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Sony’s Ultra High Definition TV will come with world’s first 4K delivery system

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/19/sony-4k-ultra-hd-first-content-delivery-system/

Sony's Ultra High Definition TV will come with world's first 4K delivery system

If there’s $25,000 or so burning a hole in your pocket and room in your living room for Sony’s 84-inch XBR-84X900 Ultra HDTV, but you’re worried about a lack of 4K res content to play on it, allow us to put your mind at ease. Sony’s Ray Hartjen has picked up the blogging pen and revealed each of the supersized sets will ship with “the world’s first 4K Ultra HD delivery solution, complete with pre-loaded, native 4K entertainment.” There’s no specifics on what the pack-in content will be (or what form the “delivery system” will take), but he says it will include full length feature Hollywood productions exclusive to purchasers, probably courtesy of Sony Pictures. We’re told to expect more details after Turkey day, so stay tuned.

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Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 news No Comments

Twitter Thinks BeachMint Would Make An Interesting Acquisition

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/twitter-thinks-beachmint-would-make-an-interesting-acquisition-2012-2


BeachmintJosh Berman Diego BerdakinTwitter’s corporate development director Mike Brown told a panel at Vator Splash that BeachMint, a service that lets customers buy products picked by celebrities, would be an interesting one for Twitter to buy next. 

Brown said that while celebrities make Twitter what it is, the celebrities are not paid to produce content.

“We are lucky they share content and say crazy things,” Brown said, because they make Twitter interesting to read.

Right now, celebrities tweet for free because of the exposure they get in real-time. They also get paid by brands to endorse products in various venues — including on Twitter.

Brown’s comments suggest that the company is at least thinking about getting more directly involved in those kinds of transactions.

Brown made his comments after ScaleVP’s Sharon Wienbar talked at length about Beachmint, an investment her firm made early on. For the celebrity connection to work, it has to feel authentic for social commerce.

See also: Facebook Reorg May Pave The Way For More Acquisitions

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Friday, February 3rd, 2012 news No Comments

US Moves Toward Banning Photoshop In Cosmetics Ads (PG)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/us-moves-toward-banning-use-of-photoshop-in-cosmetics-ads-2011-12


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Procter & Gamble has agreed to never again run an ad for its CoverGirl mascara because it used “enhanced post-production” and “photoshopping” to make eyelashes look thicker than they were in real life. P&G agreed to the ban even though it disclosed in the ad that the image was enhanced.

The move is the latest in a series of baby steps that U.S. and international advertising regulators have taken to ban the use of Photoshop in advertising when it is misleading to consumers.

The company’s decision was described in a ruling by the National Advertising Division, the U.S. industry watchdog that imposes self-regulation on the advertising business. NAD is part of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. Its rulings are respected and followed by most advertisers because it enjoys a close relationship with the FTC, from which it has historically drawn some of its senior staff. Recalcitrant advertisers who refuse to withdraw or amend misleading ads are referred by the NAD to the FTC, which has the power to fine, sue or bring injunctions against companies.

When asked whether this was a de facto ban on Photoshop, NAD director Andrea Levine told us:

“You can’t use a photograph to demonstrate how a cosmetic will look after it is applied to a woman’s face and then – in the mice type – have a disclosure that says ‘okay, not really.’”

The ad in question was for CoverGirl NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara, which promised “2X more volume” on women’s lashes. After reviewing the ad, P&G agreed to yank it. (A different CoverGirl ad is shown here.) The NAD ruling said:

“… [P&G] advised NAD it has permanently discontinued all of the challenged claims and the photograph in its advertisement. NAD was particularly troubled by the photograph of the model – which serves clearly to demonstrate (i.e., let consumers see for themselves) the length and volume they can achieve when they apply the advertised mascara to their eyelashes. This picture is accompanied by a disclosure that the model’s eyelashes had been enhanced post production.”

In a footnote, the NAD said it was following the lead of its sister body in the U.K., the Advertising Standards Authority, which in July banned cosmetics ads featuring Julia Roberts and Christy Turlington because they used Photoshop. The NAD said:

“Advertising self-regulatory authorities recognize the need to avoid photoshopping in cosmetics advertisements where there is a clear exaggeration of potential product benefits.”

“… the picture of Ms. Roberts had been altered using post production techniques (in addition to professional styling, make-up, photography and the product’s inherent covering and smoothing nature which are to be expected), exaggerating what consumers could expect to achieve through product use.”

The U.K. ruling found the use of photo retouching misleading per se.

In the U.S., the FTC has has also tightened rules to hold celebrities accountable if they make claims in ads they know cannot be true.

And in France, in 2009, 50 politicians asked for health warnings to be imposed on fashion ads if they showed retouched models’ bodies.

SEE ALSO: Ryanair: ‘We Will Continue To Support The Right Of Our Crew To Take Their Clothes Off’

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Friday, December 16th, 2011 news No Comments

behavioral targeting works only in the brief research period leading up to the purchase

targeting based on a picture of their intent – by seeing what sites they visit; but this is limited to the time period relatively near the time of purchase – the length of time depends on the product (longer research period for larger ticket items)

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