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- Firebrands launched a preview of their 24 hour, best of advertising network that will span online and mobile. More on this when it releases.
- Arun Rajagopal reports that the Age of Conversation has made the cover story of the Dubai-based Khaleej Times ‘Weekend’ magazine! Go Arun!
- Sean Scott points to a cool new Google widget that Starbucks has built. It allows you to see the locations near you and invite others to meet you there.
And in other news:
- CK and David Reich point out a new service from Pudding Media where they listen to your conversation, discern what you're talking about and then send you ads in email after your call. They claim not to record any info, but it seems a little creepy to me.
- David Armano has a very insightful piece on why execs are having a hard time in the world of new media.
- You know those crazy "Will It Blend" videos on YouTube? Well, they've increased BlendTech's sales five times over. No TV, no print, no radio. Just the power of people.
- Apple is entering into a firestorm with the new iPhone update. The update has seemingly rendered hundreds of unlocked iPhones useless. This wouldn't be a problem if these people weren't the most zealous Apple fans around.
- The WSJ has a story about CBS's new online video initiative. The site will offer shows as well as short-form videos a la YouTube.
- Microsoft has launched a new shopping search system with user ratings built in.
- Toad reminds us again that "Your Brand Is Not My Friend" in this post. Can't wait to read his inaugural MarketingProfs post on Monday.
- I loved this post from the blog Buenos Aires Spotting. The world's first reverse marathon was run on September 8th through Parque Centenario. Runners used CDs fixed to hats to see what was behind them.
- Steve Rubel is at it again. He's moving his whole online life and the mining of data into Gmail. Can't wait to see where he takes this and how he manipulates the data to add value.
- Joost announced a partnership with MLB. I still wonder who cares about this? Is anybody actually using Joost? Other services are delivering the same experience through a web browser without the annoying application.
- Mack points out some excellent examples of why companies need to care about social media.
- Google acquired the company Zingku which provides mobile social networking functionality. They could add this to Orkut.
- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was seen in Seattle last week allegedly to talk with Microsoft execs.
- Having some fun with Web2.0, check out this simulator application.
- Twiddeo has combined video and Twitter to create a new service. Will watch to see adoption here.
- I thought the day would never come, but LinkedIn has finally added profile photos!
- Armani is the latest retailer to move into virtual worlds as they opened a store in Second Life.
- YouTube is now offering channels to non-profits to help them promote their message. On a similar note, Pure Digital (makers of the Flip video camera) are offering a million camcorders for non-profits. Combine the two and you have a great platform to show people why you matter to your community.
- Product placement in user generated videos? Yep, check out this post on Sprinwise.
- Could Apple be resurrecting the Newton sometime early next year?
- Are you "too busy" to blog? Mark's got a great post and some tips. It's definitely a balancing act.
- Looking for numbers on the velocity of Facebook's growth? Look no further.
- Also in Facebook-land, Facebook IM should be launching in the next couple of weeks to enable real-time communication among the users.
- Facebook's also passed MySpace as top network in the UK.
- Want to work in advertising? Check out this clip from agency BBH.
- Doubleclick has launched a new mobile ad serving service as Google launched their mobile AdSense.
- Not all Apple ads are brilliant and on target. Check out the top 10 worst of all time.
- Rohit looks at why people like Twitter. I totally agree with him on this. Poor Mark Simon.
- Google's rumored to be prepping a Second Life competitor.
- Valeria interviews Madison Avenue Journal editor Tim McHale.
Top Five Web2.0 Movers of the Week (using Alexa data)
Top Ten Marketing Blogs from Viral Garden
- Seth's blog
- Duct Tape Marketing
- Logic + Emotion
- Search Engine Guide
- Diva Marketing
- Daily Fix
- What's Next
- Brand Autopsy
- Drew's Marketing Minute
- Influential Marketing
View the top full top 25
Top Ten Marketing Blogs from the AdAge Power 150
AdAge is having an issue with Technorati scoring this week so I am not listing the top ten.
Top 5 "Viral" Videos This Week
- UF Police Taser Student (has spawned an onslaught of 'Don't tase me bro' t-shirts)
- Leave Britney alone
- Mind Gundy press conference
- Alicia Keys - No one
- Fight for Kisses
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