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John Cale releases tribute video on anniversary of Lou Reed's death

Today is the one year anniversary of Lou Reed's death. As a tribute former Velvet Underground member and love/hate relationship friend John Cale drops this video for a rework of "If you were still around." The song was originally released by the viola-playing Welshman back in 1982 off the album Music For a New Society. Now it is a tribute to Lou, (and Andy Warhol, and Velvet Underground guitarist Sterling Morrison and tragic Warhol superstar Edie Sedgwick and Nico.)

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STORY and Accomplice Media Appoint Melissa Thornley to Lead Midwest Sales

CHICAGO—Commercial production company STORY, headquartered in Chicago, and its sister company, Accomplice Media, based in Santa Monica, Calif. have announced the appointment of Melissa Thornley to a new position as head of new business development for the Midwest markets. Thornley will market both companies’ diverse roster of commercial directors and creative talents to advertising and clients in Midwest markets.

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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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