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Friday Morning Stir

-The final Cannes Lions 2012 shortlists are out. link

-Did WPP’s AKQA acquisition create a “digital arms race?” link

-Valassis acquired Silicon Valley-based display, video and mobile advertising network/technology platform Brand.net. link

-This was all the rage at Cannes yesterday when Bill Clinton showed up and was interviewed by Pereira & O’Dell co-namesake PJ Pereira (above).

-Here’s your startling ad stat of the day: funny beats frugal. link

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