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Dina Lohan briefly suspended her bitter hatred for her ex-husband Michael Lohan on the day of his new son’s birth — telling him, “Congratulations” … in the most begrudging tone of voice we’ve ever heard.Dina was out in L.A. today following…
The Republican-controlled Wyoming House of Representatives killed legislation Wednesday night that would have allowed domestic partnerships.
In a 25-34 vote, the House rejected the domestic partnership legislation, the first time Wyoming lawmakers formally voted on legislation related to marriage equality. The legislation’s defeat comes after the House Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee passed the domestic partnership bill on Monday, while defeating a measure that would have allowed gay marriage.
The proposed sale to Canadian firm CCL Industries comes three months after 3M abandoned plans to purchase Avery Dennison’s office and consumer products unit.
Avery Dennison Corp. has agreed to sell two of its businesses for $ 500 million in cash to CCL Industries Inc., a Canadian maker of specialty packaging, the Pasadena company said.
Facebook Tries A New Way To Share How You’re Feeling And What You’re Reading Or Eating With EmoticonsJanuary 31, 2013 | dailybusinessnews
Facebook is poised to get a lot more expressive. Today it began tests of a new status composer that lets you say “what are you doing?” by selecting from different categories to share activities such as feeling, reading, or eating. You can then choose a specific emotion or piece of media or add a custom text description and post something like “Niners in the Super Bowl – feeling ecstatic “
Facebook is testing this new visual activity sharing status composer with some users on the website and its m.facebook.com mobile site. It could inspire people to share more frequently. Instead of just adding a plain text update, you can select from feeling, watching, reading, listening to, drinking, or eating. Then you can pick from pre-made options such as happy, Game Of Thrones, 50 Shades Of Gray, Radiohead, coffee, or ice cream. Alternatively, you can write in your own emotion, piece of content, or cuisine.
Visual status updates could help Facebook fend off emoji messaging apps like Line, media consumption sharing apps like GetGlue, and the smiley-laden Path. It follows Facebook testing a bunch of new standard status update prompts like “What’s going on, Josh?” and the somewhat creepy “How are you feeling, Josh?”
Along with being fun for users, it could be a big help to advertiser, though Facebook tells me its not piping this data into its ad engine just yet. By selecting your current activity instead of merely writing it out, you structure data for Facebook. That could eventually help it to connect you with advertisers who want reach people who frequently watch tv and movies, or listen to music, or eat at restaurants.
If you choose a particular pre-formatted emotion, piece of media, or food, Facebook could potentially use that behavior to pinpoint you with ads. If you listen to a Daft Punk song, it could target you with ads for their new album or nearby concert. Coffee shops might be able to pay to reach coffee drinkers, and Netflix would probably love to target sad users who could be primed to stay home and watch some videos.
This all mirrors Facebook’s “action spec ad targeting” which lets advertisers target you based on your activity in Open Graph-connected apps like Spotify or Foodspotting.
Facebook didn’t provide many details but noted:
It’s just a new way for people to visually represent what they’re doing and how they’re feeling through their Facebook posts. It will only be available to small set of people. This isn’t integrated into Graph Search. It’s just a small test to see if people are interested in sharing their actions in a more visual way.
If rolled out, I think the visual status composer could be very popular, as it will make people’s status updates stand out in the crowded feed. It’s a subtly brilliant move for Facebook the simultaneously lets users express themselves while building it’s knowledge of who they really are.
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