Posted by Dale Buss on November 21, 2013 05:42 PM
In one corner is Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, newly named CEO of the Year by MarketWatch and Business Person of the Year by Fortune, hailed on six continents and four planets as a brilliant inventor, a far-sighted scientist, a visionary business leader, and even an environmental savior.
In the other corner is David Strickland, public servant, head of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). And in the space of a few days, Strickland has taken on Musk on not just one, but two, serious counts. Because he's got the clout of the federal government behind him, Strickland has a fighting chance.
Their latest confrontation is coming because NHTSA is warning automakers this week against claiming their vehicles have received ratings higher than the federally authorized five stars in their crash ratings in agency tests, saying that such a boast is "misleading the public."Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 19, 2013 05:40 PM
If you're still confused about what native advertising really is, you're not alone. In fact, the general topic has become such a great concern that the Federal Trade Commission is convening a workshop on Dec. 4 to hopefully clear up the blurred lines between editorial and ad content that is increasingly confusing consumers.
Native advertising, a.k.a. blended advertising, branded or sponsored content, “is a type of converged media that combines paid and owned content into commercial messaging that is fully integrated into, and often unique to, a special delivery platform,” as defined by the Altimeter Group.
Key to the ongoing conversation is what publishers and ad companies must do to make sure consumers can spot the differences between different types of content. The new approach to advertising is used by practically every web publisher in some form, from brand partner stories on BuzzFeed to sponsored posts on Facebook.
Registered workshop participants include representatives from such brands, as well as NPR’s Bob Garfield, former dean of Columbia Journalism School Nick Lemann, ad-tech companies like Outbrain and Sharethrough, and executives from The Huffington Post, Edelman, and Procter & Gamble, among others.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 30, 2013 09:22 AM
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...
Posted by Abe Sauer on October 18, 2013 01:39 PM
China is the second largest economy in the world and every significant brand's future is impacted by its growth (or collapse)—but who's got the time?! Here's the week's reads that will make you look like a keen China observer in case you find yourself immersed in a cultural conversation.
This week: Apple vs. Xiaomi… iOS7 pinyin… Zhuhai Android Store… the New York Times' new China venture… NBA's Yao Ming school… Lenovo woos BlackBerry… Beijing's "tourism loans"… Beijing's RV park… "Jaguar Beer"… Under Armor… Psy's "tourist police" outfits... and more.Continue reading...
end of an era
Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 15, 2013 02:37 PM
The iconic International Herald Tribune, the global edition of the New York Times, has been officially rebranded as the International New York Times.
Immortalized by Jean Seberg in Jean-Luc Godard's classic Breathless, with a star turn in Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises," the rebrand is a survival tactic to support the mother-ship and evolve into a global news entity in a world rendered virtually borderless and increasingly downsized by digital.
“Today, our future is global,” wrote publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. "With today’s action, we are creating a single, unified global media brand, which will allow us to expand our digital hubs, grow our editorial team, add more international voices in news and opinion, and increase the coverage provided by some of our best writers from around the globe.”
The Times Co. has pared back recently, selling the Boston Globe and its portfolio of regional papers, divesting About.com and its investment in the Boston Red Sox in a strategic goal of preserving and growing the flagship brand.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 15, 2013 09:33 AM
Apple taps Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts as retail head.
Macy's plans to open most stores on Thanksgiving at 8 p.m., breaking a 155-year tradition of being closed on the holiday.
New York Times officially rebrands International Herald Tribune as the International New York Times.
Alcatel-Lucent chief warns company may collapse.
Allstate gives Mayhem the silent treatment on Twitter.
Amazon begins shipping goods from inside suppliers such as P&G.
Argos, a high-street brand, launches its own budget tablet.
BlackBerry moves to reassure customers with open letter.
Chevy models get support for Siri's eyes-free mode.
Coca-Cola profits rise on higher sales in North America.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 14, 2013 09:27 AM
Nespresso sees coffee pod patent revoked by European regulators.
Procter & Gamble goes high-brow in fashion collaboration.
Ford teams with University of Michigan for new battery lab.
Alibaba plans to blow out infrastructure spending on Chinese "e-conomy."
Alitalia set for vote that may bring Italian government back in as an owner.
California Pizza Kitchen rolls out gluten-free pizza effort.
Daytona International Speedway fires up campaign.
Foursquare opens ads to all businesses.
GM opens new stamping plant in Texas.
Google+ users may see themselves crop up in new ad campaign.
HTC eyes China for survival.
Huawei innovates with rotating CEO system.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 7, 2013 07:08 PM
Not surprisingly, Elon Musk himself has jumped to the forefront of how Tesla is handling fallout from last week's fire on a roadway near Seattle that consumed a Tesla Model S. The Tesla CEO and co-founder defended the car's safety in part by asserting the accident could have been much worse if the same circumstances had embroiled a conventionally powered vehicle.
It was incumbent on Musk to do something in part because of how the share price of high-flying Tesla was whacked late last week by 10 percent by news of the fiery incident in Kent, Wash., on October 1, when metal debris that had been left on the road punctured the underside of the Model S. On Monday, the stock had recovered an additional 1 percent after rising by more than 4 percent on Friday.
"The geometry of the object," that had fallen off a semi-trailer "caused a powerful lever action as it went under the car," Musk wrote in a company statement, "punching upward and impaling the Model S with a peak force on the order of 25 tons. Had a conventional gasoline car encountered the same object on the highway, the result could have been far worse."Continue reading...