New Faces Cause Ripples at the White House
President Donald Trump sought to impose order in the White House in the face of a widening Russia investigation. White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned on Friday after news broke that Trump hired financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director. A day earlier, the spokesman for his legal team, Mark Corallo, resigned after Trump appointed attorney John Dowd his lead lawyer.Marc Kasowitz, the previous leader of Trump’s legal team, will play a diminished role, Dowd said. The changes leave Trump with new leaders on his legal and communications teams heading into a week when the highest-ranking White House official will appear before a congressional committee. Not to mention, SNL might need to recast Melissa McCarthy in another role soon. (Source: New York Times, Bloomberg)
Pokemon Go, the pop culture phenomenon which uses augmented reality to let you chase cartoon monsters in the real world, saw its July 2016 debut marred by overloaded servers and other technical issues.
Now it’s deja vu all over again as similar woes have befallen Saturday’s Pokemon Go Fest, a first-of-its-kind ticketed event in Chicago that brings players together in an urban park to pursue colorful Pokemon creatures. On Saturday morning, a number of attendees took to Twitter to complain that they couldn’t access the mobile app. Other ticket holders bemoaned long lines outside Chicago’s Grant Park, which they said kept them waiting long after the event had kicked off and caused them to miss significant goings-on. CEO John Hanke addressed the issues and said they had to deal with spotty cellular connections and some bugs that could cause the game to crash and problems with authenticating players at log on. (Source: CNET)
Fly In-Style and On-Brand
Air France is introducing a new airline for millennials called Joon. Launching in September, Air France said in a statement that Joon will be “aimed at a young working clientele, the millennials, 18 to 35 year-olds, whose lifestyles revolve around digital technology.” Although there are scant details about any in-flight services that might cater to a more digitally minded group, Air France has released images of what the crew’s trendy-casual and Instagrammable outfits will look like. The blue-and-white colorway with sneakers, ankle pants, blazers, and buttoned-up polos are reflective of the new airline’s chosen buzzy marketing terms, including “authentic,” “connected,” “lifestyle brand,” and “designed to meet requirements and aspirations.” With the number of millennials surpassing baby-boomers, this could just be what we need! (Source: The Verge)