Brand News: AB InBev & SABMiller, Twitter, Playboy and More

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The latest branding and marketing news, campaigns and other happenings:

AB InBev wins over SABMiller with $104 billion bid to create global beer behemoth.

Twitter announces that it will lay off up to 8 percent of staff.

Playboy says it no longer will publish nude photos in a nod to changing tastes.

PepsiCo and Coca-Cola reportedly compete to buy stake in Chobani, as Pepsi confirms partnering on Android smartphone for China.

Volkswagen cuts product investment by $1 billion and adopts new system for diesel emissions. VW also plans to launch all-electric Phaeton while Leonard DiCaprio signs on for Paramount movie about dieselgate scandal.

IN OTHER NEWS:

Barclays prepares to choose an American as next CEO.

Dell CEO Michael Dell re-emerges in takeover of EMC.

Ford pours $1.8 billion into smart cars in China.

Ford Smart Car China

Hulu attracts fans with move by The Mindy Project.

Hulu The Mindy Project

Mondelez taps creative optimization.

Starbucks launches delivery service at Empire State Building.

Walmart delivered more than 300,000 screenings at its US health fair on Oct. 10.

Walmart Health Fair

CAMPAIGNS:

Clearasil celebrates teachers for social media contest.

Kahlua releases five-minute documentary celebrating its heritage:

Johnson & Johnson promotes photo-sharing for good with Donate A Photo app:

Raymond Weil launches music challenge on Instagram.

Raymond Weil Instagram music challenge 2015

Takeda enlists Sara Rue as spokesperson for weight loss drug.

Tory Burch releases The Painting short film with Vogue Italia:

Toyota reveals all-new Prius, launches Hispanic campaign for new Tacoma and promotes Back to the Future anniversary on Oct. 21:

Virgin America promotes in-flight streaming with Netflix:

Ziploc turns to cute animals for branded content.

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