Posted by Caroline Smith on December 6, 2010 05:00 PM
AT&T deemed worst wireless carrier in the US by 58,000 Consumer Reports readers.
Citigroup loses US government backing.
Continental is "held responsible" for 2000 Concorde crash.
GetGlue secures $6 million backing to aid social entertainment expansion.
Google formally launches its e-book store, gets Australian pass on Street View charges.
Hertz to offer electric vehicle rental by the hour.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 3, 2010 09:00 AM
The Republican Party won big in Tuesday’s elections, capturing a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, neutralizing the Democratic Party in the U.S. Senate, seizing a handful of key governorships and state legislatures across the country and marking the ascendancy of the Tea Party. Among other industries, the shift has big implications for the branding and marketing community.
AOL revenue drops 26% on slumping ad sales.
Apple's iPad dominated 95% of the market for tablet computers last quarter.
Bugatti launches Veyron model in India, priced at $3.6 million.
Chase partners with DreamWorks for Megamind 3D movie.
Discovery Communications notches huge gains in ad sales.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on October 4, 2010 06:00 PM
Google TV announced its programming partners, including TV networks HBO and CNBC (but not, notably, ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC) and Web players including Twitter. Google also launched a microsite to highlight the new offering.
In addition to the Google TV partnership and formally launching promoted tweets today, Twitter CEO Evan Williams announced he's stepping down from the top spot to focus on product strategy. As expected, COO Dick Costolo is moving up to the CEO's role.
The U.S. Justice Department sues American Express (Visa and MasterCard settled) for alleged anti-competitive practices that prevent merchants from offering discounts and raise prices for consumers.
Cisco exec Tony Bates is the new CEO of Skype, which is reportedly in integration talks with Facebook.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on September 1, 2010 06:00 PM
Discovery Communications HQ in Silver Spring, MD, was stormed today by a lunatic gunman, James Lee, who felt the Discovery Channel needed to better address environmental issues and overpopulation. The building's 1,900 employees were evacuated, along with a childcare center on the premises, before a stand-off with police led to Lee being shot and killed. Three hostages were reportedly safely removed.
Apple's upgraded iPods (featuring unified packaging) and improved/cheaper Apple TV announcements today have "raised the stakes," according to the Financial Times, in the battle for multiplatform TV and video viewing.
Sony's Qriocity, a subscription-based music and video service launching in the UK this year, aims to take on Apple's iTunes.
India asks RIM, Google and Skype to set up local servers as country's BlackBerry ban looms, despite truce.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 25, 2010 06:30 PM
* Google expanded Google Voice to all Gmail users, who can now make free VoIP phone calls to any number from Gmail (competing with Skype). The launch is being promoted with Google Voice-branded red phone booths at colleges and airports.
* Apple is about to unveil a new TV/video offering and nearing a deal with News Corp.'s Fox and Disney's ABC for streaming TV series on iTunes as rumors swirl about Sept. 1 press conference. (Industry reaction, according to AP: 99-cent TV shows not a "game-changer.")
* Amazon talks up Kindle sales, but won't divulge numbers, as latest version makes its debut.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on August 13, 2010 06:20 PM
BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion has agreed to cooperate with India security offiicials, a government official tells the Wall Street Journal. The government "also has security concerns" about Google's Gmail service and Internet telephony from companies such as Luxembourg-based Skype, the official told reporters.
BP is going ahead with its relief well in the Gulf of Mexico following tests. "Everybody is in agreement that we need to proceed with the relief well," retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen tells Reuters. "The question is how to do it." The decision came as Alabama announced it was suing BP for the "catastrophic harm" that the spill had caused the state.
GM is seen as filing for its IPO next week, sources tell AP.
HP's next CEO should come from within the company — or IBM — according to top technology execs who were polled about the company's future. The majority felt HP should hire from within and stay the course.
IBM, meanwhile, today announced it's buying Unica, a seller of marketing software, for $451.7 million in cash, the latest in a string of acquisitions for the tech giant. IBM is also forecasting an increase in U.S. electronics and appliance sales.
Lan and Tam today announced they're combining to form Latin America's biggest airline.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 10, 2010 09:00 AM
As Google and Verizon defend a net neutrality proposal that exempts wireless services, Google faces privacy questions over an alleged order of a “microdrone” from a German company.
BSkyB challenges Skype over logo.
BP nears a deal with U.S. government on guarantees for $20B compensation fund.
Dish Network experiences slippage in subscribers even while rival DirecTV posts gains.
H-P navigates its future after the resignation of CEO Mark Hurd in an ethics scandal, as customers by and large remain loyal – but investors knock down the company’s share price.Continue reading...
social media watch
Posted by Shirley Brady on August 9, 2010 04:30 PM
Facebook readies for looming social battle with Google with reported company lockdown and weekend hours (and games exec search), as Google shores up social investments with its latest deal: the $70 million acquisition of digi-gamer Jambool. FB is also shrinking the tabs on brand pages.
Edelman's Steve Rubel ponders marketers email vs. social media conundrum in his latest column for Ad Age, a topic that Brandchannel's Sheila Shayon examined in her look at Ben & Jerry's recent customer flap in the U.K.
Coor's Light and other alcohol brands tread carefully in social media.
Google makes it easier for companies to switch to Chrome.
Monopoly has an unofficial social media edition.
MTV names first TJ, or Twitter jockey: Gabi Gregg, winner of a search sponsored by American Express Zync. Follow her here.
Novartis pulls Facebook widget following FDA complaint.Continue reading...