Friday, February 29, 2008
  • Media, Interactive Services Propel WPP Growth: Social Nets Prove A Boon For PR, Not Advertising

    Media investment management, as well as digital and interactive media services, continued to show the strongest growth of any of U.K. ad giant WPP Group's marketing and communications services during 2007. According to year-end results released early this morning, media services revenues rose 14% over 2006, outpacing WPP's overall reportable revenue growth rate of 4.7%. ...Read the whole story

  • SearchIgnite: Google's Demise Not Imminent

    [Search] The sky is not falling. According to data from a new SearchIgnite report, clicks on Google search ads were up by almost 46% in January and mid-February--in contrast to the downward trend reported by comScore on Monday. ...Read the whole story

  • Execs Outline Video-Startup Survival Guide

    [Video] Some executives betting on broadband video were struck by the news this week that "quarterlife"--the first Web-based series ever picked up by a major TV network--delivered NBC's worst ratings for its time slot in at least 20 years. But not those gathered Thursday for a panel discussion on the future of Web video. Web-born hits will take time, they said, and will only come to those willing to wait. ...Read the whole story

  • Groups Argue To Save Whistleblower Site Wikileaks

    [Online Publishing] A broad array of civil rights groups and news organizations today will ask a federal judge to vacate an injunction ordering the takedown of the whistle-blower site Wikileaks.org. The groups are arguing that the Feb. 15 order, issued by federal district court judge Jeffrey White in San Francisco, infringes on First Amendment freedom of speech rights. ...Read the whole story

  • Sprint Offers 'Simply Everything' With Unlimited Plan

    [Mobile] Responding to the recent round of $100 unlimited calling plans from competitors, Sprint upped the ante Thursday, announcing an unlimited plan that covers not only voice but data, text, e-mail, Web surfing and other premium services at the same price. ...Read the whole story

  • Liberty Mutual Doubles Spend To Back Web-Based Films

    Boston-based insurance company Liberty Mutual is doubling its marketing spend this year to back a raft of Web-based films that carry its "do the right thing" theme to a Web movie effort, The Responsibility Project, at responsibilityproject.com. ...Read the whole story

And It's One, Two, Three, What Are We Fightin' For...?

There is a discussion on a list I belong to about how pervasive automation is becoming in our lives, particularly the online advertising industry, and if that is a good thing or a bad thing. Although ...More