Justin Bieber Joins Carly Rae Jepsen On ‘Ellen’

Biebs introduces his artist’s performance and offers a preview of his single ‘Boyfriend.’
By Natasha Chandel

<P><a href=”http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/bieber_justin/artist.jhtml”>Justin Bieber</a> is standing behind his girl. <a href=”http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/carly_rae_jepsen/artist.jhtml”>Carly Rae Jepsen</a> made her first major U.S. talk-show appearance on Friday’s (March 23) “Ellen DeGeneres Show,” and she brought quite the surprise with her: Bieber himself and an exclusive preview of <a href=”/news/articles/1681664/justin-bieber-boyfriend.jhtml”>his song “Boyfriend.”</a> </P><P> </P><P>Ellen began the segment attempting to read an intro for Jepsen, the 26-year-old Canadian singer who won the hearts of pop enthusiasts with her catchy, upbeat single <a href=”/news/articles/1681155/carly-rae-jepsen-justin-bieber-curiosity.jhtml”>”Call Me Maybe”</a> but was interrupted by an eruption of screaming girls who caught sight of a black-and-yellow-clad Justin Bieber. The young heartthrob took the opportunity to introduce Jepsen, whom he recently signed to his Schoolboy Records label. He had been making a public Twitter bid to Ellen to have his new artist appear on her daytime show. </P><P> </P><P><object name=”kaltura_player_1332533343″ id=”kaltura_player_1332533343″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowScriptAccess=”always” allowNetworking=”all” allowFullScreen=”true” height=”283″ width=”430″ data=”http://cdnapi.kaltura.com/index.php/kwidget/wid/1_empy1jxw/uiconf_id/6995152″><param name=”allowScriptAccess” value=”always” /><param name=”allowNetworking” value=”all” /><param name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true” /><param name=”bgcolor” value=”#000000″ /><param name=”movie” value=”http://cdnapi.kaltura.com/index.php/kwidget/wid/1_empy1jxw/uiconf_id/6995152″/><param name=”flashVars” value=””/><a href=”http://corp.kaltura.com”>video platform</a><a href=”http://corp.kaltura.com/video_platform/video_management”>video management</a><a href=”http://corp.kaltura.com/solutions/video_solution”>video solutions</a><a href=”http://corp.kaltura.com/video_platform/video_publishing”>video player</a></object> </P><P> </P><P>Jepsen, who calls her style “folky pop,” took to the stage in a long, bohemian dress. Jepsen sang her hit song, currently at #8 on the iTunes singles chart alongside the Wanted and Katy Perry. Her performance was applauded by Ellen and topped off with a giant hug from her new mentor. </P><P> </P><P>During an interview with Ellen, Bieber recalled hearing Jepsen’s track on the radio in Canada and jumping on YouTube to find out more about the “talented” singer. After learning of her local success, Bieber realized she was unsigned in the U.S. and immediately decided to change that. </P><P> </P><P>Life has certainly taken a 180-degree turn for Jepsen in the last two months. “I had never branched outside of Canada, and I didn’t know how to do that, and then one miraculous day, Justin called,” Jepsen told Ellen. “It seemed too good to be true.” There is also talk of a possible <a href=”/news/articles/1681004/justin-bieber-carly-rae-jepsen-collaboration.jhtml”>collaboration with Bieber</a>. </P><P> </P><P>Bieber is taking his new A&R role very seriously, promoting Jepsen in any way possible, including dropping a video spoof of “Call Me Maybe” featuring famous friends Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale and Carlos Pena Jr. of Big Time Rush. </P><P> </P><P><i>Did you like Carly Rae Jepsen’s performance on “Ellen”? Let us know in the comments below!</i> </P><P> </P><P><object name=”kaltura_player_1332533680″ id=”kaltura_player_1332533680″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowScriptAccess=”always” allowNetworking=”all” allowFullScreen=”true” height=”283″ width=”430″ data=”http://cdnapi.kaltura.com/index.php/kwidget/wid/1_sn0cbjqk/uiconf_id/6995152″><param name=”allowScriptAccess” value=”always” /><param name=”allowNetworking” value=”all” /><param name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true” /><param name=”bgcolor” value=”#000000″ /><param name=”movie” value=”http://cdnapi.kaltura.com/index.php/kwidget/wid/1_sn0cbjqk/uiconf_id/6995152″/><param name=”flashVars” value=””/><a href=”http://corp.kaltura.com”>video platform</a><a href=”http://corp.kaltura.com/video_platform/video_management”>video management</a><a href=”http://corp.kaltura.com/solutions/video_solution”>video solutions</a><a href=”http://corp.kaltura.com/video_platform/video_publishing”>video player</a></object></p>

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Machine Zone CEO was on employment benefits before founding the company behind Game of War

There’s a mythology to successful startup leaders, and part of it is that they can’t fail. We lionize successful entrepreneurs, and elevate those with multiple major successes to the status of minor deity: an Elon Musk, a Steve Jobs.

Above: Kate Upton in Game of War: Fire Age commercial.

Image Credit: Machine Zone

But before the rise, there’s reality. For Gabe Leydon, that was unemployment.

“I didn’t come from money,” he told me yesterday at VentureBeat’s Mobile Summit. “I started Machine Zone while I was on unemployment benefits.”

Machine Zone is, of course, one of the shining stars of the new mobile economy. The company perennially has two of the top five grossing games in the world: Game of War and Mobile Strike. Game of War alone could be grossing in excess of $ 1 billion annually, and VB founder Matt Marshall estimated the company’s annual advertising spend not too far from that sum. The company just announced a new cloud platform that will enable, according to Leydon, 100 million concurrent many-to-many connections. And Machine Zone, which is rebranding as MZ, is rumored to be valued in the $ 3-$ 5 billion range.

In other words: pretty successful.

But it all started from unemployment benefits. Leydon had run a startup before Machine Zone, but said he “didn’t really get any money” out of it. So he began his second startup essentially penniless.

Above: Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in the new ad for Mobile Strike from Machine Zone.

Image Credit: Machine Zone

Success has a cost, of course. Leydon’s eight-year journey since founding Machine Zone has taken a bit of a toll on him.

In a conversation after his conference session, Leydon said that people perennially overestimate his age, thanks perhaps to his graying hair and perpetual two-day beard. While he’s in his mid-30s, people typically think he’s in his 40s, Leydon said.

Matt Marshall, who was present for much of the conversation, asked if it was the stress of running such a fast-moving, high-flying company. Leydon first said no, then appeared to agree.

“No … I don’t think so,” he said at first.

Then he added something that reminded me of research on top athletes. Fifty percent of them would take a drug, the research said, if it guaranteed an Olympic gold medal — even if it came with the guarantee of death within five years.

“I mean, it’s stressful,” Leydon admitted. “It may kill me but I don’t care. I’m having the time of my life. Look at what we’ve been able to do!”

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Watch the iPhone SE and 6S go head-to-head in durability tests

We know that Apple’s iPhone SE has the guts of an iPhone 6S with the body of an iPhone 5S, but which one holds up better against the elements?

Phone warranty company SquareTrade put the SE through a series of tests to see how well it fares when dropped on the ground and dunked underwater.

While the iPhone SE can stand toe-to-toe with the 6S performance-wise, it falls to its predecessor in durability tests.

The first test, as shown in the video above, put the iPhones (an iPhone SE, 6 and 6S) in a deep-water dunk test. The 6S lasted a half hour and only lost audio, while the 6S Plus died around 10 minutes. The SE bricked in less than a minute. Not a good start for the iPhone SE. Read more…

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Microsoft Upgrades Graph, Releases Connectors – Again

At Microsoft’s Build 2016 developer’s conference in San Francisco this week, Office 2016 got a lot of attention. But so did Graph — and Connectors hogged the limelight for the second time in a week.

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