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The ABC's long-running Gruen program is a great look at the world of advertising and how it works to make us buy stuff we often don't need. Last night, Gruen took on companies currently in the multi-national tax dodging spotlight. Companies like Apple, AMEX, Microsoft, Shell and IKEA were all targeted in a mock ad.
The ad was designed to both shame them into paying tax, and to show the Australian public what tax dodging really means. It means less money to invest in schools, less money to invest in hospitals and less to invest in roads.
It's a moving ad, posted above, and you should totally watch it.
Meanwhile, lucky sods overseas have been getting access to Facebook's virtual messenger, M. The M app integrates into Messenger, and it's a bid to take on the data-driven Google Now and Apple's human robot, Siri. Turns out, it's actually pretty great.
While there's no voice component, M sounds way more human than the Apple- or Google-made competition. Check it out.
The annual South-By-Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas is between a rock and a hard place this week. It had hoped to run two panels on harassment online and in relation to gaming. The panels were recently cancelled, however, due to threats of violence from internet fuckwits.
None of SXSW's publishing partners are happy about the decision, and have threatened to boycott if the panels aren't reinstated. Buzzfeed and Vox Media have both indicated they will pull out if the panels don't go ahead.
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