1. Google tops the list of the world’s most valuable brands, according to a report from BrandFinance. Google’s brand value of $44.3 billion puts it just ahead of No. 2 brand Microsoft, which is valued at $42.8 billion. Coca Cola has dropped out of the top 10 for the first time since the rankings began, and Nokia lost the most brand value ($9.9 billion). Prediction: Next year, Facebook (now No. 385) will crack the top 50.
2. Conan takes on Rebecca Black with ‘Thursday’ video. He claims Rebecca ripped off his idea. (Hat tip to @clairefaucett for the link.) I know it’s a day late (or maybe six days early), but here it is.
3. The state of higher ed video. Results from the latest .eduGuru survey.
5. And this is why I do the Friday Five: Persistence and promotion are the keys to blog growth, according to this report from HubSpot. The takeaway: “bloggers shouldn’t lose faith – in fact they should have a little patience and be persistent in their blogging effort.” They also should promote their blog with “small but consistent messages.” (Thanks to @cksyme for sharing this gem.)