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Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper office in Paris is attacked by suspected terrorists, killing 12 and injuring at least 7.

McDonald’s faces PR crisis in Japan after vinyl fragment is found in McNugget and tooth is found in fries, as Sydney de-branded cafe concept gains attention.

Monster sues Apple for fraud over Beats deal.

Verizon rejects rumors of AOL interest, looks to rival Dish‘s Sling TV with web TV network.

Calvin Klein signs Justin Bieber to new campaign with Lara Stone.[more]


AB InBev plans more of Bud Light‘s “Whatever” campaign for Super Bowl.

AT&T releases updated Eco-Rating standards at CES.

Boeing delivers record number of jets.

Coach deal to acquire Stuart Weitzman concerns Wall Street.

Cronut king Dominique Ansel opens new cronut-free restaurant.

Daimler positions Mercedes-Benz to overtake BMW and confirms plan to relocate US HQ to Atlanta.

Dunkin’ Donuts expands in Mexico and China.

Ford wants to be first to produce self-driving vehicle for the masses but won’t be on bleeding edge of technology.

Google extends ad-viewability push with brands.

Intel talks up wrist-worn drone, smart button (and diversity investment) in CEO’s CES keynote.

Jaguar Land Rover has about 1,400 vehicles stuck on a grounded ship off England.

JCPenney reports stronger-than-expected sales growth.

Jenny Craig re-enlists Kirstie Alley as brand ambassador.

Keurig Green Mountain reels in Dr Pepper Snapple for soda pods in new machine.

Kimberly-Clark plumbs startups for mobile tech innovation at CES.

Lenovo focuses on integration rather than new acquisitions in 2015.

Lilly Pulitzer revealed as next Target designer collaboration.

Nike harnesses personalized video for Nike+ new year’s campaign.

RCA debuts new brand campaign at CES.

Rolls-Royce is deciding on adding an SUV.

Shell pays $80 million in compensation for two 2008 oil spills in Nigeria.

Volkswagen bets heavily on new SUVs.

WhatsApp hits 700 million monthly users.

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