Uber Confirms Revenue Estimates, but Bristles Over Source of Valleywag Report

The ride-hailing app Uber currently has gross revenue of more than $20 million per week.
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Here’s the Bizarre Commercial From Clinkle, the Stealth Payments Startup That Richard Branson Just Backed

More hype for Silicon Valley’s latest hype machine.
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Burning Bridges

There was a worry before I started this that I was going to burn every bridge I had. But I realize now that there are some bridges that are worth burning.

— Valleywag editor Sam Biddle

Nick Denton Is on David Karp’s Side. We Think.

The only real difference between Facebook and Tumblr is that the former achieved escape velocity before the founder was diluted — and neutered.

— Gawker Media owner Nick Denton, sort-of defending Tumblr CEO David Karp, in the comment section of a Valleywag story about Karp’s recent oddly worded public layoff notice

As Amazon Cuts Off WikiLeaks, Sen. Joe Lieberman Claims a Pointless Victory

WikiLeaks, the site infamous for exposing America’s diplomatic dirty laundry, has confirmed via its Twitter feed that it is no longer hosting its files on Amazon’s servers. The move comes as Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut–who was a onetime vice-presidential nominee and who is also chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee–had called for Amazon to cut its ties to Wikileaks.

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Gawker Contacted by FBI in iPad Security Breach Probe

Gawker Media said Friday on its Valleywag blog that it has been contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was told to hold on to relevant documents related to a possible security breach of AT&T Inc.’s website that exposed the email addresses of some owners of Apple Inc. iPad devices.

AT&T Breach Exposes iPad Owners’ Email Addresses

Well, this doesn’t bode well for Apple-AT&T relations. A security breach at AT&T has exposed the email addresses of more than 100,000 iPad owners–among them a who’s-who of the media and political elite.

AOL: Small Layoff Today, a Voluntary Buyout and, Then…the Big One

Essentially–although AOL is located in New York and not California–it’s going to be like tremors before the Big One at the online company today as about 100 employees are set to be laid off by management. It is part of AOL CEO Tim Armstrong’s “Project Everest”–the code name for cost-cutting across the company. After this small cut, there could be a call for voluntary departures, followed by a much more drastic layoff. The action comes in the same timeframe as the online site’s spinoff from Time Warner.
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Time Inc. Pines for a Kindle Killer–If Someone Else Builds It

Is Time Inc. building a Kindle Killer? Nope. A report suggests that Time Inc. wants to get into the hardware business and produce its own e-reader. That’s something other publishers, like Hearst and News Corp., are actually doing or have at least mulled. But multiple sources familiar with the Time Warner unit’s thinking say that’s not the case here.
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Weekend Update 5.03.09–Special Musical Chairs Edition

If there was an over-arching theme for this last week on All Things D, it would have to be musical chairs. Brand new MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta started things off Monday with his first day on the job. He was joined by new COO and former AOL exec Mike Jones and new chief product officer and former Sling Media exec Jason Hirschhorn.
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Mark Zuckerberg: Bad Santa

Weekend Update 11/14/08

Getting Fit With Jerry Yang!