Recalls Continue: BMW, Nissan, Toyota

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Recall watch: BMW motorcycles, Nissan trucks and SUVs, and Toyota recalls Lexus vehicles in Japan (and pays $16.4 million US fine).

Target is up while Wal-Mart growth slows due to gas prices and dropped brands, and Saks and Home Depot rebound.

Softbank deal will help Twitter grow in Japan, where Apple’s iPhone is the best-selling smartphone.

Marketers ask Silicon Valley for help in anticipating consumers’ needs.

Amazon expands into book publishing.

ANA: Brands seek emotional/rational balance.[more]

J&J details medicine-recall troubles.

McDonald’s promotes British farms for London 2012 Olympics.

Microsoft sues Salesforce.com.

Starbucks names new consumer products president.

Thailand‘s “Land of Smiles” turns to terror.

CNN‘s Campbell Brown quitsmaking room for Eliot Spitzer?

Consumer Reports flags Microsoft Kin advertising, again.

Facebook addresses, grapples with privacy concerns.

MTV woos media buyers with Jersey Shore theme at upfront.

Nielsen move to eliminate live TV ratings irks advertisers.

Togetherville aims to teach kids how to social network.

Smartphones boost global handset sales, fueled by Android and the iPhone.

Google and Microsoft may find themselves relying on bovine energy. The NYT explains.

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