The Ticker: J-schools; Google’s Hotpot; WSJ.; Twitter Places; Christmas trees

MediaShiftJ-Schools Shift from Learning Labs to Major Media Players

MashableGoogle Testing New Location-Based Marketing Platform in Portland

FishbowlNYWSJ. Magazine Beefs Up Staff

AllTwitterTwitter Expands “Twitter Places” Location API

Holland Sentinel (MI):  Marketing boost eyed for live Christmas trees