Former Ogilvy & Mather staffers took the witness stand in a U.S. District Court in Manhattan to directly implicate former executives Shona Seifert and Thomas Early in an overbilling scheme. One witness, Joseph Burke, the firm's director of print production, testified Seifert attended a meeting where employees were asked to pad their timesheets. Both Seifert and Early have pled not guilty to all charges.
With Yahoo! offering 250 MB of e-mail storage, and Google offering 1,000 MB of the same, many individuals increasingly are using these free Web-based services as personal storage space. In Europe, MSN Hotmail from Microsoft dwarfs rivals in terms of market share, followed by Yahoo! Mail and GMX.
An edict from China's media regulator -- the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television -- banning advertisements on TV and radio for multimedia messaging services that offer horoscopes is expected to cut into this quarter's revenues of Sina.com, China's largest Internet portal.
Leading online retailers Amazon.com, eBay and Shopping.com have experienced significant stock drop-offs since the start of the year. While analysts are concerned the sector might become more competitive with new Web retailers and brick-and-mortars boosting their online presence, there is still general optimism the online sector will continue to grow.
A survey of Super Bowl ad blogs conducted by the research firm Intelliseek found that the "wardrobe malfunction" parody spot aired by GoDaddy.com generated buzz but had mixed reaction as a product advertisement. The Anheuser-Busch spot that featured crowds in an airport applauding U.S. troops resonated with both bloggers and advertising industry insiders.