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WE’VE DONE THE DIRTY WORK FOR YOU, SCOURING THE WEB FOR OUR FAVORITE FINDS OF THE WEEK. HERE’S OUR QUICK ROUNDUP OF THE MOST IMPORTANT, INTERESTING AND INSPIRING THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE DIGITAL WORLD, COURTESY OF YOUR GDD INTERACTIVE TEAM.

 

Microsoft will be releasing Windows 10 on July 29.  And to make up for their mistake that was Windows 8, they will be offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users. (PC World)  – Kyle Jordan, Senior Developer 

Listen up, guys: Man-o-flage is here to help you browse Pinterest without looking girly. It’s a real browser plugin that came out of a mortgage bank’s digital marketing campaign. (WeRSM) – Carolyn Haynes, Director of Content Marketing

Back to back retail-based feature launches from Pinterest and Instagram take these data-rich, highly engaging social platforms to the next level for advertisers. But will consumers buy it? (AdWeek) – Stephanie Bursa, Senior Director of Digital Media

A consumer doesn’t just want, but expects you to use the data they have provided to replace the barrage of aimless marketing messages with fewer, more targeted, and more relevant experiences. (Search Engine Land) – Daniel Loehr, Lead Paid Search Specialist

Aesthetically complex and flashy design might seem appealing to a designer, but as eye-catching as it may be, it actually masks your web presence and turns away engagement. (Designrfix) – Mallory Ming, Art Director 

Beware of averages when measuring click-through rates across industries … they can be misleading. (Search Engine Land) – Guy Dineen, CEO & Founder

Coke’s new Twitter campaign gets on a first name basis with fans. (AdWeek) – Kylie Paul, Social Media Manager 

With 93% of pinners saying they use Pinterest to “plan for purchases,” the launch of buyable pins is going to be a huge win for the social platform. All those eager will only have to wait a matter of weeks to start shopping on their own boards! (MediaPost)  – Lauren Geary, Account Supervisor

Periscope’s new map view lets you travel the world in the palm of your hand … or at least see what’s broadcasting there. (The Verge) – Gina Tagliarino, Senior Copywriter