Good morning! 23 days to go! Another sunny, uber cold day in new york. Old man winter is still hanging out by the lakes up north. Here’s hoping for a snow-filled holiday season.
Here’s what caught my eye this morning:
1. On the anniversary of John Lennon’s assassination, Yoko Ono writes a moving op-ed in today’s NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/08/opinion/08ono.html?_r=1&src=tptw
2. The Google Chrome OS web store is launched, and pretty sweet. There are a ton of apps in there already. I’ve only downloaded the ChromeDeck (Tweetdeck’s app) but loving it so far. Check it out: http://news.cnet.com/8301-19882_3-20024948-250.html
3. Aaron Sorkin is really mad at Sarah Palin for the recent segment on her show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, where she hunts, kills, and carves up a caribou. Among various angry sentences, there is a direct comparison to Palin and Michael Vick: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/aaron-sorkin/sarah-palin-killing-animals_b_793600.html
4. Salesforce is launching a social networking service for their enterprise clients next year. They already have Chatter, a micro-blogging service, which is already available on the iPhone, iPad, and BlackBerry. Social networking for CRM; this is a fantastic idea, and I am curious to see how Salesforce is planning to implement this: http://venturebeat.com/2010/12/07/salesforce-chatter-com-launch/
5. More Inception news. Sorry, I might be a little obsessed. I gotta get this movie on DVD. Here’s Christopher Nolan’s sketch on the dream levels: http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/12/christopher_nolan_inception_le.html
6. Watch this cute puppy do the salsa. This is a little weird… http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/07/cuteridiculous-animal-thi_13_n_793340.html
7. MasterCard, PayPal, and PostFinance (the Swiss bank) have all been attacked by hackers supporting WikiLeaks. MasterCard’s corporate site has gone down, PayPal’s blog is down, and PostFinance’s site is down as well: http://mashable.com/2010/12/08/hackers-wikileaks-paypal-postfinance/
8. Gowalla is making strides in the location-based service game. The latest re-launch of the service includes integration with competitors Foursquare and Facebook Places; today, they announce a partnership with the Sundance Film Festival, with lucrative prizes such as free flights to the 2011 festival in Park City. http://mashable.com/2010/12/08/gowalla-sundance/
9. Madhuri Dixit is on Techcrunch (who, if you don’t know, is one of the greatest Bollywood actresses)! That alone stopped me on this article. ViKi, an open-source solution for international video, has raised over $4M in VC funding. ViKi gets the rights to a show or movie, throws it up on its site, and the volunteer community translate and adds subtitles: http://techcrunch.com/2010/12/08/viki-raises-4-3-million-from-vc-all-stars-to-translate-the-worlds-video/
10. I leave you with a quote for the day: “Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.” – H. Jackson Browne
That’s all from me today. Submissions and suggestions in the comments!