Brands to Watch: Netflix, Hostess, Oracle


Brands to WatchNetflix and Starz contract renewal talks break off, ending one of Netflix’s “most important” (though less so, lately) content deals.

Hostess Brands, maker of Twinkies and Wonder Breadretains restructuring advisers.

Oracle $1.3 billion verdict against SAP overturned by judge.

Accera Inc.‘s Axona milkshake raises hopes for Alzheimer’s patients.

Air Australia reveals new livery.

Airbnb expands into sublets.

Amazon bargains to avoid online sales tax in California.

American Airlines disputes survey saying it had the longest call-waiting times during Hurricane Irene, hires pet detective to track missing-at-JFK passenger Jack the Cat.[more]

Chevrolet‘s Camaro is the most popular brand on Facebook.

Comcast rapped for Xfinity marketing claims by council of Better Business Bureaus as NBC Universal acquisition is approved by federal judge (with two-year monitoring clause).

Deutsche Telekom could lose big reports Bloomberg, while AT&T revisits T-Mobile merger strategy.

Facebook‘s Mark Zuckerberg tops Vanity Fair‘s New Establishment list, while Lady Gaga is the only female and non-techie in the top 10.

Foster’s said by FT to resist SAB‘s ‘slow seduction‘ as formal bid terms are finalized for presentation to shareholders.

Gibson defends guitar wood sourcing to activists.

Goldman Sachs slapped over “robo-signing,” ordered to hire third party to review mortgage practices.

Google wins antitrust case in Ohio.

H&R Block loss widens.

PGA Tour signs expansive TV deals.

Taylor Swift reveals perfume campaign to her Facebook fans.

TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington steps away from AOL to launch VC fund for startups.

The Washington Post closes local news bureaus.