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Morning bulletin: Snapchat geofilters, Google woe & healthy eating push junked

Morning bulletin: Snapchat geofilters, Google woe & healthy eating push junked

The Drum kicks off Friday morning with our latest snapshot of the industry, charting a diverse top 10 list of stories ranging from new Snapchat geofilters for advertisers to fresh regulatory pressure on Google and the junking of junk food legislation.

Retail Week carries news that venerable department store John Lewis is going under, Down Under that is, as it seeks to open six concessions in Australian counterpart Myer by 2017.

At Campaign, there's an update from the US presidential election trail as the battle between Clinton and Trump heats up, with the former decrying her counterpart as a terrible example to your children in the latest political attack ad.

Business Insider lifts the lid on a hush hush collaboration between former Uber employee Michael Pao and a prominent Facebook engineer Jon Perlow as the pair collaborate on a ‘super-stealth startup’ which the title speculates is likely to be related to a form of on-demand storage space.

Reuters reports that UK MPs are calling on the government to consider prosecuting Volkswagen in the wake of the emissions fixing scandal, amidst anger at an apparent laggard official response to the incident.

Over at AdAge there are murmurings that Snapchat branded geofilters from startup Yext are set to make it easier for marketers to develop overlay campaigns for location-focussed ad campaigns.

A scandal of a different kind is covered by AdEchanger with it choosing to focus on the ongoing EU antitrust probe against Google, with the addition of two formal charges to Google’s mounting European legal headache. The first of these formalises a complaint that Google prioritises its own shopping service over others in search results and the second relates to a violation of antitrust rules arising from its ‘AdSense for Search’ product.

The Guardian reports on speculation that the BBC’s news departments are being braced for an across the board 10 per cent cut after the broadcaster decided against a merger of the BBC News and World News channels.

The Guardian covers rejection of a bizarre complaint from Lord Prescott that he had been misquoted saying ‘terracotta’ not ‘terra firma’ as he disembarked a plane a year ago, with Prescott denying he ever made mention of the earthenware. The Independent Press Standards Organisation threw out the complaint.

Mashable has coverage of an unusual Twitter tirade from singer Cher against newly installed British foreign secretary Boris Johnson, who branded the Brexit politician a ‘F*cking idiot who lied to British people and didn’t have the balls to lead them once the leave vote won.’.

And finally Reuters notes that Nintendo’s shares have hit a six-year high following the UK launch of Pokemon Go, extending a rally which has added close to $15bn to the company’s value since last Thursday.

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