For the last three-and-a-half years, Eric Chandler has been teaching a selection of ten courses in communications, marketing and public relations in New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS). The courses cover everything from strategic communications to social media marketing. Before becoming a full-time adjunct professor, Chandler worked in marketing and communications at Bank of America, digital journalism at the Chicago Tribune and a variety of other marketing and communications jobs. He says that since he started teaching at NYU, he’s seen how his students can benefit immensely from establishing what he calls a social media “fingerprint” as opposed to a footprint. “A footprint is something you leave behind,” he says. “A fingerprint is something you’re known for.” In other words, an ongoing media presence can boost your career and is especially useful if you’re either passively or actively looking for a job.
Last month, Zynga’s CEO and founder Mark Pincus stepped aside as the company’s top executive in favor of Don Mattrick, the former president of Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. (Pincus still remains as chairman of Zynga.) On Tuesday, however, Mattrick decided to restructure the top ranks.
According to a Wall Street Journal report citing anonymous sources, “Chief Operating Officer David Ko, Chief People Officer Colleen McCreary, and Chief Technology Officer Cadir Lee will step down from their positions and leave the company.” The paper said that Mattrick was expected to make a formal announcement later in the day.
Kelly Kunz, a Zynga spokesperson, declined to comment to Ars.
The potential sale of BlackBerry has been a long time coming. Here’s a look at some of the major missteps the company has made over the years.
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BlackBerry’s death spiral is, in a twisted sort of way, a wonder to behold.
Less than four years ago, BlackBerry — at the time Research In Motion — held a commanding share of the smartphone market in the United States. A few years before, Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone, a device that was at the time criticized for its lack of a keyboard and its high price.
Fast-forward just a few short years and BlackBerry's share price — along with its market share in the United States, once considered a stronghold — have completely cratered. And now, the company has said it is open to exploring “strategic alternatives,” which is business code for saying it is for sale.
The biggest mistake BlackBerry ever made was underestimating the iPhone.
“It's kind of one more entrant into an already very busy space with lots of choice for consumers,” former co-CEO Jim Balsillie told Reuters at the time about Apple. “But in terms of a sort of a sea-change for BlackBerry, I would think that's overstating it.”
This attitude would define RIM's approach to capturing large businesses and government contracts dating all the way back to 2007. At the time, these contracts were bought up by the companies themselves and then the devices were distributed to employees.
As the presence of the iPhone continued to grow, employees over time would demand that their employers allow them to use their iPhones instead of a BlackBerry. This is referred to in the industry as the “consumerization of enterprise technology.” And it would, essentially, go on to become BlackBerry's undoing.
However, being caught flat-footed is not a cardinal sin. Facebook was caught flat-footed when it came to the shift to mobile devices, but it has been able to regain its footing. RIM, however, continued to make a dramatic number of mistakes.
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(Reuters) – U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, a North Carolina Democrat expected to face a tough battle to retain her seat in 2014, on Tuesday asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to review a restrictive new state voting law championed by Republicans that she said will undermine the right to vote in her state.