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Simian to Introduce Groundbreaking Video Encoder/Uploader at SXSW

Laguna Niguel—Simian, the global leader in creative workflow and media management solutions, will unveil its groundbreaking video encoding and uploading app at this year’s South By Southwest Conference in Austin. Designed for production and post-production companies, advertising agencies and other parties that manage large volumes of high-quality media files, the Simian Real Time Video Encoder™ simultaneously encodes and uploads video to the cloud.
“The Simian Real Time Video Encoder™ is the fastest option available and intuitive for even the most novice user,” explains Simian co-founder Brian Atton. “You simply drag a file to the bucket and the app does the rest.” Simian will be exhibiting at South By Southwest at Booth 405-407.


Nutella gives us hazelnut high heels on International Women's day.

Nutella's facebook page is currently celebrating international women's day with a pic of Nutella high heels and handbags... because this is of course all we women wish for. We are a gift to the world, and when we gift things to ourselves it's shoes...


Enhance creativity with Coffitivity's background noise.

Over on Lifehacker they're talking about a new web app designed to enhance your creativity.

Coffitivity, research shows a silent office kills creativity and a loud office is distracting. But now, thanks to Coffitivity, you can create authentic coffeehouse noises whilst you work. Chances are however, your agency isn't very good at authentic coffeehouse coffee, so you'll have to improvise or get take out.


New Cut! Brings Finnish Minister Paavo Arhinmäki To U.S. For NYC Workshop

Finland’s Minister of Culture and Sport recently joined dozens of Helsinki- and NYC-based creative professionals for the launch of New Cut!, a Finnish program promoting global creative collaboration and fostering Finnish arts and culture initiatives over the course of the next year. Top-level professionals from the film, fashion, music, technology, food, advertising, and design industries assembled for a full day of exploration, collaboration, and open discussion – laying the groundwork for a year-long agenda of exciting new collaborative projects and events.


Heard City Roster Expands With New Mixer

Following campaigns for Kayak, Little Caesars and HBO, Heard City increases its capacity for top-level work by adding Mixer and Sound Designer Dan Flosdorf to its roster. A regular on the commercial and feature film scenes, Flosdorf brings experience on campaigns for Verizon FiOS, Nike Livestrong, Grey Goose, Honda, IBM and American Express.

“Dan is an extremely talented mixer and a great addition to our crew,” stated Heard City EP Gloria Pitagorsky.


WWF: All for Bear

BBDO Moscow has created All For Bear, to help save polar bears.
As you know, ice in the arctic is shrinking. Between that and pollution and poaching, it is thought the polar bear population may halve itself by 2050. Thankfully you can do something about it. Sign up through social media, click on the blue sea, donate some real money and "save a bear."

Donations support coastal monitoring, anti-poaching activities, environmental projects in the Arctic region and increase the survival chances of polar bears.

Head on over to All For Bear for some feel good low-engagement clicking!


WWF Russia

Victor Nikiforov Head of programms

Alexander Evgrafov Head of online

Maria Vinokurova Media officer


jumP Cuts a Rug with Coco Rocha and White House Black Market

jumP has teamed up once again with supermodel Coco Rocha and White House Black Market, showcasing the brand’s impeccable business wear in a playful new spot. “The Heart of Workwear,” directed by famed fashion photographer Ellen Von Unwerth at Serial and concepted by ceft and company new york, matches Rocha’s exuberant dance moves with a series of colorful ensembles.


Referer spam still going strong - but who checks these days?

Referer spam has been around since at least 2002 when Wired wrote "When the spam hits the blogs" and even interviewed little ol' me about it. The nuisance was taking off then, and as many blogs had automatically updating link lists on their blogs these might have been the ultimate target. Because honestly now, one person checking their logs on occasion does not a great target make. Similar tactics are used to do trackback spam, which then allows the spammed link to appear in the targeted blog.
Back in 2002, this is what Pollak said: