Posts by Vu Chung

Round-up news from across the Atlantic . . .bank-stress-test

Lloyd’s Bank this week announced its plans to go digital. However, famous for promising to be the last bank on the high street, Lloyd’s won’t be completely doing away with its physical presence on British streets. Instead, the bank wants to create a new type of branch with iPads and internet discussion screens which will allow customers to chat with staff who may not be physically in the branch. How about that for science fiction? Read more.

Are you feeling stressed? Think about Europe’s banks for a second. In the latest test of European banks, 25 of 130 banks failed. However, in a prophetic vision, the soothsayers at The Economist argue that banks declared fit in past stress-tests have toppled over soon after. Read more.

Things have been going from bad to worse for supermarket chain Tesco. Following recent accusations of accounting anomalies, the Serious Fraud Office have launched an investigation into the business. Whilst they’re at it, they might as well check out this deal on Dr. Oetker pizzas! Read more.

Finally, a story for the exercise dodgers – running can be bad for your health as one Dean Farley found out this week. Out for his lunchtime run, Mr. Farley inadvertently caused a security situation when he ran directly into the Prime Minister!  The PM was promptly bundled into a car and Farley was arrested. He was eventually released as the police were able to establish there was “nothing sinister” behind the incident. You never can be too careful with those joggers though! Read more. End of Story

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Written on October 31st, 2014 by
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berlin-wallNovember is Native American Heritage Month and Aviation History Month.

Bookmark these non-fiction book launches in November: Dot Complicated: Untangling Our Wired Lives by Mark Zuckerberg’s sister Randi Zuckerberg (Nov. 4), Power Through Partnership: How Women Lead Better Together by Betsy Polk (Nov. 3) The Colder War: How the Global Energy Trade Slipped from America's Grasp by Marin Katusa (Nov. 10), The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom by Joel Simon (Nov. 11), and Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door by Brian Krebs (Nov. 18). Happy reading!

Heads-up, San Francisco PR pros! Gorkana hosts a media briefing with Bloomberg on Nov. 6. A panel of reporters and editors from Bloomberg share “the types of stories they want, tips for pitching ideas and how to maximize opportunities for coverage.” Register here.

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Written on October 31st, 2014 by
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October Save the DateOctober is the month for Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness. Additional information can be found here and here.

Bookmark these non-fiction book launches in October: The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson (Oct. 7), Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace by Leon Panetta (Oct. 7) and Yes Please by Amy Poehler (Oct. 28). It’s not too late to also mention that in September, Sir Richard Branson launched his latest book on leadership called The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership, and Peter Thiel published his second book called Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future. Happy reading!

Gorkana’s Media Briefing event is back in October with an opportunity for folks based in San Francisco to meet the USA Today West Coast team (Oct. 1). Details here.

The International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives and academics at their annual meetings on Oct. 10-12 in Washington, D.C. Topics of discussion will include the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness.

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Written on October 1st, 2014 by
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Type:
News Aggregator

System:
Android and iOS

Cost:
Free

Hi. My name is Vu and I’m a news junkie. I think this addiction has something to do with my line of work, but deep down, I think it has a lot to do with #FOMO. But, I digress.

zite1Generally, Twitter is my go-to source for headlines, but these days it doesn’t cut it for me anymore. I have the Flipboard app on my mobile phone and tablet, as well as Google’s Play Newsstand (I’m an Android user). Still, I needed more. I realized that while these apps give me a lot of news content from many credible sources, often times they don’t feature the news that matters to me. So, I set out to search for a news aggregator app that will meet my specific needs. A month ago I came across Zite and decided to give it a test drive, and review it for our inaugural monthly review column that focuses on apps that help us be more productive at work and home.

Unlike Flipboard and other news aggregator apps currently available that display RSS feeds from various news sources in a clean magazine format, Zite learns what you like to read and feeds you similar content. In other words, Zite does to your news consumption what Pandora does for your music listening. This is a key differentiator and it is exactly what I was looking for to help satisfy my addiction.

To test its intelligence, I started using only Zite to get my news fix and grade articles either thumb up or down that I liked and didn’t like. One sure way to know whether or not Zite is feeding me the topics that I want, I went against what I truly enjoy by giving a thumb up to every Kardashians and Justin Bieber article. Within 24 hours, my “Top Stories” section, which is also the homepage, was dominated by the two topics I loathe most (see photo, above).

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Written on September 16th, 2014 by
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LaborDay2014September is National Preparedness Month, which is sponsored by FEMA. Learn more here.

The PRSA has also declared September to be Ethics Awareness Month. Visit the PRSA’s website for upcoming related activities throughout the month.

September is synonymous to fall TV, so here’s a handy premiere calendar for your reference. Clear out that DVR . . . stat!

Labor Day celebration in the US takes place on September 1. A few interesting facts about labor in the U.S. according to the 2010 Census: There were 13.4 million Americans who work from home in 2010 compare to 4 million in 1999; 25.3 minutes is the average commute time with New York and Maryland top the longest commute list with 31.3 and 31.8 minutes, respectively.

The rumor mill is working overtime to guess the actual launch date for Apple’s iPhone 6. Guess no more. Apple has confirmed Sept. 9 as the official date. CNET has a fun roundup of other rumors before the launch.

PRWeek’s annual conference Convene brings together CEOs, CMOs, CCOs and PR agency leaders to lead a conversation on numerous trend topics. Mark Sept. 16 for this event in New York City.

Obviously, New York City is the place to be in September. First, the city hosts The Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting from Sept. 21-24. In addition to the Clintons, other headlined speakers include President Barack Obama, Mary Barra, CEO of GM, and Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba. Second, New York City plays host to 80 events, activities and high-profile meetings related to the climate topic. Officially known as Climate Week NYC (Sept. 22-28), the main event of the week is the UN Climate Summit where world leaders convene “to galvanize and catalyze climate action.”

Other important, if not quirky, events to take place in the month of September include Teachers Day (Sept. 5), National Cheeseburger Day (Sept. 18), First Day of Autumn (Sept. 23), and World Coffee Day (Sept. 29). You can get a complete listing here. End of Story

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Written on August 29th, 2014 by
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