Posted by Dale Buss on June 5, 2012 09:00 AM
Amazon buys publisher of romance and mystery books and cools down its warehouses.
Bona Film Group of China talks with Hollywood outfits.
Coca-Cola's Australian JV says cheers to beer.
Cosi tries for dramatic turnaround under new CEO.
Disney to restrict junk-food advertising on its shows.
EA offers much of new Star Wars game for free.
Goldman Sachs outlook dims.
Google buys Meebo to bolster Google+ as its battle with Apple expands to mobile maps.
Groupe Danone fails Chinese entry inspection for Evian water.Continue reading...
social media watch
Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 1, 2012 02:00 PM
Lady Gaga is now officially the mother of all Little Monsters, launching her social network, LittleMonsters.com this summer, as her fame catapults to 25 million followers on Twitter — the first user to hit that milestone.
"#25milliontweetymonsters wow! I'm officially feeling like the luckiest girl in the world today. Last sold out show in Singapore in 2 hrs!" she tweeted right before the show was cancelled and she delivered a "Special Message for Indonesian Little Monsters" on YouTube.
The special greeting that all Little Monsters, as Gaga calls her fans, are waiting for is coming soon, when her social network swings open its doors and gets out of private beta.Continue reading...
social media watch
Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 25, 2012 03:02 PM
Microsoft's So.cl is described as “an experimental research project, developed by Microsoft’s FUSE Labs, focused on exploring the possibilities of social search for the purpose of learning.” Quietly debuting this week, it was previously to students studying information and design at the University of Washington, Syracuse and New York University, and originally called Tulalip. Facebook remains a log-in choice on So.cl but Twitter does not, replaced by Windows Live.
So.cl is now open to everyone, and as stated on their site, “We hope to encourage students to reimagine how our everyday communication and learning tools can be improved, by researching, learning and sharing in their everyday lives. So.cl is not meant to replace existing full-featured search and social networking tools. It is an experimental research project using a minimal set of features which help combine search with the social network for the purpose of learning.”Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on May 21, 2012 09:01 AM
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing files for bankruptcy.
Chipotle faces federal probe.
Facebook deals with aftermath of less-than-stellar IPO showing, as NASDAQ admits some fault and site faces pressure to perform for advertisers. Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, meanwhile, surprises with post-IPO wedding to his longtime girlfriend.
Alibaba and Yahoo strike a $7 bullion stock deal.
AT&T sings praises of Facebook fans.
Apple and Samsung talk today about ending smartphone-patent war.
Barclays to sell $6.1 billion BlackRock stake.
BMW Guggenheim Lab prepares Berlin debut.
Carl's Jr. seeks $100-million IPO.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on May 16, 2012 05:06 PM
Apple's next iPhone will have a bigger screen, sources tell Reuters.
JPMorgan faces FBI probe as shareholders sue the company and CEO Jamie Dimon over $2B loss.
Time Warner Cable and Viacom settle iPad dispute.
Air Pacific returns to Fiji Airways branding.
Ben Silverman's Electus details programming for YouTube's new food-centric Hungry channel.
Chevron benefits from Japan's shift away from nuclear.
Comcast launches Skype in select U.S. markets.Continue reading...
sports in the spotlight
Posted by Dale Buss on April 26, 2012 05:04 PM
Are you ready for some football? Tonight the NFL draft begins, on ESPN, seasonally ushering in the source of America's most popular TV programming — and one of its biggest branding vehicles —back into the cultural discourse.
As we noted earlier, Nike is running with its "Fast is Faster" campaign touting its new NFL uniforms during the 2012 draft. PepsiCo's Quaker Oats brand also kicked off its new status as the "Official Hot Cereal Sponsor" of the NFL yesterday with a Play 60 Youth Football Festival that starred Andrew Luck, the fortuitously-named Stanford University quarterback who is the presumptive No. 1 choice in tonight's draft.
And Google, not missing a chance to promote its social networking platform, is inviting fans to join the top two draft picks (Luck and Robert Griffin III) virtually via Google+ hangouts. Continue reading...
social media watch
Posted by Sheila Shayon on April 12, 2012 04:08 PM
Google+ is getting a facelift, and as seen in the above video, it promises every user the "World in Front of Me" (from the album Stairwells, Kina Grannis.) According to Google, the redesign will make the social network "more functional and flexible."
Common sense says the apps are coming.
Cosmetics aside, changes include: a new navigation interface with a customizable "ribbon" of applications (left side), replacing statice top-of-page icons, that enables dragging of apps to a customized order, and the ability to hover over apps for quick actions, as illustrated here.
"We've also built the ribbon with the future in mind, giving us an obvious (and clutter-free) space for The Next Big Feature, and The Feature After That. So stay tuned,” writes Google's Vic Gundotra.
A public signal that Google+ is planning to open its platform to third-party apps? Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on March 28, 2012 12:02 PM
American Express has tapped comedian and uber-tweeter Aziz Ansari for brand's first Twitter Sync TV campaign, which breaks tonight. Check out the :15 version of the commercial below, along with other headlines this hour.Continue reading...