“And it can be hard to stay in touch — Beyoncé and Jay Z both change their cellphone numbers every two weeks.”

TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism. But it’s also that mode that some have claimed is responsible for acquiring a video of Justin Bieber telling a racist joke and, over the course of four years, not publishing it.

BuzzFeed spoke to nearly two dozen former TMZ employees, and it’s clear that Bieber’s tape was not the only near-priceless piece of dirt in the proverbial TMZ vault. (TMZ did not respond to multiple requests for comment.) According to these ex-employees, the sealed testimonies from the Michael Jackson molestation trial hide there as does footage of various celebrities — Bieber, Lohan, Travolta — behaving badly. The vault isn’t a secret at TMZ — even the lowest on the staff ladder have heard whispers of its existence. As to what goes up on the site and what stays vaulted, that’s a finer, more esoteric calculus — and one in which celebrities and their publicists have come to live in fear. As one source explained, “There’s no doubt: [Harvey] Levin [TMZ founder] absolutely changed the way celebrities function today.”

— Anne Helen Petersen’s "The Down And Dirty History of TMZ"

Great ad:

  1. You can see they’re using real Macbook Airs. Obviously scrubbed clean but they kept the dents and blemishes.
  2. How else can they get you to stare at an Apple logo for 30 seconds?

Jenny Lewis’ Just One of the Guys.

The ‘breakdance’.

“[V]aluation metrics in some sectors do appear substantially stretched—particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year.”

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Monetary Policy Report July 15, 2014

Picnic

Never noticed there are *different* Netflix plans. Take note Spotify!

Finally bought Ustwo’s Monument Valley and it’s a great game! Love Ustwo’s style since Whale Trail. This game is short but you should play it for the gameplay experience and sound. Was so happy to see Totem back in a later level (pictured).

Samsung’s approach to guidance is like their product strategy: throw in the kitchen and hope one sticks.

Samsung’s guidance tl;dr: let’s blame the consumers for not buying our stuff.

Are You Smart Enough to Get Into Private Kindergarten?

Pay $65 and get your kid to answer logic questions on an iPad…

Of course, potato salad on Kickstarter.

This song is warming to me…

So many good tracks on this album. One of my favourite track.

“Are you tripping? I’ve done it five times. So if you’re trying to see through me, just know that I am this handsome and this rich.”
— Roger Sterling