New Years Eve 2014: Google’s 2014 Trending Topics & Bing Fireworks

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Happy New Years eve everyone! Well, if you are in the Australian region, happy New Years to you! To celebrate, Google has a world wide New Years Eve logo, aka Doodle, on their home page for 2014. The logo, when you click on it, takes you to a query for [2014 trending topics], which shows you the highlights for 2014.

Here is a copy of the animated Doodle:

Google New Years Eve 2014 Logo

The Google 2014 New Years Eve logo incorporates many of the trending topics of 2014. It highlights the 2014 World Cup, the Philae robotic lander, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Flappy Bird, and the Mars Orbiter Mission. The logo was designed by a guest named Cindy Suen. She said on Twitter:

Bing on the other hand goes bold and big with a background image of fireworks:

Bing New Years Eve 2014 Logo

Yahoo and Dogpile and others don’t have anything yet but I suspect by New Years, they will have something live.

We have a theme for today as well:

And tomorrow, here is a preview of the Google Doodle for New Years Day 2015:

Google Doodle for New Years Day 2015

Forum discussion at Google+.

December 31st 2014 Uncategorized

I’ll Have Wikipedia With My Wonton Soup Please

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Wikipedia Served On Chinese Restaurant Menu

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A year of posts

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More than 3,000,000 people visited this blog in 2014, and, noting that popular is not the same as best, here are some of my most clicked on posts of the year. I don’t see a pattern, but that’s okay, because I’m not looking for one:

It’s not about you

Really bad Powerpoint (7 years later, sadly still relevant)

Project management for work that matters

But what if I fail?

Two new videos

Will you share my new book?

The four horsemen of mediocrity

What does it’s too expensive mean?

The self-marketing of Ebola

Never eat sushi at the airport

Not even one note

The most important question

The fatal arrogance of tldr

The self driving reset

The stories we tell ourselves

Conference call hygiene

Confidence is a choice, not a symptom

Get rich quick

Treating people with kindness

Sorting for youth meritocracy

No is essential

The right moment

The tyranny of the lowest price

Girl Scout cookies

How do I get rid of the fear

The most important reader of this blog is you. Thanks for taking leaps, for leading by example and for doing work that matters.

       
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Comic for December 31, 2014

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Dilbert readers – Please visit Dilbert.com to read this feature. Due to changes with our feeds, we are now making this RSS feed a link to Dilbert.com.

December 31st 2014 Uncategorized

Article: Beam's New Bourbon Gets #FiredUp with Video Ads Across Social

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Kentucky Fire, a new bourbon from Jim Beam, #FiredUp social with digital video ads across Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in autumn 2014. The previous summer, Beam was a beta partner for Facebook's new video autoplay within the newsfeed. Katie Fischer, US media manager for Beam Suntory, spoke with eMarketer about the impact of video advertising throughout social.

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Article: Mobile Claims Majority of Online Time in Canada

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Adults in Canada spend more than half of their total time online with mobile devices—and just one-third of it on desktop or laptop computers. As a whole, digital activities account for 35% of the average adult's weekly media time in Canada.

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Article: Mobile App WunWun Delivers Anything in an Hour

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The mobile app WunWun—which stands for What You Need, When You Need—is an on-demand delivery service that will deliver almost anything within 1 hour via a network of personal shoppers. Currently operating in San Francisco and New York, WunWun plans to expand to other cities in early 2015. WunWun's network of shoppers use their own bikes or cars to deliver. Lee Hnetinka, CEO of WunWun, talks about the on-demand delivery space and what "convenience customers" and same-day delivery could mean for brick-and-mortar retailers.

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Article: Are You Paying for Bots?

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In 2015, global advertisers will lose $6.3 billion to bots—nonhuman traffic capable of consuming any digital content including text, video images, audio and more. Many ad types can fall victim to bots, but video and retargeted placements are the most susceptible.

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Article: Alibaba Group Sites Dominate Ecommerce in China

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Retail ecommerce sales in China reached $426.26 billion in 2014, up 35.0% over 2013 and representing 10.1% of all retail sales in the country. Ecommerce in China is heavily dominated by homegrown business-to-consumer retail companies—the most prominent of which are owned by ecommerce and internet services giant Alibaba Group.

December 31st 2014 Uncategorized

Article: The Internet of Things Makes Headway in France

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"Connected objects" were rare in France's households in 2014. However, six in 10 web users are now familiar with the concept of connected devices, and most foresee buying one or more—though just 5% owned one in Q3 2014.

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