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Amazon leads Klout list of most influential retailers.

Avon ousted CEO Andrea Jung’s two-year exit deal criticized by former CEOs.

Bank of America settles fair-lending case for record $335 million.

Beats by Dre pumps up headphone sales.

Diddy plans to launch tequila brand.

Facebook tests private messaging between users and brand pages.

FedEx disciplines delivery man who tossed computer monitor.

Frito-Lay sued over “all natural” claims.[more]

Hip-hop returns to socially conscious roots.

Kim Jong Un seen as extending North Korea’s “Kim Brand.”

Lady Gaga‘s Twitter account was hacked.

Lowe’s stands firm on All American Muslim ad pull-out.

Microsoft and Nokia revealed as potential RIM suitors.

MIT launches free interactive learning platform.

New Line and MGM notch more than 3M views for The Hobbit trailer.

NFL and NBC commit to stream the Super Bowl.

Nike posts strong quarter.

NZ e-cigarette maker agrees to drop Maori brand name.

P&G pulls enhanced Taylor Swift for CoverGirl ad, while Head & Shoulders turned 50 this year.

Rolex slaps Brooklyn deli with trademark suit.

Toyota global sales rose 20% in 2011.

Twitter analysis shows global happiness is down, as MIT analyzes Twitter’s popularity.

Verizon‘s 4G network suffers more outages.

Walmart invests in digital R&D; pulls Enfamil formula batch following baby death.

White Castle tests alcohol sales.

& U.S. cable operators and TV networks squabble over sports fees.