Brand News: 10 Things You Need to Know For Thursday, December 14


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Disney acquires 21st Century Fox Inc.for $52.4 billion in deal announced Thursday. Transaction includes Fox’s film and television studios, cable entertainment networks and international TV businesses, and adds popular entertainment properties including X-Men, Avatar, The Simpsons, FX Networks and National Geographic to Disney’s portfolio.

Target acquires same-day grocery delivery startup Shipt for $550M. The move—”one of the largest acquisitions in Target’s history—means same-day delivery will be an option at about half of Target stores beginning in early 2018. And by the 2018 holiday season, it will be an option at the majority of Target stores, and in all major markets.”

Target and Shipt

WWE announces live in-ring series on Facebook Watch.

The FCC will vote Thursday on net neutrality, with companies and brands—and web pioneers including Vinton Cerf and Steve Wozniak—weighing in.

Google AI creates (and nurtures) offspring AI:

Hyundai is returning to the Super Bowl with in-game spot.

IBM partners with Samsung, JPMorgan, Daimler and Barclays to develop quantum computing for commercial use.

Ivanka Trump opens 2nd U.S. store—inside Trump Tower.

T-Mobile enters pay TV business with acquisition of Layer3:

Walmart,, IBM and Tsinghua University launch Blockchain Food Safety Alliance in China.


Australia Post gets festive with Christmas shipping deadlines:

Google Pixel 2 AR Stickers let you battle Stormtroopers from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, team up with Netflix‘s Stranger Things and express yourself with animated Foodmojis.

Kellogg’s reopens New York City cafe downtown today:

Lagavulin Single Malt Scotch Whisky features comedian Nick Offerman in holiday campaign:

Mastercard sponsors Lindsey Stirling Christmas fundraiser:

Siemens opens its innovation day to the world on Friday:

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