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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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Literal branding: Advertising on strippers bodies

Show Palace strip club now offers temporary tattoos on their strippers as advertising space. Yep. The word "branding" is feeling rather icky in this context.

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Making your portfolio look like Lürzers Archive: Badlanded!

This Badlander is fun! Creatives René Schultz and Casper Christensen wanted to get their portfolio in front of creative directors, who are notoriously hard to get an appointment with. They decided to disguise their portfolio as Lürzer's Archive magazine, containing all of their work, QR codes leading to online videos and even fake interview articles with themselves.

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INTEL clarifies: We are not "anti woman"

Intel has issued a statement regarding pulling their ads from Gamasutra to clarify a few simple things. Like, pulling ads does not mean they're "bowing down to a movement that’s trying to keep women out of technology" as bloggers are painting it as.

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Badass branding can move you.

Even before google ad-sponsored piracy and Spotify’s abysmal streaming rates eradicated the chances of making a respectable living, musicians have supplemented their incomes with day jobs until their dreams of making it big came true. R.E.M.’s Peter Buck worked in a record store. Soul Coughing front man Mike Doughty worked the door at The Knitting Factory.

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Photographer bugged out of business by copyright infringement

I could make a better headline than Arstechnicas
Bugging out: How rampant online piracy squashed one insect photographer
. Photographer Alex Wild who has made photographing insects his speciality writes about the pros, and giant cons of the rampant infringement on the internet and his experiences.

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Fake marketing agency fakes 4chan fake leak of Emma Watson nudes

If the headline seems oblique, it's because the story is a onion-layered mess of hoaxes playing the blame game, and reporters being all too willing to spread incorrect information in the hopes of getting the fabled first Google news hit scoop traffic. That traffic is golden.

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Clean Air poem printed in "smog-eating" material absorbs pollution

British poet Simon Armitage wrote "In Praise of Air," which does exactly what it says on the tin:

I write in praise of air. I was six or five/when a conjurer opened my knotted fist/and I held in my palm the whole of the sky./I've carried it with me ever since.

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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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