Todd says: My friend Brad Stone has a curious piece in today's NYTimes
. No one ever claimed Webcam site Stickam was sparklingly clean. At night on the site, things sometimes get bawdy, with the over-14 crowd imploring each other to take off their clothes in group video chats. But as Stone reports today, the LA based Stickam is owned by the same Japanese business tycoon who owns 49 webcam porn sites, and occupies some of the most premium skyscraper real estate in downtown Los Angeles. Stone did a lot of sleuthing, and he does nice job connecting the dots.
[Alex Becker, a former vice president at Stickam,] said he first learned of the extent of the pornography business last April, when Mr. Takahashi, who employees refer to as Mr. T, took him to dinner at a downtown sushi restaurant. Through translators he described some of his companies’ assets, which include at least 49 pornography sites, a pornographic film production company, nine restaurants in Japan and private planes, Mr. Becker said.
“I don’t think I discovered everything, but I learned more than enough to be able to say with certainty that they are not leaders in the video-conferencing business,” Mr. Becker said. “They are leaders in pushing porn via a Flash player and streaming porn from the United States to Japan.”
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
CEO Dick Costolo will resign, to be replaced in the interim by Jack Dorsey
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