Posted by Dale Buss on February 20, 2014 09:20 AM
Facebook sees growth anxieties drive WhatsApp purchase.
Sbarro closes 155 company-owned units.
Walmart offers weak forecast and plans to accelerate rollout of small stores.
Aereo suffers a defeat in court.
Audi gives TT Roadster a fresh look.
Budweiser unveils World Cup teaser.
ConAgra seeks to revitalize Healthy Choice brand.
Fiat gives buyers an iconic track experience.
Ford splits with TV pitchman Mike Rowe.
FCC plans to overhaul rules to rescue net neutrality.
Gap announces voluntary minimum wage boost.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 7, 2014 09:28 AM
AOL chief faces internal criticism after citing costs for staffers' "distressed babies."
IBM mulls selling chip-manufacturing operations.
McDonald's responds to gay-advocate criticism of Sochi sponsorship and opens first restaurant in Vietnam.
Aetna expects to lose money on Obamacare marketplaces.
Apple repurchases $14 billion in stock in two weeks.
Bank of America addresses credit offer to "Lisa Is A Slut McIntire."
Discovery Channel to debut late-night talk show.
Dunkin' Donuts outlines four-prong growth plan.
Esurance gives away its $1.5 million Super Bowl savings to couple in California.
Ferrari plans to stay in Italy.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 27, 2014 09:14 AM
Microsoft posts record sales as Ballmer prepares exit; competes with Amazon on cloud storage prices; admits to Syrian Electric Army email breach; and releases global study on power of technology.
Google pushes back against data localization, faces protest in San Francisco, buys artificial intelligence startup DeepMind and announces global patent agreement with Samsung.
Apple reportedly eyes mobile payments service, as hopes are high for Q1 earnings release on Monday.
AIG says it’s on offense as corp rep restored.
AT&T quashes rumors of Vodafone bid.
Accenture tries to grab STEM graduates early.
Ally Financial readies pre-IPO roadshow.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 8, 2014 09:23 AM
Yahoo overhauls its advertising platforms as Mayer puts on a show at CES.
Alibaba integrates its payment service with China's Sina Weibo.
McDonald's looks to use sustainable beef by 2016.
Airbus names new US chief.
Amazon makes it difficult for new hires to stick.
Barnes & Noble promotes Nook head to CEO.
Bentley sees steady luxury sales in 2014.
BlackBerry renews its vows to the smartphone keyboard.
Boeing must slash costs of building Dreamliner.
Comcast halts erosion in video subscribers.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 3, 2014 09:33 AM
General Mills removes GMOs from Original Cheerios.
Walmart recalls tainted donkey meat in China.
BlackBerry drops Alicia Keys as creative director.
5-Hour Energy charged to prove ad claims by Oregon AG.
American Airlines staff vote to keep new livery.
Apple CEO Tim Cook takes pay cut for brand's performance.
AT&T goes after T-Mobile with up to $450 lure, and eyes mobile banking.
Ben & Jerry's appeals to Colorado potheads.
BMW builds bobsleds for US Olympic team.
Boeing faces key vote by machinists.
Burger King rebrands value menu.
Charlotte Hornets unveil new logo.
Chrysler posts best annual sales in seven years as GM, Toyota US auto sales stall in December.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on December 20, 2013 09:34 AM
Target loses trust of consumers and fumbles PR response at exactly the worst time.
Aldi's boosts US store plans by 50 percent.
BlackBerry posts $4-billion loss and strikes supply deal with Foxconn.
Balance Bar kicks off "anti-diet" campaign.
Carnival sees smoother waters with "voyage disruptions" in its wake.
Delta and United make frequent-flyer requirements tougher.
Duck Dynasty clan ups ante for A&E by backing controversial patriarch.
Facebook stock sale pockets $1 billion for CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Forbes family is in $2.5-billion tax dispute with IRS.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 21, 2013 05:42 PM
In one corner is Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, newly named CEO of the Year by MarketWatch and Business Person of the Year by Fortune, hailed on six continents and four planets as a brilliant inventor, a far-sighted scientist, a visionary business leader, and even an environmental savior.
In the other corner is David Strickland, public servant, head of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). And in the space of a few days, Strickland has taken on Musk on not just one, but two, serious counts. Because he's got the clout of the federal government behind him, Strickland has a fighting chance.
Their latest confrontation is coming because NHTSA is warning automakers this week against claiming their vehicles have received ratings higher than the federally authorized five stars in their crash ratings in agency tests, saying that such a boast is "misleading the public."Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 19, 2013 05:40 PM
If you're still confused about what native advertising really is, you're not alone. In fact, the general topic has become such a great concern that the Federal Trade Commission is convening a workshop on Dec. 4 to hopefully clear up the blurred lines between editorial and ad content that is increasingly confusing consumers.
Native advertising, a.k.a. blended advertising, branded or sponsored content, “is a type of converged media that combines paid and owned content into commercial messaging that is fully integrated into, and often unique to, a special delivery platform,” as defined by the Altimeter Group.
Key to the ongoing conversation is what publishers and ad companies must do to make sure consumers can spot the differences between different types of content. The new approach to advertising is used by practically every web publisher in some form, from brand partner stories on BuzzFeed to sponsored posts on Facebook.
Registered workshop participants include representatives from such brands, as well as NPR’s Bob Garfield, former dean of Columbia Journalism School Nick Lemann, ad-tech companies like Outbrain and Sharethrough, and executives from The Huffington Post, Edelman, and Procter & Gamble, among others.Continue reading...