- Local bar? For millennials, Facebook's taking the place of local news. Lots of data from the new Pew study at the link.
- Speakeasy password: If you're directed on Facebook to a form that asks you to confirm certain facts to access Facebook for Business, it's a scam. Pass this one around the office.
- It's not a bar, it's a drinks patio: Medium has decided to become more social network than publishing platform and is gutting some of its popular sites.
- Buy me a drink? Pinterest's buy button, also called a "buyable pin," has emerged and is thought to be a new powerhouse feature. Not to be outdone, Instagram's algorithms will start suggesting stuff for you to buy based on your photos.
- Cocktail mix: Spotify thinks music genres will mean less and less now that you can listen to whatever mix you want.
- Show some ID: Google announced a new photo storage service unconnected to Google+. It's seen as a threat to Dropbox.
- Bouncer: In the continuing tug-of-war between Silicon Valley and the federal government over access vs. security, Facebook now will let you add encryption keys to your profile to secure emails.
- Meet you at the bar: Google Maps has begun to display live public transit info.
- Another round: This week, I started a new series on storytelling, that buzzed-about but elusive skill. Tell it better: Storytelling with surprise and suspense is the first entry. Basically, you're killing off Grandma way too soon.
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