Petition For Actress Kelly Rutherford

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Kelly Rutherford, the actress, has created an online White House petition for a federal order to bring her two children back to the United States. 

People online said as of a few days ago, she received 7,000 out of the 100,000 signatures needed by May 28. Click here to read the entire story .

          

I signed the petition. I don’t know the details intimately but my heart tells me Kelly needs all the help she can get. I have been reading about this story in the entertainment trades for quite a while. It’s now all over social media. Let’s hope the power of social media gets the job done for Kelly.

Goldberg Dies At 47

The tech world got a major jolt on Saturday when it learned that Dave Goldberg, a leading Silicon Valley entrepreneur, and the husband of Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, suddenly died Friday night. Goldberg was the chief executive of SurveyMonkey, an online survey company. He was 47 and she is 45.

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of Facebook, said the death occurred while Goldberg was on vacation abroad with his wife.
Hundreds of tributes were posted on Facebook and Twitter. Goldberg was considered to be a genuine mentor, colleague or friend. Together they reportedly are worth over a billion dollars. Doesn’t mean a thing in this so called life.

Images: New York Times  

  

    

Walt Mossberg (@waltmossberg)
Beloved Silicon Valley Entrepreneur David Goldberg Dies Suddenly on.recode.net/1KCJz2G via @karaswisherpic.twitter.com/trnsmzVknu

 

Read Kara Swisher of Recode.net’s tribute to Goldberg.

CNBC (@CNBC)
Technology world shocked by sudden passing of SurveyMonkey’s David Goldberg: cnb.cx/1DKRSDN pic.twitter.com/Rf2j2iai9u


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David Goldberg, SurveyMonkey CEO and the husband of Sheryl Sandberg, has passed away suddenly bloom.bg/1Au6ven

The Best Of Steve Greenberg

In case you are wondering what to get your favorite “mom” for Mother’s Day, our favorite “Innovation Insider,” Steve Greenberg, appeared on The Today Show yesterday with the latest gadget tips.  I pitched a product to him a few weeks ago to bring on the show, but it was rejected. This is payback time.

This is Steve’s new sports coat. He bought it at Robert Hall.

  

Steve told everyone he just came back from a vacation in Turkey. Judging from this photo, it looks like he spent time in Italy.

Did you know Steve was a seamstress? 

  

Steve pretending that the toilet paper that was still hanging from him was part of the presentation.

Kathie Lee caught Steve in a thong.

  Steve bends down to show off new ear plugs.

All kidding aside, click here to see some of the greatest gadget ideas for Mom. Thanks Steve. 

Yesterday’s News

 

Image from USA Today

Several people sent me emails yesterday regarding the rumor that the new AppleWatch  doesn’t mix well with tattoos. At first I thought that it was  crazy but then USA Today found this on the Apple website:

“Many factors can affect the performance of the Apple Watch heart rate sensor. Skin perfusion is one….Permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact heart rate sensor performance. The ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the sensor, making it difficult to get reliable readings.”

I wonder if this is really going to be an issue or is this another attempt to embarrass the largest company in the world? Industry experts say that it is possible that the darker colors on some tattoos could cause interfere with how sensors reads heart rates. The best thing to do is test the Apple Watch in the store before buying it.

Thursday Night Photos 

   

We never saw an audience cheer as much as they did for this show. This is going to be a very long run.

 

A selfie before show time

  Jesse Tyler Ferguson of Modern Family TV show along with husband  Justin Mikita were sitting in front of us.

 

Our friend Doug Denoff (with the baseball cap) produced the off Broadway Show 39 Steps. Let me know if you want to see it. Very enjoyable

  

 

  

New York City has finally entered Spring! 

FDA Approves the Double-Chin Eliminator

  

Image: ABC

Did you get the alert? I did. I guess my girlfriend Sara is tired of looking at my chicken neck. I certainly am. The minute she heard that the FDA approved the Double-Chin Eliminator Injection, she emailed several of us to say we have a good chance of taking years off of our faces.

This isn’t exactly technology for a DigiDame blog but it certainly qualifies as an innovation. There are millions of women who want to get rid of their double chins without having to opt for elective surgery.

The drug used is called Kybella. It’s an injectable substance that dissolves fat under the chin. It will be available in June. 

Click here to watch the video demonstration of a the procedure. 

 

A Hero’s Connection To Hollywood 

Capt. Jerry Yellin, from Fairfield, Iowa.

Humility, patriotism, humanity and clarity. Hopefully, we can all operate like this at 91.


Jerry Yellin flew the final combat mission in World War II. It is the 70th anniversary of that milestone. Watch the video to hear how life marches on no matter who you are. All I can say is, “You never know how life is going to turn out.”


Once again, it’s wonderful to live in a world of digital capabilities in order to share a video like this. Amen! 



Social Media Networks For Nepal

   Our visit to Nepal a few years ago. Photos by Eliot Hess.  

There are many people who question the impact of social media on today’s society. Some people feel it’s done more harm than good.

I’m not one of those people. I’ve seen how social media has helped the lonely become a part of a community, helped others build new relationships, re-established old ones, and come to the aid of millions in time of need. 

Google and Facebook have taken major roles in helping people across the world connect after the tragedy from the Nepal earthquake. Both are offering services that connect family and friends in the United States with the people of Nepal.

Facebook has introduced the Safety Check, a feature that allows Americans to find out  If their loved ones are okay.  All the survivors have to do is report in. Google resurfaced its Person Finder to help locate missing family and friends. Their Internet tools work faster than traditional methods (waiting for embassies to report who survived).  


It’s comforting to know that the big social networking companies have taken an active role in using their core competencies to benefit others. It’s always so rewarding to watch successful companies giveback and show us how their skill sets make all the difference in the world.  

           

   

Happy Anniversary YouTube

Ten years ago this week, the first video was uploaded to YouTube. Company co-founder Jawed Karim, posted his trip to the zoo. Owned by Google, YouTube has 1 billion users uploading 300 hours of video a minute


Photos from the reading of David Steven Simon’s new play, Grave Doubts, at Ripley-Grier Studios.
   

         



Inside Your Singing Head 

I can’t carry a tune, but I really admire folks who can belt out a song. I just love watching my favorite performers sing the songs I adore. I become mesmerized and almost go into a trance.

I have now taken that to a whole new level. There’s a new MRI technique that allows us to watch more than 100 muscles in our face and neck move to create a wide range of sounds. I can’t stop watching the video demonstration.

It was developed by Professor Aaron Johnson of the University of Illinois and his team from the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group at the Beckman Institute. The MRI records at 100 frame per second, 10 times faster than what conventional MRI can accomplish. 

Read more about it on Engadget. Click here