Brands to Watch: Myspace, Time Warner Cable, Google and more


Brands to Watch

Time Warner Cable and Viacom take iPad streaming dispute to court.

China’s Tencent among interested buyers for Myspace.

Google tests game-mechanics strategies with Recyclebank.

Google and US Justice Dept. also near deal on ITA acquisition.

Bing‘s iPad app aims to make browsing beautiful. 

Bronx Zoo picks name for celebrity cobra; fauxbra not impressed.

ESPN launches TV Everywhere iPhone and iPad App with US cable operators.[more]

Expedia and TripAdvisor split up.

Facebook talks up new server design.

H&M launches free Android app.

Former Hearst head Cathie Black steps down as NYC schools chancellor, a setback for NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg.

GameStop launches Facebook storefront. 

HP sues former sales exec who joined Oracle

JPMorgan paid Jamie Dimon $20.8 Million in 2010., a Canadian teen’s startup, receives $4M in funding to create value exchange-based in-game advertising.

London mayor Boris Johnson wants city to be “best brand on the planet.”

MTV re-signs entire Jersey Shore cast, plans spinoffs for Snooki, JWoww and Pauly D.

MTV Networks launches game division to support Spike TV and Comedy Central brands.

NBCU rebrands Sleuth TV network as Cloo.

Nokia downgraded by Moody’s. 

Old Navy sees traction with music-based Shazam campaign.

(RED) reports over $170 million generated and 7.5million people impacted in brand-backed fight against AIDS.

Saab halts production.

Samsung CMO promotes ‘culture-casting.’

Thomson Reuters promotes Chrystia Freelance to digital editorial czar. 

Twitter processes 155M tweets daily, triple the number a year ago. 

US government turns to Facebook, Twitter to issue terror alerts.

Verizon tests digitization of paper medical records.

Yahoo seeks original video along the lines of its Premier League deal in the UK.