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Yahoo’s Downward Ad Spiral Continues (with Visuals)

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Change is mostly a good thing–unless you ask Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.

Last Tuesday, when Yahoo announced its second-quarter earnings, the company said it had reached an agreement with Alibaba ”to reduce the number of shares it is required to sell in the initial public offering, to 140 million shares from 208 million shares.” This one would prove to be timely as those earnings show a four-percent loss from last quarter.

And why? Advertising, or the lack thereof. This is why Digiday produced four eye-catching (and jaw-dropping, if you are Mayer) graphs that further illustrate that downward spiral.

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The Sweet Shop Directors Team Up with Google Creative Lab for Cube Project

The Sweet Shop directors Steve Ayson and Damien Shatford teamed up with Semi-Permanent and Google Creative Lab Sydney to create a project demonstrating the capabilities of the new Google Cube.

Tasked with utilizing the Cube — a “six-sided display that integrates motion technology to offer its audience members an active role in the storytelling process” — to tell a unique story in a never-before-seen way, Ayson and Shatford rose to the occasion with an innovative approach. They crafted a narrative “in which the six sides of the Cube would be used to tell a series of short stories in which the characters move across each side of the device, each experiencing their own adventure while simultaneously becoming the heroes, sidekicks, and villains of their neighbor’s worlds.” Intriguingly, the six sides of the Cube each correspond to one of the seven major narratives of literature (ie. tragedy, comedy, etc.), while also completing a cohesive, unified story. Read more