Although this is an “App of the Week” article, this won’t be like the other ones. I’d like to talk about Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp and its implication on the technology and startup industries.
I’d like to preface this article by stating that I’m a very strong believer in the idea that we’re currently in a huge technology bubble (you can read my rants on Twitter.
Having said that, I’d like to remind you when Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion, everyone thought it was outrageous considering the company had $0 in revenue and no public monetization strategy. Fast forward to today, and Facebook recently offered Snapchat, a company without any plans for monetization, $4 billion. Facebook actually ended up buying WhatsApp for $19 billion. One billion doesn’t seem that outrageous anymore, does it?
Let’s just put this in perspective: Mark Zuckerberg (and his advisors) paid $45 per monthly active user (MAU) of WhatsApp. This is for a company that charges $1 per year to use their service only after the first year. Yes, people argue by saying that Facebook’s current market capitalization suggests that each of its MAU is valued at around $150, but that’s not a reasonable justification. Just because Facebook itself is overvalued doesn’t justify them spending crazy amounts of money on acquisitions.
The music industry is gearing up for an extremely full year. Though no one can predict the secret album drops (all hail Beyoncé), we can expect an immense amount of new music to be blasting through our headphones. In no particular order, here are the top seven most anticipated albums of 2014.
Voices | Phantogram
Described as electronic rock with a street beat and influenced by psych pop, Phantogram released their sophomore album, Voices, on February 18th. After releasing their single “Fall in Love” last year, this band garnered a large following, especially in the electronic scene. So far, this album has received positive reviews and is considered to be one of the more unique albums of its kind.
TBD | Blink-182
Say hello to middle school once again. Mark Hoppus, one of the lead vocalists, posted on Twitter in early February a screenshot of his computer screen with the caption “Them blink-182 demos”. The album is currently untitled, but is expected to be released before the 2014 Reading Festival in August.
IN FEATURES: This year, the Experimental College (ExCollege) at Tufts University marks its 50th anniversary since it established its first course on comparative literature in 1964.
IN ARTS: It is rare that a program – Workaholics – juvenile enough to elicit headshaking and embarrassing enough to make viewers cringe can continue to entertain over the many years it has been on the air.
IN SPORTS: The final tune-up for the men’s track and field team, before the NCAA Championships, consisted of three meets over the weekend, during which athletes from around the country hoped to post qualifying marks.
Spring Break is almost here and it brings much-needed respite from essays, papers, exams, quizzes, and sleepless nights. In anticipation, here is a list of 10 ways to spend your 10 days of freedom.
1. Sleep: Coming right out of midterm week, you probably haven’t had enough sleep. So hit snooze as many times as you want because for a glorious 10 days, there will be no classes to attend and no papers to write.
2. Watch Movies and TV: I have made it my personal mission to watch every single movie nominated for the Oscars over break. Will it be difficult? Yes. Am I still going to try? Of course. You can also use your newfound freedom to catch up on your favorite TV shows or even marathon an old one (thank you, Netflix).
3. Read: With all the reading you’ve been doing for classes, you’ve probably had no time for read for fun. I’ve been stocking up on books for the past few weeks and am very excited to read them all.
This Monday March 10, the new web series “Jules and Monty” premiered on YouTube. The series is a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet written by sophomores Imogen Browder and Ed Rosini. Read more about the process of creating this project in this article from February 13 issue of The Daily, written by Brendan Donohue.
Tufts University’s sketch comedy group, Major: Undecided, had their first show of the semester on March 7th in Barnum o08, entitled Major: Undecided Presents: Tufts Film Series Presents: Frozen. With a guest appearance from Slow Children at Play from Boston University, it was a night full of laughter, gasps, and spot on comedy.
Last night, Thursday March 6, the 3Ps Spring Major “How I Learned to Drive” opened in Balch Arena Theatre. Tickets are still on sale at the box office in Aidekman for performances tonight and Saturday night.
With spring almost here, and the Oscars having just passed, it’s a great time to go out and watch a blockbuster film. Here’s a list of the movies that had the highest box office revenue the weekend of the Oscars.
“Non-Stop” grossed almost $30 million in its opening weekend, and with a great cast led by Liam Neeson, this was clearly to be expected. The movie topped the box office this weekend, even though it was a new entrant.
2. Son of God
“Son of God,” also new to the box office this weekend, was second with a gross of just over $25 million. On the surface this movie looks very strange, and everyone is quite surprised that it was even remotely successful, especially given the 5.5 rating on IMDB. Why not watch this movie and find out for yourself?
During his spring break, my friend Benjamin “Sir Robinsbobbins” Robinson, decided to grace me with his presence. In exchange, all I had to do was provide a free roof and free food (thank you, unlimited meal plan). Many of us on The Hill take for granted some of the peculiarities that make Tufts, Tufts; having Ben around provided a fresh perspective on many of the things that I have started to take for granted in my second semester here.
Too Early a.m: Ben opens his eyes long enough to notice Josh leaving for class. He smirks, grabs a pillow, feels self-satisfied because his studious friend has to go to class, and falls back asleep.
11:45 a.m: Ben wakes up for real this time, if not in mind then in body, because he’s on the move to Dewick, the source of his free meals having finally returned from said source’s morning class. Upon gaining access to Dewick’s cornucopia, Ben remarks on the bountiful vegan and vegetarian options, which his own school’s dining halls do not provide. A childlike curiosity inspires him to try a vegan brownie – the decision is immediately regretted and ranted about.
12:30 p.m: Returns to Lewis Hall for a post-meal nap. Oh, the luxury of spring break!
1:00 p.m: Ben texts Josh about going to classes before remembering that he is on vacation and instead asks Siri about things to do in Boston. Upon careful reflection on Siri’s myriad of recommendations and those of the many random people he has met over the last 24 hours at Tufts, Ben decides to go to Newbury Street (definitely the Science Museum another day). Before leaving, he texts Josh, who is slightly skeptical of his friend’s ability to get around the city on his own after he tripped over a turnstile in New York’s subway.
Netflix is awesome for so many reasons. It enables internet addiction and binge watching tendencies. It also has a ton of terrible ABC Family and Disney Channel Original Movies. While these options are awesome, sometimes you want to watch the good stuff. Here are the top ten movies you can watch on Netflix:
Before the franchise got bloated and crazy, there was the first movie. It’s been a little over a decade since it came out now, but the first POTC remains endlessly entertaining, thanks to a brilliant Johnny Depp.
Netflix has a couple of John Hughes classics, including The Breakfast Club, but absolutely nothing beats Ferris Bueller. This movie will make you want to cut class every day, crash cars, and sing in parades.