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NYT Magazine - The Hidden (in Plain Sight) Persuaders

This week's Sunday New York Times Magazine has a good article about word of mouth advertising and the secret PR agents working behind the scenes - The Hidden (in Plain Sight) Persuaders.

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Lycos Europe's Spam-attacking screensaver just too popular

Lycos Europe's "Make Love Not Spam" screensaver is no longer available for download. The company has pulled the program temporarily while it "deals with hosting and management issues" brought on by the over 100,000 people who're using it. The screensaver apparently clogs the bandwidth of known spam sites, and is already credited with taking down two such sites in China.

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Spotlight on 86 the onions - "86ed the rest"

Hello world, I've been chatting with Chad Rea, founder and creative fountain head of 86 the onions in sunny Venice beach L.A. California, a full service, inside out, outside the box agency - or creative hub if you prefer. I asked him a few things, and to flaunt some of their recent work off. In the hot seat this month, 86 the Onions, with extra everything so it's in two parts, the interview part two is here.

DB: Show us 86 the onions creative hot spot. Where are the ideas born?

Chad Rea:

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Peter Gibbons, we've found your iPaQ

Claymore spotted this lovely iPaQ at expansys.com, which seems to belong to Peter Gibbons.

Quoted from the movie Office Space
Dom: Hello, Peter. What's happening? We need to talk about your TPS reports.
Peter Gibbons: Yeah. The coversheet. I know, I know. Uh, Bill talked to me about it.
Dom: Yeah. Uh, did you get that memo?
Peter Gibbons: Yeah. I got the memo. And I understand the policy. The problem is, I just forgot this one time. And I've already taken care of it so it's not even a problem anymore.

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Open up and say ahhh - All agape over Skechers.

I was flippin' through last week's Entertainment Weekly and happened upon a Skechers ad - a sequel of sorts to a she-spy action ad from a few months ago. Since there were considerable amounts of midriff, decolletage and legs to be seen and enjoyed, and maybe even a shoe or two, it caught my attention as it was designed to do. After a bit of gawking (for professional reasons, of course), I then checked out the action shots in the background of the ad, and noticed something curious...

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