, by Patricia Hernandez
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Mobile dating app Tinder will start verifying celebrity accounts so it’s clear that people are who they say they are, the company told the Hollywood Reporter. It all sounds a little insane, but many stars already use the app, and nobody can connect on Tinder unless both parties approve.
What’s that? You say you’d like to hear from some of the most interesting people in video — the people who are making the stuff you’re watching on the Web and on TV, and the ones trying to deliver all of it to your screens? And you’d like to do it in Hollywood, as soon as possible?
No problem! Come by our Code/Media event, which we’re hosting in Santa Monica on March 27th.
This is the first live event the Re/code team, led by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, has produced this year. But if you’ve been to any of the shows we’ve put on in the past, then you’ll have a good idea of what we have in store for you: Onstage interviews with people who are shaking up tech and media — and plenty of time to talk to the folks sitting next to you, who are plenty interesting themselves.
Since we’re doing this one in Southern California, we figured it would be good to highlight guests who have a lot to say about what you’re going to be watching this year, on both big screens and ones you can hold on your hand. It’s a fascinating, and fast-changing, topic, and we’ve got a pretty cool lineup:
Roku CEO Anthony Wood has sold more than eight million devices that help bring Web video to your TV, while competing against the likes of Apple and Google — and, soon Amazon as well. Now he also wants to embed his software directly into your TVs themselves, which means he’s also going to be competing against the likes of Samsung.
Mike Judge is the man who brought you classic comedies including “Beavis and Butt-head,” “King of the Hill,” and “Office Space.” Now he’s tackling the newest tech boom, via his “Silicon Valley,” which debuts on HBO next month.
A few years ago Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox were in high school. Now they’re YouTube royalty: Their Smosh videos have more than 25 million subscribers and have been seen more than four billion times. Equally important is that they’ve turned those views into a business — both on and off of YouTube.
Code/Media sold out our initial allotment of tickets earlier this year (thanks!), but we’ve found space to fit in a few more people at the Steelcase event center in Santa Monica. You can find registration information here. See you in a few weeks.
Half a decade ago, some of the brightest minds at South By Southwest Interactive came together to create the worst website in the world. Jeffrey Bennett proposed online image search for the blind. David Friedman pitched PeopleIPO, allowing anyone to buy shares in you. The winner, though, was Merlin Mann’s FlockdUp, an incomprehensible social network for “thought leaders” that seem to be constructed entirely of buzzwords. “FlockdUp is really uniquely positioned at this juncture to...