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“Off with his head!”

Nope, not the “Queen of Hearts” this time…! :-)

Who then?

Microsoft! 😉

In an online ad for the Polish market, the head of a black model was “swapped out” for that of a white model. The business Web site, which first reported the swap, wrote that the change in models may have been made with the “racially homogeneous” Polish market in mind.

A Microsoft spokeman, Lou Gellos, said that Microsoft apologized, fixed the error, and is investigating how the mistake happened.


I know that this makes THREE entries for today, but I could have made at least two more!

(Note added August 27, 2009: Apparently, this story about Microsoft localization has gotten a lot of “media play!” A friend of mine sent me THIS link!) :-)

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