Brand News: Abbott Labs Buys St. Jude; Samsung, Ford and More

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IN THE NEWS:

Abbott Laboratories agrees to buy St. Jude Medical in $25-billion merger of medical devices giants.

Ford posts record results.

Samsung sees strong early shipments of Galaxy S7.

Target sees boycott over bathroom move.

Volkswagen plans to pay about $8 billion in legal costs for Dieselgate as it talks with tech companies about mobility-services partnerships.

IN OTHER NEWS:

Amazon extends Alexa to its first third-party device.

Apple relies more on service business, as employee is found dead at Cupertino HQ.

Berkshire Hathaway prepares for annual meeting in Omaha.

Bombardier gets major aircraft order from Delta Airlines.

Chipotle eyes chorizo to spice up sales.

DIRECTV expands streaming to all NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers.

Dunkin’ Donuts brings mobile ordering to NYC.

Elon Musk’s Space X aims to fly to Mars as soon as 2018.

Facebook plans new stock class to solidify CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s control, as company gained 60 million users in past three months.

JCPenney steps up rollout of Sephora stores inside its own.

M&M’S returns for second US Red Nose Day.

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Mitsubishi says internal audit shows no inflation of mileage figures for US models since 2013.

NFL kicks off annual draft tonight as Hyundai campaign targets fans.

Panera Bread closes standalone Paradise units.

Sanofi offers to buy prostate-cancer drug maker Medivation for $9 billion.

Sprout Pharmaceuticals founder pivots from female Viagra to female startups.

T-Mobile accused of creating fake union in labor dispute.

Tesla struggles with quality and costs through warranty outlays.

Tinder feature outs users, to their dismay.

Yahoo’s $8 billion “black hole” explored in Bloomberg Businessweek cover story.

Yale keeps controversial name despite racial concerns.

& Cannes simulates terrorist attach ahead of major festivals.

CAMPAIGNS:

Acura celebrates 30 years in business.

Citibank rolls out major “Make It Here” campaign.

Hershey’s goes patriotic in packaging for Olympics sponsorship.

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