Deceptive Practices And Privacy Violations Challenged

USA Today reports on organized resistance to unchecked/underegulated online marketing. A non-profit consumer advocacy group plans to ask federal regulators Wednesday to rein in the fast-growing $100 billion online marketing industry. The Center for Digital Democracy is expected to file a Federal Trade Commission complaint asking the agency to investigate online advertisers. It also wants […]

Jane Pauley Appears In Advertorial Against Her Will

According to The New York Times, Jane Pauley–who made her bipolar disorder public knowledge in 2004–claims she was duped into appearing in an advertising supplement for manufacturers of psychotherapeutic drugs. The television news anchor Jane Pauley has sued The New York Times, saying she was misled to believe she was being interviewed for an article […]

What The World Needs Now: Greener Apples

Greenpeace wants Apple to reform its ways. We love Apple. Apple knows more about “clean” design than anybody, right? So why do Macs, iPods, iBooks and the rest of their product range contain hazardous substances that other companies have abandoned? A cutting edge company shouldn’t be cutting lives short by exposing children in China and […]

Keeping It Country

According to WSMV-TV, a Nashville bar bans people from wearing well-loved hip hop clothing brands. It’s nothing new to establish a dress codes at bars or restaurants, but what if someone said you couldn’t wear your favorite outfit—because of the name brand? That happened at On The Rocks, a bar near Music Row, and some […]


According to Information Week , a highly influential money man says don’t put your money in marketing. Venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson doesn’t see any reason for startups to budget funds for marketing anymore. Indeed, Jurvetson, a partner with the legendary Silicon Valley venture firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson, has one question for companies that do. Why? […]

Pestitcides Are Not Refreshing

Turkish newspaper, Zaman, brings us this twisted story of two beverage behemoths gone bad: India parliament agreed on ban of Coca-Cola and PepsiCo products following last week’s discovery of toxic chemicals in the Indian manufactured cola products. The New Delhi-based Center for Science and Environment said last week that tests conducted on 57 samples found […]

More Customer Non-Service

Consumers—equipped with video and audio recording devices and sites to place said media—are putting customer service reps and the companies they work for on notice. Last week we shared the AOL customer service debacle. Now, there’s another sickening display of incompetence at which one may only marvel. According to the New York Times: Two weeks […]

No One Likes A Tattle Tale

According to Reuters, the British press is resisting moves by Yahoo that have led to the jailing of pro-democracy activists in China. The union representing journalists in Ireland and the UK called on its 40,000 members to boycott all Yahoo! products and services to protest the internet company’s reported actions in China. The National Union […]