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Thursday 29 October, 2015

Facebook launches Messenger Request, social media shows its support for the pork and James Packer pulls in heavyweight mates in a ludicrously expensive ad.

Chatting with strangers on Facebook is now easier with Messenger Request, a new function on Messenger which makes it easier for people to receive messages from people they don’t know.

Bacon lovers worldwide bemoaned news from the World Health Organisation which revealed that processed meats cause cancer. The twitterverse rallied against the news with the hashtags #FreeBacon, #Bacongeddon and #JeSuisBacon amongst the top trending topics. Not surprisingly, negative tweets the news outnumbered positive ones by a ratio of nearly 7 to 1.

Marketing Mag recently wrote a run-down of how various brands were faring to date across the Rugby World Cup. Interestingly, Beats, Land Rover and official partners of the Wallabies Samsung and BMW achieved stronger associations with the tournament than Qantas, the national team’s official naming rights partner.

James Packer opened his newest casino Studio City in Macau. With it came the world premiere of what may be the most expensive ad in the world featuring Hollywood royalty Robert De Niro, Leonardo Dicaprio and Martin Scorcese. The $97 million movie is a 15-minute short film which was created to publicise the new venue. The shoot reportedly took five days – not a bad hourly rate for a week’s work hey?

And finally, as the office starts to get ready for tonight’s Halloween bash, we wanted to share a fun piece of video content from Tesco in the UK who recently filmed themselves scaring shoppers in-store. We can’t wait to try the toilet roll aisle spook when we’re next in Coles or Woolies!

Happy Halloween everybody.

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