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No, Apple Doesn’t Suck At Peddling Ads

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A really great article published in Advertising Age this week by data specialist Kate Kaye about Apple and Amazon said (to paraphrase Breaking Bad’s Saul Goodman): “You two suck at peddling ads. Period.”

Well, that’s what Madison Avenue thinks, anyway, according to the piece. Here’s why Madison Avenue is wrong.

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Alltop For iPad Is Best Avoided

When it's not telling you about spline reticulation, Alltop for iPad annoys you with error messages

Alltop, you may already know, is a web news aggregator from serial lame-e-preneur Guy Kawasaki. Now, this questionably-useful service has been ported to the iPad as an app. And it’s even worse.

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Forget Elvis: Steve Jobs Impersonators Take Center Stage [Video]

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It looks as if just about every expat in Asia with a black turtleneck and some specs is working as a Steve Jobs impersonator.

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Adam Bell “Courted” New Position with Apple Store Visit

Adam Bell “Courted” New Position with Apple Store Visit

This sounds like what people who don’t live in California think people here do on dates:  take a stroll around the Apple retail store in Palo Alto, then have some sushi and a little conversation.

Except that this isn’t a date, it’s the meeting of two businessmen. The Wall Street Journal recounts how Peter Bell decided to court iAd chief Andy Miller away from Apple in an afternoon they spent hanging out together.

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Strip to Support Putin for President, Win an iPad 2?

Strip to Support Putin for President, Win an iPad 2?

The violations of Apple’s verboten on third-party iPad giveaways just keep getting better: it seems  there’s now a push to incite women to strip in support of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s presidential bid.

The Telegraph reports that there’s a group of lovely young Putin backers bearing their fronts and other bits to earn him votes.

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“Laptop Hunter” Agency Behind Bus Stop Ads that Charge iPhones, iPods

“Laptop Hunter” Agency Behind Bus Stop Ads that Charge iPhones, iPods
Vitamin Water may be the 2011 equivalent of snake oil, but now those bus shelter ads have got some actual juice: you can hook up your iPhone or iPod to charge on the go.

The ads featuring USB ports will be rolled out in Boston, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. They are the brainchild of Crispin Porter + Bogusky — the same Mac-happy guys behind Microsoft’s “Laptop Hunters”  campaign.

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Woman Offers iPad for Intro to Mr. Right

Woman Offers iPad for Intro to Mr. Right

Lots of people want iPads, right? Well Téa Smith, 32, wants to meet men. So if you introduce her to her future husband, she’ll hook you up with Apple’s magical device.

Smith, a self-described “guerilla marketing consultant,” from Perth, Australia first tweeted a half-joking offer for “an iPad or $500 to the person who sets me up with the person I marry. GO, power of social media.”

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Watch All 66 of Apple’s Mac vs PC Campaign Ads Online

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Apple has provided us with some of the best ads ever created. The Mac vs PC Campaign ads have been some of the most memorably entertaining advertisements to grace the television. Unfortunately Apple pulled the plug on the fun banter between Mac (Justin Long) and PC (John Hodgman) last year. However, should you feel so inclined to walk down memory lane with the plethora of Mac vs PC advertisements, Adweek has compiled all 66 ads for your viewing pleasure. They’ve even got them ordered out chronologically.

update: you can also view the ads in a much more pleasant layout on Squrl.

Like Skobbler on Facebook and Win an iPad2

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Skobbler, makers of Forever Map, a cool 99¢ navigation app for iOS devices is giving away an iPad2 on Monday so you have a small window of time to squeek through and snag your chance.

All you have to do is “Like” Skobbler’s Facebook page and “Like” one of its daily status updates between March 29 and April 4 to be entered in their drawing.

The rules are unclear whether that means you have to “Like” a daily status update for each day between 3/29-4/4 or if it’s OK to “Like” just a single status update during that timeframe, but it couldn’t hurt to get happy with the “Like” buttons. The folks at Facebook seem to enjoy and how else are you going to get an iPad2 these days?

How Apple Got Its Logo [Memory Lane]

How Apple Got Its Logo [Memory Lane]

There’s long been a number of urban legends about how Apple came up with its iconic logo.

There’s the idea that the bite symbolizes knowledge, or that the overall image is a tribute to mathematician Alan Turing, who committed suicide by taking a bite of an apple laced with cyanide.

But here’s the real story.

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