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Doug Haslam

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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
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 I am not sure therefore how to Twitter to you if you prefer not to reference the other account

I am guessing that you contacted them through their forms page https://support.twitter.com/forms

Sorry i can not be of more assistance
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Harry Hawk

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The events in Venezuela are sad and discouraging. This heart wrenching result has long been predicted. Predicted from several risk factors. #1 is strong man leadership style, and #2 is the decimation of the free press and #3 is aggressive push down on all voices of opposition (and dialog).

We have seen aggressive personal attacks against supporters of opposing candidates sadly from both Donald J. Trump and from Bernie Sanders and their fans and supporters.

I have personally rec'd such ad hominem attacks ("You must me out of your mind," "Have you lost your mind." and other more hateful words I will not repeat here) from several Sanders supporters. I've been told my voice doesn't matter and that I don't have the knowledge or expertise to comment on politics. One particular vile and hateful troll suggested that I should stick to the Kitchen where I belong.

We have also seen the current economic failure predicted (risk factor #4) from their Venezuela's adoption of Socialism; Venezuela's predictable decline is made even more sad since (for many reasons) including that Venezuela has a large and significant level of oil wealth (and proven oil reserves).

The global drop in oil prices clearly contributed to this crisis, but their vast wealth has clearly been spent without any realistic consideration for rainy days and necessary long term planning that would have kept the Venezuelan economy growing in the face of the well known and frequent boom and bust cycles of oil but also the well known and long term effort world wide to move our planet away from an oil based economy.

One site I found indicates that Venezuela has more proven oil reserves than the Saudis. I'm not trying to suggest that the events in Venezuela haven't been impacted by other factors including corruption and poor management.

I am trying to suggest that any single factor such as autocratic leadership (from the LEFT or RIGHT), aggressive push down communications against opposing views (as we see from both Sanders and Trump supporters), attacks on press freedom, and centralized planning have bad track records. Combining one or more of these factors only increases the risks. 
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Alex H Yong

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I saw this shared in the TechJPR community recently and made me realise something I hadn’t thought about before.
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Alex H Yong

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Seen this? wow: Quote:  "Most PR subjects aren’t discussed in a substantive manner, because doing so would probably make it fairly obvious that a lot of PR people do a lot of bullshit, but media relations has its own weird place."

    http://thefuturebuzz.com/2016/04/25/war-media-relations/#sthash.WUcuc7mt.dpuf
The following is a guest post by Future Buzz community member Ed Zitron, founder of EZPR. Image used via Flickr creative commons license 2.0 When I got into PR in 2008, I fell into a world that had made up its own mystique so powerful that before my first day I had literally no clear …
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Alex H Yong

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Unfiltered thoughts from the U.K about how PR professionals are perceived http://rupp-pr.com/on-prs-image-issue/
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And, feel free to visit my column at http://SocialAlex.com cc: +Krishna De​
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Dan York

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FIR listeners... have any of you used Sli.do ? If so, any tips about using it? The #RightsCon event in San Francisco this week is going to be using it and some of my Internet Society colleagues are there presenting... and therefore we in the Comms team are looking to understand how best to support them with this service. I've never used Sli.do although I've used any number of other remote presentation tools. From their site, it looks like it could be quite useful - you can see more at: https://www.sli.do/home
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The service itself is at: https://www.sli.do/home
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Dan York

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"Your post could not be shared. Please try again later." - the message I received while trying to post something into the discussion forum here using Firefox on my Mac... 
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Fascinating... G+ would not let me share THIS post ( https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DanYork/posts/Prrk7FLuY3F ) when it had a URL and preview image in it. When I removed those, the post was shared fine. Strange.

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Harry Hawk

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Chicago bound.. I'll be in Chicago March 27 to 29. Visiting some friends. If anyone is interested in hanging out, recording podcasts, or finding cheap eats :) let me know.
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Jeff Pekar

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Here's a case where Google AdSense (or similar product) does not work well. In an article about a former Auschwitz concentration camp medic unfit to stand trial, there is a sponsored ad to "Search 155 camps to find your perfect Jewish camp." I suppose when OneHappyCamper.org set it's criteria for advertising, they likely used words like "camp" and "Jewish", not thinking in advance that articles about concentration camps would be included.
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Harry Hawk

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Public Community Member Lists
Starting today, public Community member lists will no longer display suspended users. We've also adjusted the ordering of these member lists to make them less of a target for spammers (whom we'll continue to aggressively suspend when we identify them). Going forward, we'll make improvements to Community member list ordering to make it work better for both members and moderators.

These changes are now live across all platforms (Classic, Web preview, and our Android and iOS apps).
Thanks~
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"Motherboard is running a week of stories about Uber. We asked the company’s public relations department what stories it thought the media should be writing, and this story was one of the things Uber pitched." I appreciate the transparency if nothing else! http://motherboard.vice.com/read/ubermilitary-program-for-veterans-bases-outreach
Veterans tell Motherboard that UberMilitary, the company’s outreach program, addresses problems in their lives that the average American may not be aware of.
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Harry Hawk

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It's interesting to contrast McDs learning that boosting salaries created lots of benefits for both the business, the customers and the staff. Wendy's is taking the get rid of the worker approach: http://www.investors.com/politics/policy/wendys-serves-up-kiosks-as-wages-rise-hits-fast-food-group/
Wendy’s said that self-service ordering kiosks will be made available across its 6,000-plus restaurants in the second half of the year as minimum wage hikes and a tight labor market push up w…
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Harry Hawk

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Video emerges on PornHub as it's revealed that Jona Bechtolt and Claire Evans were planning a publicity stunt
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The State of Digital Downloads released this month
Today we released findings of our second annual ‘State of Digital Downloads’ report. This study is part of Limelight’s series of annual
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Dan York

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Facebook seems to be launching new "Messenger Codes" this week at F8, providing a simpler way to connect as Snapchat did with Snapcodes.  I wrote about it and walked through the new feature here:
On the eve of Facebook's major "F8 Developer Conference" happening April 12-13, the company has launched a clear attack on Snapchat's "Snapcode" method of connecting users with their new "Messenger Codes". If you go into the newest version of Facebook...
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Neville Hobson
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Memory lane #FIRpodcast #FIRoriginal #FIRschwag

One of the original mugs we offered in 2005. I still have this one left :)
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Those mugs are still available! +Krishna De, not a bad idea. When I get a chance, I'll head over to CafePress and set up mugs for the current roster of shows!

http://www.cafepress.com/mf/11977900/fir_mugs?shop=FIR_Podcast&productId=53978753
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Dan York

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Here's a story that is sadly not uncommon any more...
the beautiful thing about the Internet is that it lets EVERYONE be a publisher... but the hideous thing about the Internet is that it lets EVERYONE be a publisher...

http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-benjamin-wey/
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Alex H Yong

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Quote "I met with an in house PR manager recently whose PR budget was £10,000 a month – a decent retainer you may think? Her SEO counterpart was managing a budget of £30,000 per month and the SEO agency was placing content into national tier one media."

 Oh boy. In a nutshell the article is saying this ~ #PRagencies  must work hard to widen their sphere of influence on the client side.  Working with client-side marketing people rather than the PR department is far more beneficial as PR people tend to have tunnel vision with less advanced digital knowledge.  http://ow.ly/Zeg0B 
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Another quote: "PR people (if you read last year’s PRCA Digital Report) do of course manage SEO programmes. The reality is that the knowledge is not there. That knowledge requires technical, data and commercial skills that most PR people do not possess."
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First the New York Times, then McDonalds!
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Here's a similar concept from Coca-Cola:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eamKy74n-vM
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Harry Hawk

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Awesome
 
Can you ID photo locations better than Google's geo-locating neural net PlaNet?

A Google team has "trained a deep-learning machine (PlaNet) to work out the location of almost any photo using only the pixels it contains." It turns out it is better at doing that than humans.

You can play a game IDing the location of Google Street View photos to see how well you do:

www.geoguessr.com

How well does PlaNet do?

To measure the accuracy of their machine, they fed it 2.3 million geotagged images from Flickr to see whether it could correctly determine their location. “PlaNet is able to localize 3.6 percent of the images at street-level accuracy and 10.1 percent at city-level accuracy,” say Weyand and co. What’s more, the machine determines the country of origin in a further 28.4 percent of the photos and the continent in 48.0 percent of them.

And it does better than a well-traveled human:

Needless to say, PlaNet trounced the humans. “In total, PlaNet won 28 of the 50 rounds with a median localization error of 1131.7 km, while the median human localization error was 2320.75 km,” say Weyand and co. “[This] small-scale experiment shows that PlaNet reaches superhuman performance at the task of geolocating Street View scenes.”

How well can you do?

Learn more about PlaNet at +MIT Technology Review:

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/600889/google-unveils-neural-network-with-superhuman-ability-to-determine-the-location-of-almost/
Guessing the location of a randomly chosen Street View image is hard, even for well-traveled humans. But Google’s latest artificial-intelligence machine manages it with relative ease.
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