The boxer Floyd Mayweather has said it is “not a good idea” for Twitter to buy the selfie-sharing app Shots.
He funded it alongside Justin Bieber.
Reports suggested Twitter had held meetings with Shots, the company behind the app.
In a statement seen exclusively by Newsbeat Mayweather said he was not aware of any meetings until he saw it in the news and he had urged the apps co-founders “not to ever be pressured into anything by anyone.”
Speculation over Twitter acquiring a new company began after one of the social network’s bosses accidentally posted a public tweet.
Chief financial officer Anthony Noto tweeted: “I think we should buy them. He is on your schedule for Dec 15 or 16 — we will need to sell him. I have a plan.”
Shots – is all about posting selfies – the difference being no public comments are allowed. It was among the companies Anthony Noto was thought to be referring to and the statement from Floyd Mayweather appears to confirm Twitter’s interest.
The boxer said it was not a good time to sell the app.
“Everything great comes with time. Shots is only a year old and the app keeps getting better, bigger and becoming more relevant.”
When the app launched in 2013, co-founder John Shahidi told Newsbeat it would help people avoid the “jealousy, envy and manipulation” seen on other social networks.
Mayweather’s statement referred to Shots’ intention to counter abuse online, eliminating public comments.
“It’s also the first social network that puts positivity over anything else by the way it’s designed.”
“The new generation needs this so it’s important that they continue to build on this. There’s too much drama on these other networks.”
Justin Bieber is understood to have invested most of the app’s $1.1 million (£691,000) funding.
Twitter has bought dozens of companies since it launched in 2006 including social media dashboard Tweetdeck and video sharing service Vine.
Floyd Mayweather’s statement ended by suggesting he would back Shots’ owners to sell if they decided to, even though he was against the move.
“No matter what, I’ll support John, Sam and the Shots team. I believed in them when nobody else did and will always stand by their side.”
The fight that has been talked about for years but so far has only been words may of received it’s biggest boost yet, and it comes from a boxing legend himself. Oscar De La Hoya, via Twitter, in association with Golden Boy Promotions is set to offer the fighters the biggest guaranteed pay day in boxing history. If he can make this happen he will go down in history himself, even more than he already will.
Pharrell will be inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in early December.
According to Variety’s Twitter account Pharrell Williamswill be inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 4. At the time of the original announcement Maureen Schultz, Chair of the Walk of Fame Committee, stated:
“We know that the new selections represent the best of the entertainment industry and will be a great addition to the Walk of Fame for both the Hollywood community and fans from around the world who visit Hollywood every year.”
Pharrell will receive the 2,537th star on the famed strip. It’s slated to be unveiled in front of the West Hotel Hollywood at 11:30 pm PST.
Back in June it had been announced that Pharrell would receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He joins Pitbull, Kool & The Gang, Will Ferrell and Kelly Ripa, among others to also be inducted.
Today!! The Hundreds Los Angeles reopens on the corner of Fairfax and Rosewood.
To commemorate the new RSWD, we’ll be offering a limited series of T-shirts, fleece, and headwear on Opening Day. Along with the The Hundreds X Reebok Pump “Coldwaters” of course.
10am , 7909 Rosewood. Same as it ever was.
Oh wait, almost forgot. Remember all those other colorways of our Death Row collaboration that you couldn’t buy in our Online Shop or other flagships? We were saving those exclusively for Rosewood. For the first and only time, the rare and extremely limited color-ups of The Hundreds X Death Row will be available on Opening Day at The Hundreds Los Angeles.
In order for companies in Silicon Valley to address the existing problem of lack of diversity, they need to understand how African Americans and Latinos are left behind in the tech industry. Tech companies are starting to recognize the importance of diversity and looking to create opportunities. But that is not enough; there need to be more educational programs in place to prepare the next generation of minority leaders in tech.
This infographic published by The Kernel, shows the extent of Silicon Valley’s lack of diversity in major companies, like Google and Facebook:
Camila is a writer and community manager for Tech Cocktail in Miami. She has been heavily active in South Florida’s tech startup community, where she co-founded a communication strategy company called pFunk Media. Camila previously worked at Greenpeace International and the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in various communication roles. A proud Brazilian who spent most of he life in Peru, she is passionate about traveling and documentaries.