The highest court in the country begins hearing arguments on the legality of gay marriage today. President Clinton, who signed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 (federal law defining marriage as the union of a man and woman), now hopes that the Supreme Court reverses this ruling, stating that he was wrong when he signed the bill into law. Very rarely does a former president declare that an action he took while in office was unconstitutional, but his actions mirror a larger shift in society, from same-sex marriage being an idea to a movement with majority support.
Here’s what caught my eye today:
1. Yahoo’s newest employee isn’t even out of high school yet. Nick D’Aloisio, creator of Summly, a mobile news aggregator, will work occasionally out of Yahoo’s London office until he finishes school (so as not to violate Yahoo’s new no-telecommute policy). [Fast Company]
2. Small businesses now have a new tool to help track revenue sources from Yelp. Click through for a screenshot of how the tool looks. [TNW]
3. Foursquare had it right; gamification works. A new survey by Gigya indicates that gamification increases content discovery by 68%, social sharing by 22%, and site engagement by 29%. [Venture Beat]
4. A study in photos: Paris today versus Paris 10o years ago. This is a series of photos taken from the exact same position around Paris. [22 Words]
5. Babson, my alma mater, brings on its first female president in the college’s history. Today, the Secret Service hires its first female director. Maybe Sheryl Sandburg spoke too soon. [Babson] and [Washington Post]
6. Jeffrey Milstein has spent years capturing the underbellies of airplanes landing at LAX. I love aviation; check out these great shots. [Fast CoDesign]
7. Apple will soon start shipping iPhone 5 devices with AWS – meaning, they can be unlocked by the carrier (AT&T or T-Mobile). Customers purchasing from T-Mobile will get an unlocked phone out of the box. Unfortunately, the fix cannot be applied retroactively to iPhone 5 devices already out, so if you really want an unlocked phone, you’ll have to fork over the dough. [Engadget]
8. Shutterfly is bringing physical prints back. The company now commands more than a 50% share in the post-photo products and services category. Shutterfly’s 4 main brands have integrated their marketing efforts, to the tune of a 35% increase in sales from 2011 to 2012. [AdAge]
9. Food combinations re-imagined as Pantone chips. I love creativity. [FlavorWire]
10. India creates a new tiger reserve in Tamil Nadu. Connected with other areas, this will create the world’s largest contiguous tiger habitat. [Worldwild Fund]
What inspired you today?