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Brands to Watch: Apple vs Google, Lt. Android and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on April 22, 2011 05:30 PM

Brands to Watch

Apple signs cloud deal with Warner Music as Google reportedly in talks with music service Spotify

Android called up by the US Army.

Kate Middleton reportedly strikes "obey" from Royal Wedding vows.

McDonald's expresses shock at employee non-action during beating of customer in Baltimore.

Muammar Gaddafi wants NY Met's Costume Institute honor.

Pabst sees more political pressure on marketing of Blast by Colt 45.Continue reading...

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In the News: GSK, Groupon, Donald Trump and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 15, 2011 09:00 AM

In the News

Apple poaches Microsoft exec to head up data project, as iPhone 5 seen as crucial test with Verizon. And a lucky class of Maine kindergartners receive iPad 2 tablets.

Bank of America appoints new CFO as earnings disappoint.

BP seeks to resume drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Cisco's Flip camera eulogized by NYT's David Pogue.

Donald Trump mulls political announcement on The Apprentice.

Francis Ford Coppola acquires Inglenook trademark, rebranding his Rubicon Estate to the historic name.Continue reading...

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Brands to Watch: Applebee's, American Apparel, CBS and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on April 14, 2011 06:00 PM

Brands to Watch

ABC cancels legendary US daytime dramas All My Children and One Life to Live.

Airbnb offers country rental with Liechtenstein offer for $70K. 

American Apparel founder Dov Charney, profiled in NYT, says he refuses to be pushed aside.

Applebee's sued by parents of child served alcoholic beverage.

Best Buy expands Buy Back program.

CBS accused of greenwashing.Continue reading...

Brands to Watch: iPhone 5, Barry Bonds, LeBron and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on April 13, 2011 06:00 PM

Brands to Watch

President Obama unveils US budget plan to trim deficit, with $4 trillion in cuts over 12 years, keeping Medicare and Medicaid, and curbs on charity write-offs. The 2012 race in mind, Barack and Michelle Obama also plan to appear on Oprah's May 2nd show.

Apple's iPhone 5 said to be coming this summer, while do-not-track tool added to new Safari browser. Sony, meanwhile, lands top spot for consumer electronics in latest Harris Poll.

Barry Bonds found guilty of osbtruction of justice.

LeBron James bumps Kobe Bryant for the bestselling NBA jersey, as Bryant accused of anti-gay slur.

BP cleanup funds come under scrutiny.Continue reading...

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Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Returns to TED and ABC

Posted by Shirley Brady on April 8, 2011 12:00 PM

A year ago British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver won the TED Prize to further his goal of promoting healthy eating to children.

His latest TED video updates his Food Revolution campaign's progress, which includes sending a mobile "teaching kitchen" across the US this year and five community kitchens coming to New York, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Baltimore and Dallas.

The series of the same name returns to US TV (on ABC) on April 12th — and it's off to a controversial start before it even airs.Continue reading...

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Brands to Watch: Myspace, Time Warner Cable, Google and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on April 7, 2011 07:00 PM

Brands to Watch

Time Warner Cable and Viacom take iPad streaming dispute to court.

China's Tencent among interested buyers for Myspace.

Google tests game-mechanics strategies with Recyclebank.

Google and US Justice Dept. also near deal on ITA acquisition.

Bing's iPad app aims to make browsing beautiful. 

Bronx Zoo picks name for celebrity cobra; fauxbra not impressed.

ESPN launches TV Everywhere iPhone and iPad App with US cable operators.Continue reading...

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Brands to Watch: Google, Live Nation, Ally and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on March 31, 2011 06:15 PM

Brands to Watch

Google deep-sixes music search engine, sees negative response to +1 like feature, loses ground in China, angers Android app developers, denies facial recognition rumor, and wages battle with Microsoft in Europe. On the +1 side: nice logo today!

Ally files paperwork for IPO.

Boeing and Airbus each claim victory in latest WTO ruling.

Dendreon rises on Medicare ruling.

Live Nation reportedly bids for Warner Music Group.Continue reading...

mobile commerce

Swipers, No Swiping: Mobile Commerce Battle Heats Up

Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 28, 2011 05:00 PM

That Dora-esque complaint could be the battle cry from merchants fed up with paying a substantial fee to the credit card companies in return for carrying their card-swiping and transactional business.

The mobile payments market could reach $618 billion by 2016, according to consulting firm Edgar, Dunn & Co., and the battle is heating up. 

Google has partnered with MasterCard and Citigroup to have the Nexus S Android smartphone, developed with Samsung, embedded with near-field communication (NFC) technology to enable purchases with a wave of the device across readers at the point-of-sale or check-out.

It’s the next territorial imperative for m-commerce as the financial-services, technology and telecom industries craft strategies and devices to get more of consumer spending via smartphones which are virtually transforming into electronic wallets.Continue reading...

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