Stamford gets ‘badge’ of honor
Foursquare awarded Stamford one of five “city badges” nationally, recognizing Dave Klein’s effort to have social media users here promote entertainment venues in the wake of President Obama’s pledge to boost tourism.
Of thousands of entries Foursquare said it received, other winners included Baltimore, Richmond, Va., Des Moines, Iowa, and Oklahoma City, Okla.
Starting with Bobby Valentine’s Sports Gallery and running through the Loft Artists Association, the Stamford list included more than 50 restaurants, bars and other attractions. Foursquare credited U.S. Rep. Jim Himes for pushing Stamford’s effort over the top after the congressman “re-tweeted” the effort to his Twitter followers.
Klein leads marketing for the Stamford Downtown Special Services District.
CyberAlerts awards grants
Stratford-based CyberAlert Inc. awarded 18 public relations grants to nonprofits, giving them one free year of the company’s online news monitoring service, which can include social media and TV monitoring.
The lone Connecticut nonprofit to win free media monitoring was Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities of Westport, an organization that supports parents of children with learning disabilities such as dyslexia or attention deficit disorder.
Harman pushes car links
With the Consumer Electronics Show in its rearview mirror, Harman International Industries Inc. is unveiling additional smartphone links with its infotainment systems in early March at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.
“The big game is that we have to rewrite most of the car driver-related apps and social media, and anything else available in the smartphone, in a safe and sound manner,” said CEO Dinesh Paliwal, in a conference call. “Your systems (will) be able to … upload applications, apps and system updates, car, maintenance reports, personal information, social media information – all in the car through … audio. And we are well on the way by the way.”
NLRB tracks social media cases
The National Labor Relations Board released a second report describing social media cases under review by NLRB attorneys, with the agency having solicited 75 case studies from regional offices throughout the country.
An employee’s comments on social media are generally not protected if they are mere gripes not made in relation to group activity among employees, NLRB determined. And employer policies should not be so sweeping that they prohibit the kinds of activity protected by federal labor law, such as the discussion among employees about wages or working conditions.
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