Brand News: A&E/Vice, Nike, Apple and more



A&E buys 10 percent of Vice for $250 million. 

Apple blocks developers from selling users’ health data to marketers; bans hazardous chemicals following China investigation; reportedly strikes payments deal to make next iPhone a mobile wallet with American Express, Visa and MasterCard; sees iBeacon struggle with retailers; and grapples with possible iCloud (via “Find my iPhone”) hack that led to massive nude photo leak affecting Jennifer Lawrence and other actresses.

Nike re-signs (Under Armourwooed) NBA star Kevin Durant to sneaker deal rumored to be worth $350 million.

Disney files patents for drone-controlled puppets as Google drones find better reception than Amazon tests.

P&G‘s Tide brand honors uniformed workers on Labor Day (above).


Alibaba faces stiffer homegrown competition ahead of upcoming IPO.

Art Everywhere partnership brings culture to outdoor advertising.

Bayer brings “world’s hangover cureBerocca to US.

BMW sees bomb-proof fleet get big buy-in from Australian government for G20 Summit. 

Comcast acquisition of Time Warner Cable protested by entertainment giants.[more]

Comme des Garçons finds fans in China.

Dr. Seuss brand is stronger than ever.

Fiat SpA CEO Marchionne says US car market is doing “incredibly well.”

Fitbit holds the lead in fitness wearables. 

Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow expands brand into clothing.

H&R Block faces PETA protest over Australian ad featuring Asian elephant.

Heineken sells Mexican packaging business for $1.23 billion and and crowdsources Pop-Up City Lounge for London Design Festival.

Houston Astros goes all in on Moneyball-style data analysis.

Hyundai whips up a new recipe for college football sponsorship. 

Illiad considers new bid for T-Mobile US.

Jaguar prepares to launch XE on Sept. 8th in London.

Jamie Oliver readies second US invasion.

Kellogg seeks stake in Egyptian candy-maker.

Louis Vuitton mourns loss of former chairman and CEO Yves Carcelle.

Lululemon expands ivivva girls brand in US.

McDonald’s taps nostalgia to celebrate 40 years in the UK and forced to drop colors in Sedona, Arizona.

Melo-Crown Entertainment casinos taps Martin Scorsese to direct brand spot starring Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.

Microsoft faces China antitrust deadline.

Mondelez taps One Direction, QuizUp for coupon campaign.

Mulberry launches Cara Delevingne collection as model plugs My Burberry perfume with Kate Moss.

Nestle turns around India fortunes with product innovation.

NFL star players boost social branding savvy.

Nintendo unveils new 3DS handheld in Japan.

Philips launches grooming app with shaving tips.

Publicis looks to buy ad tech firm Criteo

RadioShack wins contract to provide veterans’ mobile service.

Reebok opens fitness studio in India as Nike applies to open its own stores in market and New Balance doubles down on cricket.

Renault gets creative in film promo for mini-car Twingo

Samsung continues reorganization with shipbuilding and engineering units merger.

Sberbank, Russia’s biggest bank, gets into cat-lending business.

SeatGeek lures Carmelo Anthony and Eli and Peyton Manning as investors.

Sergio Rossi CEO steps down.

Sesame Street launches Cookie Monster app with PBS Kids.

Snapchat expands Our Story to all users.

Starbucks fans irate over loyalty card cancellations

Subway spoofs fitness crazes with “Crop Fit” campaign. 

Suntory opens Jim Beam bar in Tokyo.

Tesco aims to be “customer champion.”

Toyota affiliate starts construction on hydrogen refueling station. 

Volkswagen launches mobile app in India.

Walkers tests new chip flavors with tweet-powered vending machines in London. 

Zillow sees Trulia acquisition as beginning of mobile media empire.

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