In the News: Apple, Cyber Monday, Spider-Man & more


In the News

Adbusters‘ role in branding Occupy movement examined in New York Times as Occupy LA protesters dig in heels.

Amazon eyes China growth.

Apple critiqued for not getting social media (but does it matter to brand loyalists?) as digi-savvy toddlers’ parents fuel iPad sales.

Black Friday sales boost LG and Samsung as e-tailers are poised for Cyber Monday lift.

BSkyB‘s James Murdoch loses investors’ confidence.

China‘s Chery automaker launches Qoros brand as Subaru joint venture gains lifeline.

Coach, expanding in China, will list shares on  Hong Kong’s Hang Seng stock exchange.

Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Nestle and Mars sign European pledge to only promote nutritious products on their websites.

Disney releases mobile app for Spider-Man, as the Marvel-owned web-slinger finds his feet on Broadway.[more]

Durex stirs controversy with Twitter sex jokes.

Europe mulls measures to restore confidence in Euro.

Facebook faces privacy inquiry in Europe.

Finnair and Helsinki airport crowdsource ideas to improve customer experience.

“For Dummies” publisher cracks down on copycats.

Hong Kong‘s Chow Tai Fook jeweler aims to raise $2.8 billion in IPO.

L’Oreal becomes China’s biggest spending brand.

McDonald’s, Nike and Starbucks see consumers swallow price hikes.

Mercedes-Benz reportedly kills Maybach luxury brand.

Qantas curbs Asian plans, though brand proves resilient despite strike and Twitter gaffe.

Renault-Nissan touts zero emission cars.

Saab sees new ownership proposal to appease GM.

Telstra research finds 12% of employers rejecting applicants based on Facebook and Twitter profiles.

Thomas Cook faces battle in bid to restore confidence.

Unilever faces strike over pensions.

US Tennis Association targets kids with Nickelodeon cross-promotion.

Volkswagen‘s #1 goal depends on meeting Skoda targets.

& Ad Age report on America’s Hottest Brands includes Uniqlo, Sharpie and HTC (despite tough year).