Hydra Group and CWB Services, both based in Kansas City, Mo., have been shut down by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission, respectively, on accusations that they took advantage of customers by signing them up for loans they did not authorize. Both of the online lenders used lead-generation company eData Solutions, which is also under federal scrutiny.
Spill Group has tapped in-game ad network Double Fusion to sell ads for Spill's U.S. gaming sites GamesGames.com and GirlsGoGames.com. The partnership with Spill marks Double Fusion's entry into the Flash-based game market, according to this article.
Redux Beverages is relaunching its controversial energy drink Cocaine with an FDA-compliant marketing campaign that drops the product's "legal alternative" tagline, includes an anti-drug warning on the can and no longer touts certain health benefits of the drink on its Web site. Marketing efforts will include TV spots, music-tour sponsorships and viral and street efforts.
Yahoo!'s Buzz Index indicates that the presidential primaries are increasingly a hot topic for Web searchers. According to Yahoo! VP of political advertising Richard Kosinski, the presidential campaigns are just scratching the surface when it comes to reaching Web searchers with keyword ads.