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When Geeks Attack: Mattel Apologizes for ‘Barbie Can’t Code’ Book

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Graphic artist? Maybe. Engineer? Not so much. 

According to Mattel (BarbieMedia.com), Barbie has held more than 150 different jobs “spanning from registered nurse to rock star, veterinarian to aerobics instructor, pilot to police officer.”

Maybe a temp pool is next for the former bikini model?

Her latest career turn had many people in the tech world irate because of a seemingly sexist approach: seems Barbie can’t do much with a computer beyond plugging it in.

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The New York Times Experienced Premature Publication on Keystone XL

NYT BuildingThe New York Times just can’t catch a break.

The editors of the Old Grey Lady have serious sight problems, as noted with this unfortunate front page drama and this mistreated story. We aren’t sure if it’s the ghost of former executive editor Jill Abramson haunting the newsroom halls, but something is afoot. And much like one with no socks in a crusty pair of Toms, it stinks.

Enter into the fray the much-debated story about the Keystone XL pipeline. (For context, our fearless leader posted on the leak of Edelman’s “strategy” documents regarding a similar project from the same company, TransCanada).

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Dave & Busters Can’t Even Do Racism Right on #TacoTuesday

dave-busters-taco-tuesdayFrom Del Taco to Rosa’s Cafe to Taco Bell, no one really knows the source — but #TacoTuesday is a thing known to kids (and parents looking for a quick bargain) across this great land of ours. It’s fun. It’s cheap. It’s even famous on ‘the Twitter,’ from what our  parents tell us.

Yesterday, a happening place known to Texans for sports, games, and fun called Dave & Busters (that has no business chiming in on a day known for such snackable TexMex goodness), decided to tweet on this most festive of occasions.

And did so in a slightly-racist-but-we-have-the-jokey-jokes fashion.

The tweet may have been deleted but the conversation is still visible to everyone — will someone in charge of social media at anywhere finally realize that this is not necessarily the job for a hipster with little to lose but a paycheck? Read more

Uber Really F*cked Up This Time

You’ve probably heard by now that Uber is in extreme crisis mode. More so than usual, even!

Why? To sum it up, the company’s SVP of business attended a private event packed with prominent journalists…and suggested that his company would spend a million dollars on “opposition research” to smear those who publish negative stories about Uber. For some reason, Emil Michael thought that every single word spoken at said event would be “off the record.”

It gets much, much worse.

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RadioShack Forced to Stay Closed on Thanksgiving After Employee Mutiny

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The formerly dominant personal technology super store, Radio Shack, is suffering in many ways.

This Dallas/Fort Worth-based company is laying off employees almost on a monthly basis. It is closing hundreds of stores annually. Its brand is considered so antiquated that self-deprecationwas in order for its last Super Bowl commercial. Now it is facing almost certain bankruptcy.

That said, there’s still hope: Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and all that they imply. Unfortunately, it seems that this business can’t quite get those right. Maybe that’s why they hired Weird Al: this story feels like a parody of how to get ready for the holidays.

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DYK: Al-Qaeda Terrorist Architect Was a Pitchman for Hair Removal Ad

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Distant cousin to Winnie the Pooh?

That Chewbacca look-alike in the advertisement above is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the man dubbed as the “9/11 Mastermind.”

While he will forever be known as one of the worst human beings ever because of the devastation he brought to our native soil, in the country of Turkey, he’s known as something else: Spokesperson.

The ad is for Epila Hair Removal. The call-to-action headline in Turkish means “Waiting won’t get rid of that hair.” The tool is that guy.

(It’s Veterans Day, so let’s have a round of applause that he’s currently in custody. Just putting that out there.)

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The Progressive Pope? Francis Demotes Conservative Cardinal

pope francis throneJust last month, Pope Francis determined that now was the time to shake things up in the Vatican.

ICYMI: He claimed that all the “in the beginning” malarkey about how God created the world made the Creator sound more like Harry Potter and less like an omnipotent being. At that time, we knew people would start crying “progressivism!” and murmuring about a dark influence on the Holy See.

While the latter is still brooding, the Pontiff has made another bold decision that could empower his critics: he demoted an “outspoken, American conservative” Cardinal.

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U.S. Army Finally Catches Up with the 21st Century on the Word ‘Negro’

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(Source: REUTERS/U.S. Army/Sgt. Seandale Jackson)

The U.S. Armed Forces employs some of the bravest men and women in the world. Don’t believe us? You take your gun to a country whose name no one can pronounce.

While most of America applauds those heroes daily, the PRNewserverse needs to call one branch out for not being too terribly with it on the domestic perception front — the U.S. Army.

Late last week, a published Army regulation held that superiors could use the word “Negro” to refer to “black or African-American” personnel.

And then the 1960s (or even the 1860s) called wanting its non-complementary sociological term back.

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Dallas Cowboys Should Reconsider This London Social Media Strategy

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I am a proud Texan. I am also a (semi) proud Dallas Cowboys homer.

That said, Rich Dalrymple, legendary PR chieftain of the aforementioned football team, should really consider firing his entire social media team because digital campaigns are just not their thing.

This weekend, the Cowboys will “host” the Jacksonville Jaguars in London at the NFL’s international fun tour geared to broaden the horizons of the sport that stole England’s word. To celebrate the festivities across the pond, there needs to be a campaign, a party, a social media ballyhoo that will be seen stateside without question.

Whelp, touchdown!

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New Hawaiian Campaign: ‘Welcome to Paradise…Unless You’re Homeless.’

magnum piEver heard of the Institute for Human Services?

This social services agency is focused on ending homelessness. A great cause in a place facing a serious issue because it’s so ridiculously difficult to manage a mortgage on the Hawaiian islands. And while Captain Machismo Tom Selleck enjoyed the finer things in life during his time there, thousands of people do not.

Great PSA, right? It should be… 

The non-profit organization is “embarking on a $1.3 million effort that includes plans to fly 120 homeless people back to the mainland.” Ah yes, nothing quite says PR success like dropping home ownership values.

 

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