Joanna Kent, 24, watches the interactive billboard at a bus stop in Oxford Street, London

The ad that only plays to women: the future of marketing or useless gimmick?

Charity launches face recognition billboard on Oxford Street to highlight gender discrimination

Market Report: WPP gets a boost from US – and the City is lovin' it

News from across the Atlantic will have put a smile on Sir Martin Sorrell's face last night. As his WPP empire closed at its highest since last March, one of its major rivals posted forecast-beating figures on Wall Street while predicting a jump in advertising spending over 2012.

Malcolm Fowler: Artist acclaimed for his work in advertising

Malcolm Fowler was a part of that generation of art directors, writers, designers, photographers and film- makers who revolutionised British advertising in the 1970s and 1980s. The names of David Puttnam, Alan Parker, Ridley Scott and Hugh Hudson are familiar to many through their work in cinema, but talent requires and attracts talent, and the creative blooming in film and magazine advertising required comparable energy, imagination and panache from everyone involved.

Mature student: Just a year ago, this room was part of a hall of residence

24-hour room service: Zero 1, Montreal

A study in elegance: Montreal's latest digs

A procession of mourners crosses the Charles Bridge in Prague

Havel brings Prague on to streets again

Thousands of Czechs lined the cobblestone streets of Prague yesterday as soldiers carried the coffin of former President Vaclav Havel on his last public journey – to Prague Castle – where his body will lie in state until his funeral tomorrow.

Fallon hits century in hot pursuit of the title

The whole dynamic of the jockeys' championship has changed since Kieren Fallon won it for a sixth time, back in 2003. Even so, the milestone he reached yesterday, when riding his 100th winner of the campaign, confirmed he could yet roll back the years at 46. Fallon still ended the afternoon 11 behind the defending champion, Paul Hanagan, but the satisfaction he would obtain from retrieving the title, after all his notorious vicissitudes, guarantees that he will be giving it everything during the coming weeks.

Advertising’s digital coming of age

All About Brands plc advertising director, Graham Anderson, looks at the inexorable rise of internet adspend.

Mad Memoirs: Ad Men through the pages

Forget industry awards, the real symbol of prestige in adland is writing a book on how to succeed in a notoriously fickle trade. Sam Delaney gets the hard sell

Freud buys back his agency - again

Matthew Freud, the publicist married to Elisabeth Murdoch, has regained control of his eponymous public relations and marketing agency from the Publicis Groupe.

Fallon down despite going Native for first big success of the season

As a man who thrives on momentum, Kieren Fallon has been transparently impatient with a fitful start to his season. He has already changed his agent, in fact, and it was easy to perceive how vexed he felt even after his first headline success of the campaign yesterday. For while Native Khan did more than enough to warrant a crack at the Qipco 2,000 Guineas, back here a fortnight tomorrow, Fallon is likely to end up an exasperated spectator of the first Classic.

So who's behind the AV PR campaigns?

Advertising's influence over political campaigns hasn't been in doubt since Saatchi & Saatchi's brilliant "Labour Isn't Working" posters, which delivered the 1979 election to Margaret Thatcher.

David Prosser: ITV celebrates shorter commercial breaks

Outlook One might think that a reduction in the number of minutes of advertising broadcasters are allowed to show each hour, as recommended by the House of Lords yesterday, would be bad news for ITV, the biggest commercial television company. In fact, ITV backed the idea, leaving it to the advertising agencies to get upset.

Freud set for buy-back

Matthew Freud, the publicist closely linked to the Conservative Party leadership, is making a bid for freedom from his parent company.

Media Lunch: Trevor Beattie, Beattie McGuinness Bungay, ad agency

The venue: The Club at The Ivy is a terrific place. I do use the Ivy, but for business I tend to use the Club. It's a sort of working version of the Ivy – which is what I like about it.

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Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
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Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan