For $50,000, You Can Get A Cup Of Coffee With Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt (GOOG)

eric schmidtFormer Google CEO and current executive chairman Eric Schmidt is auctioning off the opportunity to have a cup of coffee with him at the company’s New York City offices.

The current bidding is at $9,000, but it has an estimated value of $50,000. The bidding ends on August 14 — you’ve got 14 days left, people!

The money will go to the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, an organization that exposes disadvantaged urban kids to the arts. 

Tech stars offering coffee dates for donations has become something of a trend: Earlier this year, someone paid $330,000 to have lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook, and last year, Warren Buffett reeled in $156,000. Snapchat cofounder Bobby Murphy is currently accepting bids for a lunch valued at $7,500. 

SEE ALSO: Here’s What It’s Like To Be One Of Google’s Most Elite New Employees

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Sony Sold 3x as Many Consoles as Microsoft Last Quarter

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Sony‘s PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles outsold the Xbox 360 and Xbox One three to one last quarter, though it remains unknown exactly how many of each console was sold.

Sony’s financial statement, released early Thursday morning, showed the company sold 3.5 million PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 consoles (combined) from April 1 to June 30, the first fiscal quarter of the year. Comparatively, Microsoft sold 1.1 million Xbox One and Xbox 360 units, according to numbers it released last week.

It’s hard to say exactly how well each console is sellingMicrosoft‘s sales only reflect about three weeks of sales of the reduced price Xbox One, which ditched the Kinect motion sensor in favor of a $100 price drop. Read more…

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Giraffe Dies After Hitting Its Head on Highway Bridge

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A giraffe being transported in an open-air truck bed on a South Africa highway this week died after reportedly hitting its head on an overpass, reports say.

“All we can ascertain at this stage is severe head trauma. We are continuing our investigation with the view to possibly lay criminal charges against those responsible,” the SPCA’s Rick Allan told Johannesburg’s Eye Witness News.

The owner of the giraffe confirmed that the animal had died to a local reporter.

Multiple eyewitnesses reported seeing the giraffes traveling on Pretoria’s N1 highway, with many posting Tweets and Instagram photos after one hit its head on the bridge. Read more…

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Most of California Is Now in ‘Exceptional Drought’

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Just when Californians thought it couldn’t get worse, the three-year drought that has enveloped the state intensified a little over the past week. Scratch that; it intensified a lot.

The percentage of the state in the worst category of drought — known as “exceptional drought” — skyrocketed from 36.5% to 58.4% in the past week alone, according to statistics released on Thursday. This means that the majority of the state, which is the top agricultural producer in the United States, is now in the worst possible drought conditions on the U.S. Drought Monitor, which is a federal, state and academic product that has monitored drought conditions since 1999 Read more…

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Heidi Klum Teaches Jimmy Fallon the Sexy ‘German Roll’

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Jimmy Fallon is one lucky fella

The Tonight Show host got down and around with supermodel Heidi Klum in a recurring sketch called “This Is How We Roll.” From what we can tell, it’s basically Fallon’s strategy for getting very, very close to very, very pretty celebrities

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But, it turns out, Heidi doesn’t like the average American roll. She taught Jimmy how the Germans do it — which is obviously a lot more aggressive and sexy

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Yo’s New Service Lets Doctors’ Offices and Restaurants Tap the Power of Yo

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Yo, the startup known for its one-word messaging service, has released Yo Lineup, a tool to help doctors’ offices and restaurants handle queues

“We got an inquiry from a doctors’ office in Miami that read about our restaurant solution and wanted the same,” Yo founder Or Arbel said in an email. The result was the Yo Lineup service, which is free.

The tool lets people in waiting rooms or restaurant lobbies know how far along they are in the line and notifies them with a “Yo” when they’re ready to go:

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There’s one catch, though: Patrons and patients have to have the Yo app and an account on the service to use Lineup. However, it’s fairly easy to download and register quickly, and Yo claims that it’s been installed 2 million times. Those who opt out can just wait in line as usual. For restaurants, Yo Lineup could be a cheap alternative to buzzer/pager solutions. Read more…

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Does Online Privacy Exist on Social Networks? 57 Percent Don’t Think So

Almost three-fourths of Americans worry about how much personal information is available online, and more than half feel like they can’t trust social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to keep their personal information, buying habits, and political beliefs confidential, according to new poll data we just released via an infographic.

The data was collected through a survey of 1,007 Americans over the age of 18, and the survey was commissioned by Rad Campaign, Lincoln Park Strategies, and Craig Newmark of craigconnects and craigslist.

According to the survey, mistrust of websites and social media and concerns about privacy rise as Americans get older. People over 65 expressed the least trust in social media, and were most certain their data was being sold. It was this demographic who felt most strongly that privacy laws need to be strengthened.

People over 65 also expressed concern at roughly twice the rate of poll respondents under 35.

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The data shows very clearly that Americans feel manipulated and exposed by the websites they frequent. While that may not stop them from using Facebook and Twitter, or other websites, they are clearly calling for more safeguards so their personal data doesn’t get sold or used for targeted marketing purposes so easily.

At the top of the list of concerns are tracking cookies. Seventy-three percent of respondents said they were concerned about cookies being placed on their computers without their knowledge, and 36 percent said they knew for a fact that this had happened to them.

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It’s ironic that people are so concerned about their online privacy, yet the majority of Americans don’t realize how much information they are giving away when they sign up for these sites. And part of the reason they don’t realize, is because they’re not reading the entirety of these site’s terms of service (TOS).

The poll suggested that many Americans do not think it is their responsibility to set limits on their privacy. While 60 percent of respondents either thought current privacy laws were too weak or weren’t sure, a similar number, 66 percent said they either skim through a website’s terms of service (TOS) before agreeing, or do not read the terms of service at all.

“On one hand, Americans are quite concerned about their online privacy, but on the other hand the majority of Americans are using websites and social media platforms without reading very much of the TOS,” said Stefan Hankin, Founder of polling firm Lincoln Park Strategies. “That’s a problem.”

And Stefan is right, it is a problem. It’s time that Internet users both take responsibility for the information that’s being put online, as well as call for the websites and social media platforms that we’re using to protect our information.

“This is a big deal because people put a lot of stuff out there, sometimes inadvertently. We all need to look at this issue,” said Craig Newmark of craigconnects and founder of craigslist.

This is the second series of data from the poll to be released. Last month, we released an infographic about online harassment, which exposed that about half of Americans under 35 have been bullied, harassed or threatened online, or know someone who has.

Full data from the Online Privacy poll can be found at http://ift.tt/1nMPBVo

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