From What’s Now to What’s Next [May 15]
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.
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- Open Data: During a visit to Austin, Texas, President Obama announced that his government will be making data more available and accessible so that companies and startups may use it to help save money, energy and other resources.
- Google I/O: The conference kicks off today and TechCrunch’s Drew Olanoff has the best analysis of what to expect in the categories of utility, communications and mobile.
- #BostonPRoud: More than 25 local public relations agencies will gather on May 29 to benefit The One Fund Boston in support of Boston Marathon victims.
- #ADWorldTour: Bluth’s Frozen Banana stand is on a world tour to promote the upcoming season. And here is the much-awaited trailer.
- Windows 8.1: Microsoft will roll out a preview of its upgraded operating system on June 26, a date that coincides with the Microsoft developer conference in SF.
- Immigration Bill: Hearings continue as senators debate amendments to the bill that would affect the ability of technology companies to hire technology workers from other countries, and impact current H1-B visa employees.
- McAfee Security Suite: New LiveSafe includes anti-virus protection, a password manager and an encrypted cloud-based storage space secured by voice and facial recognition.
- Square Blocks Guns: The mobile payment company changed its terms of service to ban sales of firearms.
- Kitchen Nightmare: When these restaurant owners realized they couldn’t take the social media heat, they should have logged out of their Facebook page.
- Chris Hadfield: Everyone’s favorite social media-savvy astronaut returned to Earth after five months in space. Here he is singing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.”
- A+ For Tesla: Even after Elon Musk’s PR episode, the Tesla Model S earned 99 out of 100 from Consumer Reports. The cherry on top? The company reported profits for the first time in its 10-year history.
- Twitter: The company acquired data analysis startup Lucky Sort. Will we finally see metrics reports and insights? Please, let it be.
- Facebook: Gearing up for a massive big data play, following recent acquisitions and partnerships with database and analytics companies.
- Google+: Announced a new mobile content recommendation powered by Google+ to allow publishers to offer content recommendations to their readers based on their media consumption or recommendations from their Google+ Circles of friends.