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Ads on Snapchat? Yes, very soon.

In Vanity Fair, of all places, we find Snapchat C.E.O. Evan Spiegel teasing the idea of ads on Snapchat

Spiegel revealed that advertising would be coming to the app “soon.”


“We’re cutting through the new technology around ads to the core of it, which is telling a story,” he said. “People are going to see the first Snapchat ads soon, they’re going to be around our Stories product.”

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Steam and Twitch now requiring disclosure of sponsored content

In news that might impact video game clients and the ad agencies who make their ads, and one which wil hopefully effect gamers in a positive way (which we haven't been seeing much as of late) Twitch and Steam are finally catching up to the FTC's more recent updates from last year concerning sponsored content and native advertising, and updating their ToS to reflect the change. Sponsored content. I love that phrase. See the image above? That was sponsored content from like 1957 or something. No one bristled at it then.

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#Gamergate OP deleted from Github the official reply to "why?"

Yesterday a repository called "Gamergate OP" was deleted from collaboration-site Github, for the moment you can see see it via Google Cache. I emailed Github to get clarification as to why.

I asked the following questions:

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Tribal NY show you the highs and lows of DXM abuse

DXM is an active ingredient in over-the-counter couch medicines. It's a cheap way to get high. And it's been around for a while. When I was in high school they called it Robotripping. Anyway, like the majority of drugs, the side effects of quaffing massive quantities of cough syrup are quite unpleasant.

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iBeacon, it's just like Minority Report but with more shopping

If you work in advertising you’ve probably heard vague and yet meaningful whisperings of this new iBeacon technology (Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0 to be precise). If so, you’re probably wondering what it can do for you, and how you can sell it to your client for a massive suitcase of cash. As someone who’s spent weeks researching the field, here’s the facts.

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Tweet support to the protestors in Hong Kong with StandByYou #occupycentral

Use Occupier.hk/StandByYou to show your support to the protestors in Hong Kong directly via twitter. Your tweets are projected in realtime on a large wall in the current area of protest. This is a media art project in solidarity with the Occupy Central with Love and Peace action, by 'Add Oil' Machine' Sampson Wong. It works quite well, but lacks the website showing an image of your message on the wall, probably due to limitations of electricity/data and ability to lug gear around.

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Never fear, the BEER app is here - first YO! clone asks "beer!?"

I have a feeling that Beer?! will be a very popular app among us adgrunts. With a quick tap-tap you invite all the friends you care to drink with out for a beer. When emojis simply won't do! Amazing, isn't it, we've actually gotten so lazy in our social life that we want a quick tap-tap to ask friends out for a . The mind boggles. Whatever mindblowing forward-thinking futuristic app-solution will we think of next?

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Pound and Grain creates multi-platform campaign for Gentle Fawn

Gentle Fawn is a Vancouver-based women's clothing company that has been around for ten years. They used to sell exclusively to distributors. Now they're selling direct-to-consumer. To mark this change, Vancouver-based digital shop Pound And Grain gave Gentle Fawn a revamp, with an improved website and e-commerce experience, not to mention a social media and content marketing plans.

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Microsoft buys Minecraft, Notch retires from Mojang

Microsoft has announced that they have bought Minecraft for $2.5 billion in what on the surface looks like a really unlikely deal where the establishment just bought the most popular indie game in the world.

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Adrian Belew launches a Kickstarter for his app called FLUX

We've talked a lot at Adland about how the advancement of technology has unfortunately eroded some of our ethical standards, especially when it comes to music. And yet for every musician rightly shaking their fist at what streaming, webcasting and big tech companies have done to their livelihood, a few are attempting to circumvent the issues.

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