Nobel Nominee Snowden, Pinterest Interests, Facebook Paper, Boston Cabinet Reorganization


Top Story: Peace, Love and Snowden


Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr… and Edward Snowden?

That’s right: Snowden could soon join this prestigious ring of Nobel Peace Prize winners. On Wednesday it was announced that two Norwegian politicians, Baard Vegar Solhjell and Snorre Valen, nominated the NSA whistleblower for the 2014 Nobel Prize.

According to the nominators, Snowden “contributed to a more stable and peaceful world order” by spurring debate and policy change about security issues. Snowden, who remains in asylum in Russia, caused a huge controversy in 2013 for leaking classified U.S. government documents. He is now facing federal charges.

But just because Snowden’s name is in the running doesn’t mean he’s an arm’s length away from becoming our next symbol of world peace. He’ll probably face steep competition in a pool of hundreds of other nominees— last year, a record 259 nominations were submitted. The Norwegian Nobel Committee will announce the winner on Oct. 10.

Do you think he should receive the honor?


Under the Radar: Pinterest Interests


Helping you collect and organize the things you love from the very beginning, Pinterest rolled out a sneak preview of its new “Interests” page. This page suggests pins based on what you’ve already pinned.

Pinterest curates the pins by category, allowing you to explore groups of related pins rather than single pins.

Pinterest’s blog stated:

Before today, all the billions of Pins on Pinterest were organized into just a handful of broad categories. So if you were browsing for ideas for your yard, you had to go somewhere like ‘Gardening’ and sift through all the Pins. If you’ve collected lots of Pins that show climbing plants and wall ferns, your interests page might recommend vertical gardens for you to check out.

What’s more, the page will evolve along with your interests over time; the more you pin, the better the page will become.

What will you uncover today?


Tool of the Week: Facebook “Paper”


In the mind of Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook should be “the best personalized newspaper in the world” where world news is interlaced with personal news from your friends and family in a feed that will ultimately become your go-to source for new information.

On the lines of making that dream a reality, Facebook introduced Paper, a Flipboard-like iOS news app, which offers a different and more custom standalone experience than the main Facebook service.

Paper allows you to customize what you read by organizing your news into sections of yoru interests. What makes Paper different than other news aggregator apps like Flipboard is Facebook’s integration, rather than alienation, of social content. While most treat social updates as second tier content, Paper highlights them.

Fully touch responsive, full-screen adaptable and with the ability to tilt your phone to view panoramic photos, Paper launches this Monday, February 3 out of Facebook’s Creative Labs department.


Around the Hub: Mayor Walsh Reorganizes Cabinet


On Wednesday, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh unveiled his plans for a comprehensive restructuring of the city’s cabinets and departments in the hopes of improving city services and collaboration among departments.

Designed based on feedback from several town hall meetings, the reorganization consists of 12 cabinets, down from 14, with the departments of Advocacy & Strategic Investment and Public Property absorbed into other departments.

“Our role as a government is to improve people’s lives, and the purpose of this reorganization is to better deliver services to the people of Boston,” Mayor Walsh said in a press statement. “As a new administration serving a rapidly changing city, we’ve had an opportunity to take a good hard look at what worked, what could work better, and make changes to become more efficient and improve outcomes for the people we serve.”

The 12 cabinets are:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Chief of Staff
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Energy & Open Space
  • Finance & Budget
  • Health & Human Services
  • Housing & Neighborhood Development
  • Information & Technology
  • Operations & Administration
  • Public Safety
  • Streets, Transportation & Sanitation

The cabinet consists of 17 officials, down from former Mayor Menino’s count of 20.

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