US Family IP, Wikipedia Printed, Crispin’s Daddy, XBox Social Media, Sofa Surfing

A couple from the United States got a shock when they learned their family photo was being used, unauthorised, on an advertising poster in Prague. Danielle and Jeff Smith used the photo as their Christmas card, and also posted it on an internet blog. A friend travelling in the Czech capital alerted them when he spotted the Smiths smiling at him, life-size, from a poster in a supermarket.
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Rob Matthews has created a hefty physical version of Wikipedia’s featured articles. The 2,559 digital articles have been transformed into a massive, 5,000 page hardbound book that looks to be around 2 feet tall. Thoroughly impractical, the project also involves a huge waste of paper. Ho hum.
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Crispin, Porter + Bogusky, one of the more-successful U.S. advertising agencies, said it is expanding abroad, launching CP+B Europe by acquiring Daddy, a digital-ad firm in Gothenburg, Sweden. Daddy, which has 50 employees, works on behalf of marketers including H.J. Heinz and the Scandinavian airline SAS. Terms of the purchase weren’t disclosed.
Says Microsoft: “By bringing Twitter, Facebook and Last.fm to Xbox 360, we’re not only extending the walls of your living room beyond your home to your friends all over the world, we’re creating the definitive social network, uniting more than 300 million people to share thoughts on music, play games and tweet.”

Sofa Surfing goes Social, gets a Business Plan
CrashPadder is a global community which enables travellers to stay with like-minded people for a fair price, and enables hosts to earn cash from their extra space. It gives everyone a chance to meet new people without the cost of a hotel, or the discomfort of a hostel. We have over twenty-five hundred and twenty users, eleven hundred and fifty-two rooms, in thirty-eight different countries – and growing all the time!

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