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Candygram: Yahoo Marketing Uses Jelly Beans as App Enticement

Sweet?

Yahoo has people handing out logoed packs of purple and white jelly beans in Times Square in New York, as part of a promotion of its apps. CEO Marissa Mayer has a liking for the location, having done other marketing stunts in the famous crossroads.

According to New York Times Web developer Scott Taylor, who posted the picture below on Instagram, “Yahoo is handing out jelly beans in Times Square and the girls say in a baby voice ‘download Yahoo! Weather.’”

Novel and perhaps tasty — mostly, I just liked Taylor’s photo (though I still don’t like the new Yahoo logo).

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work