Brands to Watch: Apple, Old Spice, Yelp and more


Brands to Watch

Apple is #1 on Fast Company‘s list of 50 most innovative companies.

Apple‘s new iPad subscription policy begins signing up magazine titles, with Elle, Nylon and Popular Science agreeing to terms.

Archie Comics go digital with

CBS revenue is up, while CBS College Sports channel to be renamed CBS Sports Network.

Cisco will help city of Barcelona with ‘2020 Vision’ for sustainable urban and economic growth.[more]

Comcast sees earnings rise in fourth quarter.

Deutsche Bank‘s incoming head criticized for supporting cricket.

Google‘s bid to become web travel giant with ITA deal faces US opposition.

IBM expands cloud computing and business analytics services.

Japan suspends annual whale hunt.

JPMorgan accused of fraud by Allstate.

Justin Bieber gets political, criticizing US healthcare and abortion in Rolling Stone interview; joins anti-cyberbullying campaign with Facebook and MTV.

Michael Vick cancels Oprah appearance.

Old Spice‘s new campaign with Isaiah Mustafa pays off online.

S&P launches new Middle East Index.

Sesame Street characters hit Capitol Hill to protest proposed budget cuts to PBS and NPR.

Toyota vendor reportedly offers to pay mommy-bloggers to write favorable posts.

Wendy’s hit by tomato shortage.

Yelp grows despite competition from Groupon and Google.

YouTube is offering “millions” for celebrity-created content.