Friday Odds and Ends

By Kiran Aditham 

-How do you like the new YouTube makeover? link

Fortune: Ad and PR agencies are still growing despite a slowdown in U.S. ad spending. link

-WME signed British commercial directing team Tom Jenkins and Simon Sharp. link

-BBDO Atlanta and Thornberg & Forester herald the grand opening today of a new REI store in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood (above).

-AKQA designed an iPad app to promote the launch of DeBeers’ Forevermark brand in the US. link

-180 Amsterdam lets you virtually duet with Snoop Dogg and others as part of a singing telegram effort for Western Union. link

-The Zynga IPO is “imminent” and could give the social gaming company a $7 billion valuation. link

-Thanks to poor PlayBook sales among other things, RIM revenue missed the company’s Q3 forecast. link