Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Oct 6, 2016
October 6, 2016
Filling a need:
Your Samsung phone is about to get a rival to Apple's Siri, called "Viv."
TechCrunch reports the cell phone giant will be picking up Viv, who was created by the same guys who created Siri back in 2010. The new "Viv" is supposed to be a more extensible, powerful version of Siri, and one which will let users form more conversational and complex questions like the way they actually talk.
Man skirts are very much becoming a mainstream fashion statement. Designers have been pushing guys' skirts for decades, but everyday guys have largely balked at the idea of donning a "woman's garment." But that finally seems to be changing. Rappers like KANYE WEST and ASAP ROCKY regularly perform in boxy kilts. And brands like Hood by Air and Rick Owens are designing men's tunics and skirts that, in their practicality and swagger, some men actually want to wear. In interviews with the New York Post,some men say skirts are "more comfortable," while other guys go for slightly more gender-neutral sarongs. (Bartha)
A 12-year-old kid owes Google more than a hundred thousand dollars after running ads for his YouTube videos.
The boy, who lives in Spain, set up a Google AdWords account to promote his videos. But, he somehow thought he was earning money from YouTube instead of spending it. By the time he was done, he owed Google $112-thousand dollars. When the company tried to charge his parents' credit card, their bank gave them a call. The boy's mother INMA QUESADA says her son just wanted to become a "rich YouTuber" and had no idea what he was doing. Google has since cancelled the bill and is writing off the charges. (Still)
Grace notes from Vinny Marino:
The first weekend of Desert Trip, or "Oldchella" begins tomorrow night in Indio, California. And, guess what? Tickets are still available! Bloomberg says scalpers got scalped because the demand for tickets just wasn't that great. You can still get a three-day pass to see PAUL McCARTNEY, THE ROLLING STONES, THE WHO, ROGER WATERS, BOB DYLAN and NEIL YOUNG for just $188-dollars on StubHub; $167-dollars on Vivid Seats and $165-bucks on Ticket City. That's a big drop off from the original box office price for a three-day pass: $399-dollars. When tickets first went on sale in May, they sold out in minutes. That included the highest price of $1,599-per seat in the VIP section. So, how can seats still be available? Well, they're not. The promoters moved things around a bit to fit more General Admission seating for both weekends. So, you'll get in for $165-dollars, but don't expect to actually see anything. (Marino)
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