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In the News: Zynga, BlackBerry, Kindle & more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 16, 2011 08:55 AM

In the News

Zynga prices IPO at $10/share (which CEO Mark Pincus played early). Its $7 billion valuation could lift all social gaming.

BlackBerry crisis mounts as troubled RIM co-CEOs announce they're deferring smartphone relaunch until late 2012.

Amazon reports selling more than 1 million Kindles a week.

Apple struggles to take a bigger bite of China.

Covidien to spin off pharmaceutical unit.

Dell abandons netbooks.

eBay counters Amazon's shopper incentive.Continue reading...

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In the News: Groupon, Kardashian, Olympus & more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 15, 2011 09:04 AM

Brands to Watch

American Airlines cuts flights, says not related to bankrupcy filing.

Avon looks to a new CEO to reinvigorate culture.

Chevron and Transocean encounter government suit over oil spill in Brazil.

Clint Eastwood signs on for E! reality show with his family.

Facebook tests coupon ads; embraces clean power following Greenpeace pressure.

First Solar scales back as demand for solar panels slumps.

Ford promises its new hybrids will leap ahead of Prius in fuel efficiency.

Groupon gets faint IPO support from its underwriters.Continue reading...

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In the News: Citi, Olive Garden, Volt and more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 7, 2011 09:07 AM

In the News

AMC considers reality shows to complement Mad Men and Breaking Bad.

BP and Shell plan to resume oil exploration in Libya.

Boeing hopes rise for union accord that would end labor struggle.

CBS is upbeat about TV business in 2012.

Citigroup announces cuts of additional 4,500 jobs.

Daimler loses value with investors relative to BMW as the two companies race to finish in U.S. luxury-car sales for 2011 and as Daimler's Mercedes-Benz brand plans big boost in U.S. output.

Darden cuts forecast due to Olive Garden woes.Continue reading...

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In the News: Tiger Woods, Super Bowl, Samsung & more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 5, 2011 09:02 AM

In the News

Arnold Palmer re-brands for a generation who never knew the golfing legend.

Audiovox rebrands to Voxx International.

BlackBerry-maker RIM warns about profit outlook.

BMW and Mercedes-Benz race to the wire for 2011 luxury-sales crown in U.S.

Boeing takes its Dreamliner on a "world tour."

Chick-fil-A spat with t-shirt maker hits the New York Times.

Corona brings beach experience to London.Continue reading...

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In the News: AT&T, Groupon, Maker's Mark and more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 2, 2011 09:04 AM

In the News

American Airlines parent AMR bankruptcy could foist huge losses on key creditors.

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs honored with exhibition highlighting his patents and trademarks.

AT&T blasts federal critique of T-Mobile deal, as AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile deal with Carrier IQ privacy concerns.

Barnes & Noble continues to struggle financially with digital transition.

Chili's drives menu changes and sales with retrofit.

Disney raises dividend to highest level in 20 years.

Fiat closes plant as European demand falls.

GM offers to buy back Volt from owners.Continue reading...

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In the News: AT&T-Mobile, Boeing, McDonald's and more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 1, 2011 09:04 AM

In the News

Adobe acquires web marketing firm.

AT&T and T-Mobile explore joint venture as Plan B to merger.

Burger King launches QSR fries battle as Wendy's moves closer to topping the chain in market share.

BMW and Toyota will cooperate on diesel engines and green research.

Boeing makes peace with labor.

Coca-Cola gets frosty reception for white holiday cans; partners with (RED) for World AIDS Day.

Foursquare rolls out new buttons for publishers.

Google+ enhances brand pages.

Intuit to offer free tax advice on the phone.

McDonald's finds way around Happy Meal toy ban in San Francisco.

NBCUniversal plans second Harry Potter theme park.Continue reading...

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Brands to Watch: Apple, H&M, Crocs & more

Posted by Shirley Brady on November 15, 2011 05:29 PM

In the News

Apple warms up to business markets, as Disney CEO Bob Iger joins board and Steve Jobs' position as chairman is filled.

Chrysler Ram named official truck of Detroit Red Wings.

Conde Nast debuts private ad exchange.

Crocs revamps retail store design.

Dell sales disappoint.

Dunkin' Donuts promotes single-serve holiday campaign on Facebook.

Foursquare adds features to enhance city guides.

H&M's next guest designer may be Tom Ford.Continue reading...

digital moves

Ziff Davis Enterprise Going OmniDigital and Paper-Free by January

Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 14, 2011 01:04 PM

Ziff Davis Enterprise is going digital in a strategic move aptly called OmniDigital.

The publisher of eWeek, CIO Insight, Baseline and Channel Insider (already an online publication) is following precedent set by former parent company Ziff Davis Media, which stopped publishing print magazines in 2009.

The three print brands have a combined print circulation of about 400,000. The OmniDigital plan is to release native apps and mobile-optimized websites across smartphones and tablets with an end-goal of being 100% paperless in January. Print currently delivers only about 9 percent of ZDE’s total revenues and does not turn a profit, according to CEO Steve Weitzner. Continue reading...

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