Recent upgrade to 2.3.4 changes

Been looking for a few weeks online to see what others have experienced from the recent release of Android 2.3.4 for AT&T phones. This could be specific to my phone (LG Phoenix, non-rooted), but since the upgrade AT&T has forced yet another branding location on the device, now in the upper left corner :eek:. It displays all the time taking up valuable real estate :mad:. What a crock they are!?

Anyone know how to remove these types of AT&T changes they push?

Thanks for the input.

p.s. The 2.3.4 release is awesome besides the AT&T stuff.