This Chrome extension replaces all website photos with Ryan Gosling pics

The following is a guest post from Dana Lipnickas, studio manager of CNNMoney’s design team. She is awesome at finding important Gosling news.

Breaking news!

Want all of your internet pix to be gorgeous? There is a new Chrome extension for you!

Hey Girl will replace all of the photos on any website with images of Ryan Gosling. Happy Thursday to you, dear reader.

You won’t want to quit this. Love hard. Live hard. - Dana

Yahoo admits this blog is 75% air

Well, kind of.

The tech world reeled when Yahoo announced in May that it would buy Tumblr, the weblogs platform favored by those tech-savvy young ‘uns, for a total of $1.1 billion.

Five intriguing tidbits about the deal came out in Yahoo’s quarterly financial documents, which landed last night.

Most eye-popping: Yahoo bought Tumblr for $990 million (the remainder of the billion-plus total goes to founder David Karp and other Tumblr employees), and an incredible $751 million of that value was attributed to “goodwill.”

Goodwill is an accounting term for the worth of an intangible asset blahblahblah, and in this case it means brand value. So 75% of Tumblr’s value lies in its cool factor. (More details in our main CNNMoney story here.)

It’s no secret that Yahoo could use an injection of cool. Plus, Tumblr captures users in two fields — social and mobile — that Yahoo is looking to grow.

But Tumblr might even be the luckier one in this deal, as the 10-Q docs revealed the site was running out of money. Tumblr had less than $17 million in cash on hand when Yahoo bought it.

Stripping out its goodwill value, Tumblr had only $353 million in other assets, as well as liabilities of almost $114 million.

Founder Karp — who will get $81 million in stock-based comp and cash as long as he stays at Yahoo for four years — said in the past that advertising “turns our stomachs.” But Tumblr began to soften on that point recently.

And anyway, being bought for a billion dollars usually forces one to change one’s mind on such things.

Indeed, even as Mayer assured Tumblr users that the site will maintain its independence, she also promised analysts back in May that Yahoo will “monetize” Tumblr. After all, these cat gifs were expensive! -Julianne

What is ‘Knob Town’ and why did it apply for a top-level domain?


If you scoured through ICANN’s list of new top-level domains, you may have noticed hundreds of oddly named applicants, such as my personal favorite, “Goose Fest LLC.”

There was also Knob Town LLC, Puff House LLC, Dog Bloom LLC, and Binky Edge LLC.

They all are wholly owned subsidiaries of a company called Donuts Inc., a Web registry founded in 2011, which has raised more than $100 million from investors.

Each of the 307 top-level domain names it applied for had a unique subsidiary. The company’s co-founder Daniel Schindler told CNNMoney Wednesday that the names were generated randomly by a computer — apparently one with a sense of humor.

That computer spat out such gems as Spring Frostbite, Hidden Frostbite, Bitter Frostbite, Wild Frostbite, Binky Frostbite, Bitter Sunset, Half Sunset, Corn Sunset, Sand Sunset, Dog Edge, Atomic Maple, Atomic Madison, Extra Madison, Big Dynamite, Extra Dynamite, Fox Dynamite, Corn Dynamite, Pixie Station, Bitter McCook, Atomic McCook, Atomic Tigers, Sea Goodbye, Sea Corner, John Goodbye and Just Goodbye, among many, many others.

"At times, the computer threw together some odd combinations, but those are anomalies, and there’s nothing to read in to any of them," said Schindler.

Schindler said the decision to use uniquely named subsidiaries was advised by the company’s legal and accounting teams, which figured it would provide the cleanest and easiest way to keep track of its hundreds of applications.

Donuts Inc. wasn’t the only one to use a shell company to buy domain names. Google applied for all of its 102 domain names with a subsidiary called Charleston Road Registry Inc. Much of Google’s Mountain View, Calif., headquarters is located on Charleston Road. -David

My theme that day was that the world is currently run by a generation whose upbringing has left them intellectually unable to be deal with modernity….

For example, a two term Prime Minister today would end his term of office with an iPhone 64 times as powerful as the one he won the election with. (Or the same thing, but 1/64th of the price.) His policies, therefore, need to written with that future in mind, not the present. Good luck with that.

Ben Hammersley, in a speech to the UK’s Information Assurance Advisory Council, on why the Internet and technology need to be nurtured and understood by those making policy decisions.


My first hate voicemail. Keep in mind I write about consumer technology. Not politics. Not religion. Not race.

I write about phones and apps and computers and tablets. It gets really good when the guy calls me a stupid Jew. Listen!

My roommate is also a tech writer, and here he shows off some of the hazards of the job. Makes me thankful we don’t publish our phone numbers on our site!

The end part is NSFW (without headphones, obv). But don’t worry, the caller closes his profanity-laden diatribe with “thank you.” He’s a polite anti-Semite! -Julianne

UberMedia goes Hollywood

Looks like Ashton Kutcher is dipping his toes in tech territory again. The early adapter of Twitter is now teaming up with UberMedia to launch, a custom Twitter client.

The Windows and Mac Desktop client will provide 8 channels curated by Ashton.

"What we’ve built is a social media surfing device with curated channels to enhance the discovery process of the real-time web," he said. 

Remember when UberMedia was in talks to acquire Tweetdeck? UberMedia has done a decent job of positioning itself at the epicenter of the Twitterverse economy. But as Twitter cracks down on third-party clients, the company may have to reposition itself.

Enter Ashton? Hmm.. if UberMedia really wants a leg up, they should launch 8 channels curated by Justin Bieber!  #justsayin -Laurie 

Technology fail: EasyPay Metrocards


Logo: MTA

So I thought I was doing myself and the environment a favor by signing up for an EasyPayExpress Metrocard. Basically, you give the MTA your credit card information, they send you a special Metrocard, and the MTA automatically deducts $89 for every 30 days of use. 

No need to get a new card every month. No need to ever wait on line at a Metrocard machine.

Except, they’re forgetting one crucial component: Metrocards have low-grade metallic strips printed on pieces of floppy plastic. So that’s gonna rub off after months and months of use.

That’s exactly what happened to my card. After a constant stream of “Swipe card again” error messages, I called the MTA, and reported the card damaged. They said they’ll cancel the old card and send out a new card. But it won’t arrive for three weeks, and they won’t suspend my account — meaning I’m losing 21 days of use that I’ve already paid for.

When I complained about that, they said they’ll report it as lost, in which case my account gets suspended until I receive my new card.

So, to sum up, if the MTA’s flimsy piece of crap fails after repeated use (their fault), I get screwed. But if I lose my card (my fault), they get screwed. Glad we’ve got that covered. -David