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?
Bryan Goldberg, PandoDaily:
I would like to discuss my generation. Some might call me a “Millennial” or “Generation Y” — either way, this article is about people in their 20s.
The truth is that my generation is perfectly awesome. We are simply the subject of nonsensically bad press. And because our parents’ generation managed to destroy the entire publishing industry, not many young people get a chance to defend themselves in print.
But that’s what I plan to do right now.
Goldberg delivers a downright amazing article analyzing and debunking many common misconceptions about “Millennials”. In short: we’re adapting our lifestyles as the world changes around us. An absolute must read.
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.
Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times:
So let’s repair the sidewalk immediately, fix the windows, fill the holes and leave no trace — no shrines, no flowers, no statues, no plaques — and return life to normal there as fast as possible. Let’s defy the terrorists, by not allowing them to leave even the smallest scar on our streets, and honor the dead by sanctifying our values, by affirming life and all those things that make us stronger and bring us closer together as a country.
Published before the bombers were brought to justice, Friedman’s piece paints a vivid picture of a country shaken yet united. Very moving.
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.