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The Comunicano for Friday May 19 2017

 

 
 
MAY 19 - ISSUE #87
Andy Abramson
 
 
Google I/O, which provided a month’s worth of news in a few days with all the new and updated efforts from the Mountain View giant is over. ZD Net and Axios both have concise wrap ups for those who are interested. The really impactful news though comes from the FCC who, as expected, is rolling back Net Neutrality. The effects we’ll start to see will come from the telcos and the cable guys who control the pipes. 
 
As for today, May 19th, it’s a day from 1974 I’ll always remember. That was the Sunday in Philadelphia that the Flyers would win the Stanley Cup. I was there at The Spectrum and what a day it was. It was also the day of the first ever professional box lacrosse game in Philadelphia, when the Wings debuted. If you don’t know what box lacrosse is, here’s a video that I served as a Production Assistant on back in 1974/75. (I’m actually in the far background at the 16:51 mark of the video). That was in the era when I worked for the Wings, starting as the “Public Relations Assistant” at age 14. It was my first job and I learned from the best in the business, Sy Roseman. 

As a day to start a career, I couldn’t have done it any better. I still remember asking the Bruins to “leave” their locker room as the Wing’s players needed to get ready for their game. The look on Phil Esposito’s face as he first looked at me, and then my two chosen “porters” to help get the message across was one I’ll never forget. I had the Spectrum security’s own twin towers, “Slim” Elijah Hughes, all 6’-9’“ inches of him, complete with the Stevie Wonder sunglasses, and John Turner who at 6'4 265 pounds, was an NTA by day at Philly’s Simon Gratz High School, only the toughest school at the time in the city of Brotherly Love. In perfect pitch, they asked, "can we help you with your bags, boys..” and out went the Bruins…..what a day…..

So, kick back, get ready for the weekend, but first, give a read to today’s COMUNICANO.

Legal Watch

Net neutrality going down in flames as FCC votes to kill Title II rules

Apple Is Lobbying Against Your Right to Repair iPhones, New York State Records Confirm
Facebook Watch

Facebook will broadcast 20 MLB baseball games live

Facebook Messenger debuts a new look focused on improving navigation
Uber Watch

Uber launches Uber Freight, its app for long-haul trucking jobs

WebRTC Watch

Verizon May Have (Thankfully) Revolutionized Mobile Customer Service

Odds & Ends
Medium now offers audio versions of its stories for members
Telegram now lets users buy things from chatbots in its messaging app
Consumers 'would rather chat with bots' than customer support humans
SystemOne and Vodafone Tackle Medical Challenge with IoT
25+ Fully Remote Companies That Let You Work From Anywhere
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