President-elect Obama to speak to the press

Obama to hold first press conference; Twitter competitors offer picture sharing; San Francisco says it will push to be destination for commitment ceremonies; and more

Barack Obama is preparing to hold his first press conference as president-elect Friday afternoon, a day after announcing Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff and hours after his meeting with a team of economic advisors.

Slate notes that Emanuel was known for spending "60 percent of his time" on the press when he worked for President Bill Clinton, calling him a "press tamer."

Plans for the country's economic woes and top cabinet appointments are likely to be announced, reports The New York Times. New reports have focused on Robert Gibbs as the probable White House press secretary.

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Twitter competitors differentiate themselves with features like picture sharing and private groups.

San Francisco plans to promote itself as a destination for commitment ceremonies and partnership celebrations, despite the passing of Proposition 8.

Moscow mulls a reduction in billboard advertising in order to increase the effectiveness of the messaging.

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