Microsoft Social Network “Tulalip” Leaked? Eversave Sold For $30M, SpaceX’s Big Rocket Plans, Groupon Coupons Questioned

There’s a sketchy leak about a Microsoft social network. Daily deals site Eversave sold for $30M, Sony Ericsson hit by earthquake woes, SpaceX’s big rocket future gets going. This and more important news from your Fast Company editors, with updates all day.


FaceBallmer. Microsoft may be rolling out a social networking platform, called Tulalip, according to a website claiming to have discovered the leak on, which now displays a whoopsie message, allegedly from Microsoft. “With Tulalip you can Find what you need and Share what you know easier than ever,” stated a login page before being pulled (see above)–or it’s all part of a giant hose job currently being pulled on everyone. Too tough to say either way yet. The graphic also shows a button for signing into the service using Facebook. Watch your back, Zuckerberg! Kidding. As you were. –TG 

–Updated 2:20 p.m. EST


Eversave Deal Of The Day! It’s Sold For $30 million. The Groupon effect is in full effect: Eversave, a daily deals site for women and families, has been snatched up for $30 million by the Connecticut-based marketing firm, Affinion Group. This is telling for a couple of reasons: one, Eversave is part of a 12-year-old company that only within the last year dipped a toe into the still-white-hot deals space; and two, this shows that even the non-Groupons and LivingSocials of the space–the next-tier outfits–are generating excitement and loosening serious purse strings. –MM

Updated 10:10 a.m. EST

SpaceX Begins Its Vandenburg Base. As the space shuttle whirls above our heads in its final balletic dance in orbit with the ISS, SpaceX–as one of the new generation of commercial space industries–is beginning its journey. The firm just broke ground for a new launch base at Vandenburg Air Force base, the first stage in its plan to get the amazing Falcon X Heavy rocket (the most powerful since the Apollo era Saturn Vs) into space as a super-cheap heavy-lift facility in 2013. –KE


Sony Ericsson’s Losses. The Japanese-European firm has posted its second quarter finances, and industry watchers seemed positive before the data arrived…only to be surprised when SE posted a net loss of €50 million compared to a net gain of €12 million this time last year. Sales of phones were down 31% year-on-year and Sony blamed the Japanese earthquake-tsunami disaster for messing with its supply chain and sinking about 1.5 million devices. SE is banking on smartphones (and no earthquakes) for a more positive future. –KE

Groupon Coupon Question. Connecticut’s Attorney General is peeping at Groupon’s service, and is considering that the bulk discount coupons Groupon centers on are actually a form of “gift certificate.” Under local law, no such certificate can have an expiration date. Will Connecticut-based offers have to ditch the date? Will advertisers actually want this, as it could expose their businesses to losses? Groupon’s got until August 5th to explain itself in what could become an important case pre IPO. –KE

Updated 05:45 a.m. EST

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