Digital Digest- 26 July, 2012

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  • Should every social media manager be under 25? Yes, argues a young writer for Nextgen Journal with no experience in the role and still struggling to achieve financial independence from her (clearly over 25) parents.
    • Transparency kudos to Nextgen Journal for also posting this well written rebuttal by Mark Story, someone with actual experience in the field.
  • Valve’s Gabe Newell has a pretty negative take on Windows 8 and is hedging appropriately.
  • Similarly, Fortune outlines their take on the future of videogames and videogame hardware.
  • Twitter is targeting big advertisers with a pretty slick pitch deck.
  • A look back at a rough year for Netflix.
    • More bad news: Consumer Reports released a report detailing customer satisfaction for streaming video services and Netflix was rated very poorly.
  • RadioShack is a victim of its own iPhone strategy success.

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Daily Links – June 20, 2012

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  • Filmmaking tips from the masters over at Pixar.
  • Augmented reality retail not quite real yet, but we’re one step closer with this technology.
  • Military grade storm chasers powered by supercomputers.
  • Smart infographic outlining the massive shift to digital distribution happening in the video games industry.
  • Valuable tips for iPad presentations.  Unless you’ve brought enough breath mints for everyone conference room, can’t emphasize point #2 enough.

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  • Another great Game of Thrones piece, this time in the form of political attack adds.
  • Analog, sure. But there is a valuable lesson in the quick thinking and crisis-management skills that went into saving this priceless work of art.
  • Total tweet transparency becomes law in the UK.
  • Yahoo partners to publish digital motion comics as part of their original content slate.
  • CBS and ABC continue their catty battle over ABC’s alleged copying of a CBS show.  Have to admit it though, Dancing on the Stars does sound more interesting than the currently airing version of the show.

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  • Purportedly leaked document outlines Microsoft’s plans for the next Xbox, the Xbox 720, and spells out plans for Microsoft’s living room dominance over the next ten years.   In support of the originally posted document’s authenticity is the fact that it was recently removed at the request of a law firm known to work with Microsoft on patent issues.
  • Perhaps the integration of interactive advertising with Xbox 360 streaming services is the first step?
  • The periodic table of social media.
  • There is a youth demographic for which QR codesare actually working…
    • Understanding this target market probably explains why the Rock the Vote campaign is using the technology so effectively.
  • Using social media to track the spread of illness trends could prove incredibly effective.
  • A look at the correlation between Facebook user’s brand likes.
  • Video game industry sales continue to fall.

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  • Sweeping, multi-generational list of some of the best comedy pilots of all time.
  • This clip from Conan O’Brien featuring 30 Rock’s nice guy Jack McBrayer visiting a Chicago hot dog stand known for their insulting service will make you LOL. (NSFW-language)
  • Comedians take on Father’s Day in this quote-highlight slide show.

Daily Links- June 8, 2012

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  • The wireless tooth tattoo will tell your dentist the truth about your flossing habits.
  • Beyond Visio: these 9 tools will help you design your product’s interface and layout.
  • Hulu Plus reaches 2 million subscribers.
  • Origin executive says he doesn’t agree with the Steam model of periodic steep discounting on digital game offerings.  EA, the gaming company behind Origin, is apparently determined to win another prestigious award in 2013.
  • One potential benefit of letting your exemplary service do your selling.

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  • Have you seen the trailer for Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph?  The premise is that Ralph is an 8-bit video game villain tired of his job.
  • This year’s Television Critics Association (TCA) Awards nominees have been announced.

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  • The salary figures of the Real Housewives have been released.  Are they still real housewives if they earn a salary?
  • Amazing video game art on exhibit at this year’s E3.
  • The B&N Nook edits Tolstoy’s War and Peace.