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What Makes for a Good, Monocle-Free Trend Piece?

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If you obsessively follow journalists on Twitter each evening (and you really should), then you probably noticed many of them passing this New York Times ”monocles are back” trend piece around last night along with a moderate dose of mockery.

Yep, that’s the one.

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Samsung Claims Oscars Selfie Was ‘Organic,’ Also Has a Bridge to Sell You

You’d think Samsung would just accept its good luck and bask in all the attention that came with Ellen’s record-breaking Oscar tweet. But no story is complete without a little spin.

Amidst theories that Samsung directed Ellen to take the pic, a spokesperson told TechCrunch that said selfie was “A great surprise for everyone”, claiming that “…we were delighted to see Ellen organically incorporate the device into the selfie moment that had everyone talking.”

Just to get this straight: the company paid $20M to sponsor a show whose host just happened to use its newest product in the biggest stunt of the night? Note that Ellen also pulled an Oprah with the Galaxy yesterday:

You get a phone, and you get a phone, and Samsung gets…more free publicity?

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Is This Apple’s First Social Media Campaign?

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Social media is obviously not foreign to the Apple organization. iTunes, for example, has a strong Twitter presence with separate feeds for music, radio, movie trailers, etc.

It would seem, however, that the company turned to Tumblr for its first explicitly social campaign this week, using the Yahoo-owned network to promote the latest iPhone.

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Microsoft Sticks with Former Clinton Flack for Top Strategic Role

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Microsoft isn’t listening to our advice.

Last week we learned that the company’s new CEO Satya Nadella was supposedly close to dropping former Clinton family flack/Burson-Marsteller head Mark Penn, now known as the guy behind all those anti-Google ads, as part of its brand refresh.

It now appears that Microsoft will take the very opposite approach by giving Penn the chief strategy officer position; he previously served as EVP of ads and strategy.

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Microsoft Might Just Be Done with Former Clinton Flack

When we searched Mark Penn‘s name yesterday on Bing, using our Surface tablets (psych!) and saw this headline we wondered, “Why would anyone want to fire this guy? His track record is just as spotless as his ethical record!” Remember the Wall Street Journal column he used to promote Burson-Marsteller while he was acting CEO? Good times.

Oh, and remember this 2008 gem? Thanks, Mark Penn!

Now why might Microsoft, according to the story broken by Re/code, be thinking about letting the guy go?

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Google Glass Attack Victim (and Tech Publicist) Illustrates Challenges in Promoting Google Glass

We have absolutely no idea what went down in San Francisco last week, when tech PR and I Love Social Media founder Sarah Slocum claims she was robbed and assaulted for wearing her Glass into a punk rock bar.

One thing we’re sure of based on the clip she released this week: we’re very, very glad we weren’t there.

Being (thankfully) unfamiliar with the politics of the SF tech scene, we think the story is most interesting as an illustration of both the inherent challenges of promoting such a product and the various ways to respond to public criticism of that product.

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Are ‘Connected Appliances’ the Next Big Thing, or What?

One way to bring attention to your client’s burgeoning industry: sell it to Google. The company’s $3.2 billion purchase of “smart home” startup Nest was the best possible PR for the push to synchronize appliances, which has yet to catch on despite all the press because it sounds a little weird.

This morning, however, we found ourselves strangely compelled by this demonstration of the world’s first “connected washing machine” via Berg, a UK cloud service company.

Today the product scored a mention in The Guardian, and based on the headline/pitch we can see why…

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Netflix to Amazon: ‘We’ve Got Bigger Drones Than That’

We appreciate Netflix’s efforts to play the “spunky upstart” role by poking fun at its rivals and we agree that Amazon makes for a more reasonable target than HBO, because you will lose if you try to compare House of Cards to The Sopranos or Game of Thrones. The drone delivery service spoof making its way around the Internets this morning isn’t the funniest thing ever, but it scores a couple of chuckles while confirming that Netflix doesn’t have either of its rivals’ production budgets.

The stunt mocking a stunt does make one good point: “rush[ing] unproven technology to market” could be the subheading of both the drone and “wearable” tech movements.

And when it comes to the Netflix browsing experience most of us know, The Onion offers a shockingly accurate summary:

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Can HBO’s Silicon Valley Improve Silicon Valley’s Reputation?

Yesterday HBO debuted the trailer for Mike Judge‘s sitcom Silicon Valley.

Looks like a Big Bang Theory/Workaholics mash-up: they’re nerds, but they aren’t one-dimensional punchlines; they’re Millennials, but they don’t spend all their time figuring out how they can manage to do less work.

In an amazing coincidence, Napster/Facebook guy Sean “Don’t Call Me Justin” Parker used the same weekend to offer a pitch-perfect demonstration of why SV may want to update its operating system.

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Google’s Latest Press Release Tells Us How Not to Be ‘Glassholes’

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Google feels your pain…if you include yourself among the many “normals” who find themselves annoyed or freaked out by what the Internet has decided to call “Glassholes.”

In order to address the fact that the few “Glass Explorers” who’ve been picked to ease the product into the public sphere often come off as a cross between paid corporate shills and Doctor Who extras, Google just released a handy “how to” guide.

Now let’s review some highlights from the company’s first release as the digital Emily Post:

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