The ad is for Harrison’s Fund—a charity set up by the parents of Harrison, a 6-year-old boy with the degenerative condition Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which is incurable, barely known outside medical circles, and receives little research funding. Here’s the full ad, and the rest of the story.
Chinese artist Ai WeiWei has created his first music video, for his single called “Dumbass.” The video recreates the environment of his 2011 prison stay right down to the wallpaper.
Weiwei sees “Dumbass” as a kind of therapy, and an activist message all by itself—it contains criticism of Chinese intellectuals who are trying to change China from within the system.
Officials in New York have determined that Airbnb is illegal, despite efforts by the online firm to persuade the city otherwise. The law violated is the illegal hotel law, which prevents residents from renting out their property for less than 29 days. According to CNET, the law originally meant to prevent landlords from turning residential properties into hotels.
The ruling doesn’t necessarily mean all Airbnb hosts will be cracked down on, as the city only enforces the rule when a complaint is filed.
Each glowing etch on this map represents the path of a tornado tracked in the last 56 years by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
“We would like to look at them and understand how we could introduce ads, in a very light ad load, where the impact is really created, because the ads really fit the users’ expectations and follow the form and function of the dashboard.”
Wordpress is the world’s most popular blogging platform, and according to CEO Matt Mullenweg, Yahoo’s acquisition of Tumblr was already made it more so.
Yahoo has confirmed it is buying Tumblr for $1.1 billion. “We promise not to screw it up,” Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer wrote on her Tumblr blog.
Tumblr CEO David Karp reassured users in his own Tumblr post that the acquisition would not change his six-year-old site’s user experience or mission, but rather make it faster.
Where is Yahoo turning its attention to now? AllThingsD reports that Marissa Mayer iseyeing Tumblr with hopes to land some sort of deal, be it an acquisition or a percentage stake.
The highlight of Google’s year is the I/O developers conference it hosts each May. On Wednesday, 6,000 people converged on San Francisco’s Moscone Center and more than one million tuned in to the YouTube livestream of the conference keynote to hear about the newest Google products and services. And during the three-and-a-half-hour opening keynote, Google delivered. And delivered.
The sheer number of new product features was staggering—engineering director Vic Gundotra unveiled 41 new features for Google Plus alone—but only a few made the cut for being truly innovative.
Coming this summer: The BK Rib Sandwich, which looks an awful lot like McDonald’s wildly popular Boneless McRib.
Taco Bell is testing a Waffle Taco. Because… why not?
“Every time someone comes to Syria Deeply, I feel like they’re coming over to my house for dinner. What will I serve them today?”
Lara Setrakian (No. 20) shares her approach to content on her site, Syria Deeply, which has redefined conflict coverage.
“I’ve data mined myself. I’ve violated my own privacy. Now I am selling it all.”
Data mining is big business—but what if Internet users could monetize their personal data on their own? New York University grad student Frederico Zannier stalked his own online activity for two months, and is now selling the data.