Who will talk at TED2014? The speaker lineup, revealed!

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SpeakerLineup-Blog (1)TED2014 is our 30th-anniversary conference, and the speaker lineup is — in a word — thrilling. Speakers will touch on topics ranging from technology, entertainment, design and education to climate change, architecture, music, physics, parenting, typography, fireflies and the Golden Gate Bridge. Randall Munroe of xkcd will talk about his passion for What If questions. Yoruba Richen will talk about the fastest-moving social justice campaign in history. Wendy Chung will offer a scholarly overview of what we know right now about autism. And Chris Hadfield of NASA will put down his guitar long enough to talk to us about life in space — and back on earth.  Some speakers on the lineup will look back and reflect on things that have happened over the past 30 years. Other speakers will look forward and predict: where are we headed next?

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Georgia Governor Apologizes

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has issued an apology to those who were stranded on the roadways of Atlanta yesterday. A snow storm dumped 2.6 inches of snow causing a massive gridlock in the city.

“I accept responsibility for the fact that we did not make preparation early enough to avoid these consequences,” he told reporters.
“I am not satisfied with the response that was made,” he said. He acknowledge the response wasn’t fast enough or large enough, and he’s asked for an internal review from all the agencies involved.

The Republican, who is up for re-election in November, vowed to be “much more aggressive” for any future situations.

Efforts are under way to clear the roads of thousands of vehicles that were abandoned Tuesday. An emergency management spokesperson says that more than two thousand vehicles were left on the highways overnight. If the vehicles aren’t removed by 9 p.m. tonight, they’ll be towed.

Digital Trends for Businesses in 2014

Digital trends are emerging in 2014 for your company! CEO of Web.com David Brown advises that small businesses can thrive if they understand and implement business opportunities in the following areas:

Going digital: Create an online presence.

Local search: Online search queries for local businesses is rising.

Partner up for digital needs: Look for a business partner that understands your digital needs. This will help save time and resources.

Mobile device usage will increase:  Nearly 30 percent of web traffic is generated from mobile devices. Consumers demand mobile optimized websites.

E-commerce: Typically thought of for physical goods, there will be a rise in E-commerce for service providers such as tax professionals, etc.

Paid marketing and social networking

Social media, mobile computing, analytics, the cloud, and enterprise IT is transforming the way businesses operate. Dreamforce 2013 focused on the “customer company revolution” with cloud computing, mobile applications, devices, and engagement with customers.

Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian, John Hinshaw Executive Vice President, Technology & Operations of Hewlett-Packard and DocuSign Chairman and CEO, Keith Krach will be speaking at Momentum 2014 with the focus of keeping business digital.  Momentum describes its event as, “industry luminaries and forward thinkers from around the globe for a fast-paced and entertaining exchange of ideas about how to expand and integrate digital processes.” Has your business started the transition to digital?

Katie Couric’s Documentary Debut

Yahoo’s Global Anchor, Katie Couric makes her documentary debut at Sundance Film Festival exploring the issue of childhood obesity. Couric produced and narrates the film “Fed Up” that premiered earlier this week.

Couric teamed up with “An Inconvenient Truth” producer Laurie David to make the film. Directed by Stephanie Soechtig, “Fed Up” uses historical footage and news events to show the causes and costs of obesity in the United States.

“This generation of children is the first to live a shorter life span than their parents, and it has ramifications in every aspect of our lives,” Couric said. “Talk about skyrocketing health care costs: the obesity epidemic is behind these health care costs. And national security: these people are too heavy to join the military … It affects so many aspects of our country’s health that we really need to start paying attention.”

Couric hopes the film will encourage others to take action, so the food industry will become accountable for its harmful products.

Social issues is a topic she says she’ll continue to report on at Yahoo.

“I wanted to be part of the transition that we see happening all around us in media,” she said. “People … may want the immediacy of having things on their mobile phone or on their computers. But I also think they want quality content as well, so hopefully we’ll be able to provide some of that.”

Instagram Becomes the Fastest-Growing Social Site

Recent PEW research shows Pinterest has passed Twitter in popularity, but a new report suggests Facebook-owned Instagram is growing the fastest of all social media sites worldwide.  GlobalWebIndex cites that Instagram has grown by 23 percent in the last six months. In terms of active usage and account ownership, Instagram ranks as 6th after Facebook, YouTube, Google+, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

The survey is based on responses from some 170,000 users across 32 countries. Although Facebook is currently the world’s most popular network, U.S. President Obama recently acknowledged that Facebook isn’t as popular with teenagers and young adults anymore.

When it comes to social networking websites, 66 percent of users say they’re using mobile devices to access them.

With Instagram’s popularity, the BBC is experimenting with Instagram video delivering headlines in 15-second videos.