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Careful What You Tweet For

When a staffer at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo posted a link to “The Daily Show” on Twitter, the American and Egyptian governments learned the power of social media; with digital product placement, editors can integrate advertisements into film or television scenes that were never there to begin with; meanwhile, to make way for a parking lot near the 2014 World Cup stadium site in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian authorities are kicking indigenous squatters out. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Instagram Soon Can Sell Your Photos to Advertisers Without Compensation or Notification

Here’s something to think about the next time you want to Instagram a photograph: A shift in the photo-sharing website’s policy means that picture could be sold to an advertiser and used without payment or your permission.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Death of a Spam Network

Rustock, the world’s largest spam e-mail network, has been disabled by a coordinated action between Microsoft and the FBI, effectively reducing worldwide spam by up to a whopping 39 percent.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 READ MORE


Rich Media, Poor Democracy

As the 2010 elections come to a close, the biggest winner of all remains undeclared: the broadcasters. The biggest loser: democracy.

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE


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Location, Location, Location

The trend of geographical location is coming to Facebook. “Places,” the new feature to be implemented in coming weeks, will allow Facebook users to phone home not only their personal information and consumer preferences but their actual physical location to their friends (and advertisers).

Posted on Aug 19, 2010 READ MORE



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Funding Campaigns ... Anonymously

The ridiculous Supreme Court decision to let corporations spend whatever they want on behalf of political candidates just got more ridiculous: Lawyers say that under the ruling there’s a loophole that would allow companies to do so anonymously.

Posted on Feb 28, 2010 READ MORE



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Downsizing Charlie Brown’s Christmas

The cartoon “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is a classic that offers us an endearing and memorable message against yuletide commercialism. But ABC must not have been paying attention, as it cut several key scenes from the program to add even more space for—you guessed it—advertisements.

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 READ MORE


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Obama ‘09, Available on Xbox

If it seems that you can’t escape Barack Obama’s ubiquitous smiling mug no matter where you go, be careful to not turn on your Xbox. Obama has become the first presidential candidate to buy ad space inside a video game. Among the games are the popular “Madden ‘09” football and “Burnout: Paradise” racing.

Posted on Oct 15, 2008 READ MORE


Her Majesty’s Secret Service Wants You!

For the first time in its history, the UK’s equivalent of the CIA is advertising for agents. The MI6 website says: “Staff who join SIS can look forward to ... a stimulating and rewarding career which, like [James] Bond’s, will be in the service of their country.”

Posted on Apr 28, 2006 READ MORE


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From the Free Press

Report: Corporate Propaganda Has Infiltrated TV News

An expose by the Center for Media and Democracy and Free Press caught 77 local stations passing off advertisements as legitimate news.

Posted on Apr 6, 2006 READ MORE


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