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Brands to Watch: Walmart, Morgan Stanley, NPR

Posted by Shirley Brady on March 9, 2011 06:00 PM

Brands to Watch

Walmart's first Express mini-store is coming to Arkansas.

Morgan Stanley is preparing layoffs.

NPR Ombudsman will be interviewed by CNN's Piers Morgan tonight, as PBS confirms it was targeted by the same sting operation.

ANA responds to FTC on "do not track" issue.

BBC reports that its news crew in Libya was detained and beaten by Gaddafi forces.

Carlos Slim tops Forbes' 2011 list of world's richest; Bill Gates is #2.

Foursquare rolls out biggest product launch in its history, including deals-based "specials" for advertisers.Continue reading...

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Time to Rescue America (Says Time)

Posted by Dale Buss on March 4, 2011 03:00 PM

When it comes to nation branding, America's brand needs a hero. Captain America the movie won’t be released until July. But will that be soon enough for us to spot the superhero on the horizon? America needs rescuing right now. 

At least that’s what a Carteresque essayist in TIME magazine is saying this week. Fareed Zakaria asks, “Are America’s Best Days Behind Us?” His answer seems to be “yes.” His thesis also will be the subject of a special airing Sunday on CNN, Restoring the American Dream: Getting Back to No. 1.

What is Zakaria all depressed about?

Basically, he bemoans America's lack of government-directed investments for the future in the “right” science and technology, the low test scores of American schoolkids relative to their rivals around the world, partisan gridlock in Washington, and other worries many Americans have for the future.

He makes several good points about our crumbling infrastructure and our clear lead in obesity, and so on. He also says we should be more like the Scandinavians.Continue reading...

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In the News: Apple, Groupon, Twitter and more

Posted by Dale Buss on February 28, 2011 09:00 AM

Branding NewsThe King's Speech won four Oscars including Best Picture at the Academy Awards last night, unseating early favorite The Social Network; click here for more coverage.

Apple's iPad 2 rumored to come in white as design guru Jony Ive may return to the UK.

Audi counts on accelerated sales in the US.

Baseball Hall of Famer Duke Snider dies.

Berkshire Hathaway is looking for “more major acquisitions,” Warren Buffett says.

Blackstone wins bidding for U.S. assets of Centro for $9.4 billion.Continue reading...

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In the News; Nokia, Levi's, GLAAD and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on February 9, 2011 09:00 AM

In the News

Best Buy admits UK launch lacked impact.  

Bridgelux raises $21M in funding.

CNN anchor says network is getting outFoxed in 2010 election prep. 

Coca-Cola recognized for packaging design while Pepsi unveils "skinny can."  

eBay prepares plan to help PayPal repel Google and Apple threats. 

Facebook gains foothold in China with Hong Kong office.Continue reading...

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Brands to Watch: LivingSocial, MTV, Verizon and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on February 3, 2011 06:00 PM

Brands to Watch

Apple iPhone pre-sales prompts Verizon to curtail users' bandwidth for video.

CNN ratings rise on Egypt coverage and attack on Anderson Cooper — one of numerous attacks on the press in Cairo.

Conde Nast-owned Reddit passes one billion pageviews (and rival Digg).

Facebook used to rally Syrians to Egyptian-like 'revolution.'

JPMorgan sued for allegedly warning UK officials about Madoff Ponzi scheme.

LinkedIn enables sorting members by skill and expertise.

LivingSocial looks to counter Groupon with pre-Super Bowl ad buy.Continue reading...

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Brands to Watch: Comcast, Apple, Citigroup and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on January 18, 2011 06:30 PM

Brands to Watch

Comcast's acquisition of NBC Universal is approved (with one FCC commissioner, Michael Copps, opposed). Conditions for the deal, expected to close by Feb. 1, include that Comcast must give up its management role at Hulu, and abide by anti-favoritism clause — a victory for Bloomberg TV and other networks that compete with Comcast and NBCU's channels. Comcast, separately, just invested $10M in Snagfilms, an ad-supported documentary site that owns INDIEwire, and led a $9M financing round in e-publishing consultancy Perfect Market.

Apple announces record quarterly earnings of $6B, with 7 million iPads sold during the Christmas quarter. The iPhone is now the UK's "most desirable" brand.

Citigroup "disappoints" despite quarterly profit of $1.3 billion.Continue reading...

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In the News: CNN, J&J, Starbucks and more

Posted by Dale Buss on January 17, 2011 09:00 AM

In the News

Airbus says it’s ahead of rival Boeing on new-plane orders.

AOL bets on hyperlocal news with Patch.com.

BP deal with Russian oil giant Rosneft criticized on U.S. national-security grounds.

Campbell Soup targets China.

Fiat wins a crucial union vote agreeing to changes in a plant in Turin and plans product changes for Chrysler.

Hyundai ponders a second U.S. manufacturing plant despite UAW lobbying.

Johnson & Johnson looks to get its act together in drug aisle.Continue reading...

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Brands to Watch: American Airlines, Groupon, Time Inc. and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on January 10, 2011 07:00 PM

Brands to Watch

American Airlines wins court order barring Sabre from hiding flight and fare information.

Barneys rumors pan out, as creative director Simon Doonan steps down to become 'ambassador.'

Campbell's soup returns to UK after two-year break.

CNN simplifies on-air look.

Facebook rolls out new profile design to all users.

Groupon raises record-breaking $950 million in venture capital.Continue reading...

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