1. Josey Greenwell was a country musician who made waves by being out and proud, appearing in places like DNA Magazine and on Dr. Phil, gaining attention both for his music and his model looks. Then in January 2013 he vanished…. via Towleroad News #gay

     


  2. Kevin Rose Can't Help Himself From Relaunching Failed Startup Idea

    What happened to just letting a shitty idea die? For Kevin Rose, giving up the dream of owning a thriving app incubator is something he can’t let go of. The former television personality’s last company, Milk, released one app before the entire company shut down. Now after two years of investing, Rose is rehashing his old doomed business plan with a new company.

    Kevin Rose Can't Help Himself From Relaunching Failed Startup Idea

    The Digg co-founder’s new company, North, is going to be modeled off Milk, a “mobile app incubator” that was effectively firesold to Google and killed off. Like Milk, North will be “building a series of mobile and social products,” according to TechCrunch, hoping that one maybe takes off:

    In an interview with Rose, he told me the plan is to start with a small team of about three and to create a new product each quarter. And if one of those products becomes a hit, Rose says he’ll recruit a team and try to build a company around it.

    Rose is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Maybe this mobile incubator will be different. And maybe it will be, despite the fact that 47 percent of app developers earn next to nothing.

    Gambling on a series of startups is an inherently risky move—especially when considering Rose’s only real success as an entrepreneur came from Revision3, which sold to Discovery Networks for $35 million after seven years in business. As TechCrunch noted, Rose is better known for being “a highly successful investor,” and he just spent a little over two years as a partner at Google Ventures.

    However, Re/code’s Kara Swisher reports Rose just had get back into the startup game:

    He said he missed creating companies. “It’s different to be an investor and sit on the sidelines, when you are having coffee with entrepreneurs and hearing all their ideas,” said Rose. “It’s not the same as being on the field.”

    He had, he added, to “scratch that itch as an entrepreneur.”

    Clearly, he was very itchy.

    An insane itch he can’t stop scratching. Maybe Rose has some sort of startup STD.

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  3. People Keep Getting Into Strangers' Cars Because They Think It's An Uber

    Just because Uber’s motto is “Everyone’s private driver,” doesn’t mean every car is yours for the hailing. But the popularity of apps like Uber and Lyft have spawned some awkward curbside interactions. "Basically anytime I’m pulled over on the side of the street, someone tries to hail me or just opens my car door,” said tech investor Ashwin Deshmukh, when I asked him about the trend.

    "If I pull-up at a food truck in Williamsburg, there will be four guys asking, ‘Can you take us to Long Island?’" Deshmukh blames it partly on tooling around in a 2009 SUV and was told the GPS sitting on his dashboard gives the wrong impression. It’s kind of immoral to have a car in New York anyways, so I feel like this is my tax for doing that. The best line so far is, ‘Are you Uber? Well can you just be, can we go?’” he said. He is not alone.

    Tonight marks the second time a random person has tried to get in my car because they thought I was an Uber driver. THE SECOND TIME.

    — Jamie Coletta (@jamiecoletta) February 7, 2014

    “Are you Lyft? OH MY GOD YOU’RE NOT.” - the woman who got in my car while I was trying to park

    — Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) August 14, 2014

    the uber effect: a random dude just tried to get in my car. #sfpriusproblems

    — Elaine Filadelfo (@urchkin) June 10, 2014

    Technological innovation never comes with an etiquette manual. Users establish the behavior associated with a piece of software or hardware, guided in part by the product’s features (the lack of a "dislike" button on Facebook), the company’s marketing pitch (hey, “betch”), and early adopters (I am looking at you as you are videotaping me, Glassholes).

    Uber and Lyft have already inspired a number of real world idiosyncrasies beyond a seamless spending habit. Drunk riders do-si-do between cars outside a bar until they stumble into the one that matches their app. Customers pretend they’re doing important business on their phone before sheepishly sliding into an e-hailed carriage. My personal contribution is bouncing from street corner to street corner like a pinball, staring at the little car avatar on my screen to predict where it will stop.

    Plunking your butt down on some stranger’s backseat, however, has to be the most embarrassing modern pose since the selfie stick. “It’s 90 percent white women and drunk bros,” as one car owner put it. “They just literally get in.”

    Someone just got in my car thinking I was her uber….. I said no bitch this is my car….. Like she got in and got comfortable

    — Kasib Shah (@KasibShah) June 23, 2014

    RT @JoeFreshgoods 3 white girls just got in my car asking if I was they uber driver. http://ift.tt/1o6dnao

    — Lord Piff! (DJ) (@BlackSamRoth) June 23, 2014

    Some random lady just got in my car thinking i was uber or whatever that shit is #ladygetthefuckoutofmycar

    — Max McGuire (@MaxM617) April 29, 2014

    Look before you leap.

    To contact the author of this post, please email nitasha@gawker.com.

    [Image via Getty]

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  4. This is the trailer for Men, Women, and Children, the new movie from Juno director Jason Reitman. It’s all about how the internet has irrevocably changed a group of people’s interpersonal relationships—and though melodramatic, it doesn’t seem terribly far from the truth in its portrayal of gadgets and sadness.

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  5. James Starr, Jason Bernstein, and Bludso’s GM Zak Fishman are creating a much-needed pizza shop called Prime Pizza on Fairfax. The move comes a bit as a result of Damiano’s closure (which will soon become Animal’s multi-use space). No… via Eater LA

     


  6. 97194dceb56aa82c2520c60991180071_large We rarely talk about bags on TC these days (except during Bag Week) but here’s a crowdfunding project that I think would be perfect for all of us multi-phone, laptop-toting nerdotrons. Call the Bolstr, this U.S.-made bag is small enough to be unobtrusive and not fancy enough to rank as a true murse. Created by Cleveland native Jay Yoo, the thin back features pockets for all your… Read More

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  7. msft-sun1 A preview of Windows 9 will be made available in either September or October, according to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley. That timeline keeps ‘Threshold’ — Windows 9’s codename — out into the public market as a finished product likely in early 2015. The Windows 8 era isn’t merely closing, it’s racing to an end. Last weekend I posited that as Windows… Read More

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  8. Verizon has announced that they will be including an extra gigabyte of data to customers who sign up for a new data plan. According to Verizon, you’ll need to upgrade your phone or activate a smartphone on a More Everything plan with at least 1GB of data to get these free bits and bytes. This is in addition to the recent announcement of new 2GB single-line plans for $60 monthly that we heard about last week.

    Your free gigabyte is recurring, and you’ll get it every month for the life of your new contract. While it’s not a lot of data, Verizon reminds us that it equals watching two movies, 2,000 visits to the Internet or 10 hours of live NFL games. Not bad for free!

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  9. The “F” word

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  10. Screenshot 2014-08-18 12.53.08 CGI has come a long way – from simulating Jar Jar Binks on the silver screen to replacing green screens with King’s Landing. Today, we should add this video to the progression. Producer and technical director Nobumichi Asai has used a projection technology called Omote to project makeup onto a live model’s face. At first, the model goes from very basic makeup to a more… Read More

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  11. Who doesn’t need some #starwars theme music in the morning? May the FORCE be with you this Monday

     


  12. Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, the road to recovery for New York’s World Trade Center has been financially and emotionally costly, logistically and politically arduous, and all of it has been minutially publicized. The site, owned by real estate group Silverstein Properties since… via Brand New

     


  13. "WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is… via Brand New

     


  14. NSFW but worth it!

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  15. Blast from the past ska instrumental

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