Posted by Dale Buss on February 22, 2013 06:08 PM
No doubt Tesla is far from the typical automotive brand, with a loose cannon but accomplished entrepreneur as its owner, Hollywood celebrities as some of its biggest fans and an abiding interest in its vehicles and technology, even though both remain relatively unproven in the market.
Investors certainly are still holding the electric-car startup to their same exacting standards—profits good, losses bad—because Tesla isn't an internet company, after all. So even after CEO and co-founder Elon Musk said this week that Tesla would make a slim profit for the current quarter, its first quarterly black ink so far, investors bid the stock down before it bounced back on Friday.
The volatility stems in part from the fact that the brand's debate with the New York Times is still smoldering, including an admission by the newspaper's ombudsman that its reviewer didn't get everything right about the Tesla S car that the journalist said ran out of juice on his test ride.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 21, 2013 09:04 AM
Yahoo! teams up with Facebook for social site revamp as Marissa Mayer puts her stamp on the homepage.
GE sues Whirlpool over alleged price fixing in Europe.
New York Times puts Boston Globe on the block.
AB InBev updates Modela discussions with DOJ.
Alamo targets broader audience.
Apple files patent for slap version of rumored iWatch.
AT&T expands partnership with BMW.
Boeing plans to propose package of fixes for Dreamliner.
Burger King unveils new ads with a human element.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 20, 2013 08:55 AM
Apple is hit by hackers who struck Facebook.
BMW issues biggest-ever recall.
Boeing union divided on contracts as company seeks parking spaces for its grounded Dreamliners.
Burger King apologizes for Twitter hack.
Dell sales top estimates as company prepares for buyout.
Grey Poupon revives classic "Pardon Me" spot for Oscars telecast.
Heinz pre-merger-announcement trading draws FBI probe.
Martha Stewart may take stand in lawsuit pitting Macy's versus J.C. Penney. Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 15, 2013 11:06 AM
The clear loser in the intensifying back-and-forth between Elon Musk and the New York Times is the future of the Tesla brand.
The tit-for-tat drama reached its next predictable phase on Thursday evening when Times auto reviewer John Broder countered a scathing attack from earlier in the day by Tesla founder Musk, alleging that the journalist had deliberately and roundly falsified his assessment of the cold-weather capabilities of the Tesla S in a zeal to discredit the very expensive all-electric vehicle.
So far, assessments of all the back-and-forth and of who's being completely truthful seem to be tilting in favor of Broder and his newspaper. But clearly there's a long way to go in the battle launched by the Times' publication on February 10 of "Stalled Out on Tesla's Electric Highway." Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 15, 2013 09:00 AM
BlackBerry shows new signs of life as co-founder sells stake.
Apple challenges iPhone trademark loss in Brazil.
Carnival tries to cruise away from brand disaster as passengers mull legal options.
ABC, NFL and Call of Duty get top marks for consumer engagement.
Airbus drops lithium-ion batteries from latest jet.
Applebee's expands test of Express Lunch service.
Best Western focuses on its people, not perks, in new campaign.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 11, 2013 09:02 AM
AB InBev will return Clydesdales to Budweiser Super Bowl advertising.
Amazon offers free MP3 of CD purchases.
Apple was awarded 1,136 US patents last year, while top spot went to IBM.
BBC back in the spotlight with former star Jimmy Savile's official police report on abuses.
BlackBerry is restoring service in Europe as US carriage firms up for closely watched BlackBerry 10.
Boeing faces FAA investigation of 787 Dreamliner.
David Beckham strips off again for H&M.
Dish Network charges CBS with censorship due to litigation.
ESPN favored for more spending by ad execs in survey.
Ford plans to hire 2,200 white-collar workers as American Express begins mass layoffs.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 21, 2012 01:13 PM
Journalists have long cursed the rise of digital as being the death of long-form journalism. Who has time to sit down and consume 20,000 words on one topic when there is a vast array of bite-sized stories to feast on? In this era of "tl;dr," how can one devote so much time to a single issue when there are slide shows to click through, polls to take, and endless YouTube videos of cute cats and other animal antics to enjoy?
While many news organizations use all manner of digital wizardry to create more engaged news consumers, the term applies much more perfectly with those who actually sit down and consume those long-form stories that require a paper to devote one reporter’s time and energy over an extended period, a luxury not many publications can make in these tightly budgeted times.
The New York Times, though, is thankfully making the effort and taking a chance on some of its readers settling into their favorite chair with their e-readers and tablets and digesting a story that may take them a good hour to read and watch. The paper has partnered with Byliner.com, a site dedicated to bringing such content to readers, to create short e-books that will sell for $2.99 a pop.
The first project of this original series, “Snow Fall” was just released on NYTimes.com to great acclaim on social media and is based on an article that John Branch wrote for the Times. It beautifully, interactively and dynamically — yet horrifically — tells the story of 16 of America’s top skiers and snowboarders who got buried in an avalanche in Washington state last year and is reminiscent of The Perfect Storm and Into Thin Air.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on December 4, 2012 09:01 AM
Microsoft denied "Killer Instinct" trademark, as Microsoft-Google patent fight rests on "fairness" definition and Motorola is denied injuction against Microsoft in patent suit. Microsoft-Intel push to combat Apple in tablet space, meanwhile, seen as "sputtering."
American Suzuki forges ahead with incentives amid US wind down.
Apple wins six new design patents, sees increasing pricing tension with retailers and Steve Jobs bio pic starring Ashton Kutcher heading to Sundance.
Applebee's plans to open "green" restaurant in New York's Harlem where Hot Bread Kitchen is a rising local brand.
Balenciaga hires designer Alexander Wang as creative chief.
Baxter agrees to buy medical-equipment maker Gambro in company's biggest acquisition.Continue reading...