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In the News: Amazon, Volt, Harley-Davidson & more

Posted by Dale Buss on January 24, 2012 09:02 AM

In the News

AMR reassures employees on pensions.

Amazon builds Fire tablet on Android without Google apps.

Anheuser-Busch president steps down.

Apple aims to shore up financial results.

Callaway tries to lure young golfers with Justin Timberlake involvement.

Chesapeake Energy pulls back on gas drilling amid glut.

Conde Nast may be cooking up another "shelter" magazine.

GM deals with Volt mini-mutiny as some Chevy dealers spurn allocations of the car.Continue reading...

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Usain Bolt Spoofs Richard Branson, as World's Fastest Man Promotes UK's Fastest Broadband

Posted by Shirley Brady on January 13, 2012 11:51 AM

Why is Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt pretending to be the Virgin Group chairman Richard Branson?

In a new cross-platform campaign, the world's fastest man has been tweaking Branson (and his beard) in a series of spots that popped up on YouTube via a Twitter hashtag #IAmRBranson, which Branson rebutted (after Bolt's avatar took over his Twitter feed) with tweets that he is indeed the real Branson.Continue reading...

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Banking For the Very First Time? Branson's Virgin Money Takes Over Northern Rock

Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 11, 2012 05:07 PM

Sir Richard Branson is indeed taking over the world. And now he may be taking over your money.

The billionaire Brit and founder of all things Virgin on earth — including Virgin Atlantic Airways, Virgin Records, Virgin Mobile — and beyond, with Virgin Galactic aiming to talk regular folks into space — is this week pushing Virgin Money, the Virgin-branded bank that's taking over Northern Rock's 75 branches in the U.K. and 21,000 staff members for £747million ($948.3 million), according to the Mirror.

After the Northern Rock acquisition was announced, Virgin moved to add an annual £60 ($78) fee on every account, but then changed course and decided to offer it as an option, the Mail reports. As a sweetener, the bank will likely “offer perks such as discounts on Virgin flights or gym memberships,” the paper notes.Continue reading...

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In the News: Facebook, Thomson Reuters, Toyota & more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 22, 2011 09:06 AM

In the News

AOL defends strategy.

BMW drivers can now Yelp in their cars.

British Airways parent IAG beats Virgin in BMI airline-takeover battle, as Lufthansa sells troubled airline.

Facebook (which aims to be a blue chip) is the most-searched term in the U.S. for third year running.

Geico partners with Major League Fishing and Outdoor Channel.

Hyundai launches racing game on Times Square billboard.

NBC gets sports-programming commitment from Red Bull.

Nike counts on social media.Continue reading...

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In the News: Apple TV, Saab, P&G and more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 19, 2011 08:50 AM

In the News

Al Gore promotes "sustainable capitalism."

Apple aims to reimagine TV and how we consume media, while graphic novel imagines Steve Jobs' design thinking.

AT&T's dream to acquire T-Mobile's US operation may be over.

Barclays enables charitable giving with the tap of a card.

BT files patent suit against Google.

Disney and Atlanta Braves are involved in a trademark dispute.

Facebook sues a different Mark Zuckerberg, sees profits hit $1B ahead of IPO.

Goldman Sachs rises as finance powerhouse.

History Channel struggles at the top.

Jersey Shore's Snooki sued by branding partner.

Morton's steakhouse chain finds a buyer.Continue reading...

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In the News: Kindle, Panasonic, Virgin & more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 12, 2011 09:01 AM

In the News

Amazon considers remedy for Kindle faults.

Anheuser-Busch InBev plans reality show for Budweiser brand.

Apple and HTC face judgment day on patent dispute, as Apple celebrates 100M apps from the Mac App Store and The Beatles' success on iTunes.

AT&T reportedly gets a break in its T-Mobile acquisition plan.

Auto Nation seeks new dealerships in existing Sun Belt markets, while U.S. auto dealers get creative with promotions.

Diamond Foods faces challenge over payments to walnut growers, complicating acquisition of Pringles from P&G.

Disney Four Seasons hotel begins construction.

General Mills takes G-WIN digital innovation initiative global.

GM faces potentially long investigation of Volt fires.Continue reading...

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For Sprint, Charity Begins at Home

Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 2, 2011 10:12 AM

Plenty of people overextend themselves financially to afford such things as cell phones, but if you live in Kansas City, you might be able to get yourself a cell phone even if you don’t have enough cash to actually afford one.

Sprint Nextel, which is based in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, is providing free phones and minutes for some low-income families, according to the Kansas City Star. The company’s newest pre-paid brand, Assurance Wireless, launched this week as a subsidiary of Sprint Nextel that Virgin Mobile USA, Inc. operates. Assurance offers lifeline telephone service, meaning it offers free phones and 250 free minutes to qualifying households, and uses the Sprint national wireless network in the U.S.

Paying customers subsidize the free phones and minutes, just as they have for years with land lines. The Universal Service Fund and federal Lifeline Assistance program that you may find on your phone bill are ways that those with more cash have helped get phone service to the poor, particularly in rural areas, the Star notes.

Now Sprint Nextel is using that money to help subsidize the free phones and minutes it is handing out to those who qualify.Continue reading...

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In the News: Amazon, Pfizer, Tea Party and more

Posted by Dale Buss on November 30, 2011 08:55 AM

In the News

ABC dismisses rumors of Pan Am's demise.

Amazon continues being coy about Kindle sales.

Apple's Siri can handle Viagra but not abortions.

AT&T disturbed by FCC report.

Audi finds success with youthful marketing.

BBC web redesign goes live in the UK.

Carlsberg acquires Vietnamese brewer.

Google and Facebook ordered to de-index counterfeit domains.

Jack Daniel's holiday campaign celebrates brand's Lynchburg, Tenn. roots.

Janet Jackson teams up with Blackglama to design luxury fur line.

Microsoft Office is reportedly coming to the iPad as Windows tablet hopes fade.Continue reading...

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