Frustrated consumers turn to software to block online ads, a growing trend
LONDON - Last year's attempts for a mega-merger of equals between Publicis Groupe and Omnicom collapsed because Maurice Lévy failed to show John Wren "sufficient respect," according to WPP's Martin Sorrell, who went on to talk about the global economy and his own retirement plans.
GLOBAL - Publicis Groupe is launching a global media agency network called Blue 449, led by a restructured and rebranded Walker Media in the UK.
GLOBAL - The Guardian has joined forces with CNN International, the Financial Times, Thomson Reuters and the Economist to launch a private marketplace for programmatic advertising called Pangaea Alliance.
Bloomberg has expanded its media footprint with the launch of a new flagship media site, Bloomberg Business, designed to broaden the financial giant's remit in the business world.
MediaCom has won the consolidating pitch for Mars' global media planning business, spanning 80 markets.
CANNES - The Prism scandal, in which the UK and US governments have been found to be "legally compelling collection" of information from internet giants Google and Facebook, will change perceptions on privacy, warns Sir Martin Sorrell.
GLOBAL - The Coca-Cola Company has replaced its corporate website with what it is calling a "dynamic, digital magazine", designed to encourage interaction and showcase "universally important topics, social causes and company news".
GLOBAL - Publicis Groupe has reached an agreement to buy digital specialist LBi for US$514 million (€416m) in a deal that has "unanimous support" from the management board of LBi.
GLOBAL - If WPP's embattled leader Sir Martin Sorrell were to leave over the shareholder revolt surrounding his near US$20 million pay packet, it would be a "brilliant" thing, according to David Jones, global chief executive of rival network Havas.
LONDON - Marketing as an industry is at a crossroads, and needs to adapt to better serve a changing world defined by diminishing natural resources and an ever-expanding global population, warns Keith Weed, chief marketing officer of Unilever.
GLOBAL - Facebook's advertising revenues rose 69% to hit $3.15 billion in 2011, according to accounts filed for its $5 billion initial public offering (IPO).
GLOBAL - Unilever has started a global review of its estimated US$4.65 billion media planning and buying business, currently handled by WPP's Mindshare in the UK.
GLOBAL - Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt will be presented with the Media Person of the Year Award at this year's Cannes Lions Festival.
GLOBAL - David Jones has been named the new chief executive of French advertising group Havas, as Fernando Rodés steps aside after five years.
GLOBAL - Nokia has unveiled a newly formed marketing and communications set-up and appointed Jerri DeVard to lead it as chief marketing officer.
GLOBAL - The arrival of Facebook Messages this week has been widely welcomed as a timely, one-stop shop for social communications by media and digital specialists, with one noting "it's what Google Wave should have been".
GLOBAL - Facebook, the social networking site, launched Messages, 'a social inbox and seamless messaging' service last night that integrates chat, texts and email into a single, continuous thread.
GLOBAL - WPP's Mindshare has retained the estimated US$112 million (£70 million) media business for German airline Lufthansa, ending a protracted, multimarket five month pitch.
Google officially turned 12 years old yesterday, and to celebrate, the internet giant replaced its regular logo with an image of a cake.