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In the News: Facebook, BlackBerry, Beckham and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 28, 2012 08:54 AM

In the News

Facebook launches "Gifts" under crafty data play and deletes fake "likes," dropping page views, as it teams up with Gates Foundation to launch apps for future college students.

BlackBerry maker RIM reports loss but sees cash pile grow.

Chrysler backs Motown musical.

Coca-Cola partners with Olympic medalist for soccer camp.

David Beckham nets hugely from his sponsorship deals.

GE is upbeat on industrial outlook.Continue reading...

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Restoration Hardware Ditching 17 Letters in RH Rebranding

Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 19, 2012 10:17 AM

Get ready to be nostalgic for Restoration Hardware. The retailer that once scarily commodified the products of an entire generation’s youth as it grew through the ’80s and ’90s is reinventing itself to forget about the nostalgia and pay more attention to high-end furniture, the Associated Press reports.

The rebrand will include simplifying the name of the place to RH. "RH enhances our identity and moves us beyond our hardware store beginnings," CEO Carlos Alberini said in a statement. "It enables us to leverage our core capabilities of innovation, curation and integration of new ideas and businesses."

This is the next step for a chain that has been changing since Stephen Gordon launched it in 1980 and severed ties in 2005, through to when Sears acquired a stake in 2007 and the company was sold back in 2008 to a private-equity firm.Continue reading...

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In the News: BP, HP, AIG and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 10, 2012 09:02 AM

In the News

BP sells Gulf of Mexico oil fields for $5.5 billion to help pay for spill settlement while Petrobras seeks partner for development of its Gulf sites.

HP expands workforce reduction to 29,000 positions.

AIG will see U.S. slash its stake to become minority shareholder with $18 billion sell-off.

Apple cuts reliance on Samsung for iPhone chips as iPhone 5 mania and rumor mill heat up.

Audi threatens BMW's seven-year luxury auto crown.

Google charges retailers in growing competition with Amazon, as Google Fiber launch site takes off and Google Glasses hit the runway at New York Fashion Week.

NBC faces Paralympic TV deal scrutiny while the UK celebrates the end of the summer of the Olympics with London 2012 parade.Continue reading...

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In the News: JPMorgan, Ikea, Nokia and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 10, 2012 09:03 AM

In the News

Coursera roars into BRIC countries with online classes.

ESPN introduces campaign that focuses on value of Monday Night Football.

Facebook HQ gets a Main Street.

Goldman Sachs escapes U.S. charges in mortgage crisis.

Ikea values its brand at $11 billion.

JCPenney reports loss, raising more questions about strategy.

JPMorgan Chase outlines damages from "London Whale" trading blunder.Continue reading...

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In the News: Best Global Green Brands, News Corp. and More

Posted by Shirley Brady on June 26, 2012 08:44 AM

In the News

Toyota tops Interbrand's 2012 Best Global Green Brands report.

News Corp. considers splitting company in two, spinning off publishing assets, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Microsoft acquires Yammer for $1.2 billion to take on Oracle and Salesforce with new cloud-based services.

Nissan rises on fast recovery from disasters and plans $1B China auto plant as CEO Ghosn remains Japan's highest paid exec and automaker turns to Facebook to launch five new models.

Facebook names first woman to board — COO Sheryl Sandberg — and pulls so-called stalker app while creating uproar by changing all users' email addresses to

Google I/O news on Wednesday expected to reveal Google and Sony taking on cable and satellite operators with voice-controlled YouTube TV box, as Google prepares to battle Apple with discount tablet.Continue reading...

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In the News: Angry Birds, Yahoo, Proview and more

Posted by Dale Buss on May 8, 2012 09:02 AM

In the News

Abbott Laboratories to pay $1.6 billion over labelilng of antiseizure drug.

Amazon takes on high-end clothing.

Angry Birds gets embeddable, and bumps Rovio to pre-IPO valuation of $9 billion.

Apple sees iPad trademark settlement rejected by China's Proview.

Aviva sees CEO resign over shareholdre-pay revolt.

The Avengers offends Indian viewers with slum depiction.

Barneys New York skirts bankruptcy.

Costco seeks to grow online sales.Continue reading...

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Sears Tests Local Personalized Shopping in Pittsburgh and Beyond

Posted by Shirley Brady on May 7, 2012 09:57 AM

Sears is testing local, personalized e-commerce with the launch of, which debuts today in Pittsburgh and a handful of other U.S. test markets. The details:Continue reading...

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In the News: Amazon, Hermes, SpongeBob and more

Posted by Dale Buss on May 3, 2012 08:55 AM

In the News

Abbott Laboratories looks to consumer for growth.

Amazon looks to produce its own TV programming.

BMW reports higher profits and more investments in future.

Best Buy sees departure of global CMO.

Caribou launches sparkling teas.

Chesapeake Energy goes on damage control after CEO apologizes for personal financial arrangements.

GM says profit strained by European losses.Continue reading...

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