Brand News: 10 Things You Need to Know For Tuesday, December 26


Microsoft Satya Nadella Bloomberg Businessweek cover storyMicrosoft CEO Satya Nadella dubbed its “Chief Empathy Officer” by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Holiday spending (in the U.S.) expected to beat projections while global luxury retail sales rise.

Amazon buys Blink, a startup developing smart home devices including a camera and doorbell compatible with Amazon Echo.

Apple Watch is getting an EKG heart monitor function while iPhone X sales disappoint analysts.

Ashley Stewart plus-size fashion chain makes a comeback.

Hamleys, the iconic British toy seller, expands in China.

Kingfisher loses market share in India to foreign beer brands.

Muji is ready to open its first hotel, in China, in January.

Stella McCartney joins Alibaba’s invite-only Tmall Luxury Pavilion as Giorgio Armani Beauty joins Tmall.

Theranos receives $100 million loan (with strings attached), according to the Wall Street Journal.


Audi Spain animates Ever After, a five-minute holiday tale:

Fruit of the Loom hired Santa to pass out free undies while Bloomingdale’s Santa

H&R Block CEO Jeff Jones comments on U.S. tax reform:

Haven is an Android-based privacy app by Edward Snowden:

Hyundai will introduce AI personal assistant in 2019:

Kuka aims to bring robots to China and homes everywhere.

Nike teams with Kyrie Irving:

QuickBooks promotes small businesses with #BackingYou:

Special K UK releases #PoweringYou campaign (more here):

Thomas Cook UK invites you to fall in love again:

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