President Obama is having trouble bringing a national cybersecurity adviser on board — Forbes reports that the job is a pay cut and, worse, a power cut in the minds of many candidates. The administration wants the cyberczar to report to both the National Security Council and the National Economic Council headed by economist and former Harvard president Lawrence Summers (pictured). That latter stipulation has turned off many candidates, Forbes says. Former Virginia Senator Tom Davis, Microsoft security executive Scott Charney, and Good Harbor Consulting executive Paul Kurtz all had the job informally floated past them. All turned down the offer.
YouTube is testing 3D videos — The three-dimensional videos that have appeared on the site are part of a Google engineer’s “20 percent time” project, in which the company approves its employees committing the equivalent of one day per week working on a project that impassions them, rather than their official job. Search Engine Roundtable lists the custom parameters for controlling 3D YouTube clips.
Twitter’s media coverage worth $48 million in past month — AdAge reports that news-monitoring service VMS has tracked Twitter’s coverage in newspapers, radio and TV and estimated the value of what VMS says were 2.73 billion impressions upon the eyes and ears of media consumers. For context, that’s about half what Microsoft plans to spend to market its “decision engine,” Bing.
Prediction site shuts down. No one saw it coming — Predictify, one of the leading predictions markets where members would vote on, for example, whether or not the U.s. unemployment rate would pass 13 percent , has ceased operations. A statement posted to the site blames the economy.
Japanese phones just can’t get traction outside Japan — The New York Times has a feature story on the feature phones Japanese consumers get that we don’t — Panasonic, NEC and Sharp phones that serve as credit cards, body-fat calculators and airline boarding passes. The Times explains “Galápagos Syndrome”:
Japan’s cellphones are like the endemic species that Darwin encountered on the Galápagos Islands — fantastically evolved and divergent from their mainland cousins.
Verizon slashes BlackBerry Storm price to $99 — Information Week has the details, although the story is pretty simple: Verizon needs to compete with AT&T’s $99 iPhone.