Posted by Dale Buss on August 13, 2010 11:00 AM
(Warning: that coffee on the right may be cold — this is coming to you late due to technical issues this morning. Thanks for your patience!)
Apple’s charter iAd advertisers are happy with early results.
U.S. cable operators Comcast and Time Warner Cable and competitor Verizon are racing to develop iPad apps.
Facebook stands to garner nearly $1.3 billion in advertising worldwide this year, about double last year, says a new outside study.
GM's incoming CEO Dan Akerson is known as a "pragmatic leader" whose relationships with Wall Street and enthusiasm were keys to his getting the nod to replace Ed Whitacre Sept. 1. He also isn’t expected to disrupt the momentum of new CMO Joel Ewanick.
HP’s latest headache: a bribery probe by the U.S. Dept. of Justice.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 12, 2010 09:15 AM
Anheuser-Busch InBev reaps volume gains from its big marketing bet on the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Apple, Method and Virgin Atlantic succeed in creating “brand experiences,” according to a new Forrester report.
Barnes & Noble is seen as likely to settle its litigation with investor Ronald Burkle.
Best Buy and Macy’s get behind store-based Shopkick mobile-phone app.
ESPN partners with Gas Station TV for brand integration.
Facebook objects to the net-neutrality plan hatched by Google and Verizon.
GM's turnaround continues with $1.3-billion second-quarter profit, bolstering the case for an IPO.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on August 11, 2010 06:00 PM
• American Idol's former owner, Robert F.X. Sillerman, wants it back.
• Apple is renaming Apple TV to iTV (adding apps, losing 1080 HD video playback) and patches "gaping" security hole.
• BBC's iconic Top Gear faces a tough audience when an American version launches on the History Channel this fall.
• Cisco profit soars 79%, but revenue falls short of Wall Street expectations.
• GM may file its IPO by Friday, says the New York Times.
• JetBlue listens, finally addresses Steven Slater incident with a blog post.
• John Madden is still big in video games, but misses TV.
• NHL franchise lets fans name their own ticket prices.
• Old Spice actor Isaiah Mustafa lands two movie roles.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on August 10, 2010 06:15 PM
BP's final plug to seal Gulf well is delayed by weather as Italian Vogue's oil spill-inspired fashion shoot comes under fire.
Dell announced Streak, a $300 tablet that will go on sale on Wednesday, while HP's tablet will become available in the new year.
Disney posts better than expected quarterly earnings—except at staycation-hit theme parks—thanks to movies and ESPN.
Holiday Inn relaunch is driving revenue for Intercontinental Hotels.
IBM is optimistic about sales growth through the end of this year.
iPhone owners are a randy bunch, according to a dating website study.
JetBlue refuses to address Facebook queries about irate attendant Steven Slater, whose attorney said he quit and slid "because it was there."
James Bond fans raise hopes as MGM nears a deal with Spyglass Entertainment to run the movie studio after it restructures some $4 billion in debt.
Netflix $1 billion deal to stream movies (starting Sept. 1) with Epix premium channel in the US raises questions about Starz premium TV brand.
Research in Motion is sharing "some codes" for BlackBerry data with Saudi Arabia officials, Reuters hears.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...
Posted by Shirley Brady on August 9, 2010 02:10 PM
WSJ.com is live-blogging the Google-Verizon press conference on net neutrality. The tech giants are discussing their joint proposal that "the principles of net neutrality to be enforceable for wired Internet services (and) this includes the idea that broadband providers would not be able to prioritize content for a fee."
Posted by Shirley Brady on August 5, 2010 06:00 PM
The FCC calls off network neutrality talks as Google and Verizon deny a New York Times report that they're in "secret talks" about a unified tiered approach to online bandwidth management, although the FT hears that such an agreement is indeed imminent.
GM dangles a lifetime warranty for its Opel and Vauxhall brands to European car-buyers (the continent's first such offer) — "lifetime" meaning up to 100,000 miles, that is. GM CEO Ed Whitacre, meanwhile, says he welcomes an IPO to shake "Government Motors" nickname while Ford receives a new federal loan guarantee.
Add Lebanon to the list of countries contemplating a BlackBerry blackout over security concerns, with Saudi Arabia's ban taking effect tomorrow — although 11th hour talks are under way. Bloomberg reports that U.S. and Canadian government officials are now involved in Research in Motion's talks with skittish foreign governments, with the BBC noting that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will discuss the BlackoutBerry crisis with the UAE.
BP finished pumping cement into its damaged Gulf of Mexico oil well to seal it off.
News from Chevrolet, Adobe, Pfizer and more after the jump.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 5, 2010 09:15 AM
Allstate launches anti-TXTing campaign with musical group the Jonas Brothers.
American Idol anticipates a possible return to the fold of ex-judge Paula Abdul.
Apple and Research in Motion gain ground in Australia via the mobile web. But RIM CEO Michael Lazaridis lashes out at governments of Saudi Arabia, UAE and other countries over security restrictions on the company’s BlackBerry devices, as Indonesia threatens to join them.
BP reckons with long-term economic damages to the Gulf of Mexico and local economies as it prepares to pour cement into damaged well.
Drugstore.com extends partnership with Medco Health Solutions to provide non-prescription drugs and other health-related items online.Continue reading...