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Skype, the Internet telephone unit of eBay Inc, is planning to launch its service for iPhone users on Tuesday and for BlackBerry in May as part of its effort to expand beyond desktop computers.

Skype has been pushing to make its service work on the most popular advanced phones with an aim to expending its more than 400 million users who were mostly lured by the promise of cheap and sometimes free calls made using its computer application.

Skype Chief Operating Officer Scott Durchslag said he has high hopes for the application’s success on Apple Inc’s popular iPhone as he expects Skype’s most feature-rich mobile offering to appeal to new and existing customers.

“The No. 1 request we get from customers is to make Skype available on iPhone. There’s a pent-up demand,” Durchslag said in an interview before the CTIA annual mobile showcase in Las Vegas, where Skype plans to launch the service on Tuesday.

In May it will launch Skype for Research In Motion’s BlackBerry devices, which popularized mobile email. It has already announced Skype for Nokia phones and for phones based on Android, Google Inc’s mobile system, and Windows Mobile, from Microsoft Corp.

CCS Insight analyst Ben Wood said the new applications give Skype a chance to boost its mobile phone position, which has been weaker than that of social sites such as Facebook, Twitter or News Corp’s MySpace.

One of Skype’s unusual iPhone features is the fact that it allows subscribers use to the phone numbers in their existing iPhone address book so they do not need duplicate lists.

“Whether you’re Twitter, MySpace or Facebook you want to be embedded in the address book,” said Wood. “This puts Skype firmly into the game.”

Skype’s iPhone application will be free to download and will allow free calls between Skype users. As with Skype on the desktop, fees will be charged for calls to traditional phones.

The service will also work on later versions of Apple’s latest iPod Touch device, which has Wi-Fi links but no cellular connection. The iPod Touch launched September 2008 has a microphone, unlike the first iPod Touch launched in 2007.

SOURCE: Reuters

This. Is. Brilliant!!!! 

—-Travers

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ESSENCE MAGAZINE OPEN CASTING CALL

We are looking for women to appear in ESSENCE magazine’s annual denim makeover fashion feature.

If you have a problem finding the perfect pair of jeans to fit your body we want to see you.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 31, 2009

TIME: 6 PM to 9 PM

WHERE: ESSENCE MAGAZINE
135 West 50th Street
(between 6th and 7th Avenue)
4th Floor
New York, City

AGES: 18 to 35

SIZES: 0 to 18

HEIGHT: 4″11 TO 6′

If this sounds like you, and you live in NYC (or can get here by tomorrow evening)—-RUN, DON’T WALK!

If not, as always, pass the link on to someone else who does want to get their Top Model on.

Good luck!

—-Travers

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MTV is searching for hosts / VJs for our on-campus college network: mtvU. Knowledge of music trivia, music’s major players, music history and the industry is desired. A background in journalism, communications or music is ideal. Must be willing to live in NYC.

We’re seeking fun, outgoing, articulate, spirited people who are either in college or recent college graduates. Candidates must possess bold personalities and have the ability to think quickly on their feet in a fast-paced environment. Must be able to conduct interviews at a moment’s notice. People that exude a lot of enthusiasm, have a distinct style and possess a unique charm on tape should apply ASAP.

It is an amazing opportunity for the right talent, so email us at mtvu-vj-castingcall@mtvnmix.com with a picture, brief bio/resume, any links of your on-camera work AND a quick paragraph letting us know why you’d be the perfect host. Television credits are not necessary, but an ability to remain calm, cool and collected on camera is necessary.

This sounds like a great opportunity for all of you college students and recent grads who love music, journalism, television, or all of the above.  As always, if you’re not interested forward this link on to someone who may be.

Good luck!

—-Travers

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Tyler Brûlé, Editor-in-Chief, Monocle

Allow me to introduce you to my newest obsession: The Monocle Weekly podcast.  Every Sunday after church/brunch and before I head out to go grocery shopping, I rush to my computer to download Monocle magazine’s weekly podcast hosted by its Editor-in-Chief, Tyler Brûlé.  Each week, Brûlé is joined by other Monocle editors as well as leaders and visionaries in the fields of global affairs, business, culture, and design for smart discussion, previews, feature interviews, and field reports on these topics.  Every week the show is based out of a different city (London, New York, Beirut, etc.) and I love their global outlook.

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The Monocle Weekly is intelligent,  enlightening, and entertaining.  It successfully does for me what all media should  do for its audience—leaves me feeling informed and causes me to think.

You can listen to the audio broadcast on The Monocle Weekly website, or you can subscribe to and download the free podcast on iTunes.  The Monocle Weekly, and Monocle magazine itself, are well worth your time and are a great way to start your week off right.

Here’s to a phenomenal week,

—-Travers

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Via Wired:

A new feature for Gmail aims to rid your life of that classic “Oh Shit” e-mail moment.

“Undo Send” puts a five to 10-second hold on all outgoing messages. If you addressed an e-mail to the wrong person, let slip with an embarrassing typo or simply said something you really, really shouldn’t have, Undo Send can be a lifesaver. Or, more accurately, a job-saver.

As with most enhancements to Google’s free webmail app, Gmail users can enable the new Undo Send feature by going into their Labs settings and turning it on — click on the little green flask at the top of the screen, or go to Settings and click on the Labs tab. Gmail users can usually access new features shortly after they’re announced, but the features take time to roll out across all accounts, so be patient if it doesn’t show up right away.

Turn it on and every time you send an e-mail, you’ll see an Undo link at the end of the confirmation message that appears at the top of your inbox.

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Do nothing and the e-mail goes out. Click Undo and you get dumped back into Compose mode.

The default setting is five seconds, but the Gmail Labs folks tell us you can dial it up to 10 if you wish. In my testing, I only saw options for “5” and “0” seconds in the drop-down list.

Update: A Labs representative confirms that Undo Send only gives you the 5-second option for now. The 10 second option is coming in a future update. And the 0 seconds option is actually just a way to turn it off without disabling the feature.

Undo Send cannot pull back any e-mail that has already gone out. But a 5-second window should catch most embarrassments. So, between Undo Send and Mail Goggles, you now have no excuse for making an ass of yourself.

Some proprietary internal e-mail systems like QuickMail have had this feature for years, but those were built for managed intranets that used outbox queues. This Gmail Labs addition is a first for web-based mail services.

This is yet another reason why I love Gmail.  We can all relate to sending an email and then immediately wanting to retract it for whatever reason—-now we can.  I can dig it.

—-Travers

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Via The Huffington Post:

“Obama embraces his Irish heritage (his his great-great-great-grandfather Falmouth Kearney was from the [Irish] village of Moneygall)…”

Well, then.  If they’re gonna take it that far back, maybe I need to be doing some geneaological research to locate my Irish kinfolk.  It’ll be like Roots all over again!  Lol!

But anyway, I love St. Patrick’s Day and  I LOVE the color GREEN (“money green”, to be exact).

Have a glorious St. Patty’s Day,

—-Travers

 

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ruth_bader_ginsburg2c_scotus_photo_portraitWith U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg suggesting today that there may be an opening on the bench in the near future , I decided to post a Facebook note that my good friend Christian Nwachukwu, Jr. wrote recently that includes a list of his wishes/predictions for who President Obama should tap to fill the seat if it should open.  Christian draws from the worlds of academia, politics, and the justice system to create a list of people who, even if they never get close to the high court, you should definitely know.  Let me know what you think.

—Travers

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By Christian Nwachukwu, Jr.

 

We need somebody who’s got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom. The empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor, or African-American, or gay, or disabled, or old. And that’s the criteria by which I’m going to be selecting my judges. – President Barack Obama

Whither lists? Or, and perhaps more important, why? Well, they are extraordinarily helpful for organizing ideas-the grocery store can be mapped; the day wrangled; the career ladder bulleted and dead-lined. Prospects-for love or money-are plotted in a single place, to be re-visited at will, viewed on demand. Thornier, though, is to what end? The why of lists seems sufficient if the list is private; but what of public lists: the editorial in underline, bold letters in newsprint or web log? To influence? To provoke? To predict? Perhaps. For the reporter, beat or institution, perhaps all of these. For the adviser, probably only the first. For me? Of course, it is always a delight to be right (see Loadholt, Jarrod re: Vice President Joe Biden), but that is not the driver of this list. If it were, my list would be shorter (Power Ball is won with six numbers for a reason). While I believe any of my “names” could be confirmed, I make no claim that they will be nominated-only that they should be. Is this list biased? Doubtless. I did not undertake this exercise as either journalist or adviser, but rather, as citizen. My criteria are my own-lensed by my life and limited only by the president’s words, which appear above. You will find that it is peopled primarily with women. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s ongoing battle with pancreatic cancer demands that any list be dominated by the names of women. But my list would lean heavily on feminine shoulders, regardless. The current Court-eight men and one woman-reflects the classrooms of the nation’s law schools not seen since 1970. The time for a high court with more than two women has passed. Let us catch up. It is also largely African American. That there has never been a black woman nominated to the Supreme Court seems to me a bit like Duke Ellington never having won a proper Pulitzer for music(1)-their names were excluded (see Constance Baker Motley, et al.). I have decided to write them in. Also, names are notably absent-there are several people who are proving astoundingly suited to their current positions, or who I hope will ascend to higher perches of public service that a Supreme Court appointment would preclude, e.g. Attorney General Eric Holder; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; and Senator Claire McCaskill, among them. Many of those listed are judges-this is more a consequence of recognizing reality than personal preference, i.e. if I ruled the world Dr. David Levering Lewis would have made the cut (to my thinking, his mere months at University of Michigan School of Law is sufficient legal tenure for an intellectual lion). The list is, sadly, ageist. Dr. Levering Lewis is 72 (perhaps two strikes is a strike too many). The newest member of the Court, Justice Samuel Alito, Jr., is 58. Although he was 56 upon his appointment, I used his current age as my cut-off. Were human hearts to routinely beat for a century and more I would have perhaps named Eleanor Holmes Norton (71); Marian Wright Edelman (69); Drew S. Days, III (67); Robert Harris (66); Susan Deller Ross (65); Barrington Parker, Jr. (64); or Eric L. Clay (61). But we must make do in the world as we find it, and in this world Justice Clarence Thomas (60) ascended to the Supreme Court at 43. Finally, there were several notables routinely mentioned on the shortest of short lists in the days following news of Justice Ginsburg’s surgery, e.g. Solicitor General Elena Kagan and Judge Diane Wood. With apologies to Nina Totenberg and Jeffrey Toobin, their names are absent from my list. I like them and would be pleased were the president to name either. But this is a list for the warming of cockles (mine), the breaking out of champagne if any of it becomes reality (by me), and my general pleasure and good cheer. And there goes another reason: lists can be fun.

In no particular order; drum-roll, please:

 

1. sonya2Sonia Sotomayor, 54 (Princeton, Yale), United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. A former editor of the Yale Law Journal and former Assistant District Attorney to New York County District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, Judge Sotomayor became the first Hispanic federal judge in New York State in 1991. Conservatives have long maintained that her appointment was part of a deal by President George H. W. Bush and Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. And President Bill Clinton nominated Judge Sotomayor to the appellate court in 1997, upon which she was roundly criticized by the Wall Street Journal’s opinion pages and Rush Limbaugh. But Sotomayor is “widely considered a political centrist by the American Bar Association” (New York Times, USA Today), and her name appeared on short lists for President George W. Bush. This worries me. But I am cautiously optimistic about the service she would render as a United States Supreme Court Associate Justice.
2. 72371634BP015_clintondemsJennifer Granholm, 50 (University of California, Berkeley, Harvard), Governor of Michigan. The Canadian-born American, Governor Granholm has served as her state’s Attorney General and is currently serving her final (due to term limits) term as Michigan’s governor. Her name has also been floated for the now-vacant Commerce Secretary slot.
3. roseboroughTeresa Wynn Roseborough, 50 (University of Virginia, Boston University, UNC School of Law), Chief Litigation Counsel at MetLife. A former editor of the North Carolina Law Review, Roseborough served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Clinton Administration and worked as a law clerk for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge James Dickson Phillips, Jr., and as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. She was brought in as counsel to Vice President Al Gore in 2000. The American Spectator reported in its November 1997 issue that President Clinton had intended to nominate Roseborough to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, but that Senator Orrin Hatch, then-chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, “balked” at the appointment and “suggested that a more moderate Clinton-appointed U.S. district judge, Frank Hull, would have clear sailing.” Judge Hull was ultimately nominated and confirmed.
4. deval_1Deval Patrick, 52 (Harvard, Harvard School of Law), Governor of Massachusetts. A former Assistant Attorney General in the Clinton Administration, attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, businessman, and close friend to the president, Governor Patrick is my pick for most likely to become the high court’s next liberal lion. His tenure as Massachusetts’s governor has not been entirely smooth, but whose is?
 
5. searsLeah Ward Sears, 53 (Cornell, Emory), Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia and Chair of the Judicial Council of Georgia. Justice Sears, who began her judicial career when Mayor Andrew Young named her to the Atlanta Traffic Court in 1985, became the first African American woman to serve on Georgia’s Superior Court in 1988; the first woman and youngest person to sit on the Supreme Court of Georgia in 1992; and the first African American female Chief Justice in the United States in 2005.
6. victoriarobertsVictoria A. Roberts, 57 (University of Michigan, Northeastern), U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. A former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, Judge Roberts’s name was originally held up for confirmation by Senate Republicans after she was nominated by President Clinton. Then she met for an hour in Justice Clarence Thomas’s chambers. According to the Washington Post: “He told her how he grew up listening to Motown artists and rattled off tunes by the Temptations, the Marvelettes, and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. About 15 or 20 minutes into the conversation, Thomas abruptly stopped, Roberts recalled. ‘I have spent longer talking to you than I talked to President [George H.W.] Bush when my name was submitted to the bench,’ he told Roberts. ‘To this day, I’m still not certain why or how I got this nomination.'” After the meeting, Thomas called his friend Judge Damon Keith, who had vouched for Roberts: “You can tell her she’ll be confirmed. I’ve talked to Orrin Hatch and Trent Lott.”

7.patricia Patricia Timmons-Goodson, 54 (UNC, UNC School of Law), Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. A former Fayetteville prosecutor, Judge Timmons-Goodson served as a District Court judge from 1984 to1997 and on the North Carolina Court of Appeals from 1997 to 2005. She has served on North Carolina’s high court since 2006.

8. richardRichard L. Revesz, 50 (Princeton, Yale), Dean of the New York University School of Law. Argentina-born Revesz edited the Yale Law Journal and clerked for Justice Thurgood Marshall. He has taught Environmental and Administrative Law and has served as his school’s dean since 2002.

 

9. jesse_jackson_jrJesse Jackson, Jr., 43 (N.C. A&T, Chicago Theological Seminary, University of Illinois School of Law), Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Illinois’s 2nd congressional district. Despite the dust-up surrounding Congressman Jackson and allegations of impropriety relating to former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s attempts to fill President Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat, the young Congressman’s record speaks for itself.

10. 20070227_napolitano_3Janet Napolitano, 51 (Santa Clara University, University of Virginia), Secretary of Homeland Security. Governor Napolitano served as Arizona’s Attorney General and was re-elected as her state’s governor in 2006. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton as United States Attorney for the District of Arizona where she focused on consumer protection issues and improving general law enforcement. Napolitano served as an attorney for Anita Hill in 1991.

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