Brand News: Alibaba, IFA 2016, NYFW, Budweiser Gets Its Kicks + More


Budweiser ALIFE Greats' Wilson sneaker 2016

Advertising Week is expanding to Cuba, where JetBlue just landed its historic first flight.

Alibaba is failing in its bid to crack down on counterfeiters, brands complain.

Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft are in discussions on AI ethics, the New York Times reports.

Amazon ends discount student loan program with Wells Fargo.

Apple CEO Tim Cook calls Irish tax ruling “total political crap” as US-EU showdown looms; separately at Apple, its suppliers are feeling the squeeze while Jessica Alba signs on as mentor for Planet of the Apps show.

Budweiser teams with ALIFE on Greats’ Wilson sneaker for Made in America festival.

Campbell Soup Co. disappointed by fresh and organic food sales.

CBS tests commercial-free subscription TV streaming.

Entenmann’s recalls Little Bite snacks for plastic contamination.

Instagram enables zoom feature on photos and videos.

Marriott targets millennial career women with Create & Cultivate series.

Mattel signs deal with Toys R Us for in-store American Girl boutiques.

Microsoft search market share grows as Google‘s falls.

Samsung releases unbranded devices in Japan.

Tim Hortons expands to England, Scotland and Wales.

Twitter‘s share of US social media users is dropping as takeover speculation grows.

Volkswagen unit sued in Australia over emissions fraud as Fiat challenged in Germany.

Walmart announces hot Christmas toys chosen by kids and Star Wars layaway program.

Wimpy owner swallows Gourmet Burger Kitchen in the UK.

& a black turtleneck owned by Steve Jobs goes on the auction block.


Huawei debuts new Nova smartphones at IFA 2016.

Samsung redefines the consumer experience at IFA 2016.

Sony unveils $3,200 gold-plated Walkman, Xperia XZ phone and noise-cancelling headphones.

TomTom unveils Touch fitness tracker at IPA that can analyze your body composition.

Xiaomi launches tap-to-pay in China.


Barbie will be blogging the runway:

Ford partners with Refinery29 on New York Fashion Week tie-in.

Google creates Fashion Week content to highlight high-tech shopping.

J.Crew must “evolve its business” says CEO Mickey Drexler as sales continue to dip.

Uniqlo reopens Soho flagship in New York with in-store boutiques and Tokyo pop-up.


California Lottery multiplies the happy dance:

Goodyear celebrates 61 years of college football tie-in with #blimpworthy campaign.

Smashbox makes a foray into virtual reality with LA studio tour.

Starbucks gives the Pumpkin Spice Latte a sibling with Chile Mocha this fall.

Virgin Active highlights employees in new campaign.

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