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In the News: Hostess, Ikea, GM and more

Posted by Dale Buss on November 20, 2012 09:01 AM

In the News

Hostess Brands gets a stay of execution as company and union agrees to mediation today.

Ikea gets green light in India.

GM launches Springo sub-brand in China.

BMW shows off speed with tire-track promotion.

Best Buy posts loss as store sales drop.

Billabong Americas head considers buyout bid for company.

Campbell Soup builds giant Pinterest board out of classic green-bean casserole.Continue reading...

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In the News: Microsoft, LG, Samsung and more

Posted by Dale Buss on November 13, 2012 09:01 AM

In the News

Microsoft announces the departure of Windows chief (and Ballmer's heir apparent) in wake of Windows 8 launch.

LG breaks through with new smartphone.

Hostess Brands starts closing plants as workers strike.

Acura brings Dr. Phil and Suze Orman into its Christmas promo campaign.

Apple finally gives in on employee perks.

Bojangles recruits American Idol winner Scotty McCreery for campaign.

Cadillac shows design chops in China.

Callaway Golf drives buzz on Twitter for new high-tech driver.Continue reading...

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BBC in Crisis: A Media Giant Struggles to Regain Public Trust

Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 12, 2012 05:05 PM

You know things are bad when the BBC is covering itself under the banner, "Crisis at the BBC." The British Broadcasting Corp. has fallen from its venerable pedestal, with its latest embarrassment triggering the resignation of senior executives, who are taking the fall for the corporation's newsgathering operation failing to maintain the ethical and journalistic standards at the heart of its brand promise.

BBC director-general George Entwistle resigned on Saturday, after only 55 days in the role, holding himself responsible for "unacceptable journalistic standards" on the BBC's flagship current-affairs program, Newsnight, after it failed to verify an accusation it aired against Lord McAlpine, a former Conservative Party treasurer, of child sex abuse in Wales. The BBC's director of news, Helen Boaden, and her deputy, Stephen Mitchell, have also stepped down.

No wonder Chris Patten, chairman of the BBC Trust, is calling the network a "ghastly mess."Continue reading...

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Penguin Random House Publishing Mega-Merger Thwarts Murdoch

Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 29, 2012 11:39 AM

In a defensive and offensive move, two major European media companies, Bertelsmann and Pearson, are combining their book publishing divisions, Random House and Penguin, exponentially increasing their reach and scale in light of prodigious growth from e-books and digital retailers. 

"Together, the two publishers will be able to share a large part of their costs, to invest more for their author and reader constituencies and to be more adventurous in trying new models in this exciting, fast-moving world of digital books and digital readers," stated Pearson CEO Marjorie Scardino in a press release

The merger seals Random House’s leadership as the largest English-language consumer book publisher worldwide, and parent Bertelsmann will have the majority share at 53%. And no, web wags, it won't be called Penguin House or Random Penguin.Continue reading...

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In the News: Sandy Whacks Google, Penguin/Random House, Honda Hit and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 29, 2012 09:04 AM

In the News

Google Nexus NYC tablet launch delayed by Hurricane Sandy, sells out online.

Pearson and Bertelsmann strike deal to combine Penguin and Random House publishing houses, thwarting News Corp.

Honda cuts full-year outlook over anti-Japan sentiment in China.

Audi repeats goal to match 2011 operating profit in 2012.

British Airways launches customer recognition program.

Burger King third-quarter net income falls, still beats estimates.

Burt's Bees "deflakes" with billboard and video campaign.

Cadillac raises prices in bid for luxury credibility.Continue reading...

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In the News: Hurricane Sandy, World Series, GM Light and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 28, 2012 11:45 PM

US Eastern Seaboard braces for Hurricane Sandy, as NYSE (for first time since 9/11) and NASDAQ halt trading on Monday and thousands of flights are cancelled.

San Francisco Giants beat Detroit Tigers to win baseball's World Series.

GM tests magnesium to produce lighter cars.

NBC wins Premier League broadcast rights.

Toyota misfires with Chinese buyers.

Apple masters art of planned obsolescence, while Steve Jobs' yacht finally revealed.

EDF Energy in UK raising prices 10.8%.

IBM reports nanotube chip breakthrough.

McDonald's leans more on Dollar Menu.

News Corp. bids for Penguin books, owned by Pearson.

Univision to launch UVideos digital network spin-off.

Vodafone restructuring to result in "massive" job losses.

& British police arrest pop star Gary Glitter as more arrests are expected in Jimmy Savile scandal.

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In the News: Windows 8, iPad Mini, Lance Armstrong and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on October 21, 2012 05:12 PM

Early look at new Windows 8 design baffles some users, but not three-year-old Julian, above, as Best Buy starts taking pre-orders for Windows 8 phones and gets ready to launch Surface tablet — and manage expectations ahead of growing thirst for tablets, and Oct. 23rd reveal of Apple's iPad Mini.

Lance Armstrong urges cancer supporters and celeb pals to stand by LiveStrong, as the New York Times and other media detail alleged doping cover-up.

Abercrombie & Fitch CEO sued by former private airline pilot over dismissal and eyebrow-raising requirements.

Apple sued over deal locking iPhone to AT&T network.

AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile will launch Isis mobile wallet on Monday.

Audi may help Mercedes-Benz overtake BMW in US.

Banana Boat recalls sunscreen due to flammability threat.

BBC roiled by "worst crisis in 50 years" and internal strife as its Jimmy Savile sex scandal handling goes public in broadcaster's own Panorama expose.Continue reading...

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In the News: Ikea, JCPenney, Kodak and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 1, 2012 09:02 AM

In the News

3M plans to acquire ceramics maker Ceradyne.

Amazon comes under fire for offering Nazi death-camp puzzle.

AutoNation makes big digital push.

BMW brings performance school online.

Simon Cowell proposes truce in competition between his X Factor on Fox and The Voice on NBC.

Fender tries to stay plugged in.

Ford hits the road to tout new C-Max nameplate.

GM recalls cars over fuel leak problem.Continue reading...

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