Online Resource About Nobel Laureates in Economics

UBS has launched an online resource about Nobel Laureates in Economics (PRESS RELEASE). “UBS announced today the launch of ‘Nobel Perspectives’, a digital platform that will feature around 40 filmed interviews with Nobel Laureates in Economics. Partnering with German broadcasters Frank and Thomas Elstner, UBS are supporting the continuation of a project that Frank first began back in 1985, to document the life and work of Nobel Laureates. The online archive ubs.com/nobel, will host both newly commissioned and newly edited interview footage and material. The interviews will be published over the next 2 years.”

Edward Snowden Gets Bodyslammed By Twitter Notifications

Edward Snowden joined Twitter and immediately got bodyslammed by notifications. “Snowden, who pulled in around one million followers in not much time at all, soon found that he was overwhelmed by the attention and returned to Twitter to complain. His complaint was that all this attention had loaded him with some 45GB of notifications, which might show on his communications bills, particularly the part that concerns data.”

Taylor Swift vs. Periscope

Taylor Swift’s enforcement team is taking on Periscope (and I don’t think I’ve ever written a more 2015 sentence.) “As far as we know, Swift is the only artist with a dedicated takedown team. The first letters of TAS Rights Management stand for T(aylor)A(lison)S(wift) and aside from targeting Periscope the group is also enforcing other online infringements.” Taylor Swift is cracking down on Periscope’d streams of her concerts.

CIA Releases Collection of Presidential Briefing Documents

The CIA has released a collection of presidential briefing documents from the 1960s. “Today at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library at the University of Texas, the CIA released a trove of presidential briefs that were delivered to both Presidents John F. Kennedy and LBJ from 1961 to 1969. The collection includes over 2,500 documents exclusively prepared for the president each day.”

Marissa Mayer Is Expecting Twins

Marissa Mayer is expecting twins. “Since my pregnancy has been healthy and uncomplicated and since this is a unique time in Yahoo’s transformation, I plan to approach the pregnancy and delivery as I did with my son three years ago, taking limited time away and working throughout. I’ve shared the news and my plans with Yahoo’s Board of Directors and my executive team, and they are incredibly supportive and happy for me. I want to thank them for all of their encouragement as well as their offers of help and continued support.”

Twitter Turning Into a Hollywood Negotiation Tool

Twitter is turning into a Hollywood negotiation tool. “Twitter has long been part of the Hollywood swirl. Celebrities routinely use the messaging service as a marketing device. Then there are the VIPs who sometimes make news by tweeting out a random thought that proves offensive — Ashton Kutcher, we’re looking at you. But now Hollywood talent is finding an innovative new use for Twitter: as a tool in high-stakes negotiations. In particular, it can serve as a way for an aggrieved actor or director to take his or her case directly to the fans for the purpose of teasing out some more leverage in talks with a powerful studio.”

John F. Kennedy Funeral Photos Completely Digitized

All the White House photos (over 350 of them) from John F. Kennedy’s funeral have been digitized and are available online. “The 350 funeral photos span a period of three days, from November 23 to November 25, 1963. Events include: President Kennedy’s body returning to the White House, lying in repose in the East Room of the White House and lying in state at the U.S. Capitol; processions to the Capitol Building and St. Matthew’s Cathedral; the requiem mass at St. Matthew’s; the burial of President Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery; a post-funeral reception at the White House; as well as photos of the newly-redecorated Oval Office with President Kennedy’s effects, the caparison of the riderless horse Black Jack, and a night view of the eternal flame near the late President’s gravesite.”

Facebook Offers Livestreaming for “Public Figures”

Facebook is now offering live streaming for “public figures”. I guess if you’re a joyless prole you’re out of luck. “Facebook Mentions is an app that’s only available to famous athletes, musicians, politicians and other influencers. Through this app these public figures can broadcast live video in a way that’s similar to Periscope and Meerkat.”

Anil Dash and Gina Trapani Launch Makerbase

Anil Dash and Gina Trapani, the people behind ThinkUp (I am a subscriber but otherwise unaffiliated) have launched Makerbase. Which belong to them, not us. “Makerbase is a new project that hopes to be a collection of people and their digital creations, or a directory of who’s who of tech. It’s a reference for if you’re trying to find out who the people are behind an app or website. Think of it as a mashup of IMDB and Wikipedia.”