Today’s brief covers Apple’s plans for subscription TV, edible food packing, year-round urban farming, a new social retargeting service, Jay-Z’s thoughts on education (they’ll surprise you), and more. Read on!
1. Apple is reportedly launching a subscription TV service by the end of this year. The question remains if they will develop their own version of a set-top box, a revamped version of the Apple TV devices, or some sort of content distribution model similar to iTunes. [The Next Web]
2. Yelp opened at $22 per share this morning, trading up 60% over last night’s pricing. The reviews site has put up 7.15 million shares, looking to raise just over $100 million. [TechCrunch]
3. The Greenhouse Transformer would allow us to have urban farms that shifted with the seasons, so you could grow strawberries year-round (although, strawberry-picking is a ton of fun). This concept allows for a structure where the roof would actually move based on the season. So, in the summertime it would be open, while in the winter it would be closed in order to control the climate inside. This takes rooftop urban farming to a whole new level. [FastCoDesign]
4. Check out the Smithsonian’s 9th Annual Photo Content finalists. These images are stunning. [This is Colossal]
5. A Harvard professor is working on edible food packaging, so not only can you eat your cake, you can eat the packaging it came in. This is one of those things that I think I need to see (and eat) to believe. [FastCoExist]
6. RadiumOne, a social retargeting service, has just raised $50 million from investors. The online ad network aims to combine social and intent data to identify relevant consumers for brands. They are reportedly planned to bring in over $100 million in revenue this year. Stay tuned; this is a huge space to pay attention to. [TechCrunch]
7. Need a new type of maze? This crazy concept is a 9-story glass cube of a maze. You can see through the walls, ceilings, floors… you get the idea. [FastCoDesign]
8. Mindsnacks is trying to make learning a new language fun again. The language app has interactive games, levels, and new challenges for users to unlock as they are learning a new language. There are currently 13 languages available through the app, and they have recently launched a SAT vocabulary app as well. [Mashable]
9. Pinterest is under fire lately from the law world. Pinterest’s basic use is pinning images that one does not own nor have the copyright for. However, from a brand perspective, this might not be completely legal. Brian Heidelberger, an advertising lawyer, offers some advice for brands on using Pinterest safely and legally. [AdAge]
10. Have you read Jay-Z’s book Decoded? I haven’t but after reading this article I might have to pick up a copy. Jay-Z speaks to how and why we are educating our children. In his view, education should focus on cognitive and social intelligences to be able to handle any type of future, versus preparing for the traditional fields. If you think about it, the education that you received – did that prepare you amply for the world we live in today? [FastCoExist]
That’s all from me today. Submissions and comments below please!