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Germany World Cup win causes recall of gambling ad: bet you didn't see that coming

Singapore’s National Council on Problem Gambling predicted the outcome of the world cup with the above ad. The campaign has been running for the past month, and Singaporeans have seen TV ads and posters featuring young "Andy" a sad boy whose savings were used by his father to bet on Germany’s crowning as world soccer champions. The campaign is obviously meant to deter gambling, and in particular irresponsible gambling on the world cup - but then Germany ruined the whole thing by actually winning the world cup. As we say in Sweden "otippat!"

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Volkswagen tweets about German win with interesting choice of words

It's been a tough tournament, where goalies have saved more than ever before, and Messi took Argentina to meet Germany in the end.
Brands have been doing their very best keeping up with the games, and already minutes after the German win, we have a questionable tweet made by Volkswagen. It's not KLM Tweet questionable, just... poorly phrased.

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DuckDuckGo grows up, time to replace Google as default search engine

Don'tBubble.us is another compelling argument from DuckDuckGo to switch search engines, and really you should do it, right now. Because with Google, you are living in an internet bubble. The internet bubble knows all about you, and serves you results depending on what you and your social circle have been reading lately.

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Adland joins Centup - where each "like" you give, gives to charity

Len Kendall, Founder of CentUp.org (and avid twitterer here) wasn't the only one who noticed that people Facebook "like" too much. We'll like natural disasters, puppies, pithy quotes about overthrowing dictators. "Liking isn't helping" as a campaign idea was even Badlanded as it became a trend.

 

Coors Light Canada causes commotion with "search and rescue" boxes

Have we not learned yet that dropping random boxes or cryptic neon signs around a city is not a great idea for a teaser campaign, but is a great way to get the attention of the police?

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American Apparel apologizes for posting image of Challenger explosion

I predict "The image was re-blogged in error" is the new "the intern did it". American Apparel has apologized after posting a photo of the space shuttle Challenger exploding on its Tumblr account. They have also explained that "it was re-blogged in error" by someone who was "born after the tragedy" as if this somehow mitigates the fact that a brand is re-blogging random images on a tumblr.

Why is a brand re-blogging stuff on a tumblr page? On what planet is this a good idea?

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San Francisco Airport Museum is exhibiting advertising icons

Pretty cool, this. In San Francisco's Airport museum, there is an exhibition of advertising Icons. From Mr Peanut to the Jolly Green Giant, these advertising mascots create instant nostalgia. This exhibit runs until January 4th of next year, but if you won't be in San Francisco you can see it online right here. The collection, by the way, is owned by Warren Dotz.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection $1 million ad campaign to warn against immigrant smugglers

There's been a recent surge of unaccompanied children crossing the border into the United States without visas with the intention of immigrating. 226 immigrants have died crossing the border since October and as recently as last week a body of an eleven year old boy was found in rural south Texas near the border. More than 52,000 unaccompanied children have been detained during the same period after entering the U.S. illegally, mostly in South Texas. In an effort to warn the parents of these children of the dangers they face the U.S.

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