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Agency workers are fleeing cities, and Facebook promises to crack down on white nationalism: Friday Wake-Up Call

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Not for the young at heart: The deadline for Ad Age’s 40 Under 40 is fast approaching, and nobody’s getting any younger. Join the ranks of previous winners like Gary Coichy, founder and head of partnership at Pod Digital Media; Ryan Robertson, innovation director and head of multicultural marketing at Diageo; Sarah Rosen, head of global content partnerships at Twitter; and Jill Abbott, head of consumer and athlete engagement at Gatorade. Applications are due Aug. 5—which is less than a month away because 2020 fell down a hole.

Foul brew: Anheuser-Busch InBev is paying a $5 million settlement for strongarm tactics with retailers and sporting venues, one of the largest penalties handed down by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau for these kinds of violations. “While the purchase of advertising rights by the brewer ‘was in no way conditioned upon’ a retailer’s purchase of AB InBev’s products, employees of the brewer ‘allegedly enforced an unwritten expectation’ that an unnamed retail concessionaire ‘purchase and provide favorable placement’ of AB InBev’s beers,” writes Ad Age’s E.J. Schultz.

New news: Check out Ad Age’s latest newsletter, “Office Hours,” all about the ways the workplace is evolving in a still-very-in-the-middle-of-a-pandemic world. “There’s going to come a day soon when clients are going to want to meet in person,” Doner CEO David DeMuth tells Jeanine Poggi. “There are people who are going to be comfortable doing that and those that aren’t, and we aren’t going to judge either way.” But working from home also means never leaving the office, and 73 percent of agency employees say they’re suffering from burnout, according to a Fishbowl survey. And 44 percent of them are looking for another job because of it.

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