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Iowa Launches An App For Your Drivers License

markephillips:

These needs to happen in WA ASAP!

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

We take our phones with us pretty much everywhere these days. This gave the Iowa Department of Transportation an idea – put the state drivers license on an app.

The app will hold all the same information found on a plastic license. State government authorities such as police and airport security will accept these digital licenses as valid ID.

A PIN is used to verify authenticity of the information. Department of Transportation spokesperson Andrea Henry alluded in a CNN interview that Iowa could possibly use fingerprint or facial recognition software to verify authenticity at a future date.

There could be a few issues with going digital, however. Adding your license to multiple devices is one. The potential for your phone to be dead right when you get pulled over is another. This would obviously make it impossible to prove you are who you say you are unless you can get some juice.

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Aaron Sorkin Slams Journalists for Publishing Hacked Sony Documents

markephillips:

I so enjoy Aaron Sorkin.

Originally posted on Variety:

“The Newsroom” creator Aaron Sorkin has a message for real-life newsrooms, taking aim at publications posting leaked Sony documents in a new op-ed.

Published on the New York Times’ website Sunday evening, Sorkin acknowledged the fact that his name was brought up in many of the emails, given that he wrote the “Jobs” biopic that’s at the center of a few of the leaked email squabbles, but clarified that he’s not why he’s calling out the publications posting the hacked data.

“Because I and two movies of mine get a little dinged up, I feel I have the credibility to say this: I don’t care,” he writes. “Because the minor insults that were revealed are such small potatoes compared to the fact that they were revealed. Not by the hackers, but by American journalists helping them.”

The screenwriter also called upon fellow Hollywood leaders, writing “Wouldn’t it be…

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Top Japanese Exhibitor Toho to Open First Imax Theater

markephillips:

I’m actually shocked that this hasn’t happened yet.

Originally posted on Variety:

HONG KONG – Toho, Japan’s leading cinema operator and distributor, is to open the first Imax theater in downtown Tokyo.

The screen will be part of a complex being built in the Shinjuku district that includes hotels, restaurants and retail.

The deal is Imax’s first with Toho. Throughout Japan Imax has contracted for 23 theaters and has so far opened 17 of them.

“With the tremendous Imax success of ‘Godzilla’ and ‘Transformers’ in Japan, we’ve witnessed the power of Imax to deliver a differentiated experience that will attract audiences,” said Kazuhiko Seta, president of Toho Cinemas.  “As such, the addition of an Imax theater in the iconic Shinjuku area, at the Toho Cinemas Shinjuku, will create a landmark entertainment destination for the city of Tokyo. This will be the beginning of our exciting new partnership. We look forward to further opportunities to leverage Imax as a competitive advantage and delight more audiences throughout Japan.”

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Justice Mary Yu, May 4, 2014, By Michael Morgan

Really, never tried a case? Re-blogged in memory of Mrs. Morgan.

JUSTICE MARY YU

May 4, 2014 / BY Michael Morgan

Next weekend will be the first Mother’s Day following the death of Mrs. Morgan. Mrs. Morgan was 43 years old at the time of her death and loved our teenage daughter very much and will be in our thoughts.

In 2000 Colleen campaigned very hard for me as I ran against then newly appointed Judge Mary Yu for a seat on the Superior Court. Then Judge Yu had been a lawyer for less than 7 years and had never tried a case in the Superior Court when she was appointed to the bench in 2000. I did not think Judge Yu had the requisite amount of experience to serve on the Superior Court bench which is why I decided to run against her. Judge Yu was appointed this week to fill a vacant seat to our State Supreme Court and all the media accounts I have read have mentioned Judge Yu’s sexual orientation in connection with her appointment–but in 2000 Judge Yu’s sexual orientation, to my knowledge, was never mentioned in press reports relating to her appointment to the Superior Court bench and when I decided to run against her I had no knowledge of her sexual orientation. Judge Yu, however, repeatedly told people I was anti-gay even after my openly gay brother and openly gay friends contradicted these claims. I was angry and Colleen was very upset about Judge Yu’s unfair attacks.

As election day approached in 2000, Judge Yu mailed out a campaign flyer which prominently featured her in what appeared to be a back yard with a young boy of Asian descent. The picture had no caption and the clear implication of the photograph to any reasonable person was that Judge Yu was a single parent–which she was not. This upcoming Mother’s Day is a sad and stark reminder that I am now a single parent–which makes Judge Yu’s misleading campaign flyer in 2000 more offensive to me now than it was in 2000.

The situations I have mentioned did not, in my estimation, influence the outcome of the 2000 election. These situations, however, should have persuaded the Governor to appoint a different person to a seat on our State’s highest court.

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Bitcoin 2.0 Crowdfunding Is Real Crowdfunding

markephillips:

Finally.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Editor’s note:Sandrine Ayral has been involved in the Parisian startup ecosystem for a few years, working for startups, a VC fund and TheFamily, a startup accelerator. She joined the bitcoin sphere for good last February when she joined Coinbase‘s remote team for a few months, and is now working on a new cryptocurrency project.

In the past few months we’ve been hearing a lot about how bitcoin’s underlying technology is going to revolutionize not only our monetary system, but also notary services, DNS, authentication, intellectual property ownership and data storage.

While most of the products and services that were supposed to emerge on top of the bitcoin protocol have yet to see light, there’s actually one application of the bitcoin protocol that has been developed by several bitcoin 2.0 startups: decentralized crowdfunding.

Kickstarter, Indiegogo and all the other traditional platforms act as the trusted third party that enables a crowdfunding…

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Facebook And Apple Offer To Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

markephillips:

This is great.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Facebook and Apple are making it easier for female employees to delay having kids and focus on their careers instead. Both companies have now offered to pay to freeze their eggs.

Many tech companies offer wild perks such as unlimited vacation, a casual work environment, and meals from five-star chefs. Google even offers massage and on-site laundry services to keep employees working. This appears to be the first time any major tech company has offered freezing a woman’s eggs as a perk.

The procedure can cost up to $10,000 plus the $500 per year to store the eggs. Facebook already offers up to $20,000 in coverage for an egg freezing procedure as a perk to all female employees and Apple will offer to cover the cost starting in January.

Egg freezing is not the only perk offered for women at Apple. “We continue to expand our benefits for women, with a new extended…

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