Posted by Dale Buss on January 19, 2015 09:15 AM
MTV goes black and white in the US today, a first in its history, in honor of Martin Luther King Day.
Amazon plans to start making up to 12 movies a year for theaters and Amazon Prime web streaming.
Google is in talks to buy mobile-payment service Softcard as today is final day to buy Google Glass (and Tesco moves ahead with Glass app).
BlackBerryis not an acquisition target, Samsung CEO confirms, after hiring designer from Apple designer Jony Ive's old firm to overhaul its products.
Seattle Seahawks head to Super Bowl with two stars that tout competing headphone brands: Richard Sherman for Beats and Russell Wilson for Bose, while Beats finds that Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is another ad star for brand.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on December 19, 2014 09:09 AM
Apple under fire again following BBC investigation into conditions at Chinese factories.
Nike's latest quarterly report shows revenues up (and luxury path) as shares drop on soft orders and designers lawsuit revealed.
Bumble Bee tuna brand sold to Thai Union Frozen (TUF) Products for $1.5 billion.
Unilever withdraws Just Mayo lawsuit as Hampton Creek agrees to relabel products.
Sony seen as likely to eventually release The Interview as George Clooney emerges as Sony defender.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 3, 2014 09:09 AM
CVS Caremark rebrands to CVS Health and launches smoke-enders program as it quits tobacco a month early.
Nationwide unifies brand and debuts new logo in Peyton Manning campaign.
Home Depot investigates potential breach of customer data.
Apple denies iCloud breach in celebrity hack and reportedly signs Nordstrom to new payments platform.
Burger King downplays tax-inversion motive for Tim Hortons deal.
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Audi sees strong sales growth despite slowdown in Russia and emerging markets.
BuyPartisan app lets shoppers suss out politics behind brands and products.
Chrysler sees August sales rise 20 percent, led by Jeep.
Coca-Cola partners with Keurig Green Mountain on Honest Tea K-Cup packs.
Darden Restaurants shakes up its board with concessions to Starboard.
Dior rolls out new campaign starring a golden Charlize Theron.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 4, 2014 09:22 AM
GM looks for alternative supplies in China after deadly factory blast.
Target taps PepsiCo exec Brian Cornell for CEO role.
eHarmony wants to find the perfect job match for you too.
Jeep comes under fire in WSJ investigation into recalled vehicles.
McDonald’s plans to restore full menu in China this week.
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5-Hour Energy hits back at scientist’s claims that it is ineffective.
Acura looks to all-wheel drive to help recoup sales.
Aereo sees court nix request for “emergency” authorization to resume service.
Air New Zealand shares its social insights:Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 9, 2014 04:17 PM
As the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange rang this morning, 91-year-old publishing juggernaut Time Inc. officially made its public debut after a contentious and lengthy spin-off process from corporate parent, Time Warner Inc., which may be looking to get younger and hipper by buying a piece of a younger media empire: VICE.
In what will be a very public test of the print industry in a world overtaken by digital players like Vox and BuzzFeed, Time Inc. is now the only publicly-traded company in the US with just magazines in its portfolio, adding pressure to the digitally-challenged publisher who will now rely solely on its media brands including TIME, Sports Illustrated and People for its future fortunes.
The media company, renowned for an impressive empire that includes more than 70 overseas and 23 domestic magazines, has for the last decade seen revenues fall by 34 percent and cut its operating profit by 59 percent. Overall magazine circulation has dropped 1.4 percent in the second half of 2013 compared to the second half of 2012, according to Audited Media, with paid subscriptions, which account for 90 percent of total circulation, falling flat in the same period.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 3, 2014 06:51 PM
What do you get when you pair Fuhu’s Nabi with DreamWorks? DreamTab, a tablet for kids for under $300, available this spring chock-full of original content. The new tablet, which will feature animated characters from studio hits including Madagascar, How to Train Your Dragon and Kung-fu Panda, will debut at next week's CES 2014 conference in Las Vegas.
Thanks to programming and content from DreamWorks, the 8-inch by 12-inch device will allow kids to stream movies, TV shows and play games with various innovative parental controls and educational tools, according to Fuhu's press release.
The Google Android-powered tablet computer (using the new 4.4 Kit Kat Android based operating system) will be programmed like a cable channel. “We could push out a new character moment every day of the year,” Jim Mainard, the studio's head of digital strategy and new business development, told the New York Times.
“The moments will include stuff like drawing lessons from DreamWorks animators and more, SlashGear notes. “The tablet is also tipped to get tech allowing it to work with DreamWorks toys... and will also have the ability to send instant messages and email.”Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 6, 2013 07:27 PM
An under-appreciated aspect of the car business these days is the continued boom in customizing. Between the strong recovery of "stock" car sales in the US market and hand-wringing about Millennials taking the zing out of car ownership, it's possible to lose track of the fact that, for many Americans, customizing—or "tuning"—their rides remains a driving passion.
That fact is being restored this week at the 47th annual Specialty Equipment Market Association show and convention in Las Vegas, which show organizers have said promises to be their biggest ever. It's only open to people in the auto business, not the public—but if the customizing crowd and original-equipment auto brands didn't know there was a still-growing crowd of enthusiasts to buy the wares they're displaying, they wouldn't bother.
So Ford, for instance, is crowing about seeing its Mustang and F-Series named "Hottest Car" and "Hottest Truck" of the show. More Mustangs and F-Series are on display on the show floor than any other car or truck, the company said, leading to the award—and testifying to the popularity and appeal of each vehicle. And indeed, F-Series trucks remain America's most popular vehicle, and Ford is expected to launch a new 50th-anniversary version of the iconic Mustang sports car next year.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 30, 2013 09:22 AM
Apple named world's most valuable brand, passing Coca-Cola, on Interbrand's Best Global Brands 2013 report.
JetBlue launches premium brand, Mint.
IKEA starts UK solar push.
AOL to start advertising on TV again.
BlackBerry starts selling unlocked phones direct to US buyers.
DirecTV plans to help finance indie films.
Ford sends the checks to soothe C-Max owners on fuel economy as company is said to retain CEO Alan Mulally's "absolute focus" despite reports about Microsoft job, while Ford prepares heir apparent.
GM can't keep up with demand for V-8 pickups.
Home Depot scales up Redbeacon service for small contracting jobs.
Intel invests in wearable device maker Recon.
JCPenney remains on the brink.Continue reading...