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Brands to Watch: Budweiser, Trump, NASDAQ and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on May 16, 2011 06:30 PM

Brands to Watch

Adidas rolls out "unforgettable swims" digital/social campaign in the UK.

AOL content chief Arianna Huffington adds Healthy Living and Industry sector channels, starting with energy.

Budweiser casts Bud United Presents: The Big Time branded entertainment global reality TV show on Facebook and Renren.

Donald Trump is (surprise!) not running for president.

Facebook fans in Israel name daughter "Like."

Fendi catwalk show cancelled in South Korea following anti-fur protests.

Google borrows $3 billion in first bond offer.Continue reading...

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In the News: IMF, MINI, NYSE and more

Posted by Dale Buss on May 16, 2011 09:00 AM

In the News

Apple sees PC cannibalization by iPad drop.

AutoNation car dealer network gets thrown for a spin by Japanese car-supply problems.

Barnes & Noble hits one million Nook app downloads.

BP tries to salvage Russian deal.

Dish Network taps former Sirius head Joseph Clayton to replace founder Charlie Ergen as CEO.

Fox puts faith in Simon Cowell's The X Factor for fall prime-time schedule.

IMF head arrest in sexual-assault case roils worlds from French politics to euro zone debt.Continue reading...

that's entertainment

Will The X Factor USA Be Simon Cowell's American Idle?

Posted by Dale Buss on May 13, 2011 03:30 PM

On the list of unsympathetic figures in the entertainment business, Simon Cowell certainly has to rank in the top ten – maybe jostling for #1 or #2 with Donald Trump. Such status is ensured by a decade of absorption of his often-biting persona on American Idol and his opportunistic exit from the show after last season, when presumably Cowell saw it as a sinking franchise.

But if you’re ever going to feel sorry for the glowering, acerbic, v-neck-clad Brit, now might be the time to do it. Not only is Idol arguably better in the post-Cowell era, and with renascent ratings, but there also is an unexpected competitor to the music impresario’s plan to launch an Idol fighter this fall in a U.S. version of his UK hit talent show, The X Factor.Continue reading...

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In the News: Cisco, Kodak, Facebook and more

Posted by Dale Buss on May 13, 2011 09:00 AM

In the News

ABC tops survey of US TV-brand popularity.

Airbus plots production increase for A320 series.

Burger King struggles as it awaits impact from new menu items.

Chevron, Exxon Mobil and other oil companies defend tax breaks.

Cisco employees brace for layoffs.

DirecTV pumps up its premium channel.

Facebook thrown under the bus by Burson-Marsteller following PR campaign against Google.Continue reading...

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Brands to Watch: Schwarzenegger, Palin, Facebook and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on May 10, 2011 06:30 PM

Brands to Watch

Maria Shriver (who recently hinted she's in transition) and Arnold Schwarzenegger prepare to divorce as he announces movie comeback and their son Patrick responds on Twitter.

Bristol Palin lands reality show on History Channel's BIO cable channel.

Facebook asks to be exempt from US political advertising rules.

Audi launches roadside assistance app.

Australian advertisers face opposition on self-regulation and children's marketing.

BMW launches eBay store in the UK.Continue reading...

viral buzz

Viral Video Watch: Lonely Island Tips Pirate Cap to Jack Sparrow

Posted by Michael Waltzer on May 10, 2011 05:00 PM

Trending on YouTube today is the latest digital short from NBC's Saturday Night Live: Jack Sparrow by The Lonely Island. Uploaded just 2 days ago, and with almost 3 million hits already, it’s safe to say The Lonely Island knows how to produce a hit.Continue reading...

social media watch

Breaking Tweets: How Social Media Scooped Big Media on Osama Death

Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 2, 2011 11:30 AM

Social media bested the President last night as Twitter user Sohaib Athar live-tweeted about the raid on Osama bin Laden seven hours before Obama made the announcement on television.

The Pakistani IT consultant (Twitter handle: ReallyVirtual) didn't realize he was observing (and reporting) the US operation that resulted in bin Laden's death when he tweeted, “Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event),” followed by “Go away helicopter – before I take out my giant swatter :-/”Continue reading...

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In the News: Obama/Osama, Chrysler, Facebook and more

Posted by Dale Buss on May 2, 2011 09:00 AM

In the News

In the wake of Osama bin Laden takedown by US, tock markets rally, Facebook page "Osama bin Laden is Dead" takes off as Obama congratulated by GOP including Dick Cheney, who said "the war goes on" — a cautionary note reinforced by security alerts and travel precautions.

Air France black box found from Rio-to-Paris flight in 2009.

Amazon apologizes for outage.

Berkshire Hathaway chief Warren Buffett distances himself from Sokol affair.

Boston Globe reportedly will be subject of a purchase bid.

Chrysler reports its first net profit since bankruptcy.

Dish Network agrees to pay $500M to settle TiVo dispute.

DuPont raises offer for Danisco in food-ingredients bid.Continue reading...

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