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Another Brick in the Rolling Stone Wall Falls

Just over a year ago, Rolling Stone owner Jann Wenner received more than his usual share of negative attention for hiring his own 22-year-old son to handle the operations at RollingStone.com in-between practice sessions for the rock band in which he plays with Scout Willis.

In an even more forceful sign of the changing of the guard, a late-Thursday-before-the-long-holiday-weekend news dump revealed the biggest executive shakeup at Wenner Media (which also publishes US Weekly, Men’s Journal and more) in nearly a decade. COO John Gruber, whom Wenner hired to replace his own personal adviser back in 2005, resigned in order to “join a non-profit.”

Here’s the overplayed GIF meme translation:

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That’s not all, though.

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T.G.I. Fridays Pushes the Boundaries of Reality with ‘Endless Appetizers’

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These aren’t “endless” unless you’re discussing their shelf life.

The greatest sociological experiment of our time has begun–and it involves lots of appetizers.

One could discuss the marketing/brand identification strategy behind T.G.I. Fridays‘ decision to give all comers as many appetizers as they can stuff into their mouths this summer for the low price of $10. One could ask whether this attempt to woo cheap eaters is really all about the drinks they’ll justify with that two-digit total. One might even ask why Guy Fieri was not somehow involved.

But we just finished a super-long weekend, so this morning we’ll let USA Today (nice placement!) do the analysis for us…

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Spin the Agencies of Record

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Step Aside Family Vacations on Facebook; Move In Breaking News?!

zuckerberg funnyFor years, Facebook has been the storehouse for the personal ego. No merit of anything other than where the beautiful people spend vacation, perfect marriages of Barbie and Ken, and stupid pet tricks.

That may also be why people are just getting tired of Facebook. Until now.

According to an interesting infographic from UGM news site, Newswhip, it seems that people are sharing this thing called “the news” on Facebook more than ever. I know, right?!

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What You Need to Know About Canada’s Crazy New Anti-Spam Law

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Did you know that yesterday was Canada Day? Did you also know that, while everyone from Google to PR Newswire has been cracking down on spam recently, no one has gone quite as far as that country?

Some details of the world’s most restrictive anti-spam law: if the sender of any message related to “commercial activity” fails to officially verify the consent of the individual recipient, he or she could face “fines of up to 1 million Canadian dollars (about $940,000) for individuals, and up to 10 million Canadian dollars for companies.” Also: this isn’t just email; it applies to “any commercial electronic message”, which may well mean social media posts and DMs as well.

Wow. We dislike spam as much as the next trade blog, but that feels a bit steep.

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GM Recall Scandal Is Actually Increasing Sales

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Here’s one we had to post quickly in the All News Is Good News category, because we’re still slightly shocked.

From a senior Edmunds analyst discussing GM’s current status in The New York Times this morning:

“You’d think it would damage their brand. But it’s actually helping to drive purchases at the dealership. You come in to have your old car fixed and see the new designs and technology, and wind up thinking ‘Maybe I’ll buy a new car.’”

Also:

“G.M. is also quietly offering additional discounts to owners of the 2.6 million vehicles recalled as part of the original ignition switch problem. The automaker has authorized dealers to offer employee prices to owners who inquire about a new purchase.”

It’s true that this is part of a larger trend as the auto industry finally recovers from the recession…but surely the latest wave of recalls and the generally negative response to CEO Mary Barra’s follow-up has led to a decline in GM’s stock prices, right?

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