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CTIA: There's a Man

2:45 PM -- Oh dear, I was well and truly flabbergasted by the sheer nerve and cheesiness of Adobe Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ADBE)'s intro to its CEO's keynote at CTIA this morning.

Adobe's CEO Shantanu Narayen was introduced and then the hall filled with the strains of Buffalo Springfield's flower power protest anthem, "For What It's Worth."

I've always liked this song and probably tapped a toe or two to the chimey intro. But, after a couple of lines of lyrics, it became painfully clear that Adobe had hired some soundalikes to rewrite the song to suit their own warped agenda.

Here's how here it went as best as I could transcribe it:

    There's something happening here
    And what it is, is exactly clear
    There's a man with a phone in his hand
    Telling us he has a new plan

    There's battle lines being drawn
    Easy profits? Well those days are gone
    Young people speaking their mind
    We better listen, or we'll fall further behind

At that point I threw up in my mouth a little, and no, it wasn't just because of last night's hotel bar pizza. Stop children, what's that sound? Indeed.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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