Brand News: Twitter/Omnicom, Google’s New Car, Microsoft and more



Twitter, on track for 400 million users by 2018, signs $230 million partnership with Omnicom, shares real-time music stats with Billboard, and releases all tweets to science.

Google unveils internally built self-driving car (above) with no brakes or steering wheel.

Microsoft CEO Nadella lays out “post-post-PC” leadership vision and demonstrates real-time translation for Skype.

Massimo Vignelli, acclaimed for American Airlines logo and other iconic designs, has died at 83.

Nasdaq nears 13-year high as tech stocks soar.


A+E reveals Bio cable network rebrand as FYI.

Accenture finds that 72 percent of Americans would bank with Walmart, Google or T-Mobile.

American Express launches digital push for 14th Unstaged concert, featuring Pharrell Williams.

AP/Equilar study finds that median CEO pay passed $10 million in 2013.

Apple and Google vie for control of the Internet of Things.[more]

Bloomberg Businessweek realigns design team.

Coca-Cola offers free fitness classes in UK anti-obesity campaign.

Dairy Queen finds s’more to love in summer campaign.

ESPN vet George Bodenheimer is leaving Disney‘s powerhouse media brand.

General Mills rolls out protein-packed Cheerios.

Google tweaks its logo by a few pixels.

Google Glass privacy debate boils over in NYC restaurant.

GlaxoSmithKline scrutinized in UK criminal inquiry.

Heineken masters viral digital marketing (for the most part).

Hollister, McDonald’s tap Twitter to target music fans.

Huffy campaign sees 10-year-old girl get moms back on bikes.

Hyundai and Kia beat Honda for greenest carmakers title.

IBM crowdsources latest Smarter City effort, faces China security probe.

J Brand founder leaves company.

J.K. Rowling‘s latest novel caught in Amazon/Hachette dispute.

Keds brand owner is suing Vans over iconic blue rectangle heel tag.

KimYe wedding expected to be a payday for the newlyweds, brands and designers.

London named most desirable city for global retail brands.

McDonald’s will let individual restaurants figure out sustainable beef sourcing.

Minnesota becomes first US state to ban products containing triclosan, recently banned by Avon.

Nestlé pays $1.4 billion for Valeant skincare rights to boost North American skincare business.

Newsweek renews global expansion plans.

PayPal reassures Australian customers after apparent hack.

RBS to cut hundreds of US jobs.

Samsung PowerSleep app helps fight cancer.

Square extends business model to small business loans.

Starbucks dominates coffee chains worldwide, but struggles in one key market: Australia.

Tiffany‘s Costco legal battle is set for another hearing in June. 

UPS expands logistics aid to Western companies doing business in China.

Volvo builds electric roadway to wirelessly charge buses.

Walmart pressured in Chinese labor dispute to settle.

World Cup protesters clash with police in Brazil.