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Cannes: Day 1

Today was my first day of judging at Cannes. Contrary to popular belief there are no parties yet, though I'm told that will change.

Nikon Stuns Again

Last year, Nikon launched its "Stunning Nikon" campaign by giving a bunch of pro photographers their D80 Digital SLR camera, which was brand new at the time. Nikon used the resulting photos to create a pretty cool campaign.

The Tabbed Breadcrumb Navigation

Typically when a site is architected with a structure that is both deep and wide, we look to elements like secondary and tertiary navigation and/or traditional breadcrumbs to help a user navigate. They've been around a long time and are now considered "best practices" by convention.

Digital media roundup

An article in Advertising Age asked a panel of digital experts for their thoughts on the biggest trend or challenge in today's online space. Not surprisingly, many of the answers pointed to the evolution of online video.

Viacom and Joost

Last week, when Viacom demanded that YouTube pull down more than 100,000 clips, including content from BET, MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount Films, we knew something was up. Turns out that Viacom had simply chosen another dance partner -- Joost, the so-called "YouTube killer" video site created by the people behind both Skype and Kazaa.

Making the most of good ideas

I read yesterday that Yahoo! launched a site called the "Yahoo!

Judging Cannes

Last week I got a call saying that I had been selected as a judge for the 2007 Cannes Lions in the Cyber category. This is quite an honour and privilege - thanks to the guy who put my name forward (you know who you are) and the people at Teehan+Lax.

Crashing the Super Bowl Party

The finalists have been announced for the Doritos user-created Super Bowl commercial contest. In ten days, one of them is going to be watched -- and judged -- by millions of viewers.

Yahoo launches citizen journalism site

Yesterday, Yahoo launched You Witness News, a site that allows users to upload photos and videos for use on Yahoo News and Reuters. Both companies remain vague about their plans for this site.

Open Source Freakonomics

Arguably one of the most influential books of the decade is Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner's "Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything." The book explores seemingly unrelated economic data to answer questions like: "Why do drug dealers still live with their moms?" or "Which is more dangerous: a gun or a swimming pool?" (You can find out more on their website.) Like "Tipping Point" or "Long Tail", "Freakonomics" has become a household word. Now, in the spirit of Freakonomics, comes Swivel, a user-generated content site where "curious people explore all kinds of data".

Digital Agency of the Year

The Teehan+Lax team attended the Marque Awards last night. Digital Agency of the Year went to Proximity Interactive.

Show Don’t Tell

Can the blender on your kitchen counter puree an unopened can of Coke? How about a box of golf balls?