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ACCC Concerned About Facebook, Google Ad 'Dominance'

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) lambasted media giants Google and Facebook for their digital media “dominance” and has issued 23 recommendations for government consideration. So reports Campaign.


Anti-Japanese Marketing Takes Korea by Storm in Wake of Disputes

Rifts over Japan’s import restrictions of Korean goods and land claims have spilled over into the marketing industry as some are offering discounts to those who boycott or cancel trips to the island nation. So reports The Korea Times.


Havas Worldwide Ad Nets Apology for Racial Undertones

Actor Dennis Chew, a Chinese man, is at the center of a controversial Havas Worldwide advertisement where he portrayed a number of different characters including one in “brownface.” So reports CNN.


Near Looks to Strengthen Australian Offerings with New Funding

Near, a martech and data company backed by Telstra, raised $100 million in Series D funding from Greater Pacific Capital. So reports Which-50.


Carnival Australia's Top Marketing Director Leaving

Jayne Andrews, Carnival Cruise Line Australia’s director of marketing, is leaving in August to explore new professional endeavors. So reports CMO from IDG.


Snap and Baidu Extend Ad Agreement, Terms Remain Secret

Snap Inc. and Baidu, China's largest search engine, renewed their sales partnership regarding the latter's resale of Snapchat ads for companies in China, South Korea and Japan. So reports Tech Crunch.


Merkle Soaks Up Ugam, Looks to 'Create Many Synergies'

Merkle, a part of the Dentsu Aegis Network, made its largest acquisition yet. So reports Campaign Asia.


Blocked Abortion Ads in Australia Lacking Explanation, Remedied

Google said it has remedied what it called a “temporary issue” involving blocked ads for Australian abortion clinics. So reports Australia’s ABC News.


NZ Makes Tourism Push with Taupō Natives

The Tourism New Zealand global advertising campaign will feature Taupō locals in their favorite locations wishing the world a “good morning.” So reports Stuff.


Lotte Taps Korean Star Power in New 'Fun' Campaign

Lotte Duty Free’s “Let’s Do something Fun” summer campaign kicked off Tuesday, July 2, and features South Korean icons like actor Ji Chang-wook and girl group ITZY. So reports the Moodie Davitt Report.


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