Lines blur between ads and news

“Native ads” – the paid online ads that look like articles and are sometimes hard to distinguish from a publication’s editorial copy – have been popping up with increasing frequency on news outlets across the web, including The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. But the Federal Trade Commission is now cracking down on advertisers whose native ads don’t feature the proper disclosures, David Lazarus writes in the Los Angeles Times.

“Consumers have the right to know when they’re looking at paid advertising,” said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “They do. And with print publications, that was seldom an issue. On the Internet, it’s a whole new ball game.

Read more in Click here for actual journalism. (The Los Angeles Times)

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DreamHammer talks drone regulation in CIO Journal

Rachael King writes in The Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal about a Senate hearing on drone safety and privacy. In the article, DreamHammer CEO Nelson Paez tells Rachael about the difficulties recruiting investors in the current regulatory environment:

“The investment community won’t put money into a Wild West of regulation,” Paez said.

Read the full article below (log-in required) to learn more about the Senate hearing and what happened when Senator Dianne Feinstein came face-to-face with a drone at her home.

Drone Safety, Privacy Debated at Senate Hearing

January 16th, 2014|Categories: Client News|Tags: , , , |

UT study: The higher your status, the less you use pronoun 'I'

WSJ_logoNew research from the University of Texas suggests that people who often say “I” are less powerful and less sure of themselves than those who limit their use of the word, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Frequent “I” users subconsciously believe they are subordinate to the person to whom they are talking.

“There is a misconception that people who are confident, have power, have high-status tend to use ‘I’ more than people who are low status,” says Dr. Pennebaker, author of “The Secret Life of Pronouns.” “That is completely wrong. The high-status person is looking out at the world and the low-status person is looking at himself.”

October 11th, 2013|Categories: Commentary|Tags: , , , , |

Lazy Dog announces investment from Brentwood Associates

BrentwoodLazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, the popular West Coast restaurant concept known for its eclectic menu of memorable family favorites reinterpreted with bold new flavors, announced that Brentwood Associates, a leading consumer-focused private equity firm, has made a significant investment in the family-run company.

CEO and founder Chris Simms will continue to lead the existing management team and expects to continue to grow the Lazy Dog brand into one of the nation’s leading casual dining restaurant companies.

“The most important thing about the investment is that it’s an opportunity to partner with what I consider to be really great restaurateurs,” said Rahul Aggarwal, Brentwood’s managing director, in an interview with Dow Jones. “At the end of the day, restaurants are people businesses and these are people that we have all the confidence in the world in.”

Lazy Dog represents the fifth investment the firm has made in the restaurant industry in the last decade.

Read more about the announcement:

July 30th, 2013|Categories: Client News|Tags: , , , |