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BlackBerry Parent RIM Replaces Co-CEOs with Company Insider

Posted by Shirley Brady on January 22, 2012 10:22 PM

Canada's Research in Motion has ousted its troublesome co-CEO arrangement by promoting Thorstein Heins — the former Siemens executive who joined RIM in 2007 as COO — to president and CEO.

The company released a video, above, to introduce the new CEO, and announced the news on Twitter with a hashtag: #bebold. He replaces co-CEOs Mike Lacaridis and Jim Basile, who will remain on the board.

Bloomberg sees it as RIM's answer to Apple and Google's inroads in mobile; the Wall Street Journal refers to Heins as a "little-known company insider."Continue reading...

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In the News: SOPA, Kraft, RIM and more

Posted by Dale Buss on January 18, 2012 09:04 AM

In the News

Airbus raises prices of A320neo plane amid strong demand, as Boeing threatens to compete better in 2012 .

AirTran must reinstate whistleblower pilot.

American Express invests $125 million in China mobile payments startup.

Apple eases into corporate market with Macs, while textbook push draws interest.

BankUnited draws bids from TD Bank and others.

Beyonce and Jay-Z challenged by Blue Ivy trademark applicant.

Burberry sales surge on international demand.Continue reading...

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In the News: Samsung, Burberry, Wikipedia & more

Posted by Dale Buss on January 17, 2012 08:50 AM

In the News

Adidas taps Katy Perry for new campaign.

AFL-CIO launches image campaign.

Airbus posts record sales.

American Airlines stops flying to India, sacks 150 workers.

AOL leads companies testing crowdsourcing.

Apple expands iTunes Match, reportedly preps interactive textbooks for the iPad, while pre-earnings valuations vary.

BASF halts its genetically modified products in Europe, including its Amflora potato.

Beats Electronics breaks up with Monster.

Beyonce accused of skin-lightening in album promotion, gives first post-baby interview.

BlackBerry-maker RIM criticized by analysts for PlayBook incompatability.

BMW recalls 89,000 Mini vehicles.

Burberry quarterly profits jump 22%.

Carnival faces heat in wake of Italy shipwreck, its worst accident in 40 years, as environmental fears mount and cruise industry is rocked.

M&M's will introduce a sixth candy character — Ms. Brown — in its Super Bowl commercial, while Kia plans 60-second commercial with Adriana Lima and Motley Crue, in keeping with trend to longer Super Bowl spots.Continue reading...

brands under fire

Kodak Legal Challenges Mount as Bankruptcy Looms

Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 12, 2012 10:17 AM

As Kodak's chief blogger cheerily tweets from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, where it's business as usual with product news and its marketing and sales team ensconced in a booth, the company is showing gritty resolve even as it faces possible bankruptcy. It may be having its financial troubles, but it isn’t going to allow itself to be pushed around. Cue the lawyers.Continue reading...

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In the News: Siri, VW, Dunkin' and more

Posted by Dale Buss on January 6, 2012 09:03 AM

In the News

Apple reportedly plans in-store branded boutiques at Target, while the iPhone's new Siri feature is said to double mobile data usage.

Porsche and Volkswagen compensation claims increase, while VW closes market cap gap with Toyota and looks to expand in China and India.

Dunkin' Donuts gears up to double number of U.S. locations.

Alcoa is scaling back.

Audi is adding models to win more U.S. market share.

Baskin-Robbins to expand to Vietnam.Continue reading...

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In the News: RIM, Groupon, Beckham & more

Posted by Shirley Brady on January 3, 2012 05:41 PM

Brands to Watch

US auto sales for 2011 face boost by year-end holiday advertising, as global auto sales rise on Chinese demand.

Apple TV rumors generate biggest buzz heading into CES.

Bakon Vodka goes mobile.

Ben & Jerry's slated as first Facebook sponsored stories ad in users' newsfeed.

Benetton takes edgy Unhate campaign to Tripoli.

Bentley sells more cars in China than UK.

Better Business Bureau tops its own scams of the year list.

BlackBerry-maker RIM reportedly identifies replacement for co-chairmen as analysts fear the worst.Continue reading...

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In the News: BofA, Frito-Lay, White Castle & more

Posted by Shirley Brady on December 21, 2011 06:09 PM

Brands to Watch

Amazon leads Klout list of most influential retailers.

Avon ousted CEO Andrea Jung's two-year exit deal criticized by former CEOs.

Bank of America settles fair-lending case for record $335 million.

Beats by Dre pumps up headphone sales.

Diddy plans to launch tequila brand.

Facebook tests private messaging between users and brand pages.

FedEx disciplines delivery man who tossed computer monitor.

Frito-Lay sued over "all natural" claims.Continue reading...

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In the News: AOL, Facebook, Wendy's & more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 21, 2011 09:07 AM

In the News

AOL hears strategy slammed by activist investor.

Ancestry.com uses humor in holiday-themed campaign.

Carnival Cruise campaign focuses on first-time cruisers.

CNN's Piers Morgan gets grilled in U.K. hacking probe.

Cracker Barrel shareholders reject activist investor's bid for board seat.

EA strikes again at Activision with new video game.

Facebook plans to begin placing ads in user news feeds.Continue reading...

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