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Banner ads are 20 years old today, meet its siblings astroturfing & vine-ads

Wow, time flies when you're watching ads. We were here for the banner ads tenth birthday, and we celebrated the 15th birthday as well, and now banners are all grown up, 20 years old today.

Otto Timmons told us this about the banner ad above, which was one of the first banner ads ever and ran on Hotwired in 1994.

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Gawker is toxic to brands who partner with them

AdAge finally reports on GamerGate, and Alex Kantrowitz quotes an unnamed advertiser's conclusion about this mess, which much like the slow-motion implosion of Britney Spears mental health that Gawker took such mirth in covering, never seems to end.

"You cannot win. This is a lose-lose situation."

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Picpedant: battling copyright infringement, twitter spam and false info with snarky corrections

Picpedant is twitter's photo superhero, swooping down on the countless "Funnypix","Amazingpix","Historyinpix" and similar spammy twitter accounts, that everyone and their aunt can't help but retweet. Please don't retweet that crud, you are only helping spammers get a foothold. The pic-bots bother me, not just for their lazy scraping and copyright infringement, but also for "polluting" otherwise sensible streams with (often false) junk.

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha creates cover shoot with Ronja Furrer

Now you can see what it's like to capture a real supermodel thanks to the Samsung Galaxy Alpha and Supermodel Ronja Furrer. This interactive site called Alpha Cover is from Zurich based Serranetga so you should probably speak a language other than English to understand it.
Either way though it looks nice. What's even cooler is if you play photographer, your photo has a chance of actually ending up on Swiss fashion magazine 20 Minuten Friday and published during Zurich Fashion Week.

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Waze gets scary for Halloween

Waze is a community-based traffic app that I use quite a lot in L.A. They have a special initiative going on just in time for Halloween and that's a haunted maze map. Basically anywhere that hasn't been scoped out by users is "haunted." Now help de-haunt the map by taking photos and basically helping them flesh out the map.

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Director Mark Andrew Joins Madheart

LOS ANGELES—Madheart has signed director Mark Andrew for exclusive national representation. Andrew is a specialist in fashion and lifestyle advertising who turned his attention to live action direction after a 20-year career as a top commercial photographer. His live action work includes projects for American Eagle, Aeropostale, Target, 7th Generation, Oil of Olay, Lane Bryant and the American Cancer Society. He has also directed music videos, fine art films and narrative shorts.

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Dumb ad ban of the week: The UNT mug

Firebox the jokey site that sells risqué sillyness like the Stress Mushrooms has been slapped on the wrist by the ASA for displaying "the UNT mug" prominently on their page. The UNT mug has, according to descriptions, excellent beverage serving abilities, oddly familiar selection of letters and a C-shaped handle. That's the funny.

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Campbell's soup dressed up for Halloween

Now your kids can have spooky soup thanks to Campbell's Can Costumes. Chicken and Stars become Ninja Stars or Princess Magic. Chicken Noodle Soup becomes Mummy Bandages. Tomato soup? Either Mad Scientist Potion or Vampire Soup. There are even more, with two options for four of the (presumably most eaten by kids) flavors.
Super fun idea that not only promotes Campbell's but imagination, too. Nice one, Campbell's.

Client: Campbell's Soup.

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