FryUp: Classic tune mangled for ISP ad

Malware maggots exploit tsunami tragedy

Pop pap

Going against the best advice of mothers everywhere, state-owned ISP Orcon launched a marketing campaign featuring James “Mr Iggy Pop” Osterberg. Those looking forward to joining the sprightly sixty-two year-old and repeating past antics such as rolling around on broken glass, vomiting and plucking their Willie Banjos will be sorely disappointed. Instead, it appears that the idea is to record embarrassingly awful versions of Mr Pop’s hit, The Passenger, and upload them to YouTube. A few brave people have done just that, and Mr Pop must rue the day he agreed to take Orcon’s advertising dollar. With any luck, the contributions will dry up soon and Mr Pop can focus on his New Orleans style jazz music instead. To be fair to Orcon though, the ISP does have some gold on YouTube, like the below clips that represent some unique creative marketing thinking, subtle, yet powerful. - BWTS ORCON party 2009

- ORCON Magnum Carpet Kicker

SEO saddoes

Google may have a Do No Evil motto, but that’s not stopping malware authors who are using the search giant’s enormous reach and trust with users for nefarious purposes. They’ll stoop to anything, like subverting queries for information on the tsunami in Samoa as Roger Thompson of antivirus vendor AVG writes in his blog. Lower than the low, those people. The use of sophisticated botnets to pervert advertising campaigns is another example of how Google’s size and ubiquity is being used against it. In both cases, the consequences could be extremely serious for Google, and it’ll be curious to see how it cracks those rather tough nuts that involve the use of legitimate but compromised sites. - Roger Thompson (AVG): Impressive Search Engine Optimization - Click Forensics: Bahama Botnet Stealing Traffic From Google Oh no, it’s the TSO

It’s time again for the annual shake-down of NZ telcos, to pay Telecom millions of dollars to service so-called commercially non-viable customers. As has been noted before, nobody knows who these customers are, yet only Telecom is allowed to serve them with their telecommunications needs. There is no list of names, no addresses for the customers and there will probably never be one either. Do these customers actually exist? Nobody seems to know. Astonishingly enough, the number of these unknown unviables has actually grown by 11,000 in the past two years. How did that happen? While everyone’s happy that the current model will disappear in a year’s time, shouldn’t there be some accountability for the Telecommunications Service Obligation? Where does all that money go? - Telco service levy increases $10.7 million year-on-year

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