Brand News: 10 Things You Need to Know for Friday December 29

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Apple apologizes for older iPhone batteries and performance and offers $29 battery replacements. Apple also sees Italian clothing company win right to use Steve Jobs’ name.


Ad-blocking countermeasures found on roughly one-third of leading websites, study finds.


CES 2018 is just around the corner, TechCrunch reminds.


Chinese consumers’ evolving tastes create opportunity for brands.


Instagram will now add recommended posts to your feed.


Phoebe Philo leaving Céline is the latest in a string of shake-ups for luxury fashion brands this year.


SoftBank agrees to buy major stake in Uber.


WeWork China rival drops its plan to use UrWork name.


CAMPAIGNS:


Allstate brings back Mayhem with #ResolutionsAreMayhem:


Fitbit continues customer storytelling with #MyReasonIs:


Gatorade inspires via coach pep talks:


Interflora gets animated:


Kia Motors looks back on 2017 as a year of passion and love and releases a post-Christmas spot, ‘Thought of me,’ featuring a song created by Zach Holmes:


NBA star Yao Ming makes a PSA to alert China about ivory ban:


Nike has fun with Canadians’ nice reputation:


Northwestern Mutual wants you to #SpendYourLifeLiving:


Oakley‘s “Obsession” is quality:


Steph Curry, Chance the Rapper and Barack Obama appear in PSA for My Brother’s Keeper alliance:


Yahoo promotes the out of office feature:


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