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Former Google+ Designer: ‘We F*cked Up!’

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Meet Chris Messina. 

He’s a guy whose palatial estate may be large enough to contain his ego: he was a lead designer at this start-up called Google. In fact, he was one of the user experience masterminds behind Google+.

(Not for nothing, but dude is credited by many with creating the hashtag.)

No matter how much Google tries to force us to use its own network, the project has been a failure by any real measure. Now Messina is blogging about its demise in very unflattering (and profane) terms.

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When Geeks Attack: Mattel Apologizes for ‘Barbie Can’t Code’ Book

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Graphic artist? Maybe. Engineer? Not so much. 

According to Mattel (BarbieMedia.com), Barbie has held more than 150 different jobs “spanning from registered nurse to rock star, veterinarian to aerobics instructor, pilot to police officer.”

Maybe a temp pool is next for the former bikini model?

Her latest career turn had many people in the tech world irate because of a seemingly sexist approach: seems Barbie can’t do much with a computer beyond plugging it in.

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Silicon Valley Has Some of America’s Slowest Internet Connections

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TODAY IN IRONY: When a city in America earns a reputation, it will generally be embraced or immediately changed.

Philadelphia, with more than its share of unfriendly people in the world, is called “the City of Brotherly Love.” There’s New York, where very few people actually taste the Big Apple. There’s Dallas (or Fort Worth) where people assume everyone drives to work … on the horse resting right outside the bait and tackle shop.

And then, there’s San Francisco — a liberal utopia in the minds of some, a homogenous setting with arms wide open for others.

The city is also known for nearby Silicon Valley: birthplace of technology, epicenter of innovation…and one of the worst places in the country for Internet reception.

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Microsoft Admits That ‘Much Work’ Remains to Address Its (Lack of) Diversity

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Sometimes, bad news becomes a big snowball. A small dust-up collects a little dirt and begins rolling downhill as people stand there, watching it gain velocity as it prepares to smash the little hamlet at the base of the mountain.

When you hear Microsoft, you would think that the company itself is the snowball. This time, however, it’s the village in peril.

Last week the company introduced Windows 10 (math skills be damned). And now, America finds out that Bill Gates’ baby has grown up to become one big boys’ club.

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Foggy Windows: How Microsoft Forgot to Count to 10

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No company does a curtain raiser quite like Apple (horrible video streaming technology and forced rock star plug notwithstanding). Unfortunately, the company that knows this fact best is Microsoft.

As the number of Apple acolytes in this country swells up faster than Barry Bonds’ biceps, Microsoft floats in the raging ocean like chum waiting for sharks. We can only imagine the subject lines of its internal emails, though we assume that many include the letters W, T and F.

And then they got the epiphany that had been alluding them for decades: Windows 10!

What’s wrong with this lovely family portrait?

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iOS 8, iPhone 6 Have Apple Fans Bent Out of Shape

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Now that the fog has cleared and the free U2 concert is over, fanboys everywhere (especially those named Farhad) have commenced celebrating the iPhone 6. Reports about the phone’s performance issues, however, have some people wondering whether there’s a worm in this Apple.

According to a study by app performance company Crittercism, Apple’s new operating system crashes apps 78 percent more often than the previous iOS. That equals iOS 8 has a crash rate of 3.56 percent, while iOS 7.1 has a 2 percent crash rate.

Complaints from freezing apps to phones that shut down mid-call and much s-l-o-w-e-r performance have swamped social media. Then, of course, there’s the “flexibility” of the iPhone 6 itself…

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5 Generation Gaps in Need of Bridging in Public Relations

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I was having a spirited conversation about the state of public relations with a journo buddy of mine last week when this question came up: “How in the hell can anyone build a bridge long enough for the widening generation gap in the media and PR?”

After he downed a few shots of a certain toxic adult beverage following that stress-induced question, it got me thinking about another 5 Things topic for all us flacks to enjoy and discuss. It should scurry up some conversation, so here’s to hoping.

Here are 5 Generation Gaps in Need of Bridging in PR. If you have tools to build this structure, we will set up the contractor site immediately.

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Is Twitter Planning More Changes to Make America Freak Out?

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Why does anything have to change?

It is going to happen, and usually when you least expect it — change. Things begin to sag. Batteries run out. You have to move. The job doesn’t have the “new car” smell anymore. Whatever it takes, things will change.

It’s the circle of life, and in technology, that circle is typically your PC buffering. Most changes are accepted, some more than others. However, when Twitter thought they could sneak one past America, social media imploded and warned whoever would listen that there better not be any more slick changes.

Yeah, there’s more…

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Google Has Become eBay’s Panda in the Butt

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As a copywriter, PR professional, and overall Class-A nerd, I love Google.

Why? If you understand the ‘Google Zoo’ — Penguin, Panda, and Hummingbird — then you would know about the many changes Google has made to the search algorithms. In fact, the Internet guardian has practically declared war on Black Hat hackers and other ne’er-do-wells living in Mom’s basement with the latest version of Alienware.

NEWS FLASH: Google is making us better writers. Of course, in the process, they are so angering brands who spam the Internet. Latest on its ess-list is eBay. Not good.

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Scratch-and-Sniff Internet Is Here. Interested?

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Technology gets nice PR, but this may take it too far.

Meet the oPhone: the iPhone’s drunk crackhead cousin.

The technology is designed to provide an olfactory sense to the Internet, but is this something you really want? It is for Harvard professor and researcher David Edwards, whose cracked team of students developed a technology that will allow scents to be passed through a text message, phone call, or social media via a Bluetooth-capable smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Food Network, please pick up the white courtesy phone…

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