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Cooking With Big Data: IBM's Watson Releases a Cookbook

Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 22, 2015 03:18 PM

The Internet of Things has its first celebrity chef: IBM's Watson, which is releasing a cookbook in April.

Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson, due in April, features more than 65 recipes developed by the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) using “unconventional ingredient concepts generated by Chef Watson.”  

The results offering surprising flavor twists indeed (check out recipes below), including Spanish Almond Crescent, Creole Shrimp-Lamb Dumplings, Austrian Chocolate Burrito, Hoof-and-Honey Ale, Vietnamese Apple Kebab, Poutine and Chile—and, of course, bacon via Belgian Bacon Pudding.Continue reading...

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Brand News: GM, L'Oreal, Bayer and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on July 1, 2014 09:29 AM


GM hopes to turn the key as automaker recalls 8.4 million vehicles and announces victim compensation plan.

Jeep tops most patriotic brands list as brand boosts Chrysler’s June sales.    

L’Oreal settles with FTC over anti-aging ad claims.

Bayer broadens healthcare line by keeping Merck's Dr. Scholl's and Coppertone brands.

Wendy’s taps Boyz II Men for pretzel burger campaign kicking off on Facebook.  


Aereo rivals aim to take advantage of US Supreme Court setback for brand.  

AirAsia and Rakuten team up for budget Japanese airline.  

AT&T sells America Movil stake.Continue reading...

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In the News: Netflix, Chipotle, Under Armour and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 21, 2013 09:27 AM

In the News

Netflix poised to pass HBO in paid US subscribers.

Chipotle raises menu prices for '14 due to higher costs, GMO shift as it moves East with tofu burrito.

Under Armour opens store in Shanghai and seeks the next big thing with inventor competition.

AT&T receives $4.9 billion in cell-tower deal.

Amazon bets on "betas" to turn web viewers into shoppers.

Apple adjusts tablet strategy to protect lead.

Art Van Furniture extends Michigan based into Chicago market.

Associated Press plans to enable sponsored content.

BlackBerry raises Canadian security concerns with potential deal abroad.

Bon Appetit is magazine of the year for Advertising Age.Continue reading...

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Brands to Watch: Mattel + HIT, Netflix Losses & more

Posted by Shirley Brady on October 24, 2011 06:04 PM

Brands to Watch

Bluetooth consortium creates consumer retail mark.

Bon Appetit sells branded culinary products on HSN.

Cigna is buying HealthSpring for $3.8 billion. 

Harley-Davidson recalls 308,000 motorcycles for brake issue.

Jeremy Scott unveils latest ObyO sneaker line for Adidas.

Jim Beam invites "biggest liquor takeover since 2005."

JPMorgan Chase and other financial firms test social marketing.

Mattel signs deal to acquire Thomas the Tank Engine parent HIT Entertainment for $680 million with backing from Apax Partners.

MTV plans Occupy Wall Street reality special, as American couple looks to cash in on Occupy Wall Street with trademark move.

Netflix subscriber losses are worse than expected.

NFL and American Idol duke it out for priciest US TV spot.

Oracle expands its cloud footprint with $1.43 billion RightNow acquisition.

Saab brand woes detailed in New York Times.

Yahoo attracts more potential suitors.

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In the News: Super Bowl, Fox, MSNBC and more

Posted by Dale Buss on January 24, 2011 09:00 AM

In the News

Super Bowl XLV will offer a match-up between classic franchises when the Green Bay Packers play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Arlington, Texas, on February 6. Mercedes-Benz hints at Super Bowl attack on Lexus with Serena Williams, while Papa John's, Intel, Monster, Dr Pepper, Denny's, Universal Orlando and text-answering service KGB take a pass on returning to this Super Bowl. Fox, meanwhile, rejects potentially controversial Super Bowl ad, creator says.

Air France to disclose safety criticisms of review panel.

The BBC is shedding about 25% of online staff, and moves away from celebrity coverage and in-depth financial analysis.

Conde Nast prepares “Bite me” campaign for Bon Appetit magazine.

Facebook reaches deal with German regulator over “friend-finder.”Continue reading...

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Conde Nast Consolidates Brands, Shuts Gourmet, Cookie, And Bridal Magazines

Posted by Peter Feld on October 5, 2009 10:52 AM

Conde Nast Publications announced this morning that it is shuttering four magazines, following a widely publicized review by McKinsey and Company. Food bible Gourmet will shut down, Brides will increase to monthly publication but Modern Bride and Elegant Bride will close, as will family lifestyle magazine Cookie.

The changes show resolve by Conde Nast to eliminate redundant brands -- an opposite strategy than earlier in the decade, when the company was happy to boast food titles Gourmet and Bon Appetit, men's mags GQ, Details, Cargo, Vitals, and Men's Vogue, home titles House & Garden, Architectural Digest, Domino and occasionally Vogue Living, and numerous women's books including Vogue, Glamour, Self, Jane and Allure. In those days, the company's direction was to block competition and nail down every available ad dollar in a given category.

Now, the company has reversed course. Cargo, Vitals, and Domino (all clones, to some extent, of Conde's successful shopping magazine Lucky), Jane and House & Garden are gone, and Men's Vogue has been folded into Vogue as a twice-annual supplement.Continue reading...

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