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#Gamergate - Insulting consumers shrinks the market

Something has been brewing on twitter for over three weeks now, that game console makers such as Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, should be keeping an eye on, as well as game publishers such as Activision, Electronic Arts, and Ubisoft. By extension, you ad agency folks working on these brands should sit up straight, put that pumpkin latte or stanky IPA down for a moment, and take some notes. It's gonna get messy.

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Howling Music Launches Office in London with Grammy-Winning Producer David Hentschel

NASHVILLE—Howling Music, a Nashville-based provider of original music for advertising, has opened an office in London in collaboration with Grammy-winning music producer, engineer and composer David Hentschel, known for his work with such artists as Elton John, Genesis and The Yellowjackets.

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Director Nick Losq Joins Bully Pictures

Director Nick Losq, whose work combines humor and natural performances with cutting-edge visual effects, has joined Bully Pictures for advertising projects.

Losq has already completed several assignments through Bully. They include a multi-spot package for Radio Shack and GSD&M, Austin, related to this year’s World Cup competition, and a campaign for Tribe Hummus through New York agency DeVito Verdi.

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Urban outfitters apologises for shilling blood-soaked Kent State shirt

I swear, someone at Urban Outfitters has these tasteless garments as some sort of media-plan to get unlimited attention in the press. I have difficulty explaining their tone-deaf choice of items any other way. Someone thought this blood stained "Kent State" college sweatshirt was a cool vintage find, and added it to their vintage collection for the bargain price of $129.

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Microsoft buys Minecraft, Notch retires from Mojang

Microsoft has announced that they have bought Minecraft for $2.5 billion in what on the surface looks like a really unlikely deal where the establishment just bought the most popular indie game in the world.

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9/11 "Truthers" are running a digital billboard in Times Square showing building collapse

9/11 "Truthers" have paid for the digital billboard in Times Square and are running an ad today that states "WTC 7 came down in a classic controlled demolition" and then shows the collapse of building 7.

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New Facebook "No, Thanks" pop up cleverly disguised as privacy management

Facebook is about to start intermittently nagging you, but it's not like they haven't done this before.

Facebook has always cared about your privacy. Seriously. I'm as critical of them as the next guy, but they know as well as anyone else, one step too far, and Facebook can, and would, go the way of MySpace. These are the things insomnia is made of, well, that and clowns.

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Adrian Belew launches a Kickstarter for his app called FLUX

We've talked a lot at Adland about how the advancement of technology has unfortunately eroded some of our ethical standards, especially when it comes to music. And yet for every musician rightly shaking their fist at what streaming, webcasting and big tech companies have done to their livelihood, a few are attempting to circumvent the issues.

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