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Is CNN spamming a blog near you?

Is CNN spamming your blog?
Comment Spam isn't just for the Viagra salesmen anymore as CNN seems to have sunk to their level. Nick Lewis InfoBlog lays out some pretty hefty evidence of CNN spamming on blogs.

This week, CNN broke ground as the first news network to attempt a viral marketing campaign in the blogosphere. Operatives from CNN targeted an unknown number of mid-to-high level bloggers to receive guerrilla comment spam. In total, 10 of these spams have been varified so far; all of them appear on blog posts that focus on CNN. Perhaps the most shocking find is that CNN may have left malicious keywords at least three blogs with the intent of using google's keyword stuffing detectors to censor them.
In other words, Nick Lewis is not only accusing CNN of spamming, but also of keyword stuffing, that oh-so passe practice which went out of style years ago when the search engines caught onto it, and even malicious keyword stuffing that could knock these blogs down from their top spots on google. That's not just spam-nasty, that's sabotage nasty.

Catch 22 comment on Lewis' page: "So haven't you started a buzz about cnn by posting this?". Ouch. We're damned all the way around these days. ;)

Via Metafilter, where the word astroturfing now has officially evolved into Ashleeturfing, due to that earlier Ashlee Simpson incident.

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Performance Enhancing Drugs Rear Their Head At The One Show

It was bound to happen sooner or later. Perfomance enhancing drugs have been at the center of one sport controversy after another lately, from weightlifting to major league baseball.

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BovineUnited

from Snopes.com

In April 2005, reports began flowing out of Maryland regarding innocent bystanders being cowed by groups of roaming bovines. These bovines were not rampaging bulls let loose on city streets (à la Pamplona), however, but humans in cow suits who traveled in vans and trucks and handed out free goodies such a bells, all emblazoned with the words "Bovine United" and/or the domain name BovineUnite.com.

The Snopes article goes on to mention that an ad on Craigslist was posted by RedPeg marketing to hire cow-suit wearers in Baltimore.

RedPeg.com didn't have anything that I could find that might shed some light on the campaign. The domain is registered to a name that does not appear on the red peg site.

Other sites I googled came up with a related cow blog and a number of other blogs commenting on it.

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The next Nike/Tiger commercial?

Jaffe Juice has created a new Nike ad which he humbly describes "It's a tribute to Tiger. It's a tribute to Creativity. It's the embodiment of everything the Nike brand stands for."
Some may say that slapping a tag onto an actual even isn't what they call creative, others might point out that by slapping nike-logos all over Tiger he already is a walking commercial 24/7, but hey, it's fun all the same with fan-advertising. (Fanvertising?)
The most goosebumps golf-moment ever is when Tiger chips a ball onto the green at the 16th hole which rolls around nicely just to teeter at the edge of the cup displaying it's Nike logo for a moment before dropping into the hole. (*gasp*!) If it hadn't happened on national TV, you'd think it was faked. If Nike wants this they better get on the horn to Augusta National Golf Club and start begging for the rights to this footage now.

The ad can be seen of Jaffe Juice in .wmv format, and there is a mirror at morningcoffeenotes.

See also TV close-up of hesitant golf ball scores for Nike in USAToday.

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McDonald's call for Hip-Hop endorsement has been answered

You may recall that McDonald's intends to pay for Big Mac product placement in Hip-Hop songs that air on the radio. Less than a week after this news hit the web, a group called the Gatbustaz released an over-the-top Hip-Hop parody called McGangsta (caution: explicit lyrics).

Now the song is slowly, virally, making its way across the blogosophere.

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Cillit Bang, the hardcore cleaning sensation!

With the supreme naffness of the Cillit Bang ads, it was bound to happen eventually. The ads on telly have chirpy and often badly dubbed spokesmen in each country of airing, Jakob Holm in Denmark, Barry Scott in the UK. The colors are hysterical and bright with extra fuschia thrown in for good measure, and the spiel so annoyingly perky that the ads were a cult joke already.

Really, it was just a matter of time before someone mixed that euro-trash ad into a euro-trashy dance song. Go Cillit Bang!

See the windows media video over at LuckyKazoo.

Sing along, you know the lyrics already.

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The Roots Manosophy Machine

Roots Manosophy Machine

Do you need help? Are you dumbfounded when making that critical decision? Uncomfortable at being forced to make a choice? Well no longer put life's stressful questions and consequences to one side. Roots Manosophy is here to help us through those moments in life, when our family, friends nor teachers have the answers and all we're left with is a solitary dribble moistening on our chins. The founding father of the Manosophy, Mr Roots Manuva, a usually misanthropic individual gives you a unique look into his psychic powers that allow him to provide universal answers to uplift and guide the soul to a spiritual plain of harmonious enlightenment. The Roots Manosophy will provide colossal insight in its own unique and all encompassing way.

As well as discovering the wisdom of Mr Roots Manuva, you can also join the movement and see what happens when the Roots Manosophy is put into action. Have a listen to his forthcoming single 'Too Cold' and watch him in action on a day like any other, in the video. Enter a fantabulous competition to win an evening out to see Roots Manuva, the man cited with the creation of the Roots Manosophy. Don't be scared, come in out of the cold and be disarmed by your newest and favourite Manosophy.

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Pimp My Burger - BK Germany

Burger King in Germany are closing in on the subservient chickens fame, with their spoof of the TV show "Pimp my Ride". Instead of rides, they're pimping burgers. The attention to detail in this spoof is excellent.

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John Cleese at the Institute of Backuptrauma

At the Institute of backuptrauma John Cleese plays Dr. Twain Weck in the film where he educates the unwashed masses on the horrors of using tape backup. Hat Tip to Clayton.

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Harry Egipts cult following, remix his ads.

At StevenF's blog there is a Hakkliha Remix Competition going on. Remember those Estonian and hungarian 1980s commercials we mentioned here a little while ago? The entire web has discovered Harry Egipts Estonian advertising gems and now there's a game going on - remix the surreal Kana Hakkliha chicken mince ad to new music and post the results to StevenF's blog. See if you can make it even weirder than the original.. It's hard to top...

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