Video roundup: Hands-on with Apple’s new MacBook


I can’t wait!

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:


Apple today announced the latest addition to its MacBook lineup, the 12-inch Retina MacBook, and many members of the press were able to go hands-on with the new machine after the event. We’ve collected some of the best videos below to give you a better look at the new machine.

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After The Social Web, Here Comes The Trust Web


Very good article. Trust Web here we come.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Editor’s note: David Cohen is the founder and Managing Partner of Techstars, the #1 ranked Internet startup accelerator in the world. William Mougayar is an entrepreneur turned angel investor, founder of Startup Management, and currently raising his first fund.

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – Buckminster Fuller

The bitcoin train is really made up of two revolutions in one: money and finance, based on the bitcoin protocol, and exploiting the “currency programmability” aspects; and decentralized applications, based on the blockchain’s distributed technology capabilities.

Both are grounded in similar roots (crypto-technology), but they have different branching. Both paths are creating disruptive, innovative and system-changing opportunities for startups, investors, consumers and business players. Both are joined at the hip, and that hip is the blockchain, the backbone of crypto-based transactions.

To fully…

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Iowa Launches An App For Your Drivers License


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


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


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.


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.