In the News: Brand BP, Apple Pried Open, and more


Interbrand CEO Jez Frampton addressed today’s BP developments from a branding perspective with Bloomberg TV, which also spoke to BP chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg about the company’s outlook. In non-BP brand news this morning:

Apple‘s latest challenge: a federal ruling supporting opening to apps and permitting “jailbreaking” of its devices.

Citigroup discloses a security flaw in its mobile-banking application for the iPhone – and a fix.

Coca-Cola brings back British DJ Calvin Harris ad in music-related promotion.[more]

Continental tests “self-boarding” at Houston Airport.

Daimler rides luxury-car recovery to second-quarter profitability.

Edge shave gel tries to make target audience laugh with new user-generated video site.

Enterprise adds to Nissan Leaf mania with plan to add 500 of the all-electric vehicles to its rental fleet.

Facebook creates safety hub as user resource.

FedEx raises its earnings forecast, presaging good news for the global economic recovery.

IBM faces new scrutiny by European Union antitrust officials over Big Blue’s conduct in the mainframe market.

JFE Holdings, the world’s #5 steelmaker, puts up around $1 billion for a 14.9% stake in India’s JSW Steel.

Nissan recalls 51,000 Cube hatchbacks for potential fuel-spilling problems during rear-end collisions.

Oracle makes CEO Larry Ellison the highest-paid CEO of the last decade, according to a WSJ survey.

Ralph Lauren launches Big Pony, a collection of fragrances for men.

Singapore Airlines is seeking a replacement for its exiting CEO.

Viacom’s MTV rewards the returning cast of its hit reality series, Jersey Shore, with a huge pay bump.

Yahoo Japan replaces Microsoft‘s Bing with Google as its search engine.