Now Google buys Linked-In lookalike Angstro

Google has obviously decided that Facebook is where the future lies and is dashing the cash all over the place to acquire anything that might help it close on Mark Zuckerman’s social networking giant (recently valued at $33.7bn). It’s just ...

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BBC’s Mark Thompson blasts Sky – but fails to answer some important questions

BBC director-general Mark Thompson took our advice and loosed off all available barrels at former Sky boss James Murdoch, his forerunner as MacTaggart lecturer at the Edinburgh International TV Festival. Murdoch junior had accused the BBC of being too big ...

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Fresh Toyota recall crashes latest ad campaign

Whoops! After thinking it had put all the alarms of last year behind it with the whizzy new “Your Toyota, My Toyota,” campaign, the embattled carmaker has now announced another recall involving a million cars in the US. The models ...

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Aegis profit growth makes life harder for Vincent Bollore and Havas

Aegis shareholder Vincent Bollore, whose Havas empire owns 29.9 per cent of the media buying and research firm, is no doubt pleased to see Aegis revenues (up 4.4 per cent in the half year to June) and post tax profits ...

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Why has Interpublic axed the top trio at Draft FCB?

Which it has done in some style, escorting North American president Mark Modesto, CFO Bob Mallers and chief of staff Bill McCarthy out of the Chicago agency building on Wednesday evening. Whoever comprised IPG’s hit team was probably trying to ...

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Now Publicis aims to add Brazil’s Talent agency to AG2 acquisition

Publicis Groupe boss Maurice Levy seems to have decided that Brazil is where the action is and he’s expected to snap up another agency there, Talent, for around $200m and add it to his recent acquisition of digital agency AG2. ...

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Richard Desmond gets his timing spot on with purchase of Five

“Bring me lucky generals,” said Napoleon. One wonders quite what l’empereur would have made of the !8th century equivalent of Richard Desmond (they’d probably have got on famously) but Dessie, who recently paid £103m for UK terrestrial broadcaster Five, seems ...

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