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Sleepover @ IKEA for the Night

For one night only, IKEA is letting you live out that scene from 500 Days of Summer on August 31, 2014. In a partnership with Airbnb, IKEA is letting the families of three winners stay overnight at their store in Tempe, Sydney. The store has decked out three promotional rooms for this event and while we don’t have any photographs, we know it’s something that most would be thrilled to have the chance at doing. The three themes? Rustic charm, inner city living and modern elegance. So how much does it cost to stay in one of these rooms? 12 Australian dollars.

“Airbnb gives people access to the most unique listings around the world from treehouses to yurts to villas, and now we’re adding Ikea to the list,” Eva Ross, Local Operations Lead at Airbnb Australia, said in a statement. “The experience is sure to thrill any guest.”

There’s one proviso in the fine print: “By entering, you agree to be part of an event that will be covered by the media,” it says. “Oh, and that you will be woken in the morning in a remarkable way. Nothing frightening — we promise!”

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Blog Roundup

- Because Burning Man begins this weekend and it is being completely overrun by the tech industry these days. [NY Times]

- Seattle’s 2014 indie rock bands [Seattle Mag]

- 10 SF Startups to watch [Strategy Eye]

- The Burning Man packing checklist [Fest300]

- Don’t give up on your space dreamz. I love flow charts. [GOOD]

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In Fashion Start-Up News

I may be working at a tech start-up, but that makes me even more fascinated with start-ups that are directly related to my interests. Last week, two very big things happened. One fashion start-up got acquired while another with so much potential (so we thought) shuttered. So how does that happen? Competition? Because that’s just the nature of the game? I’ve been wondering about this for awhile and I don’t really have the research or the data to back it up, but I find it to be very very interesting.

Prior to Trunk Club getting acquired by Nordstrom officially, I had been reading about the rumors of this weeks before. Trunk Club is a shopping service for men who don’t like to bring themselves to shop at retailers or the mall. The Trunk Club man works closely with a stylist to share what his interests are and what he is most comfortable in and the stylist puts together a “trunk” – some of which you would find above and sends it straight to your doorstep. The items you like, you get to purchase while the ones you don’t can be returned back. I thought it was an incredible service. I witnessed someone receiving a trunk once and I wrote about it on Quora. There hasn’t been a really great equivalent for it for women other than Stitchfix, which I heard was a hit or miss sometimes. What I’m still trying to figure out is what being acquired really means. What will the Seattle retailer do with the Chicago start-up? How will Trunk Club change itself? How will Nordstrom incorporate themselves into Trunk Club? I have so many questions.

The second big piece of news is that Hukkster shut down last Friday. They had a pretty awful name, but a great idea and supportive backing. The star-up raised $4.5 million dollars in venture capital over the last two years. The start-up which allows users to save items they like on the websites of their favorite retailers and receive notification of when the price has dropped was founded by two former J. Crew employees. Additionally, it was backed by the Winklevoss twins. For an idea that would have gained so much popularity among people – women especially – I am surprised that it only lasted two years.

It’s not a bold statement by any means, but I think it’s clear that anything can happen in the start-up world. One minute you’re here and the next you’re gone. It’s amazing to be in this industry and I’m learning so much, but I can’t wait to see what will happen next in the years to come.

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Google Removes Name Restrictions on Google+

In questionable moves today, Google announced that they have removed all name restrictions from Google+ and have issued an apology to all of their users who faced difficulties because they did not want to provide their name on the social network originally. I find this to be a little bit odd because all other social networks require you to use your name and that makes the most sense to me. It’s a way of making sure people are authentic and maybe an extra cushion to make sure people are who they really say they are. Maybe I’m wrong though because there’s always catfishing. I would think that by Google+ removing this they will definitely receive more troll-y accounts. Their reasoning for this is to make Google+ a more “welcoming and inclusive” place.

Very interesting. It’s informative news, but it’s not making me run to the social network to make an account.

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Argus App

Welp, I’ve set a new record! I have officially had an app for one entire day before deleting it. Over the weekend, my girlfriends told me about a pedometer app called Argus. Since the winter, I’ve been looking for a way to track how active I am during the day – ie) via how many steps I’m taking or how many miles I’m walking just at work. A coworker of mine sent me a couple of pedometers my way that I could purchase and that email is still sitting in my inbox. Then, Jennie and Winny told me about an app they used called Argus. It did exactly what I was looking for and it was free! Today, it notified me that I had walked 6,429 steps! The only downside? It eats up my battery like you wouldn’t even believe. By the end of the day, I was down to a 20% battery life as opposed to the 80% I normally have. I was told from my friends that the reason why it kills your battery is because of the GPS portion of the app tracking your steps. So while I love that this app is the app I’ve been waiting for, I’m afraid I’m not willing to sacrifice my battery life. Goodbye Argus, it was a fun trial for the day! Let me know when you’ve made some updates :)

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The Chosen One

I promised I would let you all know when I decided on the book that would go into my office’s library soon and I finally picked one. However, it was by no means, an easy task. In fact, there was quite a bit of pressure because I also found out each book chosen by an employee would have a printed bookplate pasted into it with our names and the reason why we chose it.

So basically I couldn’t choose an inappropriate book like “Go the F*ck to Sleep.”

It was a tough decision for me because since I started blogging, I pretty much gave up books for good. Seriously, I’ve been reading “Lean In” for three months. I can’t even finish the thing yet because I, myself, just don’t want to make time for it. So I knew early on that I was going to pick a book that I haven’t read before. I chose Blog, Inc by Joy Cho not only because she is one of my favorite bloggers and blogging role models, but because I get asked often what it’s like to have a blog. How do you keep up with it alongside a full-time job? How did you get started? How do you stay motivated to write every day? I have answers to these questions, but gosh – Joy probably does it so much better. So I haven’t read the book, but someday I will. At my workplace, we really value learning and knowledge so I figured a how-to book would be useful to the collection. I’m excited to see what all my other co-workers will contribute to the shelves!

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A Day in the Life of a Tech Worker: LA vs. SF

This infographic is awfully cute. And yes… it’s better in the Bay Area than LA.

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Dress Your Tech By DesignLoveFest

When Yow Yow! was first created, we had a completely different layout. I changed the header every month representative of how I was feeling, but mostly because I wanted to see how Yow Yow! would look if constantly changed. With every new month and every new header, I would write a post introducing these things and describing what I was most looking forward to (sort of like how I did earlier today!)

Though we’ve stopped doing that on Yow Yow! I still try to keep up with changing my wall papers on my work laptop every once in awhile and I do it for that same reason. It’s nice to look forward to change and when there is change present, we act a little bit differently than we normally would. It throws off our routine in a good way. That’s why I am a huge fan of Dress Your Tech by DesignLoveFest. Every so often, blogger Bri Emery shares with her readers new desktop wallpapers that are highlighted on her website for you to snag yourself. The one pictured above is my current because of its simplicity and because it’s too perfect for summer. As fall approaches, I’m hoping that Bri will have other inspirations to share with us!

Check out the rest of the wallpapers from this series here.

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Facebook Buys WhatsApp for $16 Billion

In major tech news today, Facebook went ahead and purchased WhatsApp for $16 billion ($12 billion in stock / $4 billion in cash) What. I’ve never used the app, myself, but from what I’ve heard from my coworkers – it seems to be an app that people absolutely love. It breaks down the barriers of texting internationally and simply makes it easier to communicate with those abroad.

WhatsApp currently has 450 million monthly active users. Mark Zuckerberg repeatedly said on the Feb. 19 conference call that he believes WhatsApp will quickly grow to 1 billion monthly active users.

When the acquisition was announced, it was reported that WhatsApp currently had 32 engineers on their team and altogether somewhere around 50 that will be joining Facebook shortly. I can’t even fathom that amount of money. Facebook is incredibly powerful and the string of news that is trailing them right now is exciting to hear.

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Introducing: Facebook Paper

This looks so interesting to me. I’m really looking forward to checking it out when it’s released.

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A Collection Part 39

Would you believe that it has already been 4 months since our last “A Collection Part” post? I can already hear Veronica’s voice in the back of my head saying, “I can.” Every time I speak to the girl, she’s always asking for another one. Little does she know, constructing these take forever! Good news though, I’ve already started building Part 40 so hopefully we won’t have to wait as long for the next one, but if she had it her way, it would be every week.

Making this post this time around was quite refreshing to me. Veronica once asked me how I choose the pictures that I do for this post and I don’t know if I was ever able to give a great answer. I probably just said that I chose the pictures I liked, but I’d like to elaborate on that a little bit. I used to do a bit of photography back in high school and in the early days of college, I brought my camera with me everywhere I went. I love that these photos are being taken in ways that I never thought of before. They are various shots that spark something in me, but I have no idea what it is and because I can’t explain it or put it into words of some sort, I love it. Maybe that’s not a better explanation than before, but it makes sense to me!

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Siri Gets Sassy

With all of the buzz surrounding the new Spike Jonze film “Her,” it seems like Siri is getting a little bit jealous! In the film, a lonely writer played by actor Joaquin Phoenix begins to develop strong feelings towards his operating systems named “Samantha” voiced by actress Scarlett Johansson. While none of us actually have our own “Samantha’s” I’d say that Siri is a close second. In the photo above, it looks like Siri is throwing some shade at her rival.

Is anyone else going to see this film?! I can’t wait to catch it next weekend!

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Favorites of 2013

Favorite Style Icon: Alexa Chung

This should really come as no surprise. Since Alexa Chung came into my life, I have always been a fan of her outfit choices. I noticed last year, I selected Taylor Swift, but really – Alexa blew her and everyone else out of the water in 2013. With her new book that we are dying to read and collections of hers popping up all over the place, we are looking forward to what she’ll be bringing to the table in 2014.

Runner up: Kiernan Shipka

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No Internet Week

I really enjoyed watching this documentary on my lazy Sunday today. It’s only 13 minutes, but as we’re living in a time period currently where so many people have hard time disconnecting, it’s something I can relate to. All of my work is online. I spend 80% of my day doing emails at work and when I get home, I run this blog and I definitely can’t post from paper and pen. I think the most I’ve ever gone without the internet was a day or two at the most. Even when I was traveling in Japan, I had access to internet through my hotel. It’s pretty amazing to see these 5 individuals give it up especially since their professions are all about it and I realized that the struggles they face are ones that I would face if put in the same situation. The fear of missing out on something is HUGE. Yes, it’s embarrassing, but I blame it on feeds. I am glued to the feeds on my social network and even if the blogs I read don’t have one, I will rewind all the way back to the last post I read for fear of missing out on content that I could use as inspiration to write a blog post here.

It’s a hard cycle, man. It was an informative doc though so if you have some time to spare, I recommend watching it.

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Instagram Unveils In-App Private Messaging

Snapchat has something to worry about today because Instagram is now allowing users to send private messages within the app with their new feature called “Instagram Direct.” You will be able to send 1:1 pictures, videos, and text. The feature is currently available for iPhone and Android with no word yet on a release date  for the Windows Phone. Womp womp.

Users can only send private messages to people who follow them. If a user attempts to send a private message to someone who doesn’t follow them that person can then decide whether or not they want to see the message. Private messages can be sent to one or many users.

High quality images with filters sent via Instagram over Snapchat? Count me in.

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