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Bill Brown

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There’s a strange ad on Yahoo! lately indicating someone named Bill’s displeasure at the loss of his lawn gnome and an accompanying web site that is painful in its forced amateurness. A quick check on Technorati indicates that quite a few bloggers are wondering about its strange origins.

However, the URL from the Yahoo! ad indicates that this is a campaign by Hewlett-Packard—I thought they’ve gone to HP after the Carly Fiorina board fight—so it is clearly an astroturf campaign designed to excite comment from bloggers. Hopefully, it’ll fail miserably since it’s so trite.

[UPDATE: Oh and the 800 number is a dead giveaway that there’s some deep pockets bankrolling this thing.]