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News, The Snitch Giant, Illegal Super Bowl Ads Will Be Gone By End of Today…Except, Only Part of Them

Giant, Illegal Super Bowl Ads Will Be Gone By End of Today…Except, Only Part of Them

The clock is ticking, and those tower-sized Super Bowl ads downtown are coming down...sort of. City officials did a double-take when the huger-than-huge Verizon and VISA billboards appeared on the sides of Embarcadero Four and One Market Street, respectively.…
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News, The Snitch Mayor Lee Proposes Turning City Hall Into a Giant Billboard

Mayor Lee Proposes Turning City Hall Into a Giant Billboard

As the Examiner reports, Mayor Lee is floating a proposal to turn the east side of City Hall…
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News, The Snitch Airbnb Compares Itself to Ellis Island

Airbnb Compares Itself to Ellis Island

Short-term rental company Airbnb will stop at nothing to convince the American public that the right to operate an unlicensed bed and breakfast in buildings zoned for residential use is America's next frontier in civil rights. There was the "Homesharing…
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News, The Snitch S.F. Cannabis Dispensary Has Bay Area's First Marijuana TV Ad

S.F. Cannabis Dispensary Has Bay Area's First Marijuana TV Ad

There's really no such thing as "business as usual" for a cannabis dispensary. Basic functions like banking and doing taxes are onerous challenges for sellers of legal weed thanks, to federal government restrictions. It's also this way with advertising. Major…
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News, The Snitch Advertising Intrudes on Field During Niners Game

Advertising Intrudes on Field During Niners Game

What automobile company's performance best equates with the Niners' dismal showing in last night's preseason opener? Yugo? Trabant? General Motors?  Whatever the case, the company that paid good money to be associated with the "Red Zone" for the foreseeable future…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist What the University of California Should Learn From Gap's 2010 Failed Logo Experiment

What the University of California Should Learn From Gap's 2010 Failed Logo Experiment

The University of California announced Friday that it was foregoing use of a system-wide monogram that spurned controversy and outcry over social media. The logo was unveiled in November as an alternative to the university's Victorian seal and stood…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist San Francisco Featured in World's Most Beautiful TV Ad

San Francisco Featured in World's Most Beautiful TV Ad

In an effort to tug at our heartstrings and make us long for simpler, childhood times, Sony created a video ad for their Bravia HD TV that consisted of dropping 250,000 colorful bouncy balls down the hills of San Francisco.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist We Love You Too, Lee: Liberace Salutes San Francisco on His TV Show in 1956

We Love You Too, Lee: Liberace Salutes San Francisco on His TV Show in 1956

Steven Soderbergh is directing a biopic of Liberace for HBO, and pictures have started to emerge of its stars more or less in character: Michael Douglas as Wladziu Valentino Liberace ("Lee" to his friends), and Matt Damon as Liberace's lover,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Sweet Spot: Ads That Mock Domestic Violence Go Way Past Grotesque

The Sweet Spot: Ads That Mock Domestic Violence Go Way Past Grotesque

So reads a…
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Dining, SFoodie Christina Applegate Getting Awesomer, Mike Vick Still Seeking Redemption, and Chickens Are Eating Arsenic!

Christina Applegate Getting Awesomer, Mike Vick Still Seeking Redemption, and Chickens Are Eating Arsenic!

We've had a busy week for advertising in the vegan world! Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine brings us this commercial: It seems their focus has shifted from responsible medicine to irresponsible advertising. And screw you--I paid for that elbow…
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Dining, SFoodie Hey, Critics of the Happy Meal Toy Ban: Banning Fast Food Advertising Does Work

Hey, Critics of the Happy Meal Toy Ban: Banning Fast Food Advertising Does Work

San Francisco came in for a heap of ridicule last year -- including some from this very paper -- when the Board of Supervisors passed a ban on selling fast-food meals containing toys. The sentiment intensified, of course, when McDonald's easily…
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News, The Snitch Zynga Fingers Ad Agency for Alleged 'Mafia Wars' Sidewalk Vandalism

Zynga Fingers Ad Agency for Alleged 'Mafia Wars' Sidewalk Vandalism

We reported here yesterday on accusations against social-gaming company Zynga by the San Francisco City Attorney's office. The city is ready to go to the mattresses over alleged vandalism of city property carried out as part of an advertising campaign…
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News, The Snitch Zynga in Hot Water with San Francisco City Attorney Over 'Mafia Wars' Marketing

Zynga in Hot Water with San Francisco City Attorney Over 'Mafia Wars' Marketing

The San Francisco City Attorney's office is going after social-gaming company Zynga -- maker of such popular Facebook applications as FarmVille and Mafia Wars -- for what it calls an "illegal and actionable" marketing campaign to promote the company's latest…
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Music, All Shook Down When No One Loves You, Corporate Email is There

When No One Loves You, Corporate Email is There

In the realm of manipulative marketing tactics, it doesn't get much better than a love letter. "Do you love J.Crew?" the email wants to know. But before you have time to think about it, the subject line assumes your devotion…
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News, The Snitch Monterey Bay Aquarium: Seahorse or SeaWHORES?

Monterey Bay Aquarium: Seahorse or SeaWHORES?

Sex sells. Everything. Cars. Cosmetics. Hamburgers. Seahorses. Ads touting a new seahorse exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium started cropping up some time ago (the exhibit opened on April 6 and will run until 2012.) But it wasn't until a…
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News, The Snitch Video: Adam Werbach Describes New Job

Video: Adam Werbach Describes New Job

If your job search has so far come up blank, cheer up. A whole new category of employment opportunity has appeared under the new rubric “Chief Sustainability Officer.” For these new positions, companies are recruiting sophisticated, idealistic, easily-co-opted SF…
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Music, All Shook Down TV's 'Apprentice' Uses Product Placement to Combat TiVo's Fast-Forward Button

TV's 'Apprentice' Uses Product Placement to Combat TiVo's Fast-Forward Button

The advent of TiVo and DVRs made it possible to skip through all those pesky commercials so you can watch your favorite programs in peace. Those programs could get very annoying and obnoxious very soon, as execs for CBS…
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News, The Snitch Examiner Offers Free Advertising!

Examiner Offers Free Advertising!

Can't afford an ad in the Examiner? No worries, they might plug you and your advertising firm at absolutely no cost to you! Apparently "Each week, The Examiner showcases an advertising campaign by a local company." How nice! This…
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Is YouTube Doomed? AdAge: "YouTube is the new AOL -- in all the worst possible ways."

"The mistake we've been making in evaluating mass-market first-mover YouTube has been in thinking that Google-like dominance is possible in the content arena. But, of course, that's as daft as thinking that we'd always need America Online." And that's the…
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