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Google Agrees: Germans Have a ‘Right to Be Forgotten’

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…but Germans are feeling luckier.

Today in reputation management news, the legal fight is over.

Google seems more eager than expected to go along with a recent European Union court ruling requiring the company to give citizens the right to request the removal of unflattering links–at least in Germany.

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Ketchum Has an App for Your Crisis

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What can an app do for you? More importantly, what can’t it do for you?

You may recall that the PRSA released an ethics app last year to some mild controversy–and yesterday The Wall Street Journal‘s new “CMO Today” blog brought us news that Ketchum is about to release an app to help you conquer crisis management.

You read that right. First, we have to share this bit from WSJ’s Steven Perlberg:

“…the firm hopes [the app] will give sweaty-palmed clients the ability to conquer any would-be PR nightmare from the comfort of their own phone.”

Aren’t you curious now?

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Beats by Dr. Dre: Is This How Apple Gets Its Groove Back?

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Somewhere Steve Jobs is bobbing his head to earbuds out of spite.

Last year, headlines began getting snippy with one of the most beloved brands in recent history as Apple sold what was reported as the largest corporate-bond deal in U.S. history at $17 billion of debt. Since then, a malaise has swarmed over the tech world as people drift to Android and hipsters continue to use Genius Bars as Bible study locations.

And then Dr. Dre came to the rescue?! This is the same producer from N.W.A. Dr. Dre, right? The dude from ‘The Chronic’ right? That Dr. Dre?

Yup, and there are 3.2 billion reasons why Apple wants him to keep their heads ringin’.

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Snapchat Admits That It Made Up All That ‘Privacy’ Stuff

snapchatWe’ve known for some time that Snapchat‘s privacy claims don’t quite add up, and today the network and the Federal Trade Commission have reached an agreement on that point.

What does this mean? Basically, Evan Spiegel and company will officially admit that snaps don’t really “disappear forever” (they never did) and that recipients may, in fact, preserve the images/clips indefinitely in several ways without letting the sender know.

Here’s the big one: in addition to the false claims about disappearing snaps, the company also copped to collecting and transmitting user data despite claims to the contrary–and its recent security breach theoretically allowed hackers to collect that data.

Sound familiar?

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Meet Wikipedia’s New Boss Lila Treitkov

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Oddly enough, this came from her Wikipedia page

It’s no secret Wikipedia has incurred its fair share of perception issues.

Just take a gander on the Web and you will find a plethora of articles about distrusting its information because of rogue “editors,” pages that are made by trolls just to besmirch any range of people, or how about its TrustRank is fading like a chin lift on Bruce Jenner.

Yet, it remains one of the most influential and highly searched websites on the planet, so things can’t be so bad, right? Whelp, things are about to get much better if you ask Wikimedia (the nonprofit that runs Wikipedia) bigwigs as Lila Treitkov just became its executive director.

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‘We the People’ of the Web? An Internet Bill of Rights May be a Thing

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It’s been bantered about in tech circles for the last few years, but since the Edward Snowden kerfuffle highlighted how the NSA can impede on anyone’s rights they deem appropriate on the Interweb, the discussion of an Internet Bill of Rights is now in serious consideration.

And if you think we are leading the charge for this global consideration, then you would be wrong.

Congratulate Brazil (Huh?) for surpassing the United States of America there, as the country of complete debauchery during Carnival, got its president to sign this into a law as Internet Bill of Rights late last month.

Maybe that has something to do with Congress wanting to discuss this too.

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Target Hopes New Hires and New Card Tech Will Do the Trick

TargetTarget is taking steps to remedy the problem that led to one of history’s biggest data breachesand its team wants you to know.

To its credit, the company seems to have been attacking the problem on all fronts since the breach first occurred last year, and now it’s ready to begin the rollout.

The move comes in stages: last month the company’s VP, who had been in charge of its website and internal computer systems since 2008, “resigned” (quotations ours).

At that time, the company also announced its decision to replace its existing card security tech with a system called “chip and PIN”. Last night brought the official update: Target hired a new chief information officer, who will oversee the implementation of this new security strategy.

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5 Things to Know Before Purchasing a Domain Name

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Here’s the strangest thing about URLs and the act of finding the right domain name: it’s quickly becoming the job of PR professionals.

Because available domain names are being purchased for proper use or just “squatters’ rights”, you’ll have to consider so much more than just “my address online” (dot) whatever when making the decision.

Issues to consider: client perception, anything even vaguely resembling trademark infringement, and basic stupidity. For your convenience, here are 5 things you need to know before purchasing a domain name.

Away we go, then…

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GitHub Apologizes for Handling of Harassment Claim That Led to President’s Exit

githubWe’re not programmers, so we’d barely heard the name GitHub before this month–yet the company just provided an interesting example of a tech company responding to self-created controversy.

You probably know the story, but…

A female engineer resigned from the company and spoke to TechCrunch in March, describing a culture of sexism and intimidation and specifically accusing the company’s co-founder/president and his wife of behaving inappropriately.

The news got even more attention thanks to a string of recent reports about the poor state of gender equality in the tech industry.

While the president resigned, the company’s CEO claimed in a blog post that its own internal investigation had uncovered no evidence of wrongdoing.

Yesterday, however, GitHub changed course.

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PR Is Essential for Startups…or Is It?!

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These guys (don’t) get it…

Many professional communicators will argue that every single worthwhile startup needs some public relations assistance by default–but some ambitious tech entrepreneurs disagree!

Shocking, we know. A recent point/counterpoint in the digital pages of Fast Company makes clear that this debate will continue for some time.

Earlier this month, entrepreneur Stephen Robert Morse wrote a piece titled “Why Your Startup Shouldn’t Hire a PR Firm.

The article understandably sparked a bit of controversy; some key points–and today’s rebuttal–after the jump.

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