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In the News

Adidas taps Katy Perry for new campaign.

AFL-CIO launches image campaign.

Airbus posts record sales.

American Airlines stops flying to India, sacks 150 workers.

AOL leads companies testing crowdsourcing.

Apple expands iTunes Match, reportedly preps interactive textbooks for the iPad, while pre-earnings valuations vary.

BASF halts its genetically modified products in Europe, including its Amflora potato.

Beats Electronics breaks up with Monster.

Beyonce accused of skin-lightening in album promotion, gives first post-baby interview.

BlackBerry-maker RIM criticized by analysts for PlayBook incompatability.

BMW recalls 89,000 Mini vehicles.

Burberry quarterly profits jump 22%.

Carnival faces heat in wake of Italy shipwreck, its worst accident in 40 years, as environmental fears mount and cruise industry is rocked.

M&M’s will introduce a sixth candy character — Ms. Brown — in its Super Bowl commercial, while Kia plans 60-second commercial with Adriana Lima and Motley Crue, in keeping with trend to longer Super Bowl spots.[more]

Cartier targets ‘wealth that whispers.’

China‘s urban population exceeds rural for first time.

Facebook tops list of most hated companies in America.

Fiat and Peugeot see European car sales slump, as Fiat pins hopes on sedan to boost U.S. sales. 

Forbes touts success in social publishing environment.

Ford looks to blast-proof vehicles to take on Lockheed.

Four Seasons embraces digital marketing and virtual experiences.

Fox and Twitter join forces for Republican debate.

Frito-Lay turns to behavior research to boost sales.

Google, Facebook seek halt to India court case.

Hostess Brands seeks union concessions in bankruptcy reorganization.

Hulu invests in original programming, including Battleground.

Hutchison nears $1.8B deal for Orange Austria.

Kardashian brand is “tarnishing fast.”

Kraft launches social campaign for Wheat Thins.

Lincoln sticks with ‘alphabet soup’ model names.

Lions Gate to use Facebook for film launch, first studio to make rentals on social and a challenge to Netflix.

Loews gets criticized for ending stray cat program.

Meritus Hotels & Resorts launches global advertising campaign.

Microsoft and Bill Gates mourn loss of young computer prodigy, while plodding PC sales pull down MSFT profit.

Olympus auditors cleared by panel.

P&G finds home-care products a tougher sell in India.

Rihanna is back for Armani.

Samsung plans record $41 billion spending for growth.

Sears looks to health and fitness marketing and content to turn around fortunes.

Tesco profit plunge spurs soul-searching, and franchise deal for F&F fashion sub-brand in Saudi Arabia.

Twitter turns to former Apple exec for marketing help.

Vibram ‘barefoot’ running shoes get surprise endorsement on the Golden Globes red carpet.

Walmart hires former CBS Interactive exec to run mobile commerce.

Wegmans pursues sustainable seafood.

Wikipedia and Reddit plan SOPA blackout protests.

Yeungling is now America’s biggest brewer.

Zappos hack exposes millions of user accounts.

Zynga CEO says IPO met goals.

& RIP Don Evins, founder of Cracker Barrel.