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OK, Playing Your Own Music In An Uber Is Actually Pretty Neat

Earlier this week amidst an ethical and public relations catastrophe, Uber announced new Spotify integration that lets you play music of your choice on the ride-sharing service. Uber just let me take it for a spin, and it’s admittedly a nice touch for the Uber riders of the world. More »      

Did the Uber protest hurt business? Ratings tanked, but downloads of Uber and Lyft are up

Uber stepped into a front-page-headline public relations disaster this week, after one of its executives hinted at deploying opposition research to destroy the reputations of critical journalists. The scandal sparked an online protest to boycott Uber and switch to its mustachioed competitor, Lyft. Show More Summary

Ugh OK, Playing Your Own Music In an Uber Is Actually Pretty Neat

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Earlier this week amidst an ethical and public relations catastrophe, Uber announced new Spotify integration that lets you play music of your choice on the ride-sharing service. Uber just let me take it for a spin, and it's admittedly a nice touch for the Uber riders of the world. Read more...

Inaugural open thread

A commenter recently suggested we try out a periodic open thread. Let’s give it a shot! Our goal is to give blog readers an opportunity to publicly raise comments or questions about GiveWell or related topics (in the comments section … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Former NDP Comms Director Key Strategist on Edelman Energy East Astroturf Strategy

TransCanada has bought some unlikely support for the company’s public relations astroturf offensive aimed at winning support for the Energy East pipeline. Erin Jacobson, the recent director of communications for the NDP, Canada’s official...Show More Summary

Officials Investigating Possible Salmonella Outbreak in Massachusetts and Other States

Health officials are investigating a series of potentially related Salmonella illnesses in multiple states, one of them known to be Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health revealed Thursday that it is investigating...Show More Summary

Melissa Libby & Associates is Searching for Spring 2015 Interns!

Are you a student who is passionate about food/wine culture and public relations? Melissa Libby & Associates is currently seeking an intern for spring 2015. Interns who join the MLA team will work with and learn directly from all agency functions, including media communications, social media, special events and client services. Show More Summary

Jets vs. Bills Week 12 Matchup Will Not Be Played in Buffalo

Due to ongoing blizzard conditions in the upstate New York area, the Week 12 game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets on Sunday will not be played in Buffalo. Greg Aiello from the NFL's public relations office passes along the news: The Buffalo region has been pounded with snow this week. Show More Summary

Michael Phelps' Self-Proclaimed Girlfriend Says She Was Born With Male Genitalia!

What the whaaa?!? Michael Phelps is certainly no stranger to scandal, but he's usually the first to come out and make a statement when his private matters go public. Which makes this latest scoop incredibly hard to believe! [ Related: Michael Phelps Loses His Funding & Gets A BIG TIME Suspension Following His Second DUI! Could Face A [...]

Country Star Ty Herndon Proudly Comes Out To The World As A Gay Man!

This is such a huge moment in Ty Herndon's life, and we commend him for being so brave! The 51-year-old country star has publicly come out as a gay man. [ Related: Jason Collins Announces Retirement From The NBA ] Although he's known this for a very long time and came out to his closest friends and family [...]

Bezos has turned the Washington Post into a public relations tool for Amazon’s tablets

Kindle Fire tablet owners now have exclusive access to a new application from the Washington Post, and they’ll be able to use it for six months without having to pay for a subscription, just by virtue of using a product made by the company that allowed Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to buy the Post in 2013. Show More Summary

Tori Spelling Shares A Sweet Holiday Card Almost One Year After Dean McDermott's Cheating Scandal Surfaced!

Happy Holidays from the McDermotts! On Wednesday, Tori Spelling shared an adorable and chic family holiday card on her blog, EdiTORIal, nearly one year after Dean McDermott's cheating scandal became public knowledge. [ Related: Tori & Dean Hold Hands While Leaving The TODAY Show! ] The pic of Tori and her beau, along with their kids Liam, Stella, [...]

Are Marketing or Public Relations Industry Associations Worth It?

As a long time digital marketing and PR practitioner, I’ve had the opportunity to be involved with a diverse mix of marketing and communications industry associations: DMA, PRSA, AMA, MIMA, SEMPO, IABC, BMA, MN Search and while not technically an association, SMBMSP. Most industry associations provide a core set of benefits to members ranging from [...]

3 things to know about marketing to Generation Z

This article is part of SWOT Team, a new series on Mashable that features insights from leaders in marketing, brand-building and public relations. Generation X became Generation Y. Millennials are growing up. And now marketers are shifting focus to "Gen Z" — the next major consumer group, comprised of teenagers who are younger than 19 today. Show More Summary

Dylan’s Desk: What Uber tells us about tech startups vs. journalists

We know this much: Uber has a huge public relations problem on its hands. How it's dealing with that has lessons for all tech startups -- but for tech journalists too.

Byzantine Civil Service Fight in New Orleans Leads to 20 Percent Raises for Police Officers

4 days agoNews : Reason

There's an ongoing fight in New Orleans over policies related to public employees. Apparently the mayor, Mitch Landrieu, has tried to implement changes under the "Great Place to Work Initiative." The changes would increase the minimum...Show More Summary

Hank Baskett Reveals He Struggled With Depression & Even Considered Suicide After His Affair Went Public

Wow, we had NO idea Hank Baskett was another celeb who's struggled with depression! On Wednesday, Kendra Wilkinson's hubby described the hurt he endured prior to and after his alleged affair with Ava London. [ Related: Kendra Denies Being Single, Despite Reports! ] The 32-year-old shared: "For the past two years, I've gone through a serious struggle with depression, [...]

We Guess Public Relations Barbie Can’t Use Email Any Better Than Computer Engineer Barbie

Yesterday we found out that Computer Engineer Barbie has no idea what computer engineering is, and can’t write code for a game she’s designing without men to do it for her, much less email or reboot her computer successfully. We reached out to Mattel’s media relations team to comment on the book all about Barbie’s brush with a computer … [More]

McDonald’s Corp. and other franchise companies are preparing a major public campaign to fight a recent National Labor Relations Board determination that could hold them responsible for the labor practices of their franchisees.

The Wall Street Journal McDonald’s Corp. and other franchise companies are preparing a major public campaign to fight a recent National Labor Relations Board determination that could hold them responsible for the labor practices of their franchisees.

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