Thursday Odds and Ends

By Kiran Aditham 

-Microsoft hired ex-OMD mobile marketing lead Jamie Wells as a director of its mobile ad group. link

-Gidget, the famous Taco Bell chihuahua, died of a stroke at 15. Do all dogs still go to heaven? link

-Watch out Pandora. Veteran techno/experimental label Ghostly International is offering an iPhone app called Ghostly Discovery, which lets users pick through seven mood-based tags to generate playlists from Ghostly and sister label Spectral’s catalog. link

-Iris has tapped Leo Burnett alum John Frood to serve as European planning director. link

-Ad copywriter Alec Brownstein is behind a site that collects some pretty thought-provoking Craigslist posts. link

-To hell with tobacco, a few concerned New Jersey residents are pushing Nathan’s, Oscar Mayer, Ball Park, Hebrew National and Sabrett to put warning labels on hot dogs. Ballparks and street carts may never be the same. link

-A group calling itself the Intertainment Broadcasting Corporation is set to offer interactive programming and commerce through E! this fall. Better not interrupt The Soup, homies.

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