Dan Walker Smith


Mashable Fires Editor-at-Large

Tech news site Mashable has sacked its editor-at-large, Ben Parr. AllThingsD reports that the writer and entrepreneur confirmed his departure on Monday.

Cannes Lions Launches Mobile Category

The advertising industry’s biggest awards show has created a new category for its 2012 event. The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity will now feature a category for mobile work. Saatchi & Saatchi’s digital creative director, Tom Eslinger, will chair the inaugural Mobile Lions jury.

Cadbury Wins Color Purple Rights

British confectioner Cadbury has won a trademark dispute with Nestlé over the rights to the “iconic” purple color that Cadbury uses on its wrappers. The U.K. Intellectual Property Office ruled that the shade—pantone 2865c—showed enough "distinctive character" for a trademark.

Facebook Hit With Porn Spam Attack

Facebook says a “coordinated spam attack” caused a series of pornographic and violent images to be posted to users’ accounts. The images, posted on Monday, include explicit pictures of self-mutilation, violence, and bestiality. They also feature sexual images and doctored pictures of celebrities, such as Justin Bieber and Rihanna.

Hacking ‘Endemic’ at News International

Police have uncovered new evidence showing a wider extent of phone hacking in British newspapers. Lord Justice Leveson's inquiry into media practices and ethics revealed on Monday that “at least” 28 News of the World journalists were involved in phone tapping.

Salman Rushdie Takes on Facebook’s Identity Policies

Novelist Salman Rushdie has won his battle with Facebook about what name he can use on his account. The social network had deactivated his account after Rushdie asked to use his middle name, Salman, which he uses professionally, instead of his first name, Ahmed.

Universal and Sony Buy EMI for $4.1 Billion

One of Britain’s most famous record companies, EMI, has been bought in two deals with Sony and Vivendi’s Universal Music. The company will now be split into two divisions. Universal bought EMI’s recorded music group for $1.9 billion on Friday, while a group headed by Sony picked up EMI’s music publishing division for $2.2 billion.

Marc Jacobs Ad Banned for ‘Child Sexualization’

A Marc Jacobs perfume advert featuring the 17-year-old actress Dakota Fanning has been banned after complaints that the image "sexualized a child."

Walmart Rolls Out New Mobile Apps

Walmart is releasing new apps for the iPad and iPhone to make shopping more interactive. The world’s largest retailer says the apps will enable a “seamless” shopping experience “both in-store and online”.

Netflix Signs MGM Streaming Deal

Netflix has signed a licensing deal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, giving the online video company exclusive rights to stream MGM movies in the U.K. and Ireland.