Blog Focus on Google and AT&T Getting Their Message Out
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Super Bowl Monday brings us back around to work with guacamole hangovers and a final day of shouting "Who dat?" across the cubicles while coming off as only mostly moronic.
As usual, Super Bowl commercials tried to bring us on message with them, for better or worse (sugar and fat gives you energy unlike old TV comedy icons, mobile phones are pretty much sex in a self-contained rectangle, beer makes shrill women tolerable!).
The weekend brought similar attempts to send a message to you and, despite being busy with those underripe avocados, the blogs managed to catch the attempts to sway you:
• Mashable — As reported here before the game, Google indeed showed their first Super Bowl ad, a little ditty called "Parisian Love", to try to convince you they aren't personal data whores trying to own all books ever published and sell your kidneys to China. Just one of the kidneys, honest. They're not doing evil there or anything.
• AppleInsider — AT&T got caught in a face-saving gesture after doing a greater good for consumers last week in finally allowing SlingPlayer to stream content to iPhones via their overtaxed 3G network. AT&T implied in its press release that Sling Media made changes in their player to make it network-friendly. Sling Media slapped that down, noting they had bandwidth-sensitive code from the fore.
• ReadWriteWeb — SAP CEO Leo Apotheker resigned under pressure after being unable to get small-to-medium-sized businesses software geared to them before the competition started making inroads. His departure shows all the problems are now behind SAP and happy days will arrive shortly. All taken care of! Nothing to see here... especially when the resignation happens over Super Bowl weekend.
• Engadget — Finally, it looks like the Motorola Droid will get the Android 2.1 update soon, complete with multi-touch capabilities. Our glowing one-eyed masters with the robotic arms will certainly be pleased. Hopefully. Please don't turn us into zombie robots.