Tech giants have unseemly row at the Superbowl

One of the most important events in the US sports calendar took place over the weekend. Not the Green Bay Packers beating the Pittsburgh Steelers – as seems to be the case with the Superbowl, the emphasis was on the commercials in between the action.

As far as we can tell the highlight of the cup finals extravaganzas seem to be whatever brand is flogging their wares during the adverts, rather than what the score is or who’s playing. A departure from the British sporting tradition of a cup of Bovril and the throwing of sharpened fifty pence pieces during the fifteen minute interval.

On a day where a thirty second advert can set you back $2.6 million there were unsurprisingly plenty of talking points other than the final score.

Much of the hype involved Black Eyed Peas front man, and hip-hop’s technology-tsar as Intel Creative Director, promised to connect with his fans during the halftime show, promoting social media ability to bring the crowd closer to the band than ever before:

“So when Fergie is doing her part, and (other group members and Taboo) are doing their part, wouldn’t it be awesome to send a tweet to all the people that are following … bring the people even closer to the stage.”

Unfortunately for it appeared that AT&T had other plans, with the singer’s plans to revolutionise the way we consume live music events thwarted by lack of reception, much to his disappointment later that day.

Furthermore,’s debut as directing two advert was not particularly well received, with the rather confusing adverts proving that he is just as irritating as an animated marketing tool.

Others flogging products included AT&T and Verizon, who took the competitive nature of the day as an excuse to take pot-shots over their new iPhone networks, with videos here.

Meanwhle Sony Ericsson took the time to promote its Xperia Play smartphone, based on the Android OS.

Despite some great efforts, particularly from Mr, the top prize for lack of taste went to Groupon.

The group saving website managed to plummet to new lows with an advert which manages to manipulate the plight of the political struggles in Tibet all in aid of plugging cheap meals at Himalayan restaurants.