February 2010

The Ad Agency You’ve Never Heard of: Hulu

Here’s what’s well-known about Hulu and ads. 1) It supports itself with the stuff. 2) Sometimes it stars in its own ads. Less known: Hulu creates advertisements for its own advertisers. ING Direct, the personal investment arm of financial giant ING, began a monthlong ad deal with Hulu this week. There are many moving pieces …

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No Lie! Your Facebook Profile Is the Real You

On the Internet,” one dog tells another in a classic New Yorker cartoon, “nobody knows you’re a dog.” The internet is notorious for its digital dens of deception. But on Facebook, what you see tends to be what you get — at least in one study of tailless, two-legged young adults. College-age users of Facebook …

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Nato forces set sights on Kandahar

After two weeks battling the Taliban in Afghanistan’s Marjah town in Helmand province, Nato and Afghan forces are setting their sights on their next objective – securing Afghanistan’s second largest city, Kandahar. The city is the place where Mullah Omar founded the Taliban movement and, according to US reports, the impending operation will gain control …

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The Dark Side of Wealth Obsessed with Secrecy

The super-rich lost a great deal in 2009, with hundreds of unfortunates losing their billionaire status. A Swiss private banker talks about the ugly consequences of the crisis for his elite clientele and the discreet services he is sometimes asked to perform, such as buying secret apartments for clients’ mistresses. When he speaks, Heinrich Weber …

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New Bagram Prison in Afghanistan, inmates buoyant

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan By Saeed Shah | McClatchy Newspapers — The bearded Taliban prisoners at Bagram broke off from a spirited game of soccer in the yard to greet a McClatchy reporter, the first journalist allowed into the notorious U.S. jail in Afghanistan since detainees there were moved into a shiny new multimillion-dollar facility. …

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Afganistan Army raises flags in Marjah

Afghan flag flown over Marjah town Ceremony marks return of civilian control, but Taliban influence remains evident. Afghan and international forces have handed over control of the southern Afghanistan town of Marjah to civilian authorities, in the wake of a huge military operation to capture the area from Taliban control. Officials raised the Afghan flag …

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