marketing mishaps


Markee the Sad


Facebook data breach allows anyone to view your info via your phone number - it's a feature!

Hothardware confirms that a massive data breach found by a security enthusiast exposes your private information to total strangers.

"About a month ago I was just browsing Facebook on my Facebook mobile application and it had an option called 'Find friends using contacts' -- what it does is that it compares the contact list from your phone to the Facebook database to see if you have any friends that are in your contacts but not on your Facebook account," Prakash told The Next Web. "I also later figured out that simply 'searching' a person's phone number (including country code) will show you their account."


PETA wants to free all animals, including your Pokemon

PETA wants to save all animals, and are currently doing this by a PETA Pokemon parody game. Yes, they want you to save pokemon animals. There's a thousand twitter-jokes to be mined from that alone.


Amazon kicks Apple in the shins - says "app store" is now generic

The Chicago Tribune reports that Amazon thinks the word "app store" is as generic as "kleenex", "fax" (from telefax), "hoover" (for those in the UK) and "xerox" are. They even called up the ghost of Steve Jobs to defend them! The gall of these people.

Apple added the trademark claim last November, soon after Amazon announced the launch of the Kindle Fire tablet and, according to the complaint, began to call its app store "Amazon Appstore" rather than "Amazon Appstore for Android." It said this change could have contributed to confusion among consumers.


Publicis Piranha Olympic ads copy execution straight from "Forms", starts debate on rights

The visual art blog AntiVJ has a post called "inspiration vs theft" detailing the case of copy-cat style between the Piranha bar Olympic idents from Publicis Dublin, and the series of studies on human motion done by visuals artists Memo Akten and Quayola. TooLong;Didn'tWatch cliff-notes for the lazy-eyed, these clips look pretty much exactly the same.


Iris apologises for chav-stereotyping "Iris on benifits" brochure

An internal brochure from Ad agency Iris has stirred up some controversy in the UK. It shows agency staff decked out as chain-smoking, London riot looting, estate-living, binge-drinking chavs whilst talking about the glorious benefits that can be had when you work for Iris. Copy sample:

We're iris, and we're family We're a tight knit bunch, holding ouur own on the mean streets of Southwark. We look out for each other, 'cause what's more important than family? Benefits, that's what. Free stuff. Cheap stuff. Fun stuff. As one of us, you're entitled to it. Have you earned it? Probably not. But listen, if there's free stuff going begging, then you'd be a fool not to grab it, right? We're just saying.


Hollister models represent brand in Korea by acting like douchebags.

There's a bit of a scandal brewing in Korea, as Koreabang lays out the story on how Hollister models mocked asians at the opening of their store.

From Koreabang:

One of the models who attended the opening posted a picture to his twitter (@vin_****) of himself taken in front of Gyeongbokkung Palace with his eyes squinted closed and his lips open. Netizens who saw the photo pointed out how it was making fun of Asians with “squinty eyes”. Another model from the same Hollister event posted similar photos to his Twitter account.


Michael Stipe throws a hissy, gets ass handed back to him by Fox.

I guess with R.E.M. now defunct, Michael Stipe has a lot of time to watch T.V.

So much time in fact, he heard Fox News playing "Losing my Religion," on its morning show Fox & Friends.

Stipe quickly took to the official R.E.M. HQ site to act shocked--SHOCKED that they could dare use his song, and gin up the grass roots movement who are apparently comprised of: people who froth at the mouth whenever they hear the words "Fox" and "News," and overpaid musicians of the 1% like Michael Stipe:


Nokia "PureView The next innovation" editor fired in 3...2...1

Nokia decided to show off their new fancy image stabilization available on the Lumia 920 and posted this video to youtube. At 0:27 though, you can see that there's no hipster bike-riding boyfriend who is filming the girl with a Lumia 920, instead it's a van and a high-tech camera we find mirrored in a window. Hmmmm. Your tech not good enough to demonstrate your tech on, Nokia?

They've noticed that we noticed though, and the video now carries this description:

The video demonstrates the benefits of optical image stabilization only and the video is not shot on a Lumia 920. For a video shot on a Lumia 920 compared to a competitor smartphone see:


Fairey might be facing jailtime for faking evidence in copyright case, sentence on Friday

Fairey, who admitted to destroying electronic records and creating fake documents in an effort to thwart a copyright lawsuit brought by the Associated Press, might get prison time as part of his sentence on Friday reports the smoking gun:

Federal prosecutors want Shepard Fairey, the artist who created the Barack Obama “Hope” poster, to serve time in prison following his misdemeanor conviction for destroying and fabricating documents in connection with a civil lawsuit over the iconic campaign image.


Asylum Films calls out Leo Burnett in open letter for stealing their idea.

Ok, perhaps they're not being quite as blunt as calling "Stop! Thief!" in their open letter, but it makes for a snappy cliff-note type headline. Asylum films have sent an open letter to Graeme Light, head of TV at Leo Burnett pointing out the blatant similarities in Leo Burnett's Ronald McDonald film to Asylums film. They call a spade a spade:

It is essentially our piece of work reshot and redone with a bigger budget. Not only the concept, but lighting, the feel and shot selection are almost identical.