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Susan Desmond-Hellmann: FORBES Most Powerful Innovator

13 Nov

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UCSF’s Chancellor, Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH,  was selected by FORBES as one of its 7 Most Powerful Innovators of 2009. You can read the story here. According to the article, Desmond-Hellmann’s  most influential innovations were  the blockbuster cancer drugs Avastin and Herceptin.

Susan Desmond-Hellmann, a physician and cancer researcher, is a hero to legions of cancer patients. While president of product development at Genentech from 2004 to April 2009, she played an integral role in the selection, testing and development of Avastin, a colon cancer drug with annual sales of $9 billion, and Herceptin, a breast cancer drug with sales of $7.8 billion. In August 2009 she became the chancellor of UCSF, a powerhouse in medical research, where she aims to continue fostering innovation in health care and science.

Where the PR Jobs Are: Digital and Healthcare Pros In Demand

1 Mar

Maryanne Rainone, SVP and MD at Heyman Associates tells PRWeek magazine that CEO counselors, digital media specialists, public affairs pros and healthcare communicators are among the roles that have increasing security in the current PR job market. Here’s a quick look at each:

CEO Counselor:  C-suite reputation management gurus will be increasingly needed given the state of the current economy.

Digital Media Specialist: PR pros who know how to best leverage digital tools to engage online audiences will continue to be sought after.

Public Affairs Pros: Federal public affairs jobs supporting Obama’s comms strategy are still being filled.

Healthcare Communications:  Demand in the converging areas of regulatory, product PR and digtal healthcare comms is holding steady.

Sources: Maryanne Rainone, PRWeek

The Melding Media Landscape: Digital vs. Traditional Media Usage Trends

1 Mar

The lines between digital and traditional media channels are increasing blurring and audiences are more fragmented than ever before, according to the third annual Media Myths & Realities survey of 1,500 consumers from the US, UK and Brazil.

Overall media usage highlights:

  • National newspapers are key info sources in the UK and Brazil.
  • Blogs are gaining traction in the US and Brazil.
  • Cable network news is growing in importance.
  • Shopping sites are information destinations.
  • Magazines are winners in Brazil.

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The Top 25 Most Valuable Blogs

24 Feb

24/7 Wall Street just released it 25 Most Valuable Blogs list. Gawker, Huffington Post, GigaOm and Politico were among the leaders. This year’s list excludes blogs which are part of larger companies, those which are used as fronts for other businesses,  and blogs  that do not have revenue.  To assess financial value,  24/7 looked at unique visitors, pageviews, estimated CPMs, audience growth, revenue and operating income, among other criteria.

Here’s the list:

  1. Gawker Properties — $170 million.
  2. Huffington Post — $90 million.
  3. The Drudge Report — $48 million.
  4. Perez Hilton — $32 million.
  5. Sugar, Inc — $27 million.
  6. TechCrunch — $25 million.
  7. MacRumors — $21 million.
  8. SeekingAlpha — $11 million.
  9. GigaOm — $9.5 million.
  10. Politico — $8.7 million.
  11. SmashingMagazine — $7.7 million.
  12. SearchEngineLand — $4.5 million.
  13. Boing Boing — $3.6 million.
  14. ReadWriteWeb — $3.4 million.
  15. SB Nation — $2.7 million.
  16. Destructoid — $2.5 million.
  17. Mashable — $2.5 million.
  18. Alley Insider sites — $2.25 million.
  19. /film (slashfilm) — $2.1 million.
  20. The Superficial Network — $2 million
  21. Neatorama — $1.5 million.
  22. Daily Kos — $2 million.
  23. Talking Points Memo — $1.2 million.
  24. VentureBeat — $1 million.
  25. Wowowow.com — $1 million.

The complete story provides a lengthy description of the methodology used to evaluate the sites as well as more details about each of the top blogs.  Personal congrats to Om!

Hat Tips:

24/7 Wall Street

The Business Insider

links for 2009-02-17

17 Feb

A Superhero Presidents’ Day

16 Feb

6861new_storyimage4386886_thumb1Marvel Comics celebrates  the Presidents’ Day holiday by offering a free superheroes digicomic. Gettysburg Distress features Captain American and Spider-Man as they travel back in time to watch Lincoln’s historic Gettysburg Address. This tribute to the Bicentennial of the 16th President’s birth is written by Matt Fraction with art by Andy MacDonald.

The digicomic follows the popular debut of  Amazing Spiderman No. 583, where Spidey meets President Obama. The Obamarama continues…

How to Go Cable Free & Still Watch TV – Online!

9 Feb

Daisy Whitney today posted some great tips on tvweek.com on how to go cable-free – but still watch TV and movies — via the Internet.  Here are some excerpts:

Pick it up and dial your cable or satellite operator. Say, “I want to cancel my service.”

Then, turn on your computer and go to Hulu.com, NBC.com, ABC.com, CBS.com, Fox.Com, TheDailyShow.com, CartoonNetwork.com and so on and watch your favorite shows.

You also can go to TVGuide.com’s online video guide, AOL’s guide or Veoh, as examples, for lists of both TV shows online and Web-only programs.

If you want to get a little more arty, you can connect your computer to your TV. You’ll need to purchase the right cord for your computer, so ask at your local electronics store.

I don’t consider AppleTV a must-have for the cable-free lifestyle. The selection is still limited and the free proposition for TV episodes online is much more compelling.

You also could install Boxee TV … This software brings Hulu.com, ComedyCentral.com, CBS.com and other Web sites directly to your AppleTV and thus your TV set.

The one must-have is Netflix for your DVD fix. As part of the monthly Netflix fee, you now can watch more than 12,000 titles immediately online.

Read Daisy’s full article here.

I am using Boxee and am enjoying it from time to time. But I haven’t cut the Comcast cord yet, since I haven’t found a faster Internet-only solution in my area.