WPP acquires Blast Radius

The WPP Group acquired Vancouver-based interactive agency Blast Radius, according to a story in the New York Times, also stating that the agency is considered a specialist in the growing realm of social networking.

The WPP Group acquired Vancouver-based interactive agency Blast Radius, according to a story in the New York Times, also stating that the agency is considered a specialist in the growing realm of social networking.

WPP told the Toronto Star that Blast Radius will become part of its Wunderman network in a move to grow its digital operations. And the Herald Tribune reports that this is WPP's second interactive agency acquisition in six weeks.

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Facebook is now the 5th most valuable U.S. Internet company, while Myspace tops rankings with 58.6 million visitors in September.

Bob Woodruff talks to the Times about returning to work full time as a correspondent for ABC News.

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