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Google Changes Mind About Pseudonyms: After much debate over real-name policies (aka the nym wars), Google Plus is changing its policy to allow nicknames and pseudonyms through a new “Add alternate name” feature. Of course, that means within reason. You can’t just use any nickname you feel like. As Google Plus’s Bradley Horowitz explains, “we’ve asked users to select the name they commonly use in real life”; which means, maiden names, nicknames that you commonly go by, or names in another script. These nicknames and pseudonyms will, for now, appear alongside your common name and in hovercards that appear over your name on Google Plus. An important note on this new feature: If you change your name on Google Plus, you will be changing it across all Google services that require a Google Profile. NYT
Things People Share on Facebook: A man in Illinois did not realize that he had gotten a nail lodged in his brain when he was using a nail gun to build a shed, but when pain in his head didn’t subside a diagnostic X-ray revealed a big nail stuck in his brain. His first reaction? Post the X-ray to Facebook, naturally. He did this while in an ambulance en route to another hospital for brain surgery. The lesson: Nothing is more urgent than updating Facebook. LA Times
Agency Goes into Bag Business: Digital agency Huge is apparently getting into the handbag business — kind of. For a limited-time offer starting Feb. 2, Huge is partnering with deals site Fab.com (a favorite e-commerce destination of our editor-in-chief — just ask him) to sell cheeky totes that they had originally designed just for their staff. Tote slogans include “That shit cray,” “Work is stupid” and “Buy me a drink.”
Tumblr of the Day: The well-groomed, designer-clad tot who claims weirdo Tom Cruise and Stepford wife Katie Holmes as her parents, Suri Cruise would totally have a burn book à la Mean Girls. Suri’s Burn Book
A year after coming under Axel Springer’s control, Politico’s Europe and North American businesses are closer than ever
Politico is still realizing what a global brand might look like, but Politico EU's CRO Nicolas Sennegon is already pursuing an advertising business that extends across the pond.
How publishers can prevent cyberattacks after Fast Company’s hack
Tech executives shared what publishers can do to prevent getting hacked and avoid cybersecurity breaches.
SponsoredHow FAST channels are redefining primetime opportunities for advertisers
How sportsbooks and publishers are rethinking the terms of content-based sponsorships
The economic slowdown is causing sportsbooks and publishers alike to reconsider their approaches to content-based customer acquisition campaigns.
Media employees face no consequences for ignoring return-to-office requests — yet
Employees and union members at a number of media companies had not heard of anyone facing disciplinary actions for continuing to work from home.