Posted by Dale Buss on February 25, 2013 09:07 AM
"Argo" wins Oscar for Best Picture as 85th Academy Awards widely distribute recognition among films, actors and others, while The Onion runs into critical barrage over tweet about young actress.
KFC launches campaign in China after an antibiotics scandal damaged the brand.
IKEA withdraws Swedish meatballs from store restaurants in 14 European countries on horsemeat scare.
Barnes & Noble chairman mulls buyout that could split it in two and put B&N's Nook e-reader up for sale.
BP may be closing in on a settlement as spill trial nears.
BYD targets electric-vehicle sales.
Darden warns of sales declines at its restaurant brands including Olive Garden.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 22, 2013 09:56 AM
Oreo did a pretty good job of owning the second half of the blackout-interrupted Super Bowl—at least on social media. Now the world's leading cookie brand is making a grab for the galaxy in a playful new app exclusive to Nokia Lumia phones.
Meanwhile, continued innovation from Oreo will be crucial for its parent company Mondelez International as it attempts to reignite sales growth this year after a slightly disappointing 2012. CEO Irene Rosenfeld told analysts this week that she's "bullish about our future. Although our top-line growth was disappointing in the back half of last year," she said in a press release, "the quality of underlying revenue and earnings growth provides strong momentum as we enter 2013."
Using what it calls "augmented-reality" technology, the new Oreo Skies mobile app on Lumia allows users to write messages and "attach" them to actual constellations revealed in the app. Stars then "twist open" (like an Oreo) to reveal the message to the intended recipients. Other features include "shooting stars" that dash across the screen which carry special offers, recipes or incentives.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...
social media watch
Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 19, 2013 12:32 PM
Social Media Week 2013 (SMW13), sponsored by Nokia for the third year, runs this week through Friday, with more than 500 events in 10 cities worldwide including debuts in Copenhagen and Lagos, a return to Milan and participation in seven other veteran cities.
“Social Media Week’s global theme to ‘explore openness in a connected and collaborative world’ is fully aligned with Nokia’s mission of connecting people through innovative products and services and encouraging the open sharing of knowledge to learn what others are thinking and doing,” said Craig Hepburn, Global Director of Digital & Social Media at Nokia.
In the past, Nokia has powered secret rooms and silent dance parties, conducted social experiments like Can Man Survive on Social Media Alone, forged bridges between social media and sports with NokiaxBurton and tackled fashion with SMW Fashion Days.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 18, 2013 12:44 PM
Across the globe, people everywhere are pulling out their cell phones and tablets and e-readers—in buses and trains, in hallways and doorways, on beaches and ski lifts, in bedrooms and in bathrooms. Everywhere, the world is turning to look at mobile devices. Those devices may be getting all the attention out in the world, but the mobile world is much deeper than that, of course, and will have many ramifications for how the world lives.
The mobile world will be taking a close look at itself when the annual Mobile World Congress opens in Barcelona on Feb. 25th. To kick things off, the mobile world’s major association, the GSMA, will showcase how it expects mobile will change in the future by building a “Connected City” that expands on last year's connected house exhibit by featuring everything from a town hall, department store, and apartment to an electrical store, hotel, cafe and lounge, and a car showroom, among other things. With each location, different brands and innovations will be featured.
At MWC's fully connected city street, AT&T will showcase how people can manage their energy consumption and home security. Deutsche Telekom and IBM will show off how their using mobile help create better public transportation as well as energy, security and water management. Aston Martin will show off a bike that features embedded sensors that communicate with an on-board computer to help athletes get a slew of data on how they are performing.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 28, 2013 03:03 PM
Samsung already has ensured that Super Bowl XLVII will become, among other things, a grand stage for a smartphone-advertising battle. The hottest brand in handhelds confirmed that it'll be a TV-commercial participant in the Big Game for the second time, joining newbie Research in Motion and its BlackBerry brand.
Samsung Mobile said that it plans to release a teaser this week, and BlackBerry has indicated it will reveal its first Super Bowl commercial on Wednesday.
RIM on Wednesday also will be revealing something even more important than its Super Bowl ad: the new BlackBerry 10 smartphone models and operating system. Their release and marketing represent something of a Hail Mary for the brand that essentially created and once dominated the smartphone market but whose share has sunk relentlessly (now down into the single digits) as Apple, Samsung and Google have gobbled up new users.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 25, 2013 09:01 AM
AOL plans to distribute Discovery channels as its Huffington Post flip flops on Goldman Sachs.
Animal Planet finds room for Geico and other advertisers in annual Super Bowl "Puppy Bowl."
Ann Taylor brings back actress Kate Hudson as ambassador and designer.
Apple plans to offer broader guidance on earnings as it must fight to maintain dominance of iPhone.
Audi releases Super Bowl commercial with alternate endings for YouTube voting.
Boeing faces of extended inquiry by authorities into Dreamliner fires.
Bristol settles Hepatitis C claims.
Burger King drops firm that supplied horse meat in UK.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 17, 2013 09:02 AM
Airbus sees orders fall as Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is grounded in U.S., Japan, Europe and India.
GM woos Facebook to return to paid ads, remains cautious on 2013, defends Opel restructuring and eyes cheaper Chevy Volt.
Blockbuster faces U.K. closure after no buyers emerge.
American Airlines swings to profit and sees “good trajectory” for this year.
Apple rattles Wall Street with sharp stock-price drop.
AT&T looks to Europe for mergers.
Audi aims for 200,000 U.S. sales “sooner” rather than “later.”Continue reading...