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Twitter's new "buy" button already selling Eminem & more

First out to try the new "buy" button in twitter are - surprise - musicians. You know, those stodgy luddites who can't adapt to the new world order of selling t-shirts instead of their song. Pitchfork reports that an initial group of artists including the New Pornographers, Pharrell, Death From Above 1979, Eminem, Ryan Adams, Wiz Khalifa, Paramore, Megadeth, and Soundgarden are using the button.

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Take the empty bucket challenge

With more than 2.4 million videos uploaded, the ice bucket challenge has been a global success. While the cause is noble, not everyone is thrilled about the water waste. Especially in Brazil where water can be a precious resource that not everyone has access to.

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Twitpic is going to shut down.

Twitpic, the service on which I published that Kaka picture (pre-smartphone!), is shutting down. The reason? Twitter has been clumsily throwing their weight around via one of their lawyers threatening to lock Twitpic out of their API if Twitpic didn't give up their trademark. Lawyers. The only people hated more than us ad-folks.

So Twitpic are packing up the whole service and going home.

Read the statement on twitpic's own blog here

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Sleepy Hollow apologises for #Headless campaign's timing as ISIS beheads another journalist

Sleepy Hollow was promoting it's release to DVD and the shows new season with a hashtaggged "#HeadlessDay" promotion... which happened to be mailed out just as the news about the Steven Sotloff’s death reached the world. The campaign consists of meme-jokes with the tagline "Happy Headless Day from Sleepy Hollow" and the timing is terrible. The idea was that people could share the memes on social media and tag them #HeadlessDay - yikes.

ThinkJam who created the campaign immediately issued an apology and pulled the campaign from running now.

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Film Hearts pairs up like-minded film lovers

Love this idea from Canadian agency Pound & Grain. Film Hearts is a social meet up site for the solitary film lover. Share your love of the cinema and find a proper buddy to go to see your next film. Fun idea.

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"Rape Nail Polish", great viral to discuss rape - but non-existent product.

You've heard about Undercovercolors (website not available) this week. It started with a great big bang as the image (above) of the nailpolish changing spread, and a link to a UC donations page asking for funds spread with it. Not sure why they'd need more funding as they've won an $11,000 prize and a $100,000 investment already, according to reports.

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Forget the walking fridge, Fuji has made the walking printer.

Fuji has taken a note from the walk-in fridge commercial and Yo! Sushi's robot-bartender and made a walking printer. The robotic printer can walk around the office and deliver the print-outs to those who have ordered the job done. The printer has been designed for use in public spaces, with the idea that it'll keep documents secure when the printer comes to you.

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Colossal Spark is a crowdsourcing Colossal Joke

Update - we've edited this article Friday August 29, see footnote.

Colossal Spark is a brand new crowdsourcing website for advertisers, and creatives alike. Now I know what you're thinking: Great, another exploitive site a la Victors and Spoils, where the partners make a boat load of money while enlisting thousands upon thousands of minions to work for free or next to free. I'll bet they're just waiting patiently to be bought out by a holding company, there by making even MORE money.

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