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Business reporter @BuzzFeed, formerly @WSJ. Math student, dabbling in iOS and Android development. I sometimes play video games.

Snapchat Says Its First Ads Are Coming This Weekend — Snapchat said the company's first ads in the United States would be appearing this weekend. The company announced the ads in a blog post Friday afternoon. The new ads mark a change to Snapchat that will begin generating real revenue for the company, which was recently rumored to be raising financing at a $10 billion valuation.

Apple CEO Says He's "Very Bullish" On The Future Of The Tablet — Apple CEO Tim Cook told BuzzFeed News following the iPad unveiling that he was "very bullish" on the future of tablets, countering some reports that the outlook for tablets is not as positive as it was when the devices first began entering the market in force in 2010 with the release of the first iPad.

Meet The Company Helping Vine And Instagram Stars Quit Their Day Job — In August this year, Jack Bethmann quit his day job and began filming Vines - six-second video loops on an app created by Twitter - full-time. He's able to do that thanks in part to Niche, an online service that connects people like Bethmann with brands that will pay to have the most popular Vine accounts promote their campaigns.

Dropbox Says It Has Not Been Hacked — A representative from Dropbox told BuzzFeed News that its security has not been compromised in response to reports claiming Dropbox had been hacked. "Dropbox has not been hacked," spokesperson Ana Andreescu told BuzzFeed News. "These usernames and passwords were unfortunately stolen from other services and used in attempts to log in to Dropbox accounts.

Snapchat Says Photo Leak Is Coming From "Illegal" Third-Party Apps — Snapchat responded to a reported leak of photos sent through its service this morning, saying it was not a result of a breach of the company's security. Instead, it was a result of a leak from a third-party application, the company said.

Apple Design Chief On Copycat Phones: 'It's Theft And It's Lazy' — Apple's design chief Jony Ive has harsh words for competitors that are taking design cues from the company's phones. In particular, he's not impressed with the phones designed by Xiaomi, one of the highest-profile new smartphone designers in China.

How Kickstarter Creators Dig For Ideas While Raising Money — When James Proud began his Kickstarter campaign for a sleep tracker called Sense, he didn't have just money in mind. His company, a San Francisco-based startup called Hello, had already raised $10.5 million in financing from investors - and, make no mistake, the $2.4 million from Kickstarter helped.

Snapchat Founder Says The App's First Ads Are Coming 'Soon' — Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel said the first ads for the ephemeral photo apps were coming "soon." He said it as part of a conversation at the Vanity Fair New Establishment summit, in a conversation with Michael Bloomberg and anchor Katie Couric.

Twitter's Head Of News Has Stepped Down — 1/3 Stepping down from Twitter so new global media lead @katies can reorganize as she sees fit. Wish everyone at twitter nothing but best. Twitter's head of news, Vivian Schiller, announced Wednesday she is stepping down from her position at the social media company.

A Startup Raises $6.1 Million To Surface 'Cool' Stuff — Product Hunt is one of Silicon Valley's best-known destinations for surfacing new applications and websites - but founder Ryan Hoover's next challenge is to push it beyond just the San Francisco bubble. To do that, Hoover has raised $6.1 million in financing from Andreessen-Horowitz and other investors (Andreessen Horowitz is also an investor in BuzzFeed).
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Oct 21, 2014

Also some weird clipping on the new follow alerts in notifications tab going on cc @jimprosser @brianpoliakoff

Oct 21, 2014

Theme of the day apparently is Brass Monkey, because it has been stuck in my head all morning.

Oct 21, 2014

Taking all bets: what color will Marissa's sweater be today on the ~live earnings~

Oct 21, 2014

Will there ever be a television episode as good as Sealab 2021's "Fusebox"? Probably not right.

Oct 20, 2014

Also I photobombed Tim in this lead photo of him holding an iPad…

Oct 20, 2014

Tim Cook still defending the iPad. Weaker sales are a "speed bump," and points to the company's sales so far…

Oct 20, 2014

Square's rapid product experimentation continues, this time with a payroll product…

Oct 20, 2014

Ok. Tim was DEFINITELY waiting for that question, and had an incredibly articulate response to the state of iPad. Story TK>

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