BBM is proving to be quite a bit more popular than actual BlackBerry phones
- 10M users signed up for BlackBerry’s BBM service during the first 24 hours that the traditionally BlackBerry-exclusive messaging service was available for download on Android and iOS last week.
- 20M new users joined the BBM service during its first week outside of the BlackBerry ecosystem, bringing the new total to 80 million, a 33 percent increase from the 60 million previously registered for BBM. source
» By the way: Apparently one of the suitors for the on-the-market company is Facebook. Ponder that for a few minutes.
15:14 // 1 month ago
Pirates attacked an oil supply vessel off the Nigerian coast and kidnapped the captain and chief engineer, both US citizens, an American defense official and security sources said on Thursday.
Pirate attacks off Nigeria’s coast have jumped by a third this year as ships passing through West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea, a major commodities route, have come under threat from gangs wanting to snatch cargoes and crews.
The U.S. Marine Corps have already confirmed that a small training unit is currently stationed in the region; however, the State Department and FBI are currently taking point on the situation. The vessel’s owners, Edison Chouest Offshore, have yet to comment on the attack.
15:44 // 1 month ago
Condé Nast has decided to discontinue its internship program starting in 2014, WWD has learned. The end of the program comes after the publisher was sued this summer by two former interns who claimed they were paid below the minimum wage during internships at W and The New Yorker.
Condé is just one of several media companies facing similar litigation from summer interns. In February 2012, a former intern at Hearst’s Harper’s Bazaar sued, claiming the magazine violated minimum wage and overtime laws. A judge threw out the case, but the intern appealed and the suit remains unresolved. In another case that was settled in June, two interns who worked for Fox Searchlight successfully sued the studio for similar reasons.
For a bit more context on the situation, we suggest referring back to Ernie’s post on the Black Swan unpaid intern case, which is still winding its way through the court system as we speak.
18:30 // 1 month ago
Sharon Alford knows what they have been saying about her state’s junior senator up in Washington. Which is why she was standing here, among about 600 people in a sweltering warehouse, holding a hand-made sign that said: “We the people ♥ Ted Cruz.”
“He’s surrounded by enemies up there, and I want to show support for him in Texas,” she said. “I’m just hoping it’s like this around the country.”
Just days after the government shutdown ended, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) told the Texas Medical Association that the fight on the ‘Obamacare’ must stay focused.
Cruz may be the most reviled man in the U.S. Senate at the moment, not least among his Republican colleagues. He was the face and voice of the government shutdown strategy that brought the nation to the brink of default on its debt, and left his party with its lowest poll ratings ever, while doing nothing to halt the implementation of the health-care law.
Just in case you needed a reminder that Texas operates a bit differently than the rest of the country…
Editor’s Note - Hey there, just a reminder: ShortFormBlog is not solely the work of Ernie, but rather a group effort on the part of several writers. In the case of this post, which many of you seem to be quite upset by, I was poking fun at the place where I spent the first 23 years of my life. This was not meant to be an “all Texans are crazy” post, but rather a “some crazy stuff happens in Texas” post. Sorry for the confusion. — Scott @ SFB
15:50 // 1 month ago