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Hi all- My Google account, doughaslam@gmail.com, was hacked and the perp changed the name to "GT azroF." Trying to work with Google to get it back but what with their lack of actual humans in customer support, it's not easy so far.

They also got my Twitter handle,@DougH,(their customer support is even less helpful so far) so feel free to report www.twitter.com/DougH as hacked-- and if anyone has contacts at Google or Twitter to help sort the mess, please let me know.

Thank,s and sorry to trouble you all

I'm posting an observation on your comments in FIR podcasts recently about dropping use of this community, +Shel Holtz

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You have probably heard of Lynda.com, the online education company offering thousands of video courses in software, creative and business skills. Maybe you have taken a course using the platform or heard of colleagues who are doing so. Perhaps you are aware that Lynda.com was purchased by LinkedIn for $1.5 earlier this year.

What you might not be familiar with is how to actually create a course via Lynda.com. Episode 44 of FIR on Higher Education has the answers. Deirdre Breakenridge, Chief Executive Officer at Pure Performance Communications and an adjunct professor, shares her experiences creating a media training course through Lynda.com. In the interview, she discusses the following:

- How to get the opportunity to teach a course for Lynda.com
- The production process
- Keys to keeping online course participants engaged
- The benefits for the instructor

http://firpodcastnetwork.com/fir-on-higher-education-44-deirdre-breakenridge-on-how-to-create-a-course-on-lynda-com/ 

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Hello, I just published a blog on my experiences with computer aided sentiment checkers for media coverage. I am sure we have tried them. I hope you might find it of interest and I would very much welcome you views. 

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The panel for the first episode of For Immediate Release -- the successor to The Hobson & Holtz Report -- is set. Gini Dietrich, Frank Eliason, and Kami Watson Huyse will join host Shel Holtz for an hour of conversation about the past week's news, issues, trends, and reports that will help communicators stay current with developments affecting their profession.

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Our second podcast is up -- how internal communicators can improve their business writing. 

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Blogger Outreach - Thinking Beyond the Press Release

thoughts? what did I miss?

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HI FIR Podcast Community.  +Gini Dietrich, +Martin Waxman and I are kicking off the  Inside PR Book Club on the next episode of Inside PR. Our first book is The Business of Podcasting by +Donna Papacosta and +Steve Lubetkin. If you've read the book, we'd love to get a one minute audio clip from you about what you found most useful in the book. We will include your clip in the podcast. We want the #IPRBookClub  to be more than just Martin, Gini and I talking. We also want to include the FIR Podcast Community in the on-air discussion. So, if you've read the book, please send us an audio comment. You can email it to us at insideprcomments@gmail.com. Thanks! 
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Google+ Hangouts now gets its own dedicated website outside of G+ ...
We are launching another way to use Hangouts today.  From our new site you'll be able to take advantage of the best of Hangouts in the browser, along with an inspiring image to get you through the day. Check it out and let us know what you think.

https://hangouts.google.com 
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