5 Lunchtime Links: Google offers cash reward to man who bought and owned site for one minute and more

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(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

1. Man who bought and owned Google.com offered reward for discovering oversight.

Google.com is valued at nearly $79 billion. So when Sanmay Ved really cut a deal when he bought it for $12. Ved, who previously worked for Google, managed to buy the website because of an administrative oversight and owned it for about a minute. After Ved received emails intended for the company’s web administration team, Google spotted the error and canceled and refunded the transaction. Because of the incident Google Security has offered Ved a cash reward. When the “loyal Googler” instead requested the money be donated to the Art of Living India Foundation, the company doubled the amount. You can read Ved’s account, here.

2. Shia LaBeouf arrested for public intoxication Friday night on Sixth Street.

Shia LaBeouf, what are you going to do with you? Most people were only half surprised to hear that the actor’s visit to Austin included his arrest for public intoxication on Sixth Street Friday night. According to the affidavit, LaBeouf called a police officer, who initially approached him for jaywalking, a “silly man” three times and then aggressively approached an onlooker who was videotaping the incident. The officer determined LaBeouf to be “a danger to himself and others,” and booked him in Travis County Jail.

3. Netflix to raise monthly rate.

You’re going to have to cough up an extra dollar every month if you want to keep up that binge-watching habit. The monthly price of a standard Netflix account will increase to $9.99 — for new users immediately, with a longer grace period for current and longtime users. The company has said the price hike will allow it to create more original content.

4. St. Vincent serves tacos at new Dallas restaurant.

Some lucky diners got a little more than tacos when they visited Dallas’ new Resident Taqueria this past weekend. Excitement ensued after patrons realized their server was none other than musician Annie Clark, better known by her stage name St. Vincent. The restaurant is owned by Clark’s sister and brother-in-law, and offers an array of unique tacos all on made-in-house tortillas. You can read one fan’s (very) extensive account of her encounter, here.

5. Kanye West auditions for American Idol.

Kanye West will stop at nothing to have his greatness affirmed. Including performing his hit “Gold Digger” for American Idol’s panel of judges. The rapper, alongside wife Kim Kardashian, made a surprise tryout-appearance in San Francisco, and spoiler: He’s going to Hollywood. You can watch West’s tryout, below.


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