Brands to Watch: ESPN, Microsoft, World of Warcraft and more

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Brands to Watch

BP oil spill fund offers fast-track payments.

eBay and BBH part company after marketing changes.

ESPN buys PVI intellectual property from Cablevision.

Gawker Media resumes publishing, serves as object lesson in password security.

Google launches site for teaching tech to parents; Google Mobile searches grew 130% in Q3.

Lions Gate loses Carl Icahn as a bidder.

Microsoft joins Expedia, Kayak to block Google acquisition; fends off Twitter rumors.[more]

NBC greenlights Voice of America, a new singing competition TV series from Mark Burnett.

Netflix shorts (spurred by Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes) draw blood.

Obama‘s health-care law ruled unconstitutional over insurance requirement.

Reckitt Benckiser buys India’s Paras Pharmaceuticals for $724 million.

Tribune Media partners with Groupon for ChicagoShopping.com.

Twitter saw 25 billion tweets sent in 2010 — not all of them about Justin Bieber.

Wikileaks alum launch Openleaks as next gen whistleblowing alternative.

World of Warcraft Cataclysm sells record-breaking 3.3M units in its first day out.

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