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In the News: Zynga, BlackBerry, Kindle & more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 16, 2011 08:55 AM

In the News

Zynga prices IPO at $10/share (which CEO Mark Pincus played early). Its $7 billion valuation could lift all social gaming.

BlackBerry crisis mounts as troubled RIM co-CEOs announce they're deferring smartphone relaunch until late 2012.

Amazon reports selling more than 1 million Kindles a week.

Apple struggles to take a bigger bite of China.

Covidien to spin off pharmaceutical unit.

Dell abandons netbooks.

eBay counters Amazon's shopper incentive.Continue reading...

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Brand Bites: Mitsubishi, Ferragamo, McRib, Manliness, Hell's Angels & Dog Beer

Posted by Abe Sauer on November 11, 2011 12:09 PM

TomTom GPS teams with Bert and Ernie and the whole Sesame Street gang. (via)

Who'd have thought? "Hell's Angels Are Pussies" ad campaign will get you some attention.

Clearly unimpressed with the current difficulties faced by his reelection campaign, Obama administration enacts "Christmas tree tax."

Pure gold can that Chinese beverage brand Jianlibao presented to 1992 Barcelona Olympics Judo medalist Zhuang Xiaoyan? Not real gold.

A Conspiracy of Hogs: The McRib as Arbitrage.

Take a Load Off, Mom: Huffington Post's parent blog "Parentlode" sued by New York Times parent blog "Motherlode." Continue reading...

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In the News: Bank of America, Zynga, Big Tobacco & more

Posted by Shirley Brady on November 7, 2011 07:01 PM

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Michael Jackson's personal physician, Conrad Murray, found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Republican presidential wannabe Herman Cain slapped with more charges of sexual harassment.

U.S. district judge sides with tobacco companies and finds FDA's proposed graphic cigarette packages unconstitutional.

Bank of America must pay $410 million to settle debit card overdraft class action suit.

Coca-Cola named Ad Age's marketer of the year.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tells Charlie Rose that Steve Jobs was an advisor (but says Apple didn't attempt to buy him out).

Google's head lobbyist steps down.

National Geographic Channels names new U.S. president and CMO.

New York Times top digital exec announces retirement.

& Zynga reportedly plans post-Thanksgiving IPO, on Nov. 24.

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In the News: CEO Shuffle, Apple's Core, Mattel Eyes HIT

Posted by Shirley Brady on October 18, 2011 08:45 AM

Air France replaces CEO, Mercedes-Benz USA CEO is ousted in Daimler exec shuffle, and Olympus shares plunge as its CEO is fired.

Apple sells 4 million iPhone 4S units in first weekend, as Samsung sues to block the device in Japan and Australia and HTC loses Apple patent case in US. Steve Jobs' Silicon Valley memorial service reportedly filled with humor and music, as company prepares to honor late co-founder and report earnings on Tuesday. Starbucks and Apple are also partnering in the UK on free music downloads.

Mattel eyes UK's HIT Entertainment, home to Thomas the Tank Engine and other kids' properties.

Bank of America posts $6.2 billion quarterly profit, while Goldman Sachs reports $428 million loss.

BlackBerry customers receive free apps and tech support to make amends for outages.Continue reading...

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In the News: Groupon Gets Loyal, Kindle Fires Up, BP Woos Tourists

Posted by Shirley Brady on September 28, 2011 08:55 AM

In the News

Allstate looks to jettison weak agents.

Amazon's iPad challenging Kindle Fire set to be revealed today.

Arnott's promotes Roadies beer chip brand in Australia.

Aston Martin named UK's coolest brand, while Asos tops British digital brand love ranking.

Barclays is Britain's most beefed about banking brand.

BP launches "My Gulf" web series promoting Louisiana Gulf Coast tourism and culture on YouTube.

CBS News confirms Andy Rooney's last 60 Minutes is Sunday.

Esprit value tumbles.

Facebook wins first round in fight with Teachbook.Continue reading...

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Brands to Watch: HP, Goodrich, Foster's & more

Posted by Shirley Brady on September 21, 2011 06:01 PM

Brands to Watch

American Airlines woos Hispanic travelers with Spanish-language website.

Distilled Spirits Council releases social media guidelines for alcohol brand marketers.

Foster's takeover by SABMiller seen as good for the brand.

Goodrich may soon have a new owner in United Technologies.

Google chairman Eric Schmidt refutes charges the site 'cooks' search results, while site faces inquiry into Microsoft ad pricing.

Gucci celebrates 90th anniversary with "art deco meets Blade Runner" opening show at Milan Fashion Week.

HP board eyes new CEO.

Lindsay Lohan lands German brand endorsement deal.Continue reading...

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Brands to Watch: Yahoo, Saab, Facebook & more

Posted by Shirley Brady on September 7, 2011 06:25 PM

Brands to Watch

Yahoo stock rises after CEO ouster, as site explores options (though Jerry Yang says it's not for sale).

Saab files for bankruptcy protection — again.

Facebook doubles first-half revenueadds high-profile Democrat to board; accused of violating click-fraud standards.

Apple earnings forecast raised 10%.

Best Buy launches online mall with other e-tailers.

ConAgra blogger backlash at NYC event shouldn't have come as a surprise.Continue reading...

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In the News: BNY Mellon Shake-Up, JC Penney Apologizes, Solyndra Stumbles

Posted by Dale Buss on September 1, 2011 08:56 AM

In the News

Amazon to release new album by Blondie as an exclusive.

Apple criticized for China supply chain pollution.

AT&T's T-Mobile setback seen as test case for tougher US antitrust limits.

BNY Mellon ousts chief in shake-up.

BP offices in Moscow continued to be raided by government officials in document search connected to lawsuit.

Bennigan's begins brand-wide overhaul.

Billie Jean King launches USTA-backed arthritis PSA campaign at US Open.

Conde Nast aggregates popular content with Social Sidekick.Continue reading...

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