1. INSTAGRAM ADDS VIDEO: To compete against Vine, Instagram is adding video capabilities, owner Facebook announced Thursday. The new service will allow for 15-second videos—compared to 6 seconds on Vine—and add filters and editing features. The move could mean big changes for how brands connect with consumers. Women's Wear Daily: “If Instagram has a platform where users can produce videos that have the same aspirational look and feel as still photographs for consumers, this means a lot of additional content from brands could be coming. For retailers and designers, it could be an even more profound medium for brand evangelists to engage with their followers.” http://wwd.us/182DdJQ
2. MOBILE GUIDES TO REPLACE AUDIO AT MUSEUMS: New York Times: “Bloomberg Philanthropies on Thursday announced that five cultural institutions will share in a new $15 million commitment to provide support for mobile technology. The institutions—the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Botanical Garden, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum—will replace their traditional audio guides with more advanced mobile guides that use technologies like GPS and 3-D imaging.” http://nyti.ms/12fl5nm
3. 3-D BROADCASTING GETS BAD NEWS: ESPN's decision to shut down its 3-D sports channel is having an effect across sports broadcasting, with soccer governing body FIFA saying it may drop 3-D broadcasting plans for next year's World Cup. Hollywood Reporter: “If FIFA abandon 3-D, it could prove a fatal blow for the technology, at least for the short term, on TV. The single most-watched sporting event worldwide, the World Cup is a proven driver of TV tech. FIFA's decision to broadcast the 2006 World Cup in high definition is widely credited for boosting sales of HD sets globally.” http://bit.ly/14mHKBt
P.C.M.A. Convene magazine released the results of its annual salary survey for meeting professionals, showing an average salary of $77,771, or about a 10 precent increase over 2012.
* LOCAL NEWS *
BOSTON: New eatery Society on High opens July 10 in the financial district. The edgy restaurant will include menu items such as miso-glazed catfish, grilled chicken thighs, and peanut butter cheesecake with candied bacon. Eater: http://bit.ly/196YV0f
CHICAGO: Pitchfork Music Festival comes to Union Park July 19-21. The schedule has been released and will include performances from Björk, the Breeders, and—more unexpectedly—R. Kelly.
Travelle, a Mediterranean restaurant, will open on July 17 at the Langham Chicago. It will have a private room for wine tastings as well as a private dining area for 10; the entire venue has 124 seats and an 81-seat bar and lounge.
The CMO Council is hosting a retreat at Hyatt McCormick Place July 29. Called “Explore! Optimizing Customer Attainment From Event Engagement,” the event will bring together event marketing and exhibit pros.
The eighth annual Gaming for Green, a benefit for Chicago Gateway Green, is July 11 at Galleria Marchetti. Matt Spiegel of the Score's McNeil & Spiegel show will host, and Horseshoe casino will provide casino games such as blackjack, craps, and roulette.
Dimitri Fayard is the new pastry chef at the Peninsula Chicago. He will oversee pastry and desserts for all three restaurant properties at the Peninsula, as well as for in-room dining, banquets, buffets, and the Chocolate Bar.
LAS VEGAS: The Las Vegas Hospitality Association will host an open industry mixer for tourism and hospitality pros at Surrender Nightclub at Encore on June 27.
LOS ANGELES: Global restaurateur HMSHost, in partnership with Westfield, was joined today by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, airport officials, business leaders, media folks, and others to preview the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX, slated to open later this summer. HMSHost will introduce seven dining venues including Border Grill, Ink Sack, Larder at Tavern, Umami Burger, Chaya, 800 Degrees, and Vanilla Bake Shop, part of a dining collection by Westfield that includes 17 concepts.
Advanced 3D Companies, V Squared Labs, and Holition will create a hologram of the Brazilian singer Renato Russo that will appear at the Renato Russo tribute June 29. The hologram will play with the orchestra of the Teatro Nacional de Brasilia for more than 50,000 fans at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles
MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Turnberry Isle Miami appointed Mark Young as director of catering and conference services.
Grocery chain Publix has launched a full-service catering operation Publix Aprons Event Planning Catering. Sun-Sentinel: http://bit.ly/12XrCur
NEW YORK: The Young Professionals Committee of the Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen is hosting a fund-raiser July 10 at the Rockefeller Center Rink Bar. The event will include an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, music from DJ Jason Fioto, and the opportunity to register for the race.
New York Yankee Robinson Cano will host the Super Heroes Fundraiser and Domino Tournament Monday at the 40/40 Club to support his RC24 Foundation.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork
ORLANDO: The New Hope for Kids organization will host the “Pine St. Rock & Stroll” June 29; proceeds will benefit children dealing with grief or life-threatening illnesses. The block party will have music, food, and drinks from local establishments such as the Fifth, Pourhouse, and Eternal Tap.
TORONTO: Pride Week begins today and lasts until June 30, offering community activities including the 33rd annual Pride Parade.
WASHINGTON: Chef Todd English has opened a new Mexican concept, MXDC, at 600 14th Street Northwest. Washington Business Journal: http://bit.ly/19j52vj
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