Posted by Dale Buss on February 7, 2014 09:28 AM
AOL chief faces internal criticism after citing costs for staffers' "distressed babies."
IBM mulls selling chip-manufacturing operations.
McDonald's responds to gay-advocate criticism of Sochi sponsorship and opens first restaurant in Vietnam.
Aetna expects to lose money on Obamacare marketplaces.
Apple repurchases $14 billion in stock in two weeks.
Bank of America addresses credit offer to "Lisa Is A Slut McIntire."
Discovery Channel to debut late-night talk show.
Dunkin' Donuts outlines four-prong growth plan.
Esurance gives away its $1.5 million Super Bowl savings to couple in California.
Ferrari plans to stay in Italy.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 23, 2014 09:22 AM
McDonald's brings in outsider as new CMO and ends "challenging year" with flat quarterly earnings, as it comes under tax scrutiny in France.
Rovio wants to be a bigger brand than Coca-Cola.
Goodyear and workers end fight in France.
AOL buys firm that personalizes web searches.
Arby's promotes variety with new ad strategy and calls new Smokehouse Brisket sandwich its most successful new product.
Boeing adds workers to boost Dreamliner production.
Kenny Chesney sues over unauthorized merchandise.
Chili's introduces Fresh Mex menu.
Coach reports weak North American sales.
Darden defends Red Lobster spinoff plan amid investor resistance.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 16, 2014 09:22 AM
Apple settles FTC complaint over app charges on kids with deal to refund $32.5 million, while China Mobile eyes iPhone sales bonanza, with more than 1 million pre-orders ahead of Friday's launch.
Microsoft may pay $2.6 billion to Samsung and others to make Windows phones as rumors cite Ericsson CEO to replace Steve Ballmer.
JCPenney plans to close 33 stores and slash 2,000 jobs.
AOL unloads most of Patch to private equity firm.
AT&T ends long-running American Idol sponsorship.
Axe features Kim Jong-Un lookalike in Super Bowl spot.
Best Buy reports holiday sales decline.
Charter is talking with Comcast about new bid for Time Warner Cable, report says.
Citi replaces debit cards after Target data breach.
Facebook revamps ads to compete with Google.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 9, 2013 10:35 AM
There’s a new posse in town with a new website, Global Government Surveillance Reform, spearheaded by eight corporate heavyweights, reacting to the tarnishing of their reputations by revelations of government spying on their customers’ data.
Led by Google and Microsoft, and quickly joined by Apple, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, AOL, and LinkedIn, the public campaign is calling on President Obama and Congress to set new limits on government surveillance. Forced into the glaring spotlight by the disclosures of former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, the companies deny complicity and are scrambling to repair the damage to their reputations.
Accompanied by full-page ads in national newspapers including The New York Times, the website states: “While the undersigned companies understand that governments need to take action to protect their citizens’ safety and security, we strongly believe that current laws and practices need to be reformed. Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 5, 2013 09:14 AM
Apple opens Arizona plant with 2,000 workers.
Frito-Lay tests chocolate-covered potato chips.
Johnson & Johnson pays $2 billion fine for false marketing of drugs.
AOL boosts ad sales but sees profits hurt by local news services.
Allen Edmonds sells to private-equity firm.
BlackBerry abandons sale process.
Christie's starts out new auction season badly.
Coca-Cola predicts personalized beverages using genomics.
DirecTV profit rises on more subscribers.
Dodge expands Ron Burgundy campaign to entire brand lineup.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 10, 2013 09:22 AM
JCPenney undoes more of Ron Johnson's handiwork with logo revamp.
KFC preps quality-assurance campaign in China.
H&M, Gap back in the spotlight after another Bangladesh factory fire kills several workers.
A&E Networks pitches original programming.
Aereo Android app will debut Oct. 22.
Alcatel-Lucent must revise job-cut plans in France.
Apple reportedly slashes iPhone 5c production.
AT&T and GE partner for wireless global network.
BlackBerry warms to breakup exit strategy as brand expands office closures.
Chevrolet revs up major ad push for Malibu.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...
Posted by Alicia Ciccone on September 20, 2013 09:36 AM
Honda recalls nearly $375,000 cars in US for airbag issue.
United Airlines brings back old slogan for new campaign.
Pinterest launches promoted pins—for free.
AllThingsD and the Wall Street Journal are breaking up.
AOL launches premium ad formats.
Apple begins selling its new iPhones today.
Beyonce and JayZ named Forbes' highest earning couple.
Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer will part ways.
Ford weighs options with aging Lincoln brand. Continue reading...