Morning Update: Oct 30 – Scooby-Doo stars in ad; Phone hacking trial warned of prejudice risk; AMC orders more of ‘The Walking Dead’

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

AdWeek: Zoinks! State Farm Saves Scooby-Doo and the Gang in Groovy Animated Spot

“Many State Farm commercials were animated back in the ’50s and ’60s, but the insurance company returns to cartoons this week for the first time in decades—in a spot from Translation starring Scooby-Doo and the gang.”

The Guardian: Phone-hacking jury warned of prejudice risk in trial of Brooks and Coulson

“The jury in the News of the World phone-hacking trial has been told that British justice is on trial in addition to Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson and their co-defendants.”

Mashable: Virgin America Just Launched the Sassiest Safety Video You’ve Ever Seen

“When FAA-mandated safety instructions come on before a flight, it’s usually a good time to zone out or read SkyMall. But this is one you might find hard to ignore.”

The New York Times: AMC Orders a Fifth Season of ‘The Walking Dead’

““The Walking Dead,” the zombie apocalypse drama that is more popular than anything else on AMC (and most other channels, for that matter), will continue for at least a fifth season, the channel said on Tuesday.”

The Guardian: David Cameron makes veiled threat to media over NSA and GCHO leaks

“David Cameron has called on the Guardian and other newspapers to show “social responsibility” in the reporting of the leaked NSA files to avoid high court injunctions or the use of D notices to prevent the publication of information that could damage national security.”

Mashable: Twitter Now Fills Your Feed With Photos

“Remember the old days, when you used to have to click on a picture in Twitter to see it? No longer. As of Tuesday, Twitter is making your photos and videos show up in your stream by default — making the service look a lot more like Facebook.”


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