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McDonald’s Picks Huge Over Accenture for U.S. Digital Experience Design Work

McDonald’s has concluded its latest agency review, hiring Huge to handle U.S. digital design and user experience work, according to two parties with direct knowledge of the matter. It’s a major win for the IPG network, which will soon open its first Chicago office to serve the fast-food giant. McDonald’s declined to comment on the…[…]

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There are now over 3 billion social media users in the world — about 40 percent of the global population

There are now over 3 billion (!!!) people logging onto social media accounts around the world, meaning that almost half of the world’s population spends at least part of their day updating their status or story.  A new report compiled by Hootsuite and We Are Social and published by The Next Web found that there[…]

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Publicis CEO Promises to Cut Through ‘the Noise’ Over His Cannes Surprise With an Open Twitter Q&A

Much to the chagrin of Publicis Groupe CEO and chairman Arthur Sadoun, a lot of the conversation at this year’s Cannes Lions festival concerns Marcel, the AI-powered platform/robot/running joke Sadoun cast as the solution to his holding company’s operational challenges. While some are hailing his decision to sit out all awards and trade shows for…[…]

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Former Kargo Sales Exec Awarded $40 Million in Arbitration Over Sexual Discrimination, Wrongful Termination

Alexis Berger, former svp of sales for the Midwest and West Coast offices of mobile advertising company Kargo, has been awarded more than $ 40 million in a third-party arbitration ruling obtained by Adweek. The case alleged that Berger had been a victim of gender discrimination, retaliation, equal pay violation, violation of wage law and[…]

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U.S. visa applicants may have to hand over their social media handles

If you’re applying for a visa in the United States, the U.S. government may want to follow you on social media. The State Department wants more United States visa applicants to hand over their social media handles, according to Reuters.  SEE ALSO: Why Trump’s latest speech is a big deal for Silicon Valley Though the[…]

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I tried to join an Instagram pod and it was like high school all over again

When I left high school in 2006, I thought I’d kissed goodbye to the days of not being one of the cool kids. But, 11 years on, I’m back to feeling like the class loser. And it’s all thanks to Instagram “pods”. An Insta pod is a secret group of bloggers who join forces in[…]

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Death of an Ogilvy Philippines Employee Sparks Renewed Debate Over Work-Life Balance at Agencies

A young brand strategist with Ogilvy & Mather Philippines died last weekend after purportedly working overtime while suffering from pneumonia. Mark David Dehesa spent less than a year with the PR division of Ogilvy’s Manila office. He’d previously worked in accounts with Publicis, JWT and BBDO. His death on Sunday has already stoked the debate…[…]

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Twitter can’t get over this English cricketer who was sold for $2 million at the IPL auctions

The Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions were held in Bangalore on Monday. For the uninitiated, IPL is a Twenty20 cricket tournament held in India in April-May and draws players from across the globe in a month-long extravaganza.  This is its tenth year and the English Premier League replica is now one of the richest and[…]

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When the trolls come at you over birth control coverage, here’s what to say

If you’re a woman who, on the internet, has tried to defend widely accessible and affordable birth control, you probably know all the counterarguments by heart: “Why should my tax dollars make it easy for you to have sex?” “I don’t want to pay for what you do in the bedroom”“Don’t have sex if you[…]

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D.C. police demand Facebook hand over data on Trump protesters

Police in Washington, D.C. want Facebook to hand over data on protesters. The D.C. police department subpoenaed Facebook for information regarding several protesters arrested while demonstrating against the inauguration of President Donald Trump on Jan. 20.  SEE ALSO: A Facebook Live video of torture stayed up for 30 minutes. Why? A document obtained on Monday[…]

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Legal action over boxing livestream highlights Facebook’s piracy problem

The presence of questionable content on Facebook Live is nothing new, but getting sued for it? That’s a little more unusual. Two Australian men may be facing legal action after they streamed a highly anticipated boxing match on Facebook Live. To the chagrin of the cable television company Foxtel, Darren Sharpe and Brett Hevers livestreamed[…]

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Twitter reacts with anger as tech CEOs offer to reach out to Trump over immigration ban

Elon Musk says he wants to help.  On Saturday, the famous entrepreneur tweeted a mild rebuke of a recent executive order signed by President Donald Trump that temporarily blocked immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries before part of the order itself was blocked by a federal judge. On Sunday, Musk tweeted an offer to bring specific[…]

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Airline skewers vlogger over stowaway video they say is 100% fake

Adam Saleh, you cheeky self-proclaimed “professional idiot,” you.  The YouTube vlogger’s recent video titled “I smuggled myself on a plane to another city and it worked!! (in a suitcase)” has racked up well over 2 million views.  But the airline featured in the video have publicly slammed it silly — alleging the whole thing is[…]

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How Pokemon, a Game Inspired by Insect Collecting, Took Over the World

It all started with bug collecting. As a child growing up in the rural outskirts of Tokyo, Satoshi Tajiri lived for trapping insects. He loved the way they moved, their colors and variety. He wanted, you might say, to catch them all.   When he reached his teens, Tajiri also grew to love video games,[…]

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How social media amplified anger over EpiPen’s price gouge

On Thursday, amid mounting pressure from the public and politicians alike, the drug company that makes EpiPens finally promised to do something about their often astronomical price. With 118,000 signatures asking Congress to “stop the EpiPen price gouging” and everyone from Hillary Clinton to Sarah Jessica Parker weighing in, drug maker Mylan has said it[…]

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Diversity Advocates Are Dumbfounded as Saatchi Chairman Claims Gender Bias Is ‘Over’

Depressing. Damaging. Nonsense. Dead wrong. These are just a few of the many terms being used to describe Saatchi & Saatchi chairman Kevin Roberts' recent comments on women in advertising, and the chorus of angry voices is likely to continue growing. This week, when asked about the ongoing industry discussion of gender balance and the[…]