In the News: iPad 3, SOPA, David Beckham Touts Google+, and more


Google taps David Beckham to promote Google+ as company grapples with social search fallout, and apologizes for Kenyan flub.

Apple‘s iPad 3 expected to go on sale in March with HD screen and faster chip. Apple also joined the Fair Labor Association, opening suppliers’ doors to labor rights watchdog in transparency response to Foxconn fears — the first tech brand to do so.

Bentley courts Maybach fans including Jay-Z — who has just signed on as the face of (and an investor in) Duracell.

British films to be pitched as a global brand.

BT will offer free Wi-Fi at London Olympic Games.

Disney Studios quickly fills CMO position.

Dr Pepper brand name is removed from Texas town.

Easyjet fined for barring disabled passengers.

Excedrin recall expands to Canada.

Olivia Munn strips off for PETA.[more]

BP CEO Bill Dudley addresses post-spill critics and 2012 strategy in a speech in Chicago today:

Holden and GM mark up Australian version of Chevrolet Volt.

Jaeger quits Japan to focus on China.

Mentos iPad game references TV commercial spider.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates estimated to have saved 5.8M lives through philanthropic efforts.

Fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff expands her brand to condoms in support of Planned Parenthood.

Miranda Kerr signs on as brand ambassador for Qantas.

PepsiCo continues investing in soft drink brands.

Bankrupt Plum TV is up for auction.

Sean John sued over Empress brand name.

Snoop Dogg will launch a cigar brand at Coachella.

SOPA bill author’s moves are being closely watched by opponents ahead of Jan. 18 threatened Twitter blackout.

State Farm‘s third installment in its quarterback commercials features Clay Matthews:

Taco Bell takes a page from rival Chipotle.

Tesla shares drop on exec departures as retailer rethinks strategy.

Victoria’s Secret faces U.S. inquiry following child labor allegations.

Williams-Sonoma battles local officials in Sonoma.

& Sofia Vergara continues ad blitz with Ellen De Generes and Cover Girl spot: