VCPoker.com Can’t Get You Laid

UK poker site VCPoker.com has recently gotten in a bit of trouble with Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for running ads which insinuated that playing poker can lead to success in the bedroom.

As reported by The Register “A complaint was levied at betting house Victor Chandler, which ran a VCPoker.com campaign featuring a scantily clad young lady with the strapline: “You love sex. She loves sex. You love money. She loves money. You have money. She loves you.”

The complaint filed with ASA alleged that the ad campaign “linked gambling with financial and sexual success”; however, an article by Gaming Intelligence Group claims “Victor Chandler said they believed the ad complied with the CAP Code and did not encourage excessive gambling.”

Lights, Camera, SMX!

It’s just five days until the start of Danny Sullivan’s first solo search marketing conference. SMX Advanced kicks-off in Seattle with a cocktail reception Sunday night, then two days of action packed sessions.

I’ll be there with video camera in hand. I want to interview as many people as possible, so if you see me, please stop me and I’ll put you on camera for at least 20 seconds! :-)

Leave a comment if you’re going or if you have anyone you’d like me to track down and put on camera.

Pilgrim’s Picks for Wednesday May 30

Here’s the remainder of today’s good stuff…

Twitter – Good or Evil?

CNET is running opposite perspectives on social messaging service Twitter.

Caroline McCarthy is writing in favor of the service…

The beauty of Twitter is that, unlike a full-out blog, there’s no obligation to be philosophical, thought-provoking or grammatically sound. Because it doesn’t require that kind of extra effort, it’s great for people like me who want to jump on the social-media bandwagon but don’t have the time to set up something elaborate on WordPress.

Meanwhile, Elinor Mills goes on the attack…

I don’t understand the need to spew out personal information and random thoughts to the world. And that’s just what Twitter is designed for: to be a medium through which you can share stream-of-conscious babblings with your friends and with anyone who has time to lurk on the Web site and read inane musings of strangers.

Google’s Schmidt Convinced DoubleClick Deal Will Get Approval

Speaking at the Seoul Digital Forum today, Google CEO Eric Schmidt told reporters that he fully expects the DoubleClick deal to pass the scrutiny of an FTC investigation.

“We are quite convinced that the proposed merger meets all appropriate U.S. laws,” he said.

(Side note – notice the use of “merger” and not “acquisition”. Maybe that is less threatening language for the benefit of the FTC)

Schmidt also confirmed that Google would continue looking for acquisition targets, but would likely stay away from any media content creators.

“We’re open to other (acquisitions) but there are no specific ones to announce…We made a decision to focus on what we’re good at,” he said, referring to the company’s powerful search functions and other technology tools.

Does Google Recognize Your Face

By Brittany Thompson

Modern technology appears to be taking the world’s leading search engine in a new direction that might allow Google to recognize facial features in images. Google Blogoscoped reported Monday that Google Images has added a few new features, which are only available by appending URL variables of current image searches. Such variables allow searchers to narrow searches to images of faces (people) or news-related images.

M&A Focus Returns to Social Networks with CBS Buying Last.fm

After a few weeks of acquisitions in the online advertising space, attention returns to social networks, with CBS announcing the acquisition of music site Last.fm.

CBS is paying a reported $280 million to acquire Last.fm and its 15 million users, with performance incentives on top of that. It seems CBS is fully committed to a new internet strategy, with Last.fm just one of many deals by the traditional broadcasting company.

“We see it as a chance to get new eyeballs — or in this case earlobes,” said a CBS executive familiar with the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity because it had not yet been announced.

If you happen to be a fan of Last.fm, you should prepare yourself for some future changes as CBS seeks to earn a return on that $280m price tag.