Yahoo is attempting to procure Tumblr for $1.1 billion, and its board will meet on Sunday night to discuss the deal, according to Peter Kafka and Kara Swisher of AllThingsD — who at this point may have a direct line into Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s occipital lobe (Update: the deal has been approved by Yahoo’s board, says Kara Swisher). With over 100 million visitors per month, according to comScore, and 108 million blogs, according to Tumblr’s homepage, Tumblr could be a great acquisition for just about any major company. But what kind of company is Yahoo trying to become?
Ryan Dombal, Pitchfork
After 20 years, the world has finally caught up with Daft Punk, so the helmet-clad retro-futurists are embarking on a new mission: to make music breathe again
Daft Punk’s newest record, the genre-bending Random Access Memories is considered by many the preeminent album of this decade, and it is in the discussion for the greatest album in the last 20 years. Pitchfork’s Ryan Dombal was granted extensive access to the French duo, producing an impressive piece — and what may be the greatest digital layout of a cover story to date.
Douglas Dreishpoon, Art in America Magazine
The relationship between creativity and commerce has always been vexed—perhaps never more so than today. Few would deny that the art world has grown exponentially since the end of World War II. The buying and selling of art, like the production of art, has become a global enterprise—an amoeba-like mega-business with an insatiable appetite for the new.
Drieshpoon explores the notion that the increased probability of a fiscal windfall has affected creativity in the art world.
Taylor Hatmaker, ReadWrite
This is how it goes: I propose that a cute girl of interest (her name is Rebecca) accompany me to dinner and drinks… and mention my one wearable, Bluetooth-enabled caveat. As it turns out, she’s game for the experiment, curious about Google Glass and accepts my invite. Cue nerd panic.
The brilliant (and dear friend of the site) Taylor Hatmaker takes us through what may be Google Glass’ biggest point at issue as it attempts to go mainstream — focused human interaction between two people in search of a deeper connection, or as it is more commonly known, a date.
Unless you have been living under a rock — or less fortunately in a coma for the last ten years — you would be cognizant of the fact that Apple is the biggest technology company in existence. One of the people who has been at the forefront in covering the iDevice-creating behemoth is Victor Agreda Jr., the editor-in-chief of The Unofficial Apple Weblog, better known as TUAW. We had the opportunity to ask Victor a few question about his history with the Internet, Apple products, and what companies outside Apple excite him.
On Bing Crosby’s legacy,
Hardly remarked upon at all is that Crosby, by accident, is a grandfather to the computer hard drive and an angel investor in one of the firms that created Silicon Valley.
The latest from Elements, the newest addition to the New Yorker, Paul Ford explains how Bing Crosby and the Nazi’s had a hand in building one of the strongest innovation centers in the world.
Last week, on the day he unveiled his newest project, I had the chance to catch up with Jon Mitchell, founder of The Daily Portal, the newest addition to a rapidly growing collection of high-quality digital magazines. Mitchell has expanded the scope of coverage from solely reporting on technology at his previous journalistic home, ReadWrite — from which he left in February to start The Daily Portal — to writing “stories about the future we’re making and what it’s doing to us.” We spoke about the stress of the perpetual news cycle, the future of publishing, and what went into building The Daily Portal.
Jeffrey Rosen, New Republic:
As the world watched footage of the body of Christopher Stevens being dragged through the streets, YouTube reached a similar decision. Despite allegations that the riots had been caused by an Arabic-language version of the video posted on the site, it turned out that an English version of Innocence of the Muslims had been in circulation since July. YouTube had determined that the clip didn’t violate its terms of service, which by then were similar to Facebook’s: “Sometimes there is a fine line between what is and what is not considered hate speech.
Jeffrey Rosen of The New Republic takes a look at Silicon Valley’s biggest companies and the battle over the future of the first amendment online.