Breakfast Briefing, 12.14.2016: Solidarity with Aleppo victims on social media

Today: Trump meets with tech sector heavies; White House press secretary buzz heats up. National Geographic and Cisco embrace new storytelling technologies.

How social media users are showing solidarity with Aleppo victims. As news broke this morning that the cease-fire deal brokered by Russia and Turkey is falling apart, social media users began to show solidarity with victims of fighting in the Syrian city with a simple cartoon. Its widespread use follows several heartbreaking "goodbye messages" from residents trapped in the city.


What to watch today: Trump meets with tech big wigs. President-elect Donald Trump is set to meet on Wednesday with several tech-sector heavyweights — but curiously not Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey — to talk about jobs and the economy. Tim Cook, Elon Musk, Sheryl Sandberg, and Larry Page are set to attend. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty wrote a guest op-ed for USA Today on Tuesday saying her company will hire 25,000 staffers and spend $1 billion on training over the next four years. Also: Facebook spokesman says Trump threats of a Muslim registry are a "straw man."

Press secretary buzz heats up. Trump campaign TV surrogate Katrina Pierson is trying to land a White House job, according to CNN, which reported she was making her case to be White House press secretary. Former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said earlier this week that she turned down the role. Dana Perino, President George W. Bush’s final press secretary, chatted with NPR Wednesday morning about the position.

NatGeo teams with Facebook Live 360. Facebook rolled out its Live 360 feature on Monday, and National Geographic began using the platform, which combines live broadcasting with a 360-degree video format, a day later. National Geographic used Live 360 to give users a taste of its science experiments at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah.

Cisco embraces VR to display cybersecurity threats. The technology-sector giant has unveiled an interactive 3D demonstration to show clients cybersecurity threats in four Asia-Pacific markets: Singapore, Australia, India, and Japan. It developed the program with Allison+Partners. Also: Dentsu said Wednesday morning that its VC unit will invest in U.S.-based VR content developer Survios.

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