Archives: February 2011
Any dictator worth his salt in the Middle East had best consider shutting down the Internet entirely unless he wants to soon find himself out of a job, and Muammar Gaddafi is the latest witness to that. Since nationwide protests against the Libyan government began on Feb. 17, Libyan revolutionaries have been getting the kind of exposure that drew worldwide sympathy and eventually toppled the governments of Egypt and Tunisia.
FB has posted a job for a “Journalist Program Manager” who will “utilize both partnership and program management skills to help journalists understand the value of using Facebook, get started, and use it effectively over time.” The job is in New York which kinda bites because if you work for FB in Palo Alto, they do your laundry for you. Yes, I’m dead serious.
Fourth quarter revenue totaled $2.01 billion versus $1.80 billion in Q4 2009. Increases were tallied around the world, with the U.S. showing organic growth of 13.1 percent. Operating income was $330.7 million for the quarter versus $268.0 the previous year, with operating margin at 16.4 percent for the quarter compared to 14.9 percent the previous year.
For the year, revenue was $6.53 billion versus $6.03 billion in 2009. Operating income was $548.7 million compared to $341.3 million in 2009. For the full year 2010, the operating margin was 8.4 percent versus 5.7 percent in 2009.
Voce was founded in 1999 by Richard Cline, David Black and Matthew Podboy. Cline, Voce’s president, will become global tech practice lead for PN and a member of the firm’s executive committee, reporting to PN CEO Gary Stockman.
In this late-day Spin the Agencies column, there’s tech, furniture, and low emissions.
Pervasive Software has selected the Horn Group as its U.S. PR firm. Pervasive is a $50-million public company in the data integration arena. The Horn Group will provide the company with social media, PR, and interactive design services. The account will be handled by firm VP Erin Zehr in the San Francisco office.
Baltus Collection, a line of furniture from Spain with showrooms in Miami, New York, and other U.S. cities, has selected rbb Public Relations as its AOR. The firm will provide media outreach to consumer and trade outlets, strategic PR services, and brand management counsel.
Olmstead Williams Communications has added three new clients: FlexEnergy, a clean energy company that turns methane gas into near-zero emissions; Language Line Services, a phone service that provides language interpretation services; and Cloudworks, a cloud computing company.
Fillion — Capt. Mal Reynolds on Firefly, and currently the star of ABC’s Castle — seemed to be making nothing more than a casual comment when he told Entertainment Weekly what he’d do with $300 million in Lotto winnings: “[B]uy the rights to Firefly, make it on my own, and distribute it on the Internet.”
Fillion really should know better.
Monique da Silva, a former global healthcare director at MSLGroup, has filed a class action gender discrimination lawsuit against Publicis Groupe and the the PR firm. In the suit, she alleges that “while Publicis funnels women into entry level rank-and-file positions at a disproportionate rate, these female PR employees rarely break through the glass ceiling at any agency in the conglomerate.”
According to the press release accompanying the lawsuit, “da Silva and the class” are suing for pay, damages, and legal expenses “in an amount of at least$100 million.”