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UMG hopes to make music profitable again with Havas

Over at Adage comes the earth shattering news that Havas is partnering (how I love that smarmy buzzword) with Universal Music Group to launch something called the Global Music Data Alliance. This new super company is purporting to create new revenue streams for UMG. How? Through data mining and monitoring consumer behavior.

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Celebrate Christmas the Finnish way: With a ham.

In Scandinavia they have a Christmas ham as a tradition. It takes four hours to make. So without further ado, enjoy this gift from Finnish agency 358. It's kind of like a yule log, but meatier.

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BETC celebrate 40 years of street art in Paris

BETC, just released General Graffiti, a book celebrating 40 years of street art in Paris. The book was written by street artist Karim Boukercha with photographs like the ones above by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre. The book is coming out via publisher Dominique Carré, One of the highlights is the Magasins Généraux building in Pantin. Not only does it have a history of being a street artist hang out but in 2016 BETC plans to move there.

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South Dakota Yanks Their Don't Jerk And Drive Campaign

Yes, this is real. And yes, I am thirteen. The South Dakota Department of Public Safety -tee hee-- pulled -- tee hee -- its new public service campaign encouraging drivers not to jerk the steering wheel on icy roads after people complained that the ad contained double entendres. In other words, it was guilty of being written by a Copy Wanker, to use Dabitch's phrase.
The best part? It was intentional. According to the Argus Leader:

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PETA's bukkake "don't swallow" ad pulled

PETA; true to their tasteless sexist form decided to erect a billboard in Nottingham protesting milk. “Some bodily fluids are bad for you. Don't swallow. Ditch Dairy.” the line read, next to an image of a woman whose face and hair had chunks of white stuff sprayed all over it. Yes, it looks like bukkake, and considering the cheeky line, that was the point.

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Agency 358 revamps Finnish beer brand Lapin Kulta

My favorite Finns at Agency 358 just revamped Lapin Kulta, a lager that now looks, at least to me, a lot more premium than it used to. The red northern star on the packaging is a nod to the fact that the beer is ever moving forward. Nice and clean and crisp. Just like the beer. Love it.

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7up, took over a London bus with an urban knitting campaign #feelsgoodtobeyou

You may have seen it all over twitter already, the knit-bombed London bus. A stark contrast to this seasons grey skies. Magda Sayeg and her team of 12 fellow knitters from Austin, Texas completed the design, bringing thousands of square feet of yarn that filled almost 20 suitcases to the UK. Dressing up the bus took three days, and you can see the result driving around London now.

The making of the bus:

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"Exit" and the city Wunsiedel turn a neo-Nazi march into a charity run.

In a guerilla action stunt the charity "Exit", which helps people out of neo-Nazi groups, turned a neo-Nazi march into a walk for charity. Simultaneously speaking to their target - that's neo-Nazis who want to leave who might possibly be in the march - while using them as a way to promote the charity. Ballsy. Oh, so very ballsy.

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Updating facebook in realtime via your bracelet x2

You remember the "real life like buttons that Coca Cola used in their amusement park back in 2010? A very simple idea, user data in IDF bracelets, allowed teens to "like" things as they enjoyed the park, and it updated their facebook in realtime. The park itself enjoyed the ability to brag about the most "liked" rides and the extended social media outreach gossiping teens provided.

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Giant pink condoms covering tall things - Twice

When the giant hot pink condom in Sydney was put on a landmark in Sydney last week, we had a severe sense of Deja Vu. The Aids Council of New South Wales (Acon) created the “I’m ON” campaign to encourage safe sex among gay men, but it's not the first time we've seen giant pink condoms raising Aids awareness.

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