In The News: Google, Nissan, Toys R Us & more


AOL sells patents to Microsoft.

AT&T spends big to support launch of Numia smartphone by Nokia as it staves off a walkout by its workers.

Augusta National leaves unsettled the question of membership of IBM CEO Virginia Rometty; Bubba Watson wins its Masters tournament in dramatic fashion.

Avon names new CEO from Johnson & Johnson.

CDC says anti-smoking ads prompt lots more “quit attempts.”

Cotton launches new look.

Google plots web-domain buying spree.

Great Wolf Resorts sees sweetened offer to buy company.

Kia keeps brand humming in non-launch year. [more]

NBC sees Today Show lead threatened by ABC‘s Good Morning America.

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn continues to defend company’s electric-car strategy.

Sam’s Club offers free screenings for brain health.

Sony plans to cut about 10,000 jobs as Samsung overtakes Sony in one gauge of consumer sentiment about TV brands.

Sbarro hatches turnaround plan.

Topps comes up with apps to pursue youth with baseball-card hobby.

Toys R Us fights to reinvent itself.

Tree Top emphasizes local origins in first TV advertising in 30 years.