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Right Brain Terrian poster competition

Those who like to dabble with art and images, you can win the inventory at rightbrainterrain!

Yes, the folks that brought you brilliant posters such as patience and focus want to see what you can do. Entering is quite simple, whip together an image with your name somewhere on it, make it a gif image 350*350 pixels, and email it to rightbrainterrain. Your inspiration is the lyrics from Lennon's "Imagine". Hurry! Winners will be announced May 1.

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Is CNN spamming a blog near you?

Is CNN spamming your blog?
Comment Spam isn't just for the Viagra salesmen anymore as CNN seems to have sunk to their level. Nick Lewis InfoBlog lays out some pretty hefty evidence of CNN spamming on blogs.

This week, CNN broke ground as the first news network to attempt a viral marketing campaign in the blogosphere. Operatives from CNN targeted an unknown number of mid-to-high level bloggers to receive guerrilla comment spam. In total, 10 of these spams have been varified so far; all of them appear on blog posts that focus on CNN. Perhaps the most shocking find is that CNN may have left malicious keywords at least three blogs with the intent of using google's keyword stuffing detectors to censor them.
In other words, Nick Lewis is not only accusing CNN of spamming, but also of keyword stuffing, that oh-so passe practice which went out of style years ago when the search engines caught onto it, and even malicious keyword stuffing that could knock these blogs down from their top spots on google. That's not just spam-nasty, that's sabotage nasty.

Catch 22 comment on Lewis' page: "So haven't you started a buzz about cnn by posting this?". Ouch. We're damned all the way around these days. ;)

Via Metafilter, where the word astroturfing now has officially evolved into Ashleeturfing, due to that earlier Ashlee Simpson incident.

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G.A.P launches F.A.T

Forth & Towne is the name of Gap Inc.'s new store concept aimed at women over 35 who don't want to shop at their Banana Republic and aren't ready for Old Navy yet.
Businessweek reports:

Forth & Towne -- Gap's first new chain in a decade -- aims to appeal to boomer women, who grew up with Gap, but with whom the store "lost touch," said Paul Pressler, president and chief executive
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Photoshop contest makes a Coca Cola Logo on the moon, again.

Worth1000 has had yet another fun photoshopping game , called Corporate Takeover 5, where the idea was to find new places for corporate sponsorships logos. And boy did they!

Among the funny ideas is the McCow, The genetically modified 7up limes.
AT&T buys the moon (brilliant!), and the old Coke logo on the moon idea. That is, if Starbucks don't beat them both to it.

One of the first gags the New York Post Post House pulled on their tabloid-like homepage was the ad-on-the-moon idea, which was recently done when CunningStunts PR stunt was to hoax the Sun newspaper into believing they had projected J-Lo's butt on the moon.

Back in 2004 we reported on Alexander Lavrynov's idea of putting billboads in space, Ads in space (revisited)

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Link Lust: Damned lies and statistics, shorter URL:s with dates

Over at Butler Shine and Sterns brainblog InFlux Insights they're picking Yankelovich study apart armed with common sense. In my humble opinion, they're being way too kind. "Despite saying that marketers need to get their act together and start connecting with consumers, they release a finding that contradicts the overall trend. People are starting to like advertising a lot more!"

Just a note that might impress other geeks, our neat little archive by month and year page which lists all articles and films published by their date now has sexy looking date-URLs to the years and months available. January 1969 looks like this: ad-rag.com/archives/1969/01, and May 1986 looks like so ad-rag.com/archives/1986/05. Pretty logical innit? Arentcha impressed? ;)

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McCann Erickson Ireland accused of copyright infringement

Sonarstate has threatened legal action against Heineken and global ad agency McCann Erickson for alleged copyright infringement in their ‘Where's your head at?’ campaign. (Not related to the Australian Where's your head at anti drug campaign.)
Sonarstate claims the Speakerboy character they use has been nicked by Heineken and turned into a Speakerhead character, Sonarstate claims it's plagiarised.
Sonarstates own speakerboy - not connected to the loud speaker builders located at speakerboy.org - can be seen in small speakerboy films here.

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Coke debuted new zero-calorie cola on Ebay

Coke who only just caught on to what made Pepsi Max sell well to men, have created and launched a new Diet Soda, without the word "diet" on it. Coke Zer0, or Coke Zero if you prefer, is a 0-calorie soda pop sweetened with a blend of aspartame and acesulfame potassium (ace-k). Pepsi Max is sweetened with aspartame and acesulfame K, and it too never mentions the word "diet". That coupled with it's Mt. Dew style advertising in Europe (in fact they simply were those "been there, done that, doing it tomorrow" Mt. Dew ads with new cans) the Max is very popular among young lads.
The New York Post reports:

Coke Zero is targeted to the all-important young male consumer who has been slower than women to embrace diet cola.
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