Scripting News for 12/29/2006

Like Blake Ross, I noticed, with distaste, that Google is inserting “tips” linking to Blogger when you search for things in blogs. Much better to call them ads, which is what they are.  

Red Sweater Blog has what appears to be a private document explaining a partnership between Apple and Nintendo to the employees of both companies. (May be an elaborate joke.) 

NY Times: “Apple said that its chief executive, Steven P. Jobs, did not benefit financially from any questionable stock awards.” 

CNN: “Saddam Hussein could be hanged as early as Saturday.” 

Joshua Marshall: “Hanging Saddam is easy. It’s a job, for once, that these folks can actually see through to completion.” 

GigaOm: “Looks like the much vaunted deal between Edelman PR and Technorati is all but done.” 

Marc Canter is an original thinker.  

Thanks to Sanford Dickert for hosting last night’s meetup at Cooper Union. The discussion was lively, lots of people with lots of ideas; the room was ideal for a 1.5 hour discussion. I had a great time, as usual, in NY.  

Valleywag is looking for the worst marketing idea of 2006. When Nick asked me, I immediately thought of Microsoft’s laptop giveaway, but I’m sure there was worse marketing. Post your ideas here or send them to Valleywag. 

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13 responses to this post.

  1. My vote would have to go to PayPerPost, as they’ve gone above and beyond simple bad marketing to create an entire ecosystem of bad marketing.


  2. Posted by brad on December 29, 2006 at 7:59 am

    Or maybe from an “effectiveness” standpoint Microsoft bungling the UMPC/Origami.


  3. “Hanging Saddam is easy”

    Saddam’s execution doesn’t represent an easy task, what it represents is that nothing has changed in Iraq. Go back over the last century of Iraq’s history and you’ll find a multitude of dictators that were executed by the regime that overthrew them. Saddam’s death will accomplish nothing, other than give a select few the temporary feeling of accomplishing revenge which is ironically the same feeling that the insurgents get everytime they kill a foreign troop.


  4. what about the bus stops in san francisco that smelled like fresh baked cookies? for the got milk campaign? the city of san francisco made them STOP just three days after they launched. can’t have the smell of fresh baked cookies wafting through the streets of san francisco. oh no!

    so silly. and not a tech blunder, but it did require the use of the new “smell” technology.


  5. Posted by Jake on December 29, 2006 at 1:40 pm

    The Origa-what? Oh yeah, the device that would change everything. Ha Ha.


  6. Dave, I think you’ve been punk’d 🙂

    From that Apple/Nintendo article:

    Development of Podfondo, a combination mobile telephone, music player, and portable game system, was completed only 9 months after an exploratory meeting between Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata took place on April 1, 2006.

    Let’s see… what else happens on April 1…


  7. Posted by brad on December 29, 2006 at 3:37 pm

    Yeah – the guy says in his comments that it’s fake. He wanted to write about apple and nintendo and that was what came out.


  8. Hey Dave – really sorry if this article mislead you. It was indeed a joke, and I guess I overestimated the obviouseness of that when I published it.

    I suppose I might put a disclaimer up top of the article since this misconception seems more prevalent than I’d like.

    Thanks all the same for linking to it.



  9. I think they should put Sadam back in charge; make him a General in the American Army; let’em get thing back under control.

    but…white people can’t even comprehend doing this.

    my superhero character is “The Flash.” I wouldn’t have thought of that; but I like it.


  10. Posted by Marcin on December 29, 2006 at 6:48 pm

    I’m a student writing a report on a project called . This is a service that (probably 🙂 will combine rss search and reading into one service. I’m looking for some information on revenues that such services may provide, for instance by running ads. Are there any sites dedicated to RSS marketing?

    thanks a lot



  11. I’m also Iron Man. Would not have been the first thing to come to mind but I kinda like it…


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