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Panasonic wants to cut out the darkness.

Hard as it is to believe, nearly 1.3 billion people on this planet live without electricity. They have no choice but to use either fire or kerosense.

Panasonic wants to do something about that, with your help. By 2018 they plan on donating 100,000 solar lanterns to those places around the globe that so desperately need light. Cut Out The Darkness is a cool, if not slightly punny initiative to add some beauty to the process.

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Duran Duran Pulls a Morrissey on Yoplait

According to Slicing Up Eyeballs Duran Duran issued a statement condemning the use of their hit "hungry Like The Wolf" in a Yoplait ad.

In a statement on their website, they had this to say:

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Advertising during the Super Bowl is a waste of money

Take this with a grain of salt of course, because the study was done by an in-market research firm who are you know, trying to sell their services, but according to this article on Communicus, Only 1 In 5 Super Bowl Ads Actually Sells Products.

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Silicon Valley: where free labor is even better than cheap labor.

An article in the L.A. Times, mentioned there's a new scheme to help rehabilitate prisoners. Thanks to our friends in Silicon Valley. A high-tech incubator known as The Last Mile has been launched in Northern California's San Quentin State Prison. I guess it's kind of an incubator within an incubator, considering they're prisoners and all.

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Did Iron Maiden turn piracy into paying customers? No.

Jeez Louise you'd think at this point people would smell a rat quicker but apparently not.

Back on December 20th, CITEworld posted this glowing article about how heavy metal legends Iron Maiden were learning how to profit from piracy. The article implied that UK-based analytics company Musicmetric were tracking analytics from Iron Maiden downloads on torrent sites to see where they were most popular.

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Kanye West sued for infringement

First the guy has the audacity to create the world's worst video for "Bound 2." Now we come to understand that the amazing sample--rhe one that gets stuck in your head over and over of the child singer dripping with darkness and queasy greasy awesomeness repeating "Bound to fall in Love" over and over, has been straight up ripped off.

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Live in the UK? Your taxes are supporting piracy.

The City Of London police recently wrapped up Operation Creative--a name which will surely make Adland readers snicker. The crackdown on brand supported copyright theft was swift and hard. But only a month later, and Kernel Magazine is reporting very little has changed. Some of the largest gambling companies in the world are still advertising on these sites. And a lot of British public sector brands, too.

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