From What’s Now To What’s Next
LPP is keeping a finger on the pulse of top industry headlines and conversations buzzing around social media, so you don't have to. Below is this week's round-up to serve as information and inspiration for discussions around real-time trends.
Did we miss anything? What are your thoughts on what’s happening this week?
- Boston Marathon: Two explosions occurred near the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday about four hours after the start of the race. Authorities are still investigating who and the reason behind the attack.
- Pulitzer Prize: Winners include five year old, non-partisan InsideClimate News covering clean energy, carbon energy, nuclear energy, and environmental science news; The New York Times for investigative, explanatory and international reporting, feature writing, and its multimedia project Snow Fall; The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal for criticism and commentary, respectively; The Denver Post for breaking news reporting on the Aurora theater shootings; and local papers including The Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Sun-Sentinel and The Tampa Bay Times.
- #BostonMarathon: Twitter rallies to share news reports and helpful resources in the aftermath of the attack.
- H1-B Visa: Immigration reform bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate “Gang of Eight.” Hearings will take place this week to discuss increasing the annual visa cap and higher wages for H1-B employees.
- CISPA Veto: The White House said it would veto the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), designed to facilitate information sharing between technology companies and intelligence agencies.
- Google Glasses: Google Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers announced they would identify and co-invest in companies that build apps for Google Glass. Google recently revealed tech specs for the devices, but left many questions regarding user experience unanswered.
- PC Shipments in Sharp Decline: And some are blaming Windows 8. Oh, the irony.
- Yahoo!’s First Quarter: The company reported low earnings, but CEO Marissa Mayer detailed efforts currently underway to return Yahoo! To its former glory. Employee initiatives and talent hires – the first steps on the way back to success – have already resulted in applications nearly doubling year-over-year.
- American Airlines: A nationwide computer outage grounded planes and caused uproar among customers when more than 400 flights were cancelled. Social media was the company’s only means for communication, and earned the company praise (for the most part).
- AT&T vs. Google Fiber: The carrier issued a press release that calls cities for acting favorable towards Google Fiber and, when read between the lines, reveals more around their strategy in light of increased competition.
- YouTube: Enables live streaming via iOS app. Can’t even imagine what that’s going to do to volume, consumption and the impact on citizen journalism, event coverage and real-time vantage points.
- Facebook: Updates to the iOS app include chat heads to enable app-ubiquitous messaging.
- LinkedIn: The new Recruiter section adds features to help headhunters find talent.
- Google+: New update allows YouTube channels to be linked to Google+ Pages and be managed by multiple users. Linking accounts wll unlock new features such as improved video sharing, live broadcasts via Hangouts and a YouTube tab on your Google+ page.
- Google: New “Inactive Account Manager” will help users plan for their digital afterlife.
- Babel: Google’s unified messenger service is real.