Brand News: Facebook, KIND Snacks, Nestlé and More

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IN THE NEWS:

Facebook is accused by conservatives of political bias in news feed but execs deny claims.

KIND is allowed to use “healthy” on labels as FDA reverses position.

LendingClub fires CEO over faulty loans, sending jitters through peer-to-peer lending model.

Staples and Office Depot call off $6.3 billion merger.

Nestlé fights US officials over water rights.

IN OTHER NEWS:

BBC faces turning point in mission.

BlackBerry shakes up device unit.

CBS and other well-known media brands remain in management limbo after judge dismisses competency suit against Viacom mogul Sumner Redstone.

Crystal Cruises plans to ease first ship through Northwest Passage.

Crystal Cruises

FIFA sets stringent new rules for World Cup hosts.

Gap looks to reverse sales slump by streamlining, possibly through brands abroad.

GM reportedly plans to kill Buick Verano small car.

Google enables local news to Google News feed.

Instagram introduces dynamic ad unit.

JCPenney expands appliance availability, taking on Sears in greater way.

Kashi continues turnaround.

Kashi

Lee Jeans plans to rebrand.

Lumber Liquidators suffers more fallout from safety of Chinese laminate products.

Netflix could threaten comeback by Relativity Studios with plan to stream its films.

Nissan names sustainability head.

Old Navy‘s top marketer leaves for TBWA\Chiat\Day.

Volkswagen is said to be near a fix for 3.0-liter diesels implicated in Dieselgate.

Whole Foods Markets dials up digital marketing as sales fall.

CAMPAIGNS:

Chevrolet focuses on gas savings in new Malibu.

Honda plays up nonconformity of Civic Coupe.

Progressive has Flo meet the Kool-Aid Man.

Progressive Kool-Aid

Samsung Brazil’s digital surfboard tweets sea and weather conditions.

Troy-Bilt sells dependability.

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