone’s called UP Coffee tells when you went to stop drinking the strong stuff based on some personal metrics along with what time you plan on going to bed. [Source: The Next Web]
An app called “Lick This” promises to improve your oral sex skills by presenting you with games that require you to lick your phone screen in different ways. Huffington Post has the full run-down but here’s the money line: “The site suggests that you ‘wrap it up’ by putting some plastic wrap over the screen. This is presumably because your cell phone is dirtier than a toilet seat.” [Source: Huffington Post]
This week, the New York Times style section put out a piece claiming that monocles are on the rise in Brooklyn. Hey, there’s no way to know for sure, right? Not necessarily. ProPublica’s Lois Beckett created a Google survey to determine how many Brooklynites have actually spotted monocles in the wild. After reviewing over 400 responses, about 12% had spotted monocles. But that includes people who spotted them years ago or at costume parties or not even in Brooklyn at all. Sure it’s not the most scientific data but it certainly calls into question the Times’ claim that “monocles are back.” [Source: Gawker]
Things like mouse cursors and browser windows seem so commonplace today that we forget someone had to invent them. That goes for the “Progress Bar” as well, that oft-beguiling horizontal bar that measures how close you are to updating Angry Birds or whatever. The New York Times has a fun little piece on the history and importance of the progress bar. [Source: New York Times]