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Play-Asia mocks "SJW nonsense" on twitter, gains fans & sells DOAX3 by the barrel

When Koei Tecmo the creators of the game Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, a volleyball game where the women fighter characters are on an island wearing skimpy bikinis, stated on their FB page that "We do not bring DOAX3 to the west", they seemed to have inadvertently made a great PR coup for the


The Economist infects readers with malware - via third party anti-adblocker

As ironic as it is embarrassing, the Economist has unwittingly infected their readers with malware, due to using a third-party analytics to detect readers using ad-blockers.


ASA Rules Against Valve In Grand Theft Auto V Pricing Confusion

The Advertising Standards Authority ruled against Valve today, upholding a complaint arising from the sale of the game 'Grand Theft Auto V' in this year's Summer Sale. The complaint over misleading and inaccurate pricing was in regard to the game being offered as '25% off'.


Librarians upset by Airbnb's tone in new poster campaign

"Dear Public Library System, Please use the $12 million n hotel taxes to keep the library open later." - so reads one of the headlines in Airbnb's new poster campaign. Other headlines ask public works for "more bike lanes, like this one" or nudge the board of education to keep art in schools.


Ad Blockers kill Hillary Clinton's donations page

Today has been a day of discussing ad blockers, and here's yet another story on ad blocking side effects. Hillary Clinton's donation page simply does not work when you surf it wearing le internet condom.


Tinder demands removal of STD test billboard bought a few simple billboard spaces and got more bang for their buck by adding the names of straight-to-sex-datings apps "Tinder" and "Grindr" to it.


City Calling's ad stunt with "found a job" homeless signs offends Londoners

City Calling, the “fastest growing job board in the U.K.,” placed several cardboard signs around London that mimicked the look of a homeless's persons begging spot, complete with blanket, slippers and a dogs water bowl, except there was no homeless person there.


"Russians don't need visas" - nor do they need copyright

A funny thing happened on twitter today, David Patrikarakos found this snarktastic t-shirt that reads “Russians don’t need visas”.


Fox new anchor sues Hasbro over toy hamster with her name & "likeness"

Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner sued Hasbro this week over its plastic Harris Faulkner hamster, sold as part of the Pawtucket Littlest Pet Shop line in the


Interview with the man behind the controversial Sweden Democrat posters

Swedish sister admag Resumé has just published an interview with Joakim Wallerstein, the man responsible for the communication stra