Morning Update: Today’s male model fondle; Arianna Huffington to depart; Facebook ad-block unblock; agency ageism

today show male model rubdownThe Twitchy: Apparently NBC allows its female hosts to fondle topless athletes on live TV

So this happened on the ‘Today’ show this morning in Rio. That’s Hoda Kotb on the left with Jenna Bush Hager (GWB’s daughter!) on the right fondling Togan’s flag bearer, Pita Taufatofua:


arianna huffington leaving HuffPost TweetPoynter: Arianna Huffington will leave The Huffington Post

Arianna Huffington, the editor in chief of The Huffington Post, announced on Thursday she’s leaving the pioneering online news company she co-founded.

Thrive Global, a health and wellness startup, will offer “educational workshops, e-courses and certifications to help companies improve the well-being of their employees,” according to an internal Huffington Post memo reported in June by CNBC.

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Business Insider: Ad blocker users have figured out a way to get around Facebook’s ad blocker ban

It took just two days for ad blocker users to figure out a workaround to Facebook’s move to prevent ad blocking software from working on its desktop website.

Facebook announced Tuesday it had updated its tech to serve ads to all desktop users, even those that have ad blocking software switched on. Simultaneously, the company also updated its ad preferences tool to give users more control about the types of ads they see on the site.

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Developer in IT startup company programming on pc with headphones

Digiday: ‘I was invisible’: How agency ageism affects those 50-plus

In 2008, John Greiner-Ferris was at work in a Boston-based agency when a co-worker came around with a wagon of beer and Solo cups full of ice. The wagon stopped at every cubicle on the floor except his. Greiner-Ferris was 53. His co-workers were all under 27.

Ad Age: Bud Light Flashes Back to the ’90s During USA’s ‘Mr. Robot’

Bud Light flashed back to the ’90s during USA’s screening of episode six of Mr. Robot.

This week’s episode of the critically acclaimed drama opened with a fantasy sequence that pays homage to sitcoms from the 1980s and 1990s. That nostalgia carried into the first commercial break of the episode with spots that harken back to those eras.

Campaign Live: Cindy Gallop: Trust crisis demands clients ‘completely rethink’ agency relationships

Cindy Gallop, the entrepreneur and advertising consultant, has urged clients to completely rethink their agency relationships in the wake of the scandal over kickbacks at US media agencies.

The comments form part of The Trust Crisis: Marketing’s Biggest Challenge, a new documentary series created by Campaign that features some of the industry’s biggest names addressing how to tackle the fundamental disconnect between brands and consumers.


Brands, stop talking about it. Be about it.

Actions speak louder than words, and brands should stop talking and start doing more to show they are more than meaningless products or services, writes Henry Adams.

For a few years running, the Meaningful Brand Index has reported that most people couldn’t care less if 70% of brands disappeared in a puff of smoke right here, right now.

There are a couple of things we can take from this. The first is that perhaps it should be renamed ‘The Meaningless Brand Index” because, by most definitions, those 70% aren’t even brands; they’re just names on labels, meaningless products or services.


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