long arm of the law
Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 3, 2013 08:03 PM
When the sure-to-be-contentious races get fully underway for 33 Senate seats, 38 state and territorial governorships, and all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives later this year, political advertising will probably feel inescapable. Signs, T-shirts, and door knockers will be out in full force. Robocalls are sure to come early and often. Whatever creative way politicians can find to get their names into the brains of those who will head to the polls on Nov. 4 will be used.
However, there will be at least one safe zone on the media landscape that folks can hide from the onslaught: public television and radio. The US Court of Appeals in San Francisco has ruled that public radio and TV stations cannot run ads from political candidates and corporations.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 22, 2013 09:14 AM
IKEA under investigation in France for snooping on workers.
Walgreens opens nation's first energy-net-zero retail store.
Microsoft heats up gaming-console wars with debut of Xbox One.
Air New Zealand launches "Middle Earth" campaign tied to release of The Hobbit movie.
Acer brings back founder without pay to help struggling PC maker.
Amazon amps up for winning holiday as executive predicts quantum leap in online alcohol sales.
Apple wins a patent retrial against Samsung.
Bauer Media launches digital brand aimed at wealthy young women.
Beam and Cinnabon to introduce co-branded vodka.
Caterpillar is probed for possibly dumping parts in the ocean.Continue reading...
what's in a name
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 10, 2013 07:12 PM
Plenty of people have been trying to get the NFL’s Washington Redskins to change their name for decades, but team owner Daniel Snyder delivered what all should regard as a pretty sound statement denying such a request.
In the last few days, “NFL officials agreed to meet with the Oneida Indian Nation," which had purchased radio ads in the team's market urging Snyder to drop the name, the Washington Post reports. Even President Obama threw his voice into the mix, noting that he’d consider changing the name if he were the owner. The Oneida staged a protest Monday in Washington and the National Congress of American Indians released a poster that showed baseball hats featuring racist team names such as the "New York Jews" and "San Francisco Chinamen."Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 3, 2013 11:51 AM
CBS and Time Warner Cable have been engaged in a long-running spat over transmission costs, resulting in a month-long CBS blackout in three major cable markets, New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. Finally, and just in time for the start of the NFL season, the broadcaster and cable company have reached a deal, and it looks as if CBS is the victor.
According to Bloomberg, TWC will pay “a significant increase for the right to transmit CBS signals, though still below $2 per subscriber per month.”
"CBS is the winner,” said cable and telecommunications analyst Craig Moffett of Moffett Research, according to Reuters. “Content owners always win these negotiations, it's just a matter of how much they won. They have all the leverage. Consumers don't get mad and trade in their channel when these fights drag on. They go looking for a different satellite or telephone company." CBS was coming from a particular position of power since it is currently the top-rated network on TV.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on March 22, 2013 09:02 AM
BlackBerry launches new Z10 smartphone in US today, as CEO says Apple's iPhone is outdated.
Pepsi introduces first new package design since 1997.
PPR, French owner of Gucci and Saint Laurent, announces rebrand to "caring" Kering with new owl logo.
Nike surges on China rebound, North American results in latest quarterly earnings report.
Asda pulls private-label corned beef from UK shelves over horsemeat discovery as new report finds consumer concern fading.
Chrysler looks to Nike and Starbucks for inspiration.
Coca-Cola tops British grocery brands ranking as Walkers rises to #2.
Facebook tests yet another timeline design.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 12, 2013 05:59 PM
T-Mobile has been trying to find a dancing partner for some time now. Back in 2011, it came close to finding the perfect mate when it flirted with being bought by AT&T for $39 million only to have the whole thing shot down.
But things went their way Tuesday when the U.S. Department of Justice and the FCC approved a merger between Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile and MetroPCS, making the twosome into the fourth-largest wireless carrier in the States and ready to do battle with AT&T and Verizon Wireless, Nasdaq.com reports.
Fourth largest may sound pretty big, but its 42 million subscribers are about half of what each of the Big Two have, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.Continue reading...
tech in the spotlight
Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 7, 2013 05:18 PM
In late January, executives at telecom companies AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, Intel and Qualcomm signed a letter asking the Federal Communications Commission to not go through with eventually handing out a good chunk of unlicensed airwaves to the public — a move that would provide free WiFi for many Americans and allow tech innovators to create new products, according to The Washington Post.
Perhaps these companies would like to remind the debt-ridden federal government that it could make a lot of money by selling off those airwaves instead.
However, companies like Google and Microsoft would like WiFi to open up, the Post notes — a move that would not only spur innovation, they contend, and also allow their web-enabled businesses to likely expand along with the technology.
The last time the FCC opened up some unlicensed airwaves was in 1985. As a result, consumers gained garage-door openers, baby monitors, wireless stage microphones, and the current WiFi network.Continue reading...
in the spotlight
Posted by Shirley Brady on October 31, 2012 12:38 PM
While your humbled (by Sandy) editor's NYC apartment is still without power, I've made it to a power outlet and Wi-Fi and finally catching up with some of the impact of the storm on the U.S. and Canada, with 107 people dead and an estimated $20 billion in damages and $30 billion in lost business: