Brand News: Charter Buys Time Warner Cable and Apple Ups Jony Ive

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The latest branding and marketing news, campaigns and other happenings:

In a major reconfiguration of the US cable and broadband industry, Charter Communications has reached a $55 billion deal to take over Time Warner Cable adding to $10 billion takeover of Bright House Networks in the wake of Comcast‘s failed acquisition. More details in the press release.

Apple names Jony Ive its first ever Chief Design Officer.

Pizza Hut joins Taco Bell in cutting artificial flavors, colors and added trans fats as Tesco reduces sugar in its beverages in the UK.

Amazon will pay higher sales taxes in Europe, takes on Etsy with Handmade section and turns Echo into instant shopping assistant.

Disney‘s Tomorrowland wins box office in worst Memorial Day weekend for Hollywood since 2001.

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AOL and The Guardian strike global video partnership.

Audi unveils self-driving R8 E-Tron concept at first CES Asia.

Beats by Dre features Eminem and Draymond Green in latest video:

BlackBerry lays off more workers as Malaysia Airlines plans mass layoffs.

Blue Bottle attracts long lines for Japan debut of artisanal US coffee brand.

Converse Rubber Tracks platform goes global.

Emoji additions include a selfie and bacon while Internet users hit 3.2 billion.

Evian print ads reveal your inner child.

Evian print ad baby

Ford launches GoDrive car-sharing in the UK.

GM likely to face criminal charges in ignition switch deaths.

GoDaddy‘s evolution into feminist brand is covered by Wired.

Microsoft extends Cortana voice recognition to iPhone and Android.

Miller Lite named top beer brand on Twitter.

Napa reveals grapelicious new logo.

Massey University New Zealand game changer ad

New Zealand university’s “I am a game changer” ad sparks backlash.

PacSun Pacific Sun American flag t-shirt Memorial Day facebook

Pacific Sunwear (PacSun apologizes for inverted American flag tee.

PayPal finally emerges as mobile payments brand.

Samsung releases Iron Man phone in South Korea, Hong Kong and China.

Similac creates GMO-free version of its infant formula.

Sony Xperia Z3+ touts two-day battery life and improved selfie camera.

Travelers goes to great lengths to protect its umbrella logo.

Twitter reportedly eyes billion-dollar Flipboard acquisition.

Uber looks to conquer airports in latest move.

Vodafone promotes progress connecting India’s farmers with sand drawing video:

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