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Morning Update: Nov 5 – “We’ll really miss you Mrs. K”; Publicis-Omnicom merger unopposed; YouTube pulls off ‘watchable’ Awards Show

This is our Morning Update, rounding up international media and marketing news from while you were sleeping.

Huffington Post: ‘The Simpsons’ Pays Tribute to Marcia Wallace With Final Chalkboard Message

“”The Simpsons” had a very sweet tribute to actress Marcia Wallace during its opening credits. The classic chalkboard sequence had Bart Simpsons writing one sentence — and it wasn’t repeated. “We’ll really miss you Mrs. K,” he’d written. Wallace was the voice behind Bart’s teacher, Edna Krabappel.”

AdWeek: U.S. Regulators Won’t Oppose Merger of Omnicom and Publicis

“The review period for U.S. regulators to take action against the Publicis-Omnicom merger has expired. The news means U.S. regulators will not oppose or modify the deal, paving the way for the creation of the world’s largest marketing communications company.”

Business Insider: Google Employees Confess The Worst Things About Working At Google

“A job at Google. It’s career heaven, right? How could a gig at the biggest, most ambitious tech company on the planet possibly be bad?

Well, take a look at this Quora thread, which is being used by current and former Google employees to dish the dirt on working for Big G.”

The Guardian: Rebekah Brooks tried to hide evidences as News of the World Closed, jury told

“Rebekah Brooks was involved in a deliberate effort to hide material from police during the “panic-stricken” days around the closure of the News of the World, the jury in the phone-hacking trial has been told.”

AdWeek: Ad of the Day: After Skyping for 8 Years, Two Girls With a Special Bond Finally Meet

“There are lots of reasons why this new Skype ad from Pereira & O’Dell shouldn’t work. It’s more than three minutes long. It’s manipulative in the extreme. And its emotional high point has little to do with the service being advertised—in fact, it hints at everything Skype can’t provide.

Yet, in the end, it’s irresistible.”

The New York Times: YouTube Pulls Off a Chaotic, but Watchable, Awards Show

“If you believe in awards, you believe in importance, in hierarchies, in arcs of triumph that take you from the bottom to the top. An award tells you that you matter. An award show is not only a celebration of excellence, but of people who believe in the system.”

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