April Fools Around the 'Net: From Handhelds to Email, Everybody Wants to Fuck with You

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- Qualcomm announced the Handsolo today. It's waterproof, battery-free and has unlimited expandable memory. Also, you can wank off with it.

- Gmail Custom Time, which lets users send up to 10 emails to the past per year, debuted today. Wouldn't it be neat to get a drunken rant from Future You?

- Seriously, you should get paid to whore for friends on Facebook. Because come on. Two thousand friends? That's a few dozen impressions at least.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr- 1-08    
Topic: Brands, Online, Spoofs



That's a Saturn, All Right.

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If you watch any TV at all, you've probably seen that Saturn ad where a bunch of people go "That's a Saturn...?" and then "That's a Saturn?" and then (with contempt!) "That's not a Saturn!" followed by the admiring "That's a Saturn, all right!"

This campaign tack was taken to encourage new buyers to see Saturn with fresh eyes. But apparently the ad can also be used to reaffirm old beliefs.

Oops.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-31-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Commercials, Television



Smooth-Talkin' Beetle Flatters Model into Frenzy ... and Vice-Versa

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Meet Max, the classic '64 Volkswagen Beetle and star of VW's new campaign. In it, Max is a German talk show host who interviews people like Heidi Klum and David Hasselhoff of Baywatch.

He's not the tough-truths type. Check out the Heidi Klum interview. If Heidi and Max each had a phallus, they'd both be bent double.

Nice shoes though, Heidi. The soles matched Max's hood after that "German engineering is so sexy!" line you gave him.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-31-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials, Television



Aquafina Pins Piniella for Daily Words of Wisdom

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If the bobblehead starts talking to you, squeeze the wheel and look straight ahead. It's probably just an Aquafina promotion.

To celebrate its snappy new designation as "Official Water of Major League Baseball" (sorry, there's an official water?), Aquafina has launched Lou's Daily Affirmations, featuring Lou Piniella.

Put together by Tribal DDB Dallas, yesterday's affirmation was "Life is always more interesting with a bat in your hands."

No need to tell me twice. The pinata might need convincing though.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-31-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Sponsorship



T-Mobile Asks Engadget Mobile to Stop Using Magenta

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In yet another display of corporate legal idiocy, T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom sent a letter to Weblogs, Inc.'s Engadget Mobile asking them to stop using the color magenta in their logo. The letter states T-Mobile uses the color magenta in its logo and, as a result, people might somehow become confused as to what T-Mobile does and what Engadget Mobile does.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-31-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Policy, Strange



Because We All Need a Little Gay in Our Day

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If you love Daily Candy but can't get it to jive with your Y chromosome, maybe it's time to subscribe to Gay List Daily.

The email list is "dedicated to making the trendy, gay individual even more trendy and gay." Now serving the nation -- but mainly Dallas, LA, Chicago and Atlanta. (Did we mention they're dying for advertising?!)

To get cozy with our slightly gayer side -- but mainly to find more new stuff to make fun of -- we registered for the email list today. The "thank you!" page graced our eager eyes with a pink cowboy (and oh, how we squealed!). It was almost too sassy to stand.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-28-08    
Topic: Brands, Good, Online



Gorgeous Hair Comes with Responsibilities. Yeah, Well, So Does Branding.

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Watch some catty females try outdoing each other with violent voluminous hair-flips.

Cheesy as hell, but in a way that could have sparked many a feel-good spoof. (You know, like the Herbal Essences ads.)

Produced by Identity for JWT, NY and Sunsilk, the ad aired last year and was followed by that horrific diva thing we hate so much. Too bad. It could have been the beginning of a beautiful gimmick.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-28-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Television, Video



Because Wouldn't It Be Awesome if Alkies Had a Holiday?

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One more reason to join AdGabber: Hearing about Proposition 3-17, Guinness' (childish?) attempt to turn alkie shenanigans into a legit holiday, well before St. Patrick's Day.

Failing that, you could always hit your nearest college town and go hashing every week.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-28-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online



Disney Sponsors Boobs and Blowjobs

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Whomever is responsible for buying Disney's online media is - or soon will be - getting an irate phone call from Mickey. Again.

Last Fall, some contextually placed Disney ads appeared in a webcam video of "Andrea" fondling her breasts. Now, a series of banner ads are appearing on celebu-porn site Egotastic next to Keeley Hazell covering her breasts, images from a Kristen Davis "sex tape," images from a Lindsay Lohan sex tape, Denise Richards displaying her crotch and more. Screenshots are here. No nudity per se but possibly NSFW.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-28-08    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Online, Racy, Weblogs



iPhone Doesn't Just Want to Be Your Expensive New Friend; It Wants to Be Your Lifestyle Companion

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Engadget says Apple has applied for six patent applications that reveal plans to turn iPhone into a "lifestyle companion." (Is that anything like a domestic partner?)

The patents would make iPhone the only product of its kind with the ability to scan product barcodes, track workouts and suggest new ones.

This probably doesn't mean the days of Nike+ are numbered, but we still want to say something ominous like, "Watch out, Nike. When you dance with the devil..."

Not that Nike ever needed help being bad-ass.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-27-08    
Topic: Brands, Mobile/Wireless










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