VA Tech Student Arrested For Posting Perceived Threat Via Yik Yak

ememisya writes: I wonder if I posted, “There will be another 12/7 tomorrow, just a warning.” around December, would people associate it with Pearl Harbor and I would find myself arrested, or has enough time passed for people to not look at the numbers 12 and 7 and take a knee jerk reaction? A student was arrested for “Harassment by Computer” (a class 1 misdemeanor in the state of Virginia) due to his post on an “anonymous” website [Yik Yak]. Although the post in and of itself doesn’t mean anything to most people in the nation, it managed to scare enough people locally for law enforcement agencies to issue a warrant for his arrest. “Moon, a 21-year-old senior majoring in business information technology, is being charged with Harassment by Computer, which is a class one misdemeanor. Tuesday night, April 28, a threat to the Virginia Tech community was posted on the anonymous social media app Yik Yak. Around 11:15 p.m., an unknown user posted ‘Another 4.16 moment is going to happen tomorrow. Just a warning (sic).’ The Virginia Tech Police Department released a crime alert statement Wednesday morning via email informing students that VTPD was conducting an investigation throughout the night in conjunction with the Blacksburg Police Department.”

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Twitter’s Abandoned Users

by Zack Zarrillo

Ben Thompson, writing on Stratechery about Twitter’s disappointing quarterly results:

The trouble for Twitter is that awareness of the service has long outstripped its usability. And yet, despite the fact that Twitter has struggled with new user growth for years, almost nothing was done to improve the product or on-boarding experience until just the last few months, when the company finally rolled out a new logged-out page meant to entice people with Twitter’s content, as well as an instant timeline that helped people get started. Unfortunately, both efforts seem to be too little too late: Twitter admitted on the earnings call that neither improvement had increased retention.

This isn’t a surprise: Business Insider reported last year that Twitter likely had 697 million abandoned accounts (and that number, presuming it was correct, has certainly grown). The problem is that those 697 million users, having already decided that Twitter isn’t a useful service for them, are much less likely to even experience things like the new logged-out page or instant timeline, even though Twitter @-handles and hashtags continue to be plastered all over TV and the web.

The whole piece is worth a read, but the section above regarding the staggering amount of abandoned users Twitter has is mind-blowing to me. 

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Grooveshark Is Gone

As I’m sure you’ve heard, Grooveshark is gone. I’m feeling weirdly down, like a I lost a close friend. The years I spent at Grooveshark were the best of my life and I’ll never forget the friends I made, the things I learned and the fun I had. 

It always hurt me that the media portrayed the people behind GS as such bad guys, trying to steal from artists with smiles on their faces. This wasn’t true. Nearly the entire team was made of passionate musicians trying to make the internet a better place for people like them. But what do you do when the only information the public has to go off is the press? You roll with the punches and keep fighting. 

Here’s the notice users got, without any warning, upon visiting on Thursday, April 30th: 

If you knew the team, you’d know this was written with a forced hand. It’s been a long, uphill battle for Grooveshark and one that I know none of the team regrets. Grooveshark made history, stood up to the labels and ultimately lost, but not without a serious fight. 

I’m sad but I’m looking forward to following the team as they venture off to create more wonderful art. 

To everyone a part of the journey - listeners, fans, musicians, employees, friends - we wrote some history together, and that will never be taken away from us.


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Jukely Raises $8 Million

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TechCrunch reporting on Jukely raising $8 million in a seed extension round:

According to Jukely, subscribers go to 2–3 shows per month on average, with 65 percent of them going to see artists they’d never heard of before. While there are plenty of recognizable bands listed on the Jukely app, the Unlimited portion offers a much more select set of bands you’ve probably never heard of (or maybe you are just so cool you have).

The new funding will allow Jukely to hire people in both marketing and engineering and double the current team of 15 in order to expand the unlimited service to more than 20 cities in both the U.S. and Europe.

For $25 a month, Jukely offers an unlimited amount of shows in markets where they have launched. I have not personally used the service as I’m not fully based out of New York City, but I’ve spoken with a few friends that pay for and love the product. I’m excited to see this service progress.

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