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In the News: BYD Bumbles, Groupon Stumbles, Saab Crumbles

Posted by Dale Buss on August 24, 2011 08:47 AM

BHP confident in future of mining as profit jumps.

BYD troubles threaten expansion of Chinese automaker -- and Warren Buffett's investment.

Bank of America gets new battering by financial markets.

Groupon stumbles in China.

Heineken shares plunge on stagnant profit.

Heinz makes low-end push.

Hertz to begin renting electric cars in China.

Kraft cuts coffee prices 6 percent.Continue reading...

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Brands to Watch: Apple, Morgan Stanley, More Recalls

Posted by Shirley Brady on October 20, 2010 05:30 PM

Brands to Watch

The latest product recalls dinging brands: Graco (2 million strollers following infant strangulation deaths), Chrysler (26,000 vehicles, fluid leak check), Volvo (10,000 vehicles, air bags system check).

Apple unveiled two new MacBook Air ultralight laptops (that use flash memory for storage instead of hard drives) at a Back to Mac even, where it also promised updated software for its Macintosh computers that borrows FaceTime and other features from its iPhone and iPad. Also featured: improved iLife '11 personal productivity suite and a sneak peek at Mac OS X Lion.

AT&T will offer WellDoc’s FDA-approved mobile phone-based diabetes management solution to select employees.

BET goes pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.Continue reading...

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In the News: Facebook, Apple, Fox

Posted by Dale Buss on October 18, 2010 09:00 AM

In the News

Fox maintains top ad rates for American Idol even without Simon Cowell, as News Corp.-Cablevision stand-off saw 3 million NYC area homes lose the channel over a big weekend for football fans.

Apple is turning more attention to the corporate market.

Barclay Capital foresees modest bump in U.S. holiday sales.

Chevron incorporates anti-oil industry sentiment in new ads.

Chrysler expands as other U.S. automakers cut brands.

Citigroup reports $2.2-billion third-quarter profit.Continue reading...

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In the News: AOL, Coca-Cola, RIM

Posted by Shirley Brady on September 28, 2010 09:00 AM

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Amazon introduces Kindle for the Web, may be launching app store for Android.

AOL buys video syndicator 5min and reportedly in talks to buy TechCrunch blog.

Aston Martin named UK's coolest brand in a poll.

Cadbury Dairy Milk bars drops "glass and a half" slogan following EU complaint.

CBS rises as DVR time-shifted viewing gooses Nielsen ratings.

Coca-Cola sues Germany's Aldi over orange juice packaging, and wins approval to buy largest bottler vendor.

Endo is buying rival generic drugmaker Qualitest for $1.2 billion.

Google remains world's most desired employer according to HR survey.Continue reading...

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In the News: Facebook, Blockbuster, Chanel

Posted by Dale Buss on September 23, 2010 09:00 AM

In the News

Facebook is growing fastest in Asia, reportedly developing smartphones for AT&T, while CEO Mark Zuckerberg is donating $100 million to improve schools in Newark, NJ, which he will announce on Oprah Winfrey's show tomorrow.

Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy this morning, says its 3,000 US stores will remain open.

Chanel cracks down on how its name is used.

Wal-Mart tries to unmask corporate foes that have slowed its growth in groceries.

Abbott recalls some Similac formula over potentially tainted packaging. 

Adidas targets growth in Russia.

Apple's iPhone 4 finally goes on sale in China on Saturday.Continue reading...

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Brands to Watch: BHP, CNN, GMAC, Walmart

Posted by Shirley Brady on September 20, 2010 06:30 PM

BHP fails to win key political backing for Potash bid.

CNN and Eliot Spitzer prepare Oct. 4 debut of talkshow featuring the former NY state governor.

GMAC halts some evictions and sales of foreclosed homes as it corrects "a potential issue" in its foreclosure process.

Google, TiVo and Microsoft are racing to build an ad business for Web-connected TV spots.

HP and former CEO Mark Hurd settle lawsuit over his hiring by Oracle.Continue reading...

In the News: Dell Vies with HP for 3Par + more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 26, 2010 09:00 AM

Dell says 3Par accepted its raised bid, trumping HP for control of the computer-storage company. (Updated).

US egg farmers launch a public reassurance campaign in the wake of nationwide salmonella outbreak.

Facebook is the leading social networking site in India for the first time, overtaking Orkut.

Academy Awards telecasts could move to Mondays to make room for NFL games on Sunday nights.

Alibaba Group, China's biggest e-commerce operator, expands travel business to include international airline-ticket sales and plans to undercut rivals' prices.

BHP, undeterred by rivals, vows restraint in its bid for Potash.

British Heart Foundation calls for more labelling on food after UK salt survey cites KFC, McDonald's, Pret a Manger and others.Continue reading...

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In the News: Tiger Woods, Starbucks + more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 20, 2010 09:00 AM

General Motors hires Chris Perry, Hyundai’s marketing chief, to head its needy Chevrolet division. The move shows GM CMO Joel Ewanick shoring up his team as he taps a key hire to market Chevy, the most important brand at his new company.

Starbucks' sales figures for Via coffee brand come under scrutiny.

Tiger Woods' sagging performance impacts PGA and golf sponsors as TV viewership slumps.

BP may be able to shield itself from suits under a proposal for the $20-billion Gulf of Mexico oil spill compensation fund.Continue reading...

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