Adobe is ending the Flash regime, causing creatives and veterans of Flash and the Adobe Creative Suite to mourn for a medium that created some of the first visual experiences and engaging site options. "We're all cheering as Flash makes its exit, but I think it's worth acknowledging that Flash played a critical role," said Digital Pulp's Gene Lewis.
Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is preparing to hold his 37th annual and final Harkin Steak Fry, bringing an end to a political ritual that's been a key campaign event for virtually every serious Democratic presidential hopeful in recent memory. "Candidates today are all about those super PACs, chasing the big money. The Steak Fry was like a family," says Joan Kiernan, the event's founding host.
Hewlett-Packard has had a long struggle, as detailed in this analysis, and CEO Meg Whitman says the company needs to embrace frugality and humility if it's to find its path again. To that end, she's moved top executives from their plush offices into spartan cubicles, and taken to ordering cheap and cheerful food when working late. "We are a Marriott company, not the Four Seasons," she says. "This is not a fancy pants kind of company."
Traditionally, website creators have increased their ad revenues by serving up more page impressions -- but that could be changing as advertisers look to waste less money on ads that are not viewed by the right customers, writes Eric Farkas. Next-gen sites and applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, Pandora and Instagram are focusing less on sheer volume than on serving up premium, highly targeted advertising. "I'm excited to see advertising ... break free from the page-view prison we've been in for too many years. Both online advertising and online content will be better off," Farkas writes.
D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, an advertising agency that had worked with Mars since 1932, reportedly has been let go by the food giant. Many food companies and retailers recently have been shifting advertising agencies, reports say. Experts speculate Mars may take its business to New York-based Omnicom Group.