Weekly Digital News Roundup: May 28 – June 1
Woman drops off $200,000 Apple 1 computer at Silicon Valley recycling center
- According to the LA Times, a Northern California woman threw out a piece of Apple history when she gave away a roughly $200,000 vintage Apple 1 computer to a recycling facility. Now, the Silicon Valley facility is looking for the woman because it wants to give her $100,000, or half the computer’s value.
- Clean Bay Area told KNTV the anonymous woman dropped offa couple of boxes with e-waste materials a month ago at its facility in Milpitas. Her husband recently died, so she decided to clean up their garage.
- Inside one of the boxes laid an Apple 1, one of 200 first-generation computers created in 1976. At the time, the computer sold for $666.66. The recycling company ended up selling the computer to a private collector for $200,000.
Buy buy buy: Why all of your favorite social networks want you to shop now
- According to Mashable, Pinterest and Instagram both announced plans to introduce “Buy It” and “Shop Now” buttons, with the promise of convincing their millions and millions of users to shift from browsing to shopping on the social networks. These two services joinFacebook and Twitter, both of which began testing similar shopping buttons last year. Even Google is getting in on the trend, with one executive confirming last week that a “buy” button is coming in the not too distant future.
- Each of the social networks walks a fine line between the need to find new ways to make money and the fear of disrupting the experience to the point where users get turned off and move elsewhere. Facebook and Twitter, both publicly-traded services that have been around for nearly a decade or more, are more willing to swallow that fear and monetize to appease investors. Pinterest, younger and privately traded, held off and held off even though e-commerce seemed such a natural fit for the social network, which is essentially a shopping catalogue anyway.
- The precise motivations and objectives of these companies may differ: Pinterest needs to begin ramping up revenue to justify its $11 billion valuation and lay tracks for an IPO; Instagram is long overdue to start bringing in significant money for Facebook, which acquired it in 2012; Google is looking to beat back Amazon and Facebook to be the most definitive utility for our online lives. But the end result for Internet users is the same: Soon enough, there will be a “buy” button everywhere you look. Good luck silencing the constant urge to impulse shop.
Apple Recalls Beats Pill XL Due To “Rare” Fire Safety Risk
- According to TechCrunch, Apple has issued a voluntary recall for the Beats Pill XL Bluetooth speaker, which is made by the company it acquired last year. The speaker, originally created pre-acquisition, apparently poses a potential fire safety risk in rare cases due to overheating, as determined by Apple. Customers who want to get a refund in exchange for a return of the defective product can head toApple’s support site for more information.
- Apple says that any customers with the Pill XL should stop using their devices now, and eligible customers will be able to receive a full refund of the $395 purchase price of the device, either in electronic payment or as Apple Store credit.