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10 unusual things you'll find in a Google office...

Okay, we know their tax-paying record is a bit wobbly. And they caved in to the Chinese censors way too easily. And they're keeping a troubling amount of data on us all. But don't you fancy working for Google - even if it's just for a week or two....

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Leaders

New campaign aims to reduce 'women as objects' in advertising

Today is International Women's Day, so it's rather appropriate to ask ourselves, as an industry, whether we are actually taking gender equality seriously. Badger & Winters say we're still part of the problem, not the solution. Badger & Winters is an...

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Native advertising may be the future, but at what cost?

Radical moves at BBC Three and The Independent (they've both moved to on-line only platforms) is all the proof we need that UK media is furiously chasing around trying to find the new paradigm. A financially sustainable platform with a healthy,...

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Introducing the first completely offbeat 360° video

Technology, eh? Undoubtedly very handy, but full of concepts with funny names and purposes seemingly designed to befuddle and confuse. Take 'offbeat 360° video' for example. Who on earth would have the first idea what that is? Perhaps not you,...

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What's the point of ads which don't reflect the truth?

The famous advertising agency McCann Erickson's founding motto is 'Truth Well Told'. I've always admired this as much more than a simple corporate strapline, but as a guiding principle for all creative marketing and advertising ventures. I was...

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BBC3 as an online channel: Innovative or Desperate?

BBC Three will become the first TV channel in the world to make the switch from a linear broadcast channel to online-first destination. The reinvented BBC Three will offer TV shows to stream and download through new homes The Best Of and BBC Three on...

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The Independent closes its print editions to go online only

For some time, it hasn't been a question of 'if' but 'when' and 'who'. Well, now we know the answer. The Independent (and its Sunday title) is the first national UK newspaper to surrender its print edition and become a digital-only...

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Why Valentine's Day is so attractive to malicious hackers

At the moment, there is much debate and argument in politics and elsewhere, regarding the renewal of the UK's Trident nuclear deterrent. But as some wise souls have pointed out, the most significant threat to the country may well not come from...

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How technology is shaking up the voice-over industry

I guess you know you're an advertising geek when you spend time spotting which actor is currently doing the voice-over on which spot for which brand. At the moment Caroline Quentin and Hugh Dennis seem to be leading the pack in the UK, with at least...

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Snickers bring Marilyn Monroe to the Superbowl in a brand new ad

Despite the fact that very few Brits have the slightest idea how American Football works, we still manage to pick up on some of the buzz surrounding the annual Super Bowl action. And that's particularly true of those with a vested interest in...

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Inspiration

Havas Media put avocados in space for the Superbowl

There's no doubt that the UK advertising industry has always enjoyed an unrivalled reputation for innovation, creativity and flair. Despite much work becoming rather prosaic and generic in recent years, that reputation sustains and remains. However,...