- Dead leaves: Fiverr, the site where you can get someone to do tasks for $5, now offers press releases. Nail, 1, coffin, 0.
- Re-leaf: Forget medical apps. Soon, Google searches for health issues could surface opportunities for a Google Helpout video chat with a physician.
- The sky is falling: HBO will start standalone streaming subscriptions, finally, in 2015. So will CBS.
- Disappearing leaves: Skype launched a new standalone app, Qik, for disappearing video messages.
- Starry nights: Another sign that online video dominates the field: YouTube is opening a studio in New York City, making it even easier to create content. And book publishers are signing YouTube stars as authors.
- Leaf drop: Days before Dropbox's data breach, Edward Snowden warned users to ditch it and suggested another site that does the same thing with better security.
- A map of leaf-peeping photos would be a good start: It's been possible to use Flickr and Panoramaio data to create heat maps of where the most photos are taken in a given location. Now you can create your own. How will you use this, communicators?
- Free two-day delivery of a pile of leaves: If you think Bing is Google's biggest search competitor, think again: Google's chairman says it's Amazon. Must be why Google rolled out a competitor to Amazon Prime home delivery this week.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Twitter this week, and have pulled out a few leaves of wisdom just for you in this week's curated collection. Time to start getting smarter by Monday:
Next week, I'm headed to Amsterdam for the European Speechwriters Network conference, where I'm leading a pre-conference session on women and public speaking. But I'll be here again next Friday, weekend readers. Thanks for showing up here again on a Friday...