While we couldn't get to Cannes this year, we found this piece by Jim Rutenberg for The New York Times rather telling of what the future potentially holds. It's a good piece, and well worth a read.
CANNES, France — The invasion has begun.
In the gray light of a summer dawn, the invaders threw their great American force into action here, quickly taking the beach with their blue flags, white beach chairs and wood-slat cabanas, a sturdy if sumptuous operating base from which to storm this seaside resort — conference room by conference room, rooftop bar by rooftop bar.
The frightened townsfolk — top executives from the biggest media companies and advertising agencies in the world — debated in whispers their grim choice between bloody resistance or total surrender.
A correspondent broadcasting from the Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic here reported the words from the blue shirts’ communiqué in a quivering voice: “As we connect the world, we believe very deeply in the importance of helping creators build businesses on Facebook [STOP] … We are only here to help [STOP] … Why don’t you believe us? [STOP]”
The preceding paragraphs were based on The New York Times’s report on the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 — loosely, very loosely.
They capture the sense of siege that was palpable here last week during the annual Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, where Facebook has one of the most visible pop-up headquarters along the beach, with a pier festooned with its logo and a club on the sand. But in this case, no one was prepared to view the seaside regiment as a liberating force.
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John Chaplin (pictured), former Chief Product Officer of Hogarth Australia and Co-founder of award winning digital agency Fusion, has launched a new digital product design company, Diagram. Based in Sydney, Diagram are a collective of creators and makers who partner with individuals, agencies, startups, business and industry to design and build considered, elegant digital products. […]
After announcing the mega acquisition of workplace chat company Slack yesterday, tech giant Salesforce has made a raft of announcements as part of this year’s annual Dreamforce event, which has been held virtually. Headlining the announcements was news of Salesforce Hyperforce, which comes as a reimagination of the company’s platform architecture built to securely and […]