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Ashton Kutcher Set to Smoothly Name-Drop Tech Start-Ups on TV

Sounds like Ashton Kutcher’s synergies between Hollywood and technology are about to get even stronger.

Kutcher’s character on “Two and a Half Men” will be an Internet billionaire named Walden Schmidt, it was unveiled today.

Tech start-ups already actively covet name drops by Kutcher to his seven million Twitter followers. But the active investor in start-ups like Airbnb, Hipmunk and Blekko should have double that audience on TV. “Two and a Half Men” averaged 14.7 million viewers last season.

CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler shared the news about Kutcher’s character as part of a press tour today, though Kutcher himself hasn’t tweeted about it yet. Walden Schmidt is to be an “Internet billionaire with a broken heart,” she said.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work