Yikes: “Amazon.com Inc. is developing a voice-activated wearable device that can recognize human emotions,” Bloomberg News writes.
Inclusivity: Sephora closing more than 400 of its stores on the morning of June 5 to train its 16,000 U.S. employees about inclusivity and brand values, Ad Age’s Adrianne Pasquarelli writes.
Nostalgia: ABC staged live revivals of classic sitcoms “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons,” and “most of the brands that advertised in Wednesday night’s retro showcase didn’t exist back when the Norman Lear sitcoms first aired” in the 1970s, Ad Age’s Anthony Crupi writes.
Meanwhile in magazineland: Catch up on the latest dramas in the magazine world, including a Vogue staffer caught stealing and an exit for Esquire’s top editor, in Simon Dumenco’s Publisher’s Brief for Ad Age.
Podcast of the day: Rishad Tobaccowala, Publicis Groupe’s chief growth officer, often strives to “build a case for why the exact opposite of what I think is true, is true,” he says. “Part of my job in addition to growth officer is to be the internal provocateur.” Listen to his conversation with Ad Age Editor Brian Braiker in the Ad Lib podcast.
Creativity pick of the day: When the U.S. marks Memorial Day on Monday, Budweiser will observe a minute of silence for fallen troops. Ad Age’s Ann-Christine Diaz writes: “At 3 P.M. production lines at all 12 of the company’s flagship breweries will stop. Ads running on TV, radio and online at that time will broadcast one minute of silence, recorded at the Calverton National Military Cemetery.” VaynerMedia worked with Budweiser on the effort; read more here.
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