Peter Kafka

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Google TV's New Pitch: Let Us Scare the Crap Out of You

Google TV is creeping out Hollywood studios, but average consumers don’t know a thing about it.

Solution: Logitech, one of Google’s partners, will help scare the rest of us, too.

That inscrutable/creepy ad is for Revue, a set-top box that will come bundled with Google’s (GOOG) platform this fall (thanks to Engadget for flagging). And if you watch the other videos in Logitech’s campaign, you’ll see that the company is trying to argue that Revue will make your TV feel less “lonely.”

So that makes a bit of sense, I guess. And I’m writing about it, so I guess it works. I just don’t know of many consumer electronic success stories that use the terror/befuddlement approach. But maybe this one will be different!


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There’s a lot of attention and PR around Marissa, but their product lineup just kind of blows.

— Om Malik on Bloomberg TV, talking about Yahoo, the September issue of Vogue Magazine, and our overdependence on Google