August 24, 2011 Search giant Google has agreed to settle a federal probe into ads it ran for online Canadian pharmacies by forfeiting $500 million. The settlement assures the company will not face criminal charges.
Joe Bey enjoys a cigarette in Conner's Pub in Indianapolis.
June 21, 2011 Starting next year, cigarette makers will have to give up the top half on their packages to display nine anti-smoking images in rotation. In ads, 20 percent of the real estate at the top of the ads will have to be devoted to a graphic warning.
June 5, 2011 Jack Daniel's is tightening up the text-heavy label for its Old No. 7 whiskey. The company is nixing some half-truths and exaggerations that have been on display for decades. The changes have prompted some controversy among the faithful.
May 27, 2011 The value of a moratorium on consumer ads for new drugs would hinge on whether a reduction in unexpected side effects outweighed lost health benefits from reduced use of effective medicines, a Congressional Budget Office report says.
December 8, 2010 Microsoft hopes that by allowing users to have some kind of greater control over who can collect consumer data that congress won't legislate and the federal trade commission won't regulate.
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Promotional material for Hereafter.
October 20, 2010 Something about the promotional image for Matt Damon's new movie, Hereafter, looked weirdly familiar to me. It looks like something I've seen before, something from the past... Yes. The fake movie within America's Sweethearts!
September 10, 2010 Historical photo research points to a man named Steve Frankfurt — the original Don Draper, more or less.
August 7, 2010 For this week's Mindless Arcade Friday, we play a Cheetos ad masquerading as a game. Paint-by-Cheetos is possibly the easiest online game ever. It is also the most Cheeto-focused game ever.
June 14, 2010 The pork industry is dumping "The Other White Meat" in favor of a new slogan. Got one?
April 28, 2010 A new ad for Internet monitoring software from Spector Pro is the scariest thing we've ever seen.
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