Thursday Odds and Ends

By Kiran Aditham 

-WPP chief Sir Martin Sorrell, who’s been quite chatty this week, says it’s too early to predict ad industry recovery in 2010. link

-Pop tart Britney Spears and actor/comedian Russell Brand have a mindmeld rife with sexual tension in a new promo for the MTV VMAs. link

-A little BBQ goes awry as a fire breaks out at Google’s British HQ. link

-Artist MIA and the government of Zimbabwe are among those listed as having one of the 20 worst-designed websites. link

-Struggling newspaper conglomerate Tribune is hoping to lure advertisers with its newly launched blog network consisting of 70+ local, Chicago-based blogs. link

-The members of coal industry group FACES are not who they seem. link

-A cute, fluffy new site from Arc Worldwide Singapore hopes to make women look forward to their periods. link

-Razorfish chairman Clark M. Kokich was appointed to the board of directors of database firm Acxiom. link

-Vogue EIC Anna Wintour, designer Diane Von Furstenberg, NYC & Company and Laird + Partners are all in cahoots to promote an event on September 10th called Fashion’s Night Out, which is celebrating looking fabulous with the hopes of lining retailers’ pockets in the process. link

-Radio/web entity Marketplace is somewhat clueless when it comes to discussing sneaker marketing. link

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