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FastCompany on the Future of Facebook

Harry McCracken – FastCompany – Facebook is firing on all cylinders. Now Mark Zuckerberg is looking to the decade ahead, from AI to VR to drones.

“The Facebook of today—and tomorrow—is far more expansive than it was just a few years ago. It’s easy to forget that when the company filed to go public on February 1, 2012, it was just a single website and an app that the experts weren’t sure could ever be profitable. Now, “a billion and a half people use the main, core Facebook service, and that’s growing. But 900 million people use WhatsApp, and that’s an important part of the whole ecosystem now,” Zuckerberg says. “Four hundred million people use Instagram, 700 million people use Messen­ger, and 700 million people use Groups. Increasingly, we’re just going to go more and more in this direction.” To further grow these services and any others that Facebook develops or acquires, Zuckerberg is betting his company’s future on three major technology initiatives. One is developing advanced artificial intelligence that can help Facebook understand what matters to users. The second is virtual reality, in the form of Oculus VR, the groundbreaking company that Facebook acquired in March 2014 for $2 billion, which Zuckerberg believes will be the next major technology we use to interact with each other. And the third is bringing the Internet, including Facebook, of course, to the 4 billion–plus humans who aren’t yet connected, even if it requires flying a drone over a village and beaming data down via laser.”

Infographic: The Screening Process for Refugee Entry into the United States

Via the White House, November 20, 2015: “Summary: A step-by-step guide to the rigorous process for refugee entry into the U.S. Refugees undergo more rigorous screening than anyone else we allow into the United States. Here’s what the screening process looks like for them…”

Liquidity Management in Banking: What is the Role of Leverage?

Vo, Quynh Anh, Liquidity Management in Banking: What is the Role of Leverage? (October 2015). Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper No. 15-51. Available for download at SSRN: “This paper examines potential impacts of banks’ leverage on their incentives to manage their liquidity. We analyse a model where banks control their liquidity risk by managingContinue Reading

Patent Transactions in the Marketplace: Lessons from the USPTO Patent Assignment Dataset

Graham, Stuart J.H. and Marco, Alan C. and Myers, Amanda F., Patent Transactions in the Marketplace: Lessons from the USPTO Patent Assignment Dataset (November 1, 2015). Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business Research Paper No. 29. Available for download at SSRN: “While records of the assignments (transactions) affecting US patents and patent applications haveContinue Reading

Precision Local and State Government Search

“GovScan searches thousands of local government websites to bring you targeted, precision results. To begin a state specific search, choose the first letter of the state you would like to search: A C D F G H I K L M N O P R S T U V W Whether you are a governmentContinue Reading

ODNI Announces Transition to New Telephone Metadata Program

News release: “Beginning Sunday, November 29, the government is prohibited from collecting telephone metadata records in bulk under Section 215, including of both U.S. and non-U.S. persons. And, while under the prior program NSA collected metadata in bulk and sought court approval for individual queries, the USA FREEDOM Act requires that the government must nowContinue Reading


“INFORM is a global, open-source risk assessment for humanitarian crises and disasters. It can support decisions about prevention, preparedness and response…INFORM is the first global, objective and transparent tool for understanding the risk of humanitarian crises. When all those involved in crisis prevention, preparedness and response use a shared risk assessment, they can work moreContinue Reading

Police Use of Force: Rules, Remedies, and Reforms

CRS – Police Use of Force: Rules, Remedies, and Reforms. Richard M. Thompson II, Legislative Attorney. October 30, 2015. “Several high-profile police shootings and other law enforcement-related deaths in the United States have sparked intense protests throughout the country and a fierce debate in Congress concerning the appropriate level of force police officers should wieldContinue Reading

Study – Where Have All the Low-Income Students Gone?

Higher Education Today – “In the upcoming edition of The Presidency, ACE’s Chris Nellum and Terry Hartle discuss a surprising and deeply troubling trend: A steep decline in the percentage of low-income students enrolling in college immediately after graduating from high school. Their article is posted in its entirety below. Since 2008, an intensive nationalContinue Reading

Where are the Best (Corporate) Law Professors Teaching?

Ventoruzzo, Marco, Where are the Best (Corporate) Law Professors Teaching? (November 27, 2015). Bocconi Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2696217; Penn State Law Research Paper. Available for download at SSRN: “Are the best law professors teaching at the best law schools in the United States? And how can the best law schools around theContinue Reading

Batea – The clinical browser data mining project

November 17, 2015 – “DocGraph publicly released Batea, a browser extension that tracks clinical reference URLs visited by medical students when they study. Batea was built by DocGraph with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Medical students across the country are encouraged to download the Batea extension for use on their personal computers.Continue Reading

The Economist identifies the state of financial literary using a simple test

Global financial literacy – The Economist – November 26, 2015 “Suppose you put $100 in a savings account that earns 10% interest each year. After five years how much will you have? That was a question posed in a multiple-choice quiz (completed by 150,000 people in 144 countries) by Standard & Poor’s, a rating agency.Continue Reading