What's new in Marketing (and other things) this week?
Shopping center construction has hit a 40-year low, which isn't surprising if you stop and consider all of the vacant retail space you likely see in the course of your daily travels. Some people wondering if this is the end of big-box retailers while shopping shifts online. Target's sales have been slow, but I doubt the end is near. (Business Insider)
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Female prisoners in Oregon are being trained to start their own businesses upon release. Is entrepreneurship the wave of the future? I've seen a shift in thinking from lots of people in the last year - there's a new focus on business ownership as a way of creating one's own stability and opportunity, rather than reliance on an employer to do so. (NPR)
In another bright spot during a crazy news week, it looks like tech jobs, including those for web developers, technical writers, and content managers, are returning to the US after years of outsourcing. Companies are finding outsourcing arduous to manage and not that much cheaper in the long run. Told you so. (ReadWriteWeb)
Google makes another acquisition, buying online ad optimization startup Admeld for $400 million. This is good news for CEO Michael Barrett, who was last known as the fall guy for MySpace's failed revenue targets. (TechCrunch)
By the way, have you ever read the iTunes EULA? Now you don't have to. The nice folks at CNET asked Richard Dreyfuss to read it for you. It's fabulous - click the link and scroll down to listen. (CNET)
Have a great weekend, and thanks for reading!