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Friday news flash: Hannah Montana is officially everywhere

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Not content with reaching your children through movies, television, CDs and a billion pieces of hot pink merchandise, Miley Cyrus and her Disney handlers have found a way to take over your home phone.
As part of a back-to-school merchandise tie-in with Wal-Mart, Disney is offering "phone calls" from Miley (stage name: Hannah Montana) that will encourage kids to get out of bed, go to band practice and practice their vocab words.
Parents just log on to the microsite -- which conveniently links to the Wal-Mart/Hannah Montana back to school store -- type in some basic information and choose to receive a wake-up call or a reminder for a certain activity. Then, through the magic of the Internet, a lucky kid gets a call from Hannah. The parent, meanwhile, gets a confirmation e-mail, complete with reminders to buy more Hannah Montana gear at Wal-Mart.
Yeah, it's a little creepy, but you have to be impressed with the creativity. In a market saturated in Cyrus, finding a new, exciting channel to push her name is quite the feat. Getting permission, on top of that, to send thousands of targeted marketing e-mails as part of the "service" is pretty brilliant.
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