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TODD SMITH — Google’s top searches of 2017 included Matt Lauer, Hurricane Irma, Tom Petty, Las Vegas shooting

In 2017, you wanted to know more about one of the most powerful storms on record, the devastating Hurricane Irma. But you were also curious about Cardi B. and Unicorn Frappuccinos. Google’s annual list of the most popular searches is here, offering a peek into what people are really thinking about. Like 2017 itself, this year’s top searches skew a ...

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TODD SMITH — ’12 Days of Christmas’ gifts rise only 0.6 percent in price; swans removed because of price volatility

True Loves are on full display this holiday season, on their merry way to a more robust and satisfying holiday shopping season, according to the annual PNC Christmas Price Index. To purchase the gifts included in the classic holiday song “The 12 Days of Christmas,” it will only cost 0.6 percent more than in 2016, according to the 34th annual ...

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TODD SMITH — Pantone names ‘ultra violet’ color of year for 2018

The color of the year for 2018 is ultra violet, according to Pantone Color Institute, a color consulting company that each year chooses a color that symbolizes design trends and our cultural mood. Pantone called the 2018 color “dramatically provocative and thoughtful” in its announcement. Ultra violet “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us towards the future,” said ...

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TODD SMITH — ‘Complicit’ is Word of the Year from dictionary.com

Dictionary.com has selected “complicit” as its word of the year for 2017, citing the term’s renewed relevance in U.S. culture and politics – and noting that a refusal to be complicit has also been “a grounding force of 2017.” The website defines “complicit” as “choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others; having complicity.” Interest ...

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TODD SMITH — Trust Project aims to improve opinion of media

Can the media earn trust by being more transparent about its ethics and values? That’s the goal of The Trust Project, an initiative three years in the making that brings together news outlets such as The Washington Post, The Economist, and the Globe and Mail, as well as Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Bing, in a commitment to “provide clarity on ...

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TODD SMITH — Holiday retail sales forecast brisk, fueled by online shopping surge

Based on consumer spending reports from the National Retail Federation, products in the General Merchandise category, including gift cards, clothing, books and media are the items that top most consumers’ wish lists this holiday season. Sales are expected to increase by 3.4 percent with online shopping becoming the most popular consumer experience for the first time in survey history. Global ...

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TODD SMITH — Local newsrooms can still flourish, compete in digital age

Since 2000, nearly half of newsroom jobs – more than 20,000 of them – have disappeared. Revenues have plummeted by almost $20 billion. Newspapers continue to be shuttered, and layoffs are a regular headline. In telling the story of the changing fortunes of the newspaper industry, the focus has been on large metro and national newspapers. Less attention is given ...

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TODD SMITH — Fake news hurts trust in media, especially social

Controversies over fake news have damaged trust in media in the United States and elsewhere, but the impact is far worse for social media and online-only outlets than it is for traditional print and TV outlets, a survey has found. The research and data company Kantar, in a survey of 8,000 people in the United States, Brazil, Britain and France, ...

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TODD SMITH — National Publicist Day a day for the ages

We celebrated National Publicist Day earlier this week – on Monday, Oct. 30 It honors the date in 1906 when the New York Times printed the very first press release written by Ivy Lee, considered by many to be “The Father of Modern PR.” The Pennsylvania Railroad was Lee’s client. On Oct. 28, 1906, 50 people tragically lost their lives ...

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TODD SMITH — Facebook fights fake news with publisher info buttons

Facebook has taken another step in fighting fake news – by showing Wikipedia entries about publishers and additional Related Articles to give more context about the links they see. It has begun testing a new “i” button on News Feed links that opens up an informational panel. “People have told us that they want more information about what they’re reading” ...

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