The latest branding and marketing news, campaigns and other happenings:
Comcast announces Stream, its “over the top” $15/month web TV add-on that includes broadcast networks and HBO for its Xfinity broadband subscribers. Wooing cable-cutters testing web TV services like Sling TV and PlayStation Vue, Stream will launch to Comcast’s Boston subscribers this summer, followed by Chicago, Seattle and then a wider US rollout. America’s biggest cable operator is also expanding its X1 streaming TV service in Seattle starting today.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata dies at 55.
Starbucks finds hackers targeting users’ bank cards via its mobile app.
IN OTHER NEWS:
Adweek cofounder Jack Thomas dies at 87.
Apple produces music videos for artists (including Drake‘s new “Energy“), gives Greek users free iCloud for 30 days and reportedly will introduce new iPods on Tuesday as brand accounts for lion’s share of smartphone industry operating profits according to analyst’s report.
Bloomberg parts ways with digital editor Joshua Topolsky.
Celebrity Cruises names first female captain.
Courvoisier reveals new look inspired by Paris’s Golden Age.
Duff Beer is coming to Chile in test deal by The Simpsons producers at 21st Century Fox.
Fiat Chrysler trademarks Barracuda name, exciting fans of the classic Plymouth model.
GM issues latest recall: 780,000 SUVs.
Google sees carmakers hold out on data in bid to own their infotainment systems.
Hyatt partners with Khan Academy to bring open-source learning to employees and their families.
Lexus hits San Diego Comic-Con with “SHIELD Operation: Recruitment” activation to engage fans as Conan O’Brien takes his show to San Diego to interview new Doctor Who Peter Capaldi:
Mars gives stowaway truck kitten a year’s supply of food to his adoptive family.
MasterCard partners with Stand Up To Cancer for fifth year.
Maurice Lacroix, feeling the pinch of Asia luxury downturn, is on the block.
Maytag signs on as official washer/dryer of Major League Baseball.
Microsoft places fans at center of Windows 10 launch.
Starbucks-led coalition aims to give jobs and hope to 100,000 at-risk US youths.
Donald Trump skips Miss USA pageant, which aired Sunday on Reelz after NBC/Univision pullout (the winner: Miss Oklahoma) as Rupert Murdoch criticizes him and David Letterman returns with a Top 10 list for Trump, who recants his comments on Mexicans:
Vine promotes its top stars with new suggested users list.
Whataburger chain says no to new open carry gun law in Texas.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) July 11, 2015
— UNIQLO (@UniqloUSA) July 12, 2015
& The British Medical Association calls for 20% tax on sugary drinks.
adidas features New Zealand All Blacks rugby team:
Beats by Dre features Bastian Schweinsteiger‘s move to Manchester United from Bayern Munich.
IKEA UK sets monkeys loose in a model kitchen:
KFC Philippines celebrates a different Lebron’s journey to the NBA finals:
LG hosts an Instagram photography contest:
T-Mobile features Joel McHale in new campaign:
Tylenol features same-sex couple in #HowWeFamily campaign:
Walmart releases “Celebrate Summer” spot: