IN THE NEWS:
McDonald’s Japan contest is giving away French Fries made of real gold in user-generated campaign soliciting fan fry-selfies as green and red Angry Birds movie tie-in burgers in China raise eyebrows (see more new campaigns below) —
EgyptAir plane disappearance into Mediterranean raises terrorism alarms.
Samsung and Alibaba are cooperating on mobile payments.
Yahoo is expected to fetch bids below expectations for its internet operations.
IN OTHER BRAND NEWS:
Angry Birds franchise future at stake as its movie opens with high expectations.
Aston Martin reveals Zagato design for new concept car.
Audi leads transformation of the instrument panel with “virtual cockpit.”
Dylan’s Candy Bar introduces 3D printed candy to the US.
General Mills adds Kite Hill to food startup investments.
Google patents sticky surface to minimize car crash deaths.
IMAX plans foray into VR.
Interbrand announces Breakthrough Brands report.
Listeria hysteria panics US consumers, retailers and CPG companies.
Microsoft “magic mirror” uses facial recognition to read emotions.
Snap Kitchen tailors units and menu items for growth.
Snapchat reveals brand marketing data.
SoulCycle focuses on growth as IPO stalls.
Starship delivery robot aims to revolutionize retail.
Uber tests cash payments in South Africa.
Victoria’s Secret taps Spanx exec as CEO.
VW agrees to lift wages for German workers despite Dieselgate costs.
Clearasil just can’t deal with teenagers:
Contours baby stroller puts parents to the test too:
— HomeAway.com (@homeaway) May 20, 2016
Hostelworld parodies MTV Cribs with 50 Cent commercial.
Iceland (UK grocer, not the country) ditches celebrities for real moms in campaigns.
Tommy Hilfiger demonstrates suits Rafael Nadal and Gregory van der Wiel in Paris event: