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In the News: Amazon, Dell, Twitter and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 30, 2013 09:22 AM

In the News

Amazon rolls out Kindle MatchBook program that bundles print books with discounted e-books. 

Dell is officially private.

Twitter rolls out richer feed with videos, images. 

AT&T puts Halloween twist on "It's not complicated" campaign with cute kids.

Barnes & Noble turns out new, lighter Nook Simple Touch GlowLight. 

BlackBerry met with Facebook on potential bid.

British American Tobacco apoligizes for advertising e-cigarette brand in kids' app. 

CBS said to be developing streaming news channel.

Chevrolet faces "B Strong" backlash.

Chrysler profits are boosted by pickups and SUVs.

Comcast's rebranded Xfinity TV Go app will stream like TV from anywhere.  

Facebook reportedly offered $1 billion to buy Snapchat.Continue reading...

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Tobacco Companies Make Their Move in Indonesia

Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 10, 2013 05:05 PM

Indonesia is the fourth most populated country in the world with more than 237 million residents and more than 60 million of those people smoke. But while it seems that the rest of the developed world is doing all it can to cut down on tobacco use, Indonesia is being inundated by tobacco marketers looking to gain a few more patrons before stricter regulations are put into place. 

British American Tobacco sends “coquettish models wearing short white dresses” into cafes and clothes shops to encourage consumers “to buy Dunhill’s new ‘Mild’ cigarettes and sign up to a marketing database,” the Financial Times reports. The same company runs ads on television, something it can't do in many other parts of the globe, including America.Continue reading...

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Lord of the Smoke Rings: New Zealand Tamps Down on Big Tobacco

Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 23, 2012 03:42 PM

New Zealand may be small but its government apparently has got a whole lot of chutzpah.

The government’s new law that all tobacco products cannot be publicly displayed went into effect Monday, and a plan to force all tobacco products to be sold in plain packaging — which NZ's Ministry of Health calls the "single biggest cause of preventable death and disease" — is still forging ahead. The government's new "Tobacco Available Here" sign for authorized tobacco retailers, in English and Maori with a sickening photo of a gangrene-infected foot, is also fairly grim.

The hope is that the entire country will be smoke-free by 2025, according to TV New Zealand. However, the government may need to pay a boatload of cash out in order to make it happen. “Ministry of Health officials have warned the Government that defending a case at the World Trade Organization could cost taxpayers between $1.5 million to $2 million,” the website reports. And that price could go up to $6 million.

One tobacco giant is already sounding like it is ready take the government to court.Continue reading...

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Philip Morris Sues Australia Over Cigarette Plain Packs

Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 20, 2011 04:04 PM

Since Australia passed legislation that will force tobacco companies to sell all of their products in brand name-free, plain green packaging with such heartwarming statements as “Smoking causes blindness” or “Don’t let children breathe your smoke” (and are accompanied by equally pleasant images), tobacco companies have been in a bit of snit.

On Tuesday, Philip Morris Asia became the third tobacco giant, along with British American Tobacco and Imperial Tobacco, to file suit in the country’s High Court to try and put a stop to such an effort, Reuters reports.

The new legislation in Australia “is being closely watched by governments considering similar moves in Europe, Canada, and New Zealand,” Reuters notes, which is part of the reason why the tobacco companies are getting all worked up about it. But Philip Morris claims it has other reasons as well.Continue reading...

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Brands to Watch: BofA, Broadcom, McGraw-Hill & more

Posted by Shirley Brady on September 12, 2011 06:35 PM

Brands to Watch

Al Gore prepares 24-hour global warming Climate Reality live-stream event.

Angry Birds spurs 1M t-shirts and 1M plush toy sales per month for Rovio.

AT&T will use plant-based packaging for accessories as Coca-Cola's PlantBottle arrives on UK shelves.

Bank of America announces 30,000 job cuts.

Boston Globe newspaper puts up online paywall.

British American Tobacco gears up for legal battle vs. the Australian government.

Broadcom bets on web traffic for mobile with $3.7 billion NetLogic deal.

Glenn Beck says his new TV network is "not for slugs."

Google - just another ad company?

Groupon sued by its own employees.Continue reading...

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