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Media Navel GazeThe Week Unpeeled

The “national hyperventilation” (NPR) over the “scream-fire-in-a-crowded-theatre”  coverage (me) of Ebola continued as a viral virus, with a doctor now contaminated in New York moving to center stage with surprisingly swift action taken by those in charge here amid lessons learned from Dallas no doubt.  The coverage will continue with big precautions no doubt put in place and HazMat costumes a Halloween rage (so not creative).

Elsewhere:

  • The markets continued a volatile path with the broader indexes boasting their biggest weekly gains in more than a year, and the Dow up 2.6 percent on the week to end at 16,805;
  • Apple posted record year-end results and Microsoft revenue increased as Amazon recorded steep losses and saw its stock tumble;
  • Normally peaceful Ottawa witnessed a gunman kill a Canadian soldier;
  • Consumer giant P&G announced senior-management changes in a bid for a more focused company and amid talk on CEO succession plans;
  • Washington Post Editor and “Watergate Warrior” (NYT) Ben Bradlee died, called in memorials the last of “lion-king” newspaper editors;
  • The Sunday New York Post columnist Terry Keenan died, a pioneering financial journalist who was the first to report live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for CNN; and
  • And outside of media circles but a media celebrity himself, Oscar de la Renta, fashion luminary, died. End of Story
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Type:
Productivity

System:
iOS & Mac

Cost:
$9.99 & $47.99*

One might not be able to tell from my desk, but I’m actually kind of an organization freak. Not necessarily a neat freak (though I do love myself a good rug vacuuming), but instead I just like to put everything in its place. No no, this isn’t some deep-rooted psychological issue. (This time.) Life can be . . . hectic. But despite how fast-paced things are, and how I’m being pulled every which way, I continue to cultivate projects, ideas, and goals up in the vast reaches of my cerebral cortex. But how do I find time to manage the results of all my firing synapses?

Enter iThoughts, a fantastic mind mapping App available on iPhone/iPad, and also on the Mac. Sorry PC pals and Droid dudes (and dudettes), but since most of you have an iDevice, I think you’re covered, and if you’re not . . . well that’s irrelevant, isn’t it? Oh, but what is a mind map?

A mind map is a diagram used to visually organize information. It is often created around a single concept, drawn as an image in the center of a blank landscape page, to which associated representations of ideas such as images, words and parts of words are added.

The beauty of iThoughts is that it allows someone to create a series of customizable mind maps, each with a multitude of connected thoughts, media elements and research. But what makes this specific mind mapping App so great?

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EWatsonIn case you missed it, last week Microsoft's CEO came under fire for remarks insinuating that women shouldn't receive equal pay. At a conference celebrating women in tech, when asked how to best negotiate for a raise, Satya Nadella responded that it was “good karma” to wait and to “[have] faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along.”

The backlash was immediate. Since making these comments, Nadella has backtracked via Twitter, saying he was “inarticulate” and that the industry should work towards closing the pay gap.

The gender pay gap is not a new issue (and the rise of women is something that we’ve discussed recently on Unboxed Thoughts), but as women become more prominent in the workforce, the conversation has become increasingly important. Additionally, it’s interesting to note that the backlash surrounding Nadella’s comments is not the only press feminism has received lately, as several feminist advocates have been working to educate the cogs of the American media machine.

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In a fabulously ironic article on Friday, July 18, The Wall Street Journal spotlighted a Netherlands-based PE investor who took advantage of the European Union Court of Justice’s recent ruling that individuals can now request that Google remove irrelevant links from searches of their name. The WSJ apparently received a notification from Google that an article had been removed from a number of European search results. (And yes, the article cited the investor’s original article of contention in this new, now undoubtedly highly-cited piece.)

Since the May ruling, Google has received over 70,000 takedown requests for the removal 250,000 webpages from search results, according to the company’s official blog. Amid the process of removing links, Google has begun sending websites notifications of articles which no longer appear in search results — sparking an initial backlash from journalists who are seeing their stories fall off of Google’s radar.

The ruling has also ignited a long, arguably subjective process for Google. In an initial response to the decision, a spokesperson noted: “The court’s ruling requires Google to make difficult judgments about an individual’s right to be forgotten and the public’s right to know.”

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Media Navel Gaze

The Week Unpeeled

No single news story seemed to dominate last week until late when Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was released by the Taliban in exchange for five Guantanamo detainees, making commentary and explanations the headlines of the weekend on a host of questions including details on the swap.

Elsewhere: 

  • The US economy shrank at a 1 percent annual rate last quarter (amid talk of a rebound);
  • Apple officially bought Beats;
  • Former Microsoft Chief Steve Ballmer is buying the LA Clippers for $2 billion;
  • Stocks continued their steady march to new highs with the Dow on Friday hitting a record of 16,717;
  • White House Press Secretary Jay Carney resigned after 3 ½ years in the job and will be replaced by his deputy Josh Earnest (perfect name for a spokesperson, right?);
  • The online privacy ruling in Europe gained media traction with Google putting together a framework on how to deal with the issue where individuals can request links removed that may violate their privacy;
  • NBC’s Brian Williams interviewed Edward Snowden with seemingly little fanfare really and an opening review line that spoke volumes in The New York Times: “I miss Barbara Walters already” and
  • Maya Angelou died amid countless poignant tributes including reminders of what is one of her famous quotes and my favorite: “I’ve learned you can tell a lot about a person about how (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights.” End of Story
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