MEDIA///WIEDEN+KENNEDY LAUNCHES W+K ENTERTAINMENT AND NEW “D.I.Y. AMERICA” SHORT FILM SERIES

February 10, 2010  |  art, Beautiful Losers, Film, Media, News  |  Comments Off

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Portland-based advertising agency and Supertouch buddies WIEDEN+KENNEDY has quitely launched its own online alternative media outlet, W+K ENTERTAINMENT, and the first significant offerings include a short film series by AARON ROSE titled "D.I.Y. AMERICA". Basically an extension of the previous Beautiful Losers film & traveling art show, the shorts further examine the fertile artistic culture of skateboarding and the influence its had on modern underground visual culture, with additional feature episodes on Os Gemeos and Swoon. Watch the entire series HERE...

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TECH///GOOGLE ANNOUNCES PLANS TO BUILD HIGH SPEED BROADBAND NETWORK 100 TIMES FASTER THAN CURRENT SYSTEM

February 10, 2010  |  Media, News, Tech  |  Comments Off

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Hot on the heels of the release of Buzz, its new social networking app, GOOGLE has announced its plans to build an experimental, ultra high speed broadband network that will ultimately lay waste to the current network as we know it:

“Imagine sitting in a rural health clinic, streaming three-dimensional medical imaging over the web, and discussing a unique condition with a specialist in New York. Or downloading a high-definition, full-length feature film in less than five minutes. Or collaborating with classmates around the world while watching live 3D video of a university lecture. Universal, ultra high-speed Internet access will make all this, and more possible. We've urged the FCC to look at new, and creative ways to get there in its National Broadband Plan – and now we're announcing an experiment of our own.

Google is planning to build, and test ultra-high speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the country. We'll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We'll offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000, and potentially up to 500,000 people.

As a first step, we're putting out a Request for Information (RFI) to help identify interested communities. We welcome responses from local government, as well as members of the public.

Our goal is to experiment with new ways to help make Internet access better, and faster for everyone. Here are some specific things that we have in mind:

• Next generation apps: We want to see what developers and users can do with ultra high-speeds, whether it's creating new bandwidth-intensive "killer apps" and services, or other uses we can't yet imagine.

•New deployment techniques: We'll test new ways to build fiber networks, and to help inform and support deployments elsewhere, we'll share key lessons learned with the world.

• Openness and choice: We'll operate an "open access" network, giving users the choice of multiple service providers. And consistent with our past advocacy, we'll manage our network in an open, non-discriminatory, and transparent way."
*Click HERE to apply to become a network test member....

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NEWS///MEDIA///GOOGLE INVADES SOCIAL NETWORKING SPACE WITH “BUZZ”

February 9, 2010  |  Media, News  |  Comments Off

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GOOGLE’s big foray into social networking hit the interweb today with the rollout of BUZZ, a hybrid social service integrating YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter functionality to Gmail accounts in an effort to streamline Google users’ interaction with all platforms simultaneously. Sound like a mouthful? It is. Luckily, our friends at TECH CRUNCH have broken it down for the rest of us:

"Imagine taking elements of Twitter, Yammer, Foursquare, Yelp, and other social services, and shoving them together into one package. Now imagine covering that package in a layer that looks a lot like FriendFeed. Now imagine shoving that package inside of Gmail. That’s Buzz." —TechCrunch

Of course, much of the hype generated by today's announcement stems from Google's carefully cultivated Apple-like stranglehold on the media, as both Microsoft and Yahoo have rolled out vaguely similar products in recent times to little or no public fanfare whatsoever. It was a fact not overlooked by the gloomy rivals who issued the following bitter rebuttals:

“Busy people don’t want another social network, what they want is the convenience of aggregation. We’ve done that. Hotmail customers have benefitted from Microsoft working with Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and 75 other partners since 2008.” – Microsoft statement on Google Buzz

"It’s been almost a year and a half since we first launched Yahoo! Updates – a social feature that lets people share their status, content and online activities and stay connected to what their friends and family are doing on Yahoo! and across the Web" —Yahoo statement on Google Buzz

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AFRICA///SPORT///THE CULTURAL ROOTS OF AFRICAN FOOTBALL

February 8, 2010  |  Media, News, Sport  |  Comments Off

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As AFRICA makes sporting history by hosting the first-ever WORLD CUP on its soil this year (in South Africa), numerous tributes to the "beautiful game's" deep African heritage have popped up, from the film "Invictus" to painter Kehinde Wiley's recent visual homage. The most insightful, in-depth commentary so far, however, has come from the BBC's "The Changing World" series which chronicles the history of the country's involvement in the sport from street ball and the formation of the Kaizer Chiefs to the aparthied-led fracture of the game and ultimately, its 2010 WC redemption.

Listen: •PART I •PART II

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NEWS///MEDIA///HAS TWITTER “TWATTED OUT”?

February 8, 2010  |  Media, News  |  Comments Off

DEAD TWITT

THE TWEET HEREAFTER
Just how effective is Twitter as a marketing tool? Some brands sing its praises, others think the service has whistled its last tune

By Todd Wasserman | AD WEEK

If you're a marketer who has steered clear of Twitter, your (non)strategy may be paying off! It's possible that this Twitter thing may just take care of itself.

In the middle of last year, Twitter's growth slowed from 7.8 million new users a month to 6.2 million, according to a recent study from RJ Metrics. That report also found that only 17 percent of Twitter users updated their accounts in December -- an all-time low. An earlier study by the Nielsen Co. revealed 60 percent of Twitter users do not return from one month to the next. Taking that into account, it's tempting to conclude that Twitter is following in the footsteps of another social-media ghost town, Second Life.

In fairness, the raw data may be deceptive. Twitter's proponents argue that its numbers appear low because so many people access Twitter via ways other than its Web site. But some marketers are ready to write the microblogging service off. "I'm not a big fan of Twitter," says Joel Ewanick, group vp of marketing for Hyundai. "My Twitter meter has gone down." Ewanick says he finds Facebook, which has copied most of Twitter's best features, to be a superior platform. "[Twitter has] become the butt of a joke. You start seeing in popular culture people making fun of Twitter." Geoff Cottrill, CMO for Converse, seconded that. Click HERE to continue reading...

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MEDIA///THE BEST SUPER BOWL ADS 2010 EDITION

February 8, 2010  |  Media, News, Sport  |  Comments Off


Mr Burns goes broke in this Simpsons spot...

Luckily yesterday's SUPER BOWL was all high drama as the SAINTS swept the COLTS because the million dollar commercials were pretty weak this year. Here's the ST recap of the game's best breaks...

watch ALL of them HERE
We can't vouch for Will.I.Am, but Manson AND Bin Laden in a Super Bowl Spot?!? This might just be the heaviest one ever...


We're totally sick of KISS and would be happy to never see Gene Simmons again, but seeing MINI KISS finally get their due gets our vote...


This really captures the daily disgust-itude of office life pretty nicely...


Amazing it took VW this long to embrace the ultimate corporate cultural phenomenon: "punch buggy"...


MUNO's big acting debut...


BETTY WHITE and ABE VIGODA getting sacked. Fantasy Football indeed...


DAVE and JAY feel the grudge in OPRAH's living room. Amazing...

THE BANNED MANCRUNCH SUPER BOWL AD (apparently guys feeling each other up in football uniforms is less "gay" than guys making out, somehow):

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