Posted by Shirley Brady on October 10, 2014 10:21 AM
IBM moved Watson into swanky new digs in Manhattan this week, just as IBM was named the world's fourth most valuable brand on Interbrand's new Best Global Brands report. Don't miss the Q&A with Jon Iwata, SVP of Marketing and Communications, explaining what the world's first cognitive computing system means to the IBM brand—and much more.
Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 8, 2014 03:10 PM
Ever since Watson beat human champions in Jeopardy! in 2011, IBM has placed a big bet on its supercomputer, establishing a separate business unit, pledging $1 billion in investment and assembling a workforce of 2,000.
Since then, Watson has been venturing beyond IBM to work with other businesses and become a brand in his its own right.
After opening Watson’s computing capabilities to researchers in August, IBM today officially opened its global headquarters with 600 IBMers at 51 Astor Place in New York's Silicon Alley to serve local startups, in addition to opening wth five “Watson Client Experience Centers” around the world.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 8, 2014 09:43 AM
BBC unveils all-star version of God Only Knows, 17 years after iconic Perfect Day promo.
Gap Inc. CEO Glenn Murphy announces he's stepping down.
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says he's "done" in 2018.
NFL owners meet to discuss domestic violence handling. (More here.)
Whirlpool launches "Every day, care" tagline and campaign.Continue reading...
in the spotlight
Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 6, 2014 11:07 AM
Hewlett-Packard, founded 75 years ago in a garage in Palo Alto, Calif., by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, ushered in the PC revolution as a pioneer in the now iterated field of computing. Now it's embarking on a massive restructuring to take it into its next 75 years.
The company announced Monday morning that it plans to break-up into two companies: one targeting business technology, including computer servers and data storage equipment, software and services; and the other selling personal computers, tablets, laptops and printers. As Fortune notes, the news comes "almost three years to the day that she took HP’s top job" and declared "One HP" as the company's rallying cry.
It’s one more sign of the changing of the times in technology, as tech leaders like Microsoft, Dell and IBM shift gears in a mobile, cloud connected world.
As a result of the corporate restructuring, Meg Whitman will serve as President and CEO of the business-focused company, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, while Dion Weisler will be president and CEO of the consumer-facing PC-based company, HP Inc., which will retain HP’s iconic logo.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 23, 2014 06:15 PM
During the kick-off to the United Nations Climate Summit on Tuesday, business leaders and political leaders vowed to action plans on behalf of their companies or countries. Commitments made to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the General Assembly included, on the corporate side:
• IKEA announced it's expanding the availability of residential solar panels from the UK to the Netherlands and Switzerland and six additional countries and also unveiled "a new commitment for all plastic material used in its home furnishing products to be 100% renewable and/or recycled by 2020."
• Mondelez International Chairman and CEO Irene Rosenfeld "joined world leaders at the UN Climate Summit to announce the first global timeline to slow and then end forest loss. The New York Declaration on Forests strives to cut forest loss in half by 2020, and end it by 2030—and also calls for restoring at least 350 million hectares of degraded forest lands by 2030, an area greater than the size of India." She also pledged "new support for the UNDP Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil Platform."
• In all, 39 major companies (incuding Walmart, Unilever and McDonald's) and 32 countries (but not, alarmingly, Brazil) signed the Declaration on Forests, including Asia Pulp and Paper, whose longtime foe Greenpeace welcomed the Declaration but also urged that voluntary action not replace government action.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 17, 2014 09:35 AM
General Mills sees profits drop 25 percent on decline in US sales.
Subway deploys mobile payments to all 26,000 US locations in partnership with Softcard, the mobile wallet formerly known as Isis.
Sony warns of $2 billion loss and trims mobile unit.
NFL lobbied to meet with women's activists as sponsors face protests and weigh pulling out, and the Minnesota Vikings switch course and bar Adrian Peterson. (Update: Nike has dropped its sponsorship of Peterson.)
Scotland's looming independence vote prompts Richard Branson and other business leaders to make contingency plans.
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Airbus sells some defense businesses.
Allstate hosts college-football Twitter challenge.
ALS Association tries to avoid pitfalls after monetary success of Ice Bucket Challenge.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 11, 2014 09:36 AM
Apple hires Gap's No. 2 marketer as it needs retailers to warm up to Apple Pay and faces delay in getting new iPhone 6 to China, as Samsung releases slew of ads poking fun at Apple announcements.
NFL appoints former FBI director to investigate Rice as AP reports that league saw video in April, and Verizon defends NFL Commissioner Goodell.
McDonald's tests tablet ordering and files trademark for "McBrunch."
RadioShack rescue package is in the works.
Sony reaches deal to carry Viacom TV channels on web.
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Alibaba on track to beat Facebook's blockbuster public offering for biggest IPO ever.
Audi and Chrysler are fined by pricing regulators in China, where foreign companies are increasingly feeling the heat.
Bonobos seeks to disrupt fashion retail.
Burger King launches black cheeseburger (with black cheese) in Japan, where KFC runs chicken-fried social marketing.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 10, 2014 07:28 PM
The real star of Fashion Week 2014 is digital innovation.
Ralph Lauren showcased his Spring 2015 collection, including his Polo line for women, with a water-screen projection above Manhattan’s Central Park, along with a film celebrating New York City. And while the theatrical display may have made the designs and the models wearing them secondary, RL's feat was an impressive entrant into a fashion celebration that has turned its attention to tech.
Elsewhere in New York, Samsung used its sponsored backstage lounge to showcase its latest mobile and wearable tech innovations, including the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge and Gear VR, while Burberry created interactive billboards in New York, London and Paris that allowed smartphone users to see their initials inscribed on a digital bottle of the brand's new My Burberry perfume.
Around the world, adidas used Berlin Fashion Week to launch footwear selfies using its newest customization app that lets fans adorn the brand’s ZX FLUX sneakers with personal photos.Continue reading...