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Cartoon Network Launches Anti-Bullying Campaign That Reaches Adults and Children

The Cartoon Network has launched an anti-bullying campaign, “I Speak Up,” that coincides with the network’s Speak Up Week, taking place between September 29 and October 3. For the “I Speak Up” portion of the campaign, the Cartoon Network has gotten participation from Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. They’re also asking for help from all of us.

The network wants the public to submit videos with the hashtag #ISpeakUp that encourages others to pay attention and participate as well. Submissions to the campaign’s website that are selected by the network will become a part of clips that appear on TV and online.

In addition to AG Holder and Secretary Duncan, notable names including Robin Meade from HLN Morning ExpressAmerica’s Got Talent‘s Howie Mandel, and CNN’s Anderson Cooper are also participating.

This lineup of supporters is impressive. But just as important is the outreach that the network is doing to parents and educators.

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How Did Apple’s U2 Freebie Go So Wrong?

u2 lpApple and U2 have been dealing with negativity over the past week or so all because they gave users a free copy of the band’s new album “Songs of Innocence.” What gives? Don’t people like a freebie? Don’t people like U2?

The “gift,” as the band tweeted, went to 500 million users automatically at a cost to Apple of what some have estimated $100 million. I argued here that the band was upstaged by Apple’s other announcements from the September 9 event. This is the first U2 album in five years and — yes I’m biased because I have a soft spot for the band — but this is a big deal. It deserves its own fanfare.

But it looks like the situation is even worse. People were really upset by the move.

First off, some people with questionable taste just could bear the idea of the album being on their devices. Some have moved on to other bands and can’t be bothered while others, just to annoy us with their annoying youth, say they’ve never heard of U2. Lies!

But the answer might sit more squarely in the word that Slate used to describe the marketing ploy: creepy.

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E-Cigarettes Are Making Their Way To a Theater Near You

ecigTobacco companies haven’t been able to purchase product placement in movies for two decades. (Though there have been plenty of characters who have puffed on a cigarette, but no deals allowed.) However, those rules don’t apply to e-cigarettes, which have seen a spike in popularity. Estimates say that, since 2005, e-cigarettes have become a $3 billion business with 450 brands in the industry.

So it stands to reason that these brands would be looking for ways to market themselves. And product placement has become, increasingly, a marketing path that many companies, even unexpected ones, want to take. The question is how long before e-cigarettes are facing the same restrictions that traditional cigarettes are.

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Talk About Product Tie-In! Indie Film Using Medical Marijuana for Promotional Purposes

 

The upcoming indie film Tusk has partnered with a dispensary called Buds & Roses and a company called Kushman Veganics on two strains of medical marijuana — White Walrus and Mr. Tusk — that will also be a promotional vehicle for the film.

The movie is about a man who’s slowly turning into a walrus, stars Justin Long and is written and directed by Kevin Smith, who’s known for taking a liking to the wacky tabacky from his previous work, such as Clerks.

“This is right at the intersection of art and stoner culture,” Graham Retzik, a marketing strategist with the film company A24 told The New York TimesIndeed.

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Miss America Organizers Really Want You To Know They’re All About Educating Women

Last night, we crowned a brand new Miss America — Miss New York Kira Kazantsev. This marks the third time in a row that New York has taken the crown. Her talent was singing a version of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” while tapping cups on the floor, and during that performance an on-screen pop-up touted her love of “anything Jane Austin.”

Meanwhile, Miss Ohio moved her lips while singing a duet of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” with a ventriloquist’s dummy. And we learned Miss Virginia is “terrified of frogs.”

All of this is news in and of itself (sort of). But judging by the emphasis placed by the Miss America pageant organizers, the college scholarships that are awarded is really what they want all the chatter to focus on. I guess we were all distracted by the bathing suit portion of the competition.

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Musical Acts Welcome the Chance to Sell Tickets on Groupon

 

With the music industry focused less on album sales, selling other items, particularly concert tickets, has taken on greater importance. But there are so… many… shows. From music festivals to concerts to television appearances, few people have the money, let alone the time, to go to even a small portion of all the shows they would ideally like to attend. Not to mention getting all those shows on your radar so you know who’s appearing where. Who knew that Karen O was at the McKitterick Hotel the past couple of days? I found out from a friend posting on social media while he was standing in line. A little late for me to even attempt to get in.

This is where Groupon and LivingSocial come in. The sites have struck deals with event organizers to offer discounts on tickets for big acts ranging from Wiz Khalifa to Arcade Fire. Does it damage the act’s credibility to sell tickets at a cut-rate price? Not at all.

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Forget Phones! BlackBerry Is Working on a Smartwatch

BlackBerry is the butt of many a tech joke. Once the pinnacle of personal mobile technology, it became the phone that some people say they don’t want to be seen using. But the company isn’t giving up. It reported some surprisingly good numbers earlier in the summer. And now CEO John Chen is talking about taking a leap with the big players into wearables.

Speaking at the Super Mobility Conference in Las Vegas this week, Chen said the company was doing some research into the possibilities for things like smartwatches and smart glasses.

Of course, some people have jokes.

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Bush Press Sec Ari Fleischer Is Tweeting His 9/11 Experience Alongside the President

On this day of 9/11 remembrance, former George W. Bush Press Secretary Ari Fleischer took to Twitter to share his memories of that horrible day, which he spent by the President’s side.

In a stream of posts that has gone on for hours, Fleischer recounts the moments immediately after the World Trade Center towers were struck and the steps the President, his administration and the military took in those confusing hours after. It’s an amazing story well told, showing what it was like before technology was stepped up to what we know now (so much has changed). And it illustrates the importance of sharing solid information quickly among those internally and with the American people. Reading it today, even after all these years, conveys all of the sadness, fright, frenzy and anger of 13 years ago.

Moreover, we get a usually untold sense of what a press secretary’s role is in an emergency. We have a few tweets after the jump, but you can check it out entirely on Fleischer’s feed.

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Did U2 Get Upstaged By The iPhone?


For those with iTunes, Beats Music and iTunes Radio access, you’ve probably noticed something new and interesting floating around: a new U2 album. Hey now! This is big news. It’s been five years since U2 had an album of new songs. And this is the band that made “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” easily one of the best songs ever. But it hasn’t been met with quite the fanfare one would expect.

That’s not a comment on the music, but rather on the release. U2 both announced and released the album during yesterday’s big Apple event. This was an event that featured the iPhone 6, the Apple Watch, Apple Pay and this guy. There’s only so much information that we can digest at one event.

As a result, the album release for one of the biggest bands in the world has been a little muted.

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This Serena Williams Clip Looks A Lot Like The One Gisele Bundchen is Starring In


We didn’t need to see tennis champ Serena Williams working out to know that she does. But marvel folks — MARVEL! — at the arms, the six pack, the high knees… Incredible.

No this isn’t a Nike ad. It’s an ad for Beats by Dr. Dre‘s new wireless headphones. At this point, we know that Beats are the choice headphones for athletes around the world. FIFA literally had to tell them to steer clear of the World Cup. But it’s interesting that an audio company would choose to build these relationships with athletes rather than, say, putting lots of music stars in its marketing.

It’s particularly interesting when you consider that an actual athletic wear company chose to sign a model to its spokesperson lineup rather than adding to its roster of athletes.

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