Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 5, 2013 04:54 PM
In what might be the best/worst timing, IBM this week has made claims that Twitter has infringed upon at least three of its patents. According to Ad Age, one of the complaints filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission is over Twitter’s, “Method for presenting advertising in an interactive service.”
The filing raises some concern ahead of Twitter's highly-anticipated IPO, which is set to launch Thursday. But, as the magazine points out, the complaint would also seemingly apply to other companies such as Facebook and Google.
IBM is looking to negotiate a settlement with the microblogger, though it's not clear whether that will take place before or after the IPO, the Wall Street Journal reports. Twitter, meanwhile, is occupied wrapping up its road show. After a positive response, the company boosted its share price this week from $17 to $20 to $23 to $25.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 Abe Sauer on October 18, 2013 01:39 PM
China is the second largest economy in the world and every significant brand's future is impacted by its growth (or collapse)—but who's got the time?! Here's the week's reads that will make you look like a keen China observer in case you find yourself immersed in a cultural conversation.
This week: Apple vs. Xiaomi… iOS7 pinyin… Zhuhai Android Store… the New York Times' new China venture… NBA's Yao Ming school… Lenovo woos BlackBerry… Beijing's "tourism loans"… Beijing's RV park… "Jaguar Beer"… Under Armor… Psy's "tourist police" outfits... and more.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 18, 2013 09:22 AM
7-Eleven rebrands to target Millennials.
Nestle pledges zero waste in Europe by 2020.
Sperry Top-Sider unveils clothing line.
AT&T unveils $5 day-pass for tablet users.
Audi sees profit margin halving on investments in new models, report says.
Benjamin Moore stages "haunted hotel" stunt for painters.
Burger King names new CMO.
CVS unveils personalized circulars.
Dr Martens boots brand to be acquired by Permira.
eBay acquires Apple e-commerce exec.
Ford plans sneak peak for new Mustang.
Al Gore once tried to buy Twitter.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 17, 2013 09:29 AM
Amazon launches 'Amazon Fashion Studio Sessions' contest.
Facebook changes privacy settings for teens.
Walmart pursues omnichannel vision and is cleared by India officials in 2010 purchase.
America Movil scraps KPN bid.
Apple deals with doubts about its iPhone strategy.
Boeing addresses icing problem in latest jet.
Dallas Cowboys owner Mark Cuban cleared of insider-trading charges.
Fiat needs cash now locked up in Chrysler to fully revive Alfa Romeo.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 8, 2013 09:21 AM
Nielsen formally unviels plans to track TV-related conversations on Twitter.
HBO brings a la carte programming to Google Play.
Juicy Couture brand is sold for $195 million.
ACE bandage brand partners with LL Cool J for promotion.
Alcatel-Lucent sheds 10,000 jobs.
Amazon defeats IBM in CIA cloud dispute.
Burt's Bees tweaks literary classics in Vine, Instagram campaign.
Dollar General opens 11,000th store.
Dunkin' Donuts adds SoCal units.
Google puts support behind program to create affordable internet.
JCPenney sees bottoming-out.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 16, 2013 09:23 AM
Disney readies for risky Disney Infinity debut this weekend.
Fox plans weekend debut of new sports channel.
L'Oreal makes $843 million takeover bid for China's Magic Holdings.
Acura teams with Thrillist for MDX experience.
Al Jazeera promises fewer than usual commercials.
Apple tightens App Store rules on kids' data.
Boeing traces trail of faulty fire extinguishers in 787s.
Cadillac lures Clint Eastwood to concept-car reveal.
Cosi changes operational approach as chain struggles.
Google ticks off marketers with Gmail overhaul as it blocks Microsoft's YouTube Windows app.
H&M may source clothing from Ethiopia.
IBM buys security firm to further plans of Israeli cybersecurity lab.
JetBlue partners with British Airways.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 6, 2013 09:33 AM
Coca-Cola recalls Minute Maid sold in China over botulism scare.
GM slashes price of Chevrolet Volt by $5,000.
Sony rejects spinoff of Hollywood properties.
23andMe "personal genetics" firm launches first ad push.
Christie's is asked to appraise the art pieces in City of Detroit collection.
Chrysler explains its struggles with launch of crucial new Jeep Cherokee.
DreamWorks Animation CMO resigns.
Farmers Insurance launches zany online videos.Continue reading...