The weekend’s almost here, but you want to stay informed. Don’t worry. We’ve got the best articles from our blog, and a few favorite from around the web, neatly summarized below.
1. The SXSW festival took place, and it featured a lot more than just music. The festival is a major meeting place for tech startups, and digital innovators. We talked with Tim Street, from the International Academy of Web Television, about the role of digital media at SXSW.
2. Get ready for video ads in your news feed. In fact, you may have already seen some. Facebook launched new 15 second autoplaying ads on Thursday, although they’re currently available to only a select group of advertisers. Assuming there’s no consumer backlash, the videos should help Facebook further monetize their platform.
3. Google unveiled an app-store for their Google Drive service. Users can now add extra functionality to their docs and spreadsheets, such as sending email blasts directly from Drive, or signing documents. The service is in a preview phase, meaning developer’s will need to submit their apps to Google for approval, before users can download them. Eventually, developers will be able to publish them directly to the store.
4. The Health IT Policy Committee decided to reduce the number of requirements EHRs need to achieve Meaningful Use Stage 3. Eight previous requirements, including ones related to imaging and care planning, have been cut. The narrower requirements will now be sent to the Secretary of Health and Human Services for further consideration.
5. AOL continued their layoffs, apparently cutting a number of employees in the “double digits,” according to TechCrunch. A lot of those positions likely came from the spin-off of local news venture Patch, which struggled to find a viable business model.
Have a great weekend, and make sure to check back for the latest research, news, and more.