Billionaire robot-hater Elon Musk is known for having a pretty short temper and a pretty big ego. Which means he probably doesn't appreciate the fact that some website called CosmeSys used his images (above) in a post touting new hair replacement techniques, with the headline, "Elon Musk and New Technologies in Hair Transplant."
Apple just earned more profit in a single quarter than any company, ever, and the hacks in Silicon Valley press are fawning all over CEO Tim Cook and praising his genius. But you know what? They're right. Tim Cook is a brilliant CEO. He may, in fact, be way better at running Apple than Steve Jobs was. Let's discuss.
Amanda Bradford just launched a dating app called The League, which is designed to be used by beautiful, ambitious, intelligent people — you know who you are! — while keeping out the riffraff. Are you in our league? No surprise that some people find this app silly. Or sad. Or offensive. But don't you dare point that out, because Amanda Bradford does not tolerate haters and will use her algorithm to ban you from The League, forever.
In a new series, CNN explores all the crazy drug use and sexy sex stuff taking place in Silicon Valley, where people like Greg and Stella, above, go to swingers parties and apparently convince other people to sleep with them, without drugging them or paying them. The series is called, "Sex, Drugs and Silicon Valley." My one-word review: Yuck.
If artificial general intelligence can be achieved, it will change just about everything in our world. But could it kill capitalism?
Some things defy your ability to describe them. One of them is this portrait of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, created by a "Brooklyn-based artist and hacker" called Katsu. He made the painting with his own shit. It is now on display at The Hole, in New York — yes, a painting made of shit is being displayed in a place called The Hole; I know, irony abounds here — as part of a show called, "Remember the Future." Katsu apparently does not like Mark Zuckerberg. Thank you, Mashable, for alerting the world to this. [h/t to Michael for sending me a link to this story which now I will never be able to forget as long as I live.] [Photo: The Hole]
The company that publishes those SkyMall airplane catalogs filed for bankruptcy last week. That's perhaps not a surprise, considering the kind of junk they sell. But there might be even more to the story, because it turns out that in 2013, SkyMall merged with a company called Xhibit Corp. that had some interesting characters behind it.
Apple just revealed that Angela Ahrendts, the new hire who came from Burberry to run Apple's retail division, made $73.3 million last year. Simultaneously, Apple announced that Millard "Mickey" Drexler, CEO of J. Crew, who was recruited by Steve Jobs for his retail expertise, will retire from Apple's board of directors. Could those things be related? Surely not. But it's fun when things like this get announced at the same time.
My friend the Vulture is a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley. He recently wrote a piece for us and I've been hoping he would do another one. I asked him what he thought of the Box IPO, which is taking place today. Shares last night priced at $14 per share, which will imply a valuation of $1.7 billion for Box — which last July raised a private round at $2.4 billion. Meaning: Box is limping into the public markets. But maybe, at this price, Box is a steal? Vulture doesn't think so. In fact he was brutal — especially about the VCs who are foisting this lump of coal onto the public while also setting up a sweetheart deal for themselves.
Jason Calacanis is a smack-talking, poker-playing entrepreneur and angel investor. And he's been on a roll lately, thanks to some smart investments. He put money into Uber, which is now worth a fortune. Today it was reported that Raise, one of his other early investments, has raised money at a valuation of nearly $1 billion. In other words, he is striking gold all over the place.