Social Media continues to exert its influence in the political world. The number of MPs with a major Twitter habit, sometimes Tweeting from inside the chamber, was evident last night as the results of the House of Commons Speaker elections were delivered live throughout the evening in 140-character news breaks.
Staying close to home, there is more recession doom and gloom as MySpace announced this morning it plans to lay off 300 of its 450 non-U.S. employees. Offices in London, Berlin and Sydney remain, but Spain, Italy, Canada, Russia, Sweden (to name a few) are being shut down, TechCrunch adds.
…and, finally, those of you interested in the Facebook v. Google debate could do worse than read Fred Vogelstein’s in-depth feature in Wired magazine.
Few software engineers get around quite like Kevin Marks. The Harrow-born programmer / blogger / open standards advocate announced on his blog on Monday that he’s leaving Google. His next stop? Destination unknown. But Brand Republic reports, Marks will “continue to work on open web standards — something he spent a lot of time working on at Google, through projects such as OpenID, which allows users to have a single log-in to a variety of web services.” By our count, Marks is now an ex-Apple/BBC/Technorati and now Google engineer.
Tourism Queensland’s “best job in the world” campaign to find a caretaker for an Australian paradise island has scooped the two top awards at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, The Guardian reports. It’s been a big year for Nitro, the agency behind the campaign. Last week, Sapient acquired the 300-head Nitro Group for a cool $50 million, Adweek reports.