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Newspaper Rack

Ten years is a long time.

In 2008, audiences were gushing over The Dark Knight and dissing Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The iPhone was only a year old and people were still in love with their Flip video cameras. MySpace was still a popular social network. Passengers carried portable DVD players onto their flights. Justin Long and John Hodgman were still cranking out those Mac vs. PC commercials. (Their roles would be reversed today.) Everyone experienced Britney Spears’s meltdown, Tina Fey was parodying Sarah Palin on SNL, we lost Tim Russert (and Meet the Press has never been the same), and digital picture… Read More »

Friday Wrap #246: Tinder vs LinkedIn, grim Snapchat outlook, audio trends, Kodak’s blockchain play

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News

Facebook News Feed will focus even more on friends and family—Like it’s not hard enough getting your company’s posts to appear in a Facebook user’s News Feed, the company is introducing “sweeping changes” to what its members see, prioritizing posts and comments from friends and families “while de-emphasizing content from publishers and brands.” Takeaway: Later in this update, you’ll read that Facebook is the overwhelming preference for… Read More »

Friday Wrap #242: A prescription video game, messaging for kids, paying to link to earned content

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News

Video game aims to replace prescription medications—An ungodly number of children take medications for ADHD but the developers of a video game have demonstrated that playing it delivers the same benefits without the side effects. “In a study of 348 children between the ages of 8 and 12 diagnosed with ADHD, those who played Akili’s action-packed game on a tablet over four weeks saw statistically significant improvements on metrics of attention and inhibitory control,… Read More »

Friday Wrap #229: Hurricane coverage, YouTube’s makeover, WhatsApp’s business designs, and more

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Got 5 Minutes?

The Society for New Communication Research (SNCR)—part of The Conference Board and of which I am a Founding Fellow—has undertaken an initiative to determine how people in the communication industry can help tackle the increasingly significant problem of fake news. (I’m part of the task force.) One of our early efforts is to get a handle on the intersection of fake news and communication through a survey. If you’re a communicator with responsibility for managing… Read More »

Friday Wrap #227: Charlottesville and tech, the state of work, Facebook’s influencer grab, and more

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The Big Stories

Facebook shuts down anonymous employee discussion group—During my consulting gig with the Asian Development Bank in Manila this week, the issue of anonymous employee contributions came up. It’s a topic I’ve been discussing for at least a decade. In general, I’m not a fan of anonymity on intranets. If Tom reads something brilliant Mary wrote and wants to make a connection, he’s out of luck if Mary shared her post anonymously. There are times, though, when… Read More »

Friday Wrap #226:  Twitter “rooms,” a BBC font, a Google Snapchat clone, a podcast ruling, and more

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The Big Stories

Instagram tests letting friends join your live video—You may not have to livestream by yourself on Instagram much longer. The company is testing a feature that will let you invite friends to join your Instagram Live broadcast. When someone accepts your invitation, the screen will split in two to display both participants. Viewers will still be able to like and comment. When the session ends, you can share it as an Instagram Story or dump it. The feature will roll… Read More »

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