Posted by Dale Buss on September 6, 2013 09:13 AM
Apple tests iPhone screens as large as six inches, reports say.
MSNBC hires Alec Baldwin as host.
NFL targeted by radio ads from Native American tribe protesting 'Redskins' name.
Bud Light kicks off NFL effort as Pizza Hut plans Times Square football-and-pizza party.
Facebook delays video ad launch again amid user-experience concerns and draws fresh scrutiny over privacy.
Ford may let CEO Alan Mulally leave sooner than planned, report says; is Microsoft his next stop? The company also announced a new luxury car brand for its European models.
GlaxoSmithKline sees setback in skin-cancer vaccine effort.
Keebler has its elves building "tiny doors" across America in new campaign.
Landry's to debut casual Morton's Grille.
McDonald's tests tiered dollar menu.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 5, 2013 09:25 AM
Facebook hires first CMO from Google.
Apple, Samsung and tech world are thrown by Obama administration intervention into trade ruling.
General Mills creates character to pitch Toaster Strudel as cold-cereal sales lag.
AB InBev defends Budweiser Black Crown performance.
AMC is at a crossroads.
Bass updates penny loafer for the next generation.
Cadillac hits pricing ceiling with ATS.
Citigroup expands "Thank You" loyalty events.
Cox Communications introduces Netflix-like personalized TV experience.
Denny's looks beyond breakfast with new marketing strategy.
Ford taps Mustang history in videos.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on May 30, 2013 09:26 AM
Ford joins European car-sharing sector as demand surges.
KKR lands former general David Petraeus for private-equity firm.
Nasdaq to pay $10 million fine for botched Facebook IPO.
Airbus and Boeing split a $17-million widebody-jet purchase by Singapore Airlines.
Apple shifts supply chain away from Foxconn to Pegatron.
Associated Press and New York Times resist meeting with US Attorney General Eric Holder on leaks investigations.
BMW will recruit trainees from Spain's pool of young jobless.
Carnival Cruise Line launches ad-agency review.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 18, 2013 02:43 PM
It's no secret that the print news industry is suffering, but according to Pew's 2013 State of the Media study, consumers think that's no excuse for poor news quality.
While the industry continues to throw its hands in the air, baffled by the onslaught of digital, consumers are getting more savvy—and critical—of coverage, which, according to Pew, is contributing to the dwindling number of readers. 31 percent of the 2,000 consumers surveyed said they stopped consuming news from a particular outlet because the coverage no longer satisfied their news needs, according to the study.Continue reading...
in the spotlight
Posted by Abe Sauer on December 19, 2012 10:11 AM
"The Freedom Group came in and consolidated production and just alienated everybody because they bought up these great brands and then destroyed them... it is fu***ng up some of the best brands in the gun world."
Robert Farago, publisher of the popular gun blog The Truth About Guns, told me that about the Freedom Group a month before the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, involving its gun brand Bushmaster. It was a month and a few days before Cerberus Capital Management announced it would sell its 95 percent stake in Freedom Group, citing the school tragedy which had, in its words, "raised the national debate on gun control to an unprecedented level."
Investors saw Cerberus' move as a surprise (an added wrinkle: the father of the founder of Cerberus lives in Newtown) despite the raging gun debate. But many in the gun owning community saw it as a ray of hope. Finally, maybe, some classic gun brands would be free from an umbrella group that, in the opinion of many, was destroying untold brand value.Continue reading...
in the spotlight
Posted by Shirley Brady on December 18, 2012 06:17 PM
After clamming up in the wake of the Newton, Connecticut, school shooting massacre on Friday, the National Rifle Association finally broke its silence today to announce a press conference on Friday, and released a statement that read in part:
The National Rifle Association of America is made up of four million moms and dads, sons and daughters – and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown. Out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency, we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting. The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.
The debate on America's out of control spiral on gun vioence dominated the news cycle and social media today, as more young victims of the Sandy Hook shooting were buried. A few turns in the events as the debate played out on Twitter leading up to the NRA's statement:Continue reading...
in the spotlight
Posted by Dale Buss on December 17, 2012 07:14 PM
Newtown, Conn., and its survivors have only begun to cope with the aftermath of the rampage that ended in the deaths of 28 people, 20 of them first-graders, on Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary school.
But it didn't take long for gun-control advocates to urge President Obama and all politicians, not just Democrats, to take a stand and rev up action for tighter controls on the types of weapons used by the shooter, Adam Lanza, as polls show that the majority of Americans favor gun control laws.
Those measures are shining a spotlight on "Big Gun" brands such as Smith & Wesson and owners of gun makers such as Cerberus, whose privately held Freedom Group is a "firearms conglomerate" (as Fortune puts it) that produces the Bushmaster .223 assault weapon (and a "man card" campaign raising hackles across the web) used by Lanza, along with his mother's Glock and Sig Sauer handguns.
Cerberus is taken to task in Eliot Spitzer's Slate column today, because the private-equity firm has acquired the find-it-at-Walmart Bushmaster and other top gun brands over the past several years. Meanwhile, investors nervous about the prospects for gun freedoms have been sending down the stocks of Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger. Even a hunting-gear retailer, Cabela's, has been caught in an investment downdraft since the Newtown massacre, Investor's Business Daily reports.
Naturally coming under the spotlight once again is Sig Sauer and Glock, an Austria-based arms manufacturer with a U.S. office in Georgia. Its semiautomatic pistols have been used in some of the biggest recent mass murders including the shootings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., and killings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 12, 2012 09:01 AM
Apple and HTC settle patent dispute.
BBC needs radical overhaul, chairman says, as two more senior execs step down.
Hyundai and Kia cope with damage they've done to their main selling point: mileage.
AEG and StubHub align.
Alltel returns with holiday pitch to Santa.
Brinks says it isn't for sale right now.
Cisco rolls out aggressive new strategy for dealing with patent trolls.Continue reading...