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Posts Tagged ‘Hugo Martin’

LA Times Getting the Hang of Google Hangouts

FishbowlLA was in attendance last Friday afternoon for the Social Media Week LA panel “How Social Media is Transforming Journalism.” Because of the Pacific time zone, this event turned out to be the very last one across the worldwide network of SMW hubs.

We were particularly struck by the comments of LA Times¬†executive producer, interactive video Michelle Maltais regarding the paper’s recent foray into regularly scheduled Google hangouts. The paper officially started streaming the discussions a few months ago.

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LA Scores Big Microsoft Con

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Oh how we love geeks and their geek money!

Hugo Martin writes:

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to announce Monday that the city will host Microsoft Corp.’s Worldwide Partner Conference 2011, a gathering of the company’s staffers and business partners July 10 to 14 next year.

The conference is expected to bring about 15,000 attendees, who would spend an estimated $45 million, officials say. It would be one of the biggest gatherings at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The article also speculates that LA is in the running for Comic Con. We say it’s a red herring. Downtown San Diego was built on nerd sweat and they will do anything they can to keep their golden geeky goose. They will likely do far more to keep Comic Con in San Diego than LA or Vegas will do to move them.

What do you guys think? Discuss.

Book Soup is Being Bought by Vromans

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You’d think Wal-Mart or McDonalds or Haliburton were buying the iconic West Hollywood indie book store Book Soup by the tone of Hugo Martin‘s piece in LAT:

Tyson Cornell, Book Soup’s general manager, declined to comment on the impending sale. But like most of his customers, he worried that a new owner would change the atmosphere and guiding principles of the store.

The store is special, Cornell said Sunday, because of its unique selection of books and its knowledgeable staff, composed mostly of aspiring authors and screenwriters.

“I’m very concerned that things will change,” he added.

Shocker, people who work at a book store don’t want things to change.

We like Vromans. We’re happy Book Soup isn’t been turned into an organic tattoo parlor or something. A locally grown, whole grain, doggy day care or teeth whitening acting school…oh it could be MUCH worse.