Friday Odds and Ends

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By Kiran Aditham Comment

-DDB’s three-month internship program dubbed LaunchPad will begin expanding globally in January 2013, with 14 offices within the network set to participate including New York, San Francisco, Chicago Miami, Sao Paulo, Dubai, Finland, Berlin and Johannesburg.

-Hyper Marketing’s been all up in our radar this week as the marketing services firm follows up its Ashley Furniture and Frontier wins with some more news, mainly that it’s been acquired by Alliance Data’s Epsilon unit.

-The Barbarian Group and GE take us on a time-lapse trip aboard the Tropicana “Juice Train,” which traveled from Bradenton, FL to Jersey City, NJ (above).

-Volontaire and Visit Sweden, the parties behind the award-winning Twitter campaign, “Curators of Sweden,” are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Stephen Colbert. link

-Facebook is tinkering with a reply option for its Timeline comments. link

-Agency CEOs from Digitaria and Traffiq say 2013 planning is all about mobile integration. link

-PSFK takes a look into the Halo 4 launch. link