In the eyes of many people, Donald Draper can do no wrong. But some probably have a beef with “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, and not just because he’s keeping us waiting until Mar. 25 to debut season five of the hit show. Featuring a still with a close resemblance of the show’s iconic opening, the first poster teasing the upcoming premiere
appears to also closely resemble the agonizing 9/11 photo “The Falling Man.”
Another celebrity is apologizing for remarks he made in reference to 9/11. Mark Wahlberg—you know, Marky Mark, who once collaborated with the Funky Bunch—is in hot water after claiming
he would have thwarted the terrorists on one of the jets that slammed into the World Trade Center. Walhberg was scheduled to be on one of the flights. He has since apologized for the “irresponsible” suggestion.
Alas, mistakes happen. Just ask the editors of The Oregonian
, where a typo
was front-page news—because that’s where it appeared.
Users unhappy with Facebook’s incessant redesigns might see its Timeline as a mistake, but that hasn’t stopped the social network from announcing the immediate integration of 60 various apps
—including Pinterest, eBay, and Foursquare—with more still to come.
And if your company isn’t using third-party Facebook plugins on its Web pages, you might want to pitch the idea. Those plugins keep visitors on sites 50 percent longer
, and they view twice as many pages.
As for what’s next in retail technology, the mall kiosk is getting a digital facelift. Using Windows software, Microsoft predicts its Kinect system—co-developed with Razorfish—will detect personal characteristics
(such as age) to better suggest clothing options to consumers.
Perhaps you could better suggest doll options to fans of Barbie in Iran, where the nation’s “morality police” have banned the child’s toy as part of what Time reports
is “their ‘soft war’ against Western influence.”
In Baltimore, “Poe Toaster,” a mysterious man in black clothing with a white scarf and wide-brimmed hat who regularly appears at Edgar Allan Poe’s gravesite on his birthday, failed to turn up this year making it the third year in a row
he’s been a no show, perhaps finally closing the book on a tradition dating back to the 1940s.
Keeping with Super Bowl tradition, clients have amped up their outlandish PR strategies, hoping to spin some coverage by claiming their ads have been banned
from the Big Game. Kicking it off this year: TheBigAndTheBeautiful.com.
For brands looking to garner interest on their own, former P&G marketing leader Jim Stengel argues
to stop hiring operators to run your business. Instead, look to artists.
Stengel, along with research agency Millward Brown, also makes a case that each of the top 50 fasting-growing brands between 2000 and 2010 have been driven by ideals
Meanwhile, one of our most iconic brands, Playboy, announced its decision to move the entirety of its Chicago headquarters to Los Angeles
after it revealed just last month plans to take its editorial department out west.
The porn industry on the other hand has threatened to move out of L.A.
if an ordinance takes effects that would requires its actors to use condoms.
While legislatures in the U.S. are cracking down on adult filmmakers, Sweden’s tourism board is bolstering “the world’s most democratic Twitter account
,” in which every week since December, a different citizen has taken over the reigns of the handle @sweden
. The program has featured a female priest, an ad exec, an organic sheep farmer, and a lesbian truck driver.
President Obama hopes to keep a firm grasp on America’s reigns, unveiling his first TV ad for his reelection campaign:
Not unfamiliar with big unveilings, Apple has asked you to join them Thursday “for an education announcement in the Big Apple
,” rumored to center around textbook development.
Maybe Apple should develop pedestrian-friendly headphones to go with its iPods and iPhones. According to new research, the number of people seriously injured or killed while walking and wearing headphones has tripled in the last seven years