...and is it ever ugly! Hard to believe that's where we were 20 years ago...
From Huff Po:
Microsoft wants to relive a time when it was the hot tech company and you were early anticipating the release of its new cutting-edge operating system, Windows 95.
So badly, in fact, that Microsoft has thrown the first homepage it ever published back online. The company put it up to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the website. Check it out in all its ancient glory:
according to a company blog post published Thursday. But there's maybe a bigger reason for the #ThrowbackThursday element here. After recently realizing that the last time it was definitively considered "cool" was probably right before Clippy premiered in 1997, Microsoft has started playing up its '90s nostalgia a bit more.was actually one of the first thousand websites to ever exist,
For example, remember last year's "Child of the 90s" ad for Internet Explorer? That racked up over 48 million views, so maybe it's working.
Yes, it's real. And I expect they'll make millions.
From Huf Po: Let's be real ladies: a greased up man shoving his banana-hammock-clad junk in your face is not the definition of a good time.
Knowing that most women aren't as enthused with strippers as men are, one San Francisco based start-up decided to change the game and give women what they really want: Man servants.
The company, appropriately called ManServants, states that their vision is "to empower women to make their own rules. Rules a ManServant may then follow." The idea is that instead of hiring creepy strippers for their bachelorette parties, women can hire gorgeous models to do the things they actually desire: hold their umbrellas, serve them Champagne by the pool, massage their bodies with their sexy model hands and even snap selfies for them (which in the old days was called "taking a picture").
According to the website, each Manservant is customizable, just like a Build-A-Bear! Customers can tell the company what they want their Manservant to look like, what he should wear, how he should behave and even give him a new name (the site suggests "Garçon, Bartholomew, or Ryan Gosling.")
All of this comes at a price of course. The company's founders tell The Huffington Post that prices will be available in September when the service launches in San Francisco.
Oh, and if you think Manservants is just an escort service dressed up as a bachelorette schtick, think again. The website explicitly states, "A ManServant keeps his penis in his pants and out of the lady’s face.” Phew!
Watch the hilarious advertisement above for more info. Then, let us know in the comments section if you would rent a man for the day.
The owner of the 'Serbian Crown' restaurant is taking Google to court. The eatery suffered a 75 percent drop in customers over weekends in early 2012, and for a long time, owner Rene Bertagna could not understand what was going on. Then, a regular diner mentioned Google Places had listed Serbian Crown as closed on weekends and Mondays.
Because of this incorrect listing, Bertagna's business suffered so much he had to lay off the staff and eventually close shop completely by April 2013, about a year after the incorrect Google Places listing went up. Serbian Crown, like most restaurants, was busiest on weekends. Located in a wealthy suburb and known for selling exotic meats (even lion) it had been successful for forty years.
After the incorrect Google Places information was discovered, the owner hired an Internet consultant to adjust and take control of the listing, however the damage had already been done. Bertagna is claiming that he never used Google Maps, or even the Internet, so he did not make the initial change to the restaurant's hours. His lawsuit puts the blame solely on Google for allowing the listing to be "sabotaged" and not acting swiftly or strongly enough to undo the damage.
With Google Local pages, anyone with a Google Plus account can submit a change, even if it is unverified. Changes include the business' website, address, phone number, name, and, of course, hours of operation. Changes are submitted for review before they are posted, however, this does not prevent inappropriate changes in all cases.
It is unlikely this lawsuit will have an impact on Google. Google's lawyers have already moved to dismiss the lawsuit, claiming "the Serbian Crown should not be permitted to vex Google or this court with such meritless claims."
The iFind Kickstarter campaign that many publications questioned earlier this week, believing it’s nothing more than a scam meant to steal money from unsuspecting backers, has been officially suspended, The Register reports. WeTag, the makers of iFind who were seeking $25,000 in funding, would have gotten access to over $546,000 in pledges in just a few days. Despite the questions raised on Kickstarter about the product, which were picked up by various publications, WeTag managed to raise even more money as it was criticized for the way it handled the matter.
Kickstarter contacted iFind backers, letting them know that their pledges were canceled.
Meanwhile, WeTag took to Facebook to say that its product is not a fraud, and will continue developing the project. The company says it considered canceling the project though, after reading the “negative publicity.”
Kickstarter’s email to iFind backers and WeTag’s message on Facebook follow below.
This is a message from Kickstarter’s Trust & Safety team. We’re writing to notify you that the iFind – The World’s First Battery-Free Item Locating Tag project has been suspended, and your $40.00 USD pledge has been canceled. A review of the project uncovered evidence of one or more violations of Kickstarter’s rules, which include:
- A related party posing as an independent, supportive party in project comments or elsewhere
- Misrepresenting support by pledging to your own project
- Misrepresenting or failing to disclose relevant facts about the project or its creator
- Providing inaccurate or incomplete user information to Kickstarter or one of our partners
Accordingly, all funding has been stopped and backers will not be charged for their pledges.
No further action is required on your part.
To all of the “iFinders”
We thank you for your support of iFind and support Kickstarter’s decision to suspend the campaign. Not in any way because of the fact that we are a scam. WE ARE NOT!! The negative publicity surrounding the campaign by a select few was detrimental not only to Kickstarter’s reputation, but our company as well. Because of all the negative press that was generated by it, we had seriously considered canceling as well. But we believe in our product and wanted to be able to give all the genuine backers who supported us throughout all of this negativity, the product they wanted and believed in. We stand proud.
We will start selling the product when it is completely certified by independent laboratories. We welcome our supporters to continue to get updates at our website (www.wetaginc.com) and via social media and we look forward to a successful launch in the fall.