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Comparative Advertising, Mmm Mmm MSG

The New York Times reports on the recent phenomenon of "comparative advertising": aggressive ads wherein brands attack their competitors by name. It's the Pepsi Challenge all over again, but with soup and coffee instead of two near-indistinguishable colas.
The Campbell Soup Company is calling out Progresso chicken noodle soup for having MSG, and Dunkin' Donuts [...]

Free Election Day Starbucks Coffee Might Just Be Illegal

Election day freebies like Starbucks coffee, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and ice cream from Ben & Jerry's might be illegal, says Gawker, citing federal law: "Not only is a direct payment for a vote prohibited, but any other 'valuable thing, to or for the use of another.'"

Vote and Get a Free Coffee from Starbucks [video]

On Tuesday, Starbucks wants you to wait in line to vote and wait in line in their stores to get free coffee:
If you care enough to vote, we care enough to give you a free cup of coffee.
Come into any participating Starbucks on Nov. 4th, tell us you voted, and we'll proudly give you a [...]

Starbucks' Optimal Scheduling: A Permanent Booty Call

Starbucks is calling it a "a philosophy, not a program," but the new HR technique, Optimal Scheduling, requires baristas to be incredibly flexible. If they want to work full-time, they have be available to work for 70 percent of open store hours—if you're an employee at a typical Starbucks that's open 16 hours a day, [...]

Wired's Contest to Make Art From Starbucks Junk

Wired magazine has a contest to see what people can make out stuff from Starbucks. People are asked upload images and their instructions, to be featured in an online gallery at a later date. The competition seems stiff, with the example above by Wired contributing photographer Dan Winters, a Star Wars TIE Fighter built out [...]

Starbucks Theory of International Economics

"The more Starbucks a country has, the bigger its financial problems." Sounds like bullshit to me, but sure, whatever. Slate: Will Your Recession Be Tall, Grande, or Venti?

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