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In the News: CVS, AT&T, MINI and more

Posted by Dale Buss on February 5, 2014 09:02 AM

In the News

CVS quits selling tobacco products, standing to lose $2 billion in sales, and draws plaudits from President Obama and the Twitterverse.

AT&T becomes first Olympics brand to condemn Russia anti-gay policy.

MINI rolls out biggest US campaign.

Google reaches antitrust deal with EU.

McDonald's shows how McNuggets are made.

RadioShack plans to close 500 stores under restructuring.

3M launches $12 billion stock buyback.

Adidas sues Under Armour over patents.

Chrysler says Ram diesel gets 28mpg rating.

Jaguar Land Rover pushes back China production to 2015.

Mazda targets record profits.

Mercedes-Benz global sales rise sharply.

Michael Kors expands in menswear.Continue reading...

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In the News: IKEA, P&G, Rovio and more

Posted by Dale Buss on January 29, 2014 09:13 AM

In the News

IKEA CEO vows e-commerce and delivery expansion as store sales fall. 

P&G will cut phosphate in all laundry soaps by 2016. 

Rovio reassures Angry Birds users it’s not complicit with NSA, rethinks ad relationships. 

Abercrombie & Fitch strips CEO of chairman title.

Beats by Dre stars Ellen Degeneres in Super Bowl ad.

Bruegger's unveils new restaurant prototype.

Cheerios plans Super Bowl spot reprising mixed-race family.

Chrysler posts third straight annual profit but Fiat scraps dividend to save cash.

Comcast grows TV subscribers for first time in 6 years.

Coors Light wants NHL Stadium Series in Rockies.

Dow Chemical swings to profit on sales growth in most businesses.

EA sees sales of older games drop.Continue reading...

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The Loss of Net Neutrality Would Put Brands, Consumers in 'Uncharted' Internet Territory

Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 16, 2014 03:58 PM

A bunch of bright, shiny, new toll booths may soon be erected on the information superhighway and it doesn’t appear there is much consumers can do about it. A federal court ruling on Tuesday that struck down "net neutrality" rules would allow companies like Verizon, Time Warner Cable, AT&T and other internet service providers to change the way they treat different websites. 

The ruling, in favor of Verizon, means that one site may be allowed to load content faster while another's is slowed down. Such a situation means that consumers and companies may be paying more to get what they have now: the ability to travel to any site and expect it to download high-quality content at the same speed, the so-called “open Internet.” 

What’s been called “net neutrality” may soon be disappearing, which isn’t a good sign for brands like YouTube and Netflix, whose businesses are built upon serving up high-quality video content at fast download rates for little to no cost to consumers. It is good for the aforementioned web-service providers, though, who can surely find new ways to pad the growing amount of consumers who pulled the plug on their cable providers so they could do all their TV watching online.Continue reading...

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In the News: HP, China Mobile, Cadillac and more

Posted by Dale Buss on January 15, 2014 09:21 AM

In the News

HP sets to announce two large smartphones today.

China Mobile receives 1.2 million iPhone pre-orders.

Cadillac updates its crest. 

Axe strikes a more earnest tone in advertising.

Bud Light challenges football fans with digital gaming ad and prepares new tag line for A-B InBev's reduced Super Bowl effort.

Charter woos Time Warner Cable shareholders.

Coca-Cola releases interactive mini-bottles to honor World Cup.

Daimler wins as US Supreme Court throws out Argentine human-rights suit.

Dunkin' Donuts focuses on expansion and one-to-one marketing.

Facebook CEO calls Snapchat a "super interesting privacy phenomenon," and it makes inroads in Russia.

Fiat will give first batch of new Alfa Romeos to top-selling US dealers.Continue reading...

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Hulu No Longer Playing Catch-Up with Slate of Original Programming for 2014

Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 9, 2014 05:55 PM

Hulu has used the massive CES 2014 stage to tout its five million subscribers, over $1 billion in revenue, and its exciting new lineup of original programming and returning series on the video platform. The company announced new shoes, including Reaper and Happy Endings, as well as returning favorites including Seth Meyers' The Awesomes and Chris O'Dowd's Moone Boy.

"I think the last year was a very solid foundation for us to continue to build our original business upon," said Charlotte Koh, Hulu's head of original programming development. "We're very aware that a lot of our evolution is about moving from a catch-up platform to being a first-run window of exclusive content. The slate that you're seeing for 2014 reflects the growing profile of the company.” 

That evolution will put Hulu back in line with competitors like Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video, both who have developed multiple successful original series. New series include Deadbeat, a 10-episode supernatural comedy from Brad Pitt's production company Plan B and Wilfred writers Cody Heller and Brett Konnner, premiering April 9. Deadbeat follows "the genre reinvention angle we look for," Koh said, combining "supernatural, comedy and buddy elements in a cocktail."Continue reading...

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In the News: Intel, BMW, Apple and more

Posted by Dale Buss on January 7, 2014 09:22 AM

In the News

Intel jumps into wearables with earbuds, watch.

BMW rolls out driverless car at CES racetrack.

Apple says App Store sales topped $10 billion in 2013. 

AT&T lets content firms subsidize users' data costs.

American Airlines lands a flight after camera is found in bathroom.

Audi and BMW both plan laser headlamps this year.

BYD says Chinese cars are headed to US by late 2015.

Fitbit partners with Tory Burch for high-fashion wearable tech.

GE to spend $1 billion on Thermo Fisher buyout.

GM sees Opel/Vauxhall increase European share thanks to new Adam minicar.

Goodyear sees tire workers in France hold managers hostage.Continue reading...

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In the News: Snapchat, Fiat, Revlon and more

Posted by Dale Buss on January 2, 2014 09:01 AM

In the News

Snapchat and Skype suffer major security breaches.

Fiat buys rest of Chrysler from UAW and won't do IPO.

Revlon pulls out of China.

Airbus Group rebrand takes off.

Apple denies claims it's cooperating with NSA.

Berkshire Hathaway fails to post customary growth.

Boeing creates tensions within union by important vote on Friday.

Cracker Barrel says it's not for sale.

FedEx faces legal assault over cigarettes sent to New Yorkers.

Ford adds solar cells to recharge electric concept car and retains title as top-selling US car brand.Continue reading...

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Disney Adds Indiana Jones to the Mouse Club

Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 12, 2013 11:37 AM

The Walt Disney Company just inked a deal with Paramount Pictures to acquire control of all future Indiana Jones films (excluding the four existing Indy movies) and “will receive a financial participation on any future films.”                                     

It’s the latest in Disney’s pop culture net that has swept up the heroes and villains of generation after generation and is now home to Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Buzz Lightyear—and the bull-whip-wielding archeologist.

With Indy in the house, although Disney has not officially announced a fifth Indiana Jones film, surely it’s percolating if Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas want to continue the saga. The last installment, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, grossed $783 million worldwide in a franchise that has earned $1.9 billion. Continue reading...

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