Google reveals G1 at New York press event

Google takes wraps off its iPhone rival; McCain, press spar over access; group calls for end to GLBT stereotyping in advertising.

Google and T-Mobile used a September 23 New York event to unveil the G1 phone – the search engine giant's long-awaited rival to Apple's iPhone – which will debut October 22. Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page emphasized the device's open-source nature to reporters in attendance.

However, the long anticipated device failed to win rave reviews. The New York Times' Saul Hansel commented that his “initial take is that the G1 is the PC to the iPhone's Macintosh,” and Wired called the phone “neither open nor exciting.” Techdirt also panned T-Mobile's $25 “unlimited” data plan.

Also:

A fragile economy equals earlier holiday-season advertisements, The New York Times reported.

While small political groups targeted Barack Obama with ads in key states, the press and John McCain's campaign sparred over access to Sarah Palin.

Michael Wilke, executive director of the Commercial Closet Association, circulated a letter calling for the advertising industry to stop stereotyping the GLBT community.

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