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April 22, 2011

Friday Recap: Holidays and Puppies Edition

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So many festivals this week! Happy Passover, Earth Day and Easter – did I miss anything? Depending on which holiday you’re celebrating, you’re either sick of matzo, getting ready for a Sunday feast or participating in earth-friendly activities. Let’s start the recap with some ways to pass the time in celebration of the holidays.

  • Starbucks is offering patrons a coffee (or tea) on them in celebration of Earth Day, if you bring your own coffee tumbler, of course!
  • I love, love, LOVE the Google Doodle today in honor of Earth Day. If you haven’t already, check it out and scroll over all the little animals to make them do cute things.
  • Looking for more ways to integrate modern technology with ancient holidays? Look no further than a roundup of Passover and Easter apps for your iPhone.
  • Making Easter eggs has never looked so good and been so goo-free as it is with this online egg maker.

Now for things that are equally, if not more distracting than the egg maker. The Shiba Inu puppy cam has induced sheer joy in thousands of people this week. Highlights include puppy piles, puppy dreams/twitching and feeding time. I’m quite sure Susan broke the sound barrier this week when I showed her one of the puppies cuddled up to mom while they slept.

Live TV : Ustream

OK, time to slowly come out of your happy puppy place for some more serious news. President Obama was at Facebook headquarters yesterday and Forbes covered the session in a liveblog. Obama made fun of Mark Zuckerberg for his perspiration problem when he gets nervous (poor guy can’t catch a break on that) and also talked some serious topics like the deficit, immigration and education.

Groupon debuted General Mills deals for in-home meals this week and it was a hit. I wonder if the extreme couponing people are going to jump on board.

Taco Bell Ad Campaign

Can I just say how much I love Taco Bell’s ad campaign/retort to the whole law suit drama filed against them? To refresh your memory, this was the fast food chain’s first response. Now this (to the left, click-through to the article). A-mazing. [Taco Bell wants an apology. I just want some Taco Bell. –Susan]

Google is testing Instant Previews on ads now. I asked our paid search pro here at Bruce Clay, Inc. what he thought the implications were. Check out his thoughts on our Facebook page.

In more Google news, the search engine is now giving us even more predictions in autocomplete, which Google says is particularly helpful for longer queries and those that have never been typed before — Yesssss, now even more random and weird queries to discover and laugh about.

Yahoo! is saying “boo hoo” with its drop in search revenue for a second quarter in a row now. Danny Sullivan at Search Engine Land posted a very thorough report on the matter.

Switching gears to non-industry (and tragic) news, Gerard Smith of the band TV on the Radio lost his battle to lung cancer this week at the young age of 36. If you’re not familiar with the band, check out Wolf Like Me, which happens to be one of my fav songs. [Doctor Who fans also lost the amazing Elisabeth Sladen this week. She was 63. –Susan]

In other music news, I stumbled on this video that’s technically not from this week, but since time doesn’t exist in space, I thought I’d let it slide; a NASA astronaut with gravity-free hair plays flute in space with a view of the earth, that crazy planet we’re taking a minute to celebrate today.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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