Posted by Shirley Brady on July 29, 2011 04:30 PM
Airbnb crime victim claims company tried to silence her.
Apple iPhone ousts Nokia as world's best-selling smartphone, has more money than the US government.
AT&T plans to throttle data-hogs.
Bloomberg reportedly plans Arabic-language TV channel.
BMW i sub-brand starts to take shape with new concept cars.
Bulgari sales rise 23%.
Delta partners with LivingSocial to offer local deals.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 15, 2011 10:00 AM
Daimler decided a few years back that it wanted to push its products in the golf world. So since 2008, one of its brands, Mercedes-Benz, has sponsored three of the sport’s major events, including the one that's now underway, the British Open, where it's a prominent luxury brand along with the likes of Rolex.
Now, Merdedes “has its sights” on the fourth one of those, the U.S. Open, once the deal Lexus has with that event is finished in 2015, according to the New York Times.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on July 5, 2011 06:00 PM
Barack Obama participates in first Twitter town hall on Tuesday.
Casey Anthony trial verdict blows up on Twitter, YouTube and the mobile web, garnering reactions from celebrities and presidential candidates.
Google retires Blogger and Picasa brand names in Google+ push.
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe admits to alcohol problem.
JPMorgan Chase drops credit card collections in some states.
Justin Bieber fails to sell non-teen magazines.
News International's News of the World tabloid shocks with dead girl's phone hacking, amidst calls by Hugh Grant and others for editor's resignation.
Tiger Woods says he will return to golf in August.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 30, 2011 07:00 PM
Golfer Tiger Woods once pulled in “an estimated $100 million annually” just on endorsement deals, according to the Wall Street Journal, but those numbers have dropped since a 2009 sex scandal that left him divorced and $750 million poorer, according to FOX News.
Some companies that Woods endorsed, such as Accenture, AT&T, and Gatorade severed ties with him after the scandal, but it’s hard to feel sorry for the 35-year-old golfer, who still brings in an annual paycheck from Nike, Electronic Arts, TAG Heuer, Upper Deck Co., and TLC Laser Eye Centers for endorsing their products and services.
And now you can add one more endorsement deal to that list for Woods, who's currently sidelined by a knee injury: the Vantelin Kowa heat rub for joint and muscle pain, produced by the pharma arm of Japan's Kowa Group.
Wait: Tiger Balm wasn't interested?Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on June 28, 2011 06:00 PM
AOL pares down to 20 content brands.
Google announces social Google+ platform, deemed a Facebook copycat.
IMF top job goes to French finance minister Christine Lagarde.
Lady Gaga joins her creative director with a fashion-centric Tumblr.
News Corp. is expected to finalize MySpace sale this week.
NFL lockout labor talks resume.
Sprint launches "nuclear attack" in last-ditch effort to stop AT&T and T-Mobile USA from merging.
Tiger Woods will return to golf when he's good and ready "100% healthy."
Twitter co-founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams dial down involvement for new venture.
Zynga is expected to file for a blockbuster IPO on Wednesday.
& Russia's Georgia eyes national rebranding.
Posted by Shirley Brady on June 7, 2011 07:00 PM
California could become first state to ban styrofoam.
Groupon rapped for exaggerating pre-sale price in the UK.
Kobe Bryant announces new foundation to fight homelessness in LA.
Li Na hailed as first Asian to win a tennis Grand Slam tournament.
Louis Vuitton takes check-ins to China.
NBC's The Voice becomes a hit thanks to Twitter.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on May 18, 2011 07:00 PM
On the eve of her new album release, Lady Gaga tops Forbes' 2011 list of top entertainers — defined as the most powerful people in entertainment based on Forbes' calculation of their earnings (pretax income from May 1, 2010-May 1, 2011) and media clout (print, TV, radio, online and especially social media).
The artist formerly known as Stefani Germanotta is Forbes' new #1, notching $90 million in earnings in the past year, while the in-transition Oprah was #2 with $290 million but far less social media and digital clout. View the new top 10 below, and the complete 2011 list here.
Below, see why Lady Gaga, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber (the youngest to make Forbes' list, he debuts at #3), U2, Elton John, Tiger Woods, Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi, Simon Cowell and LeBron James made the top ten in this year's celeb rankings.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on May 12, 2011 06:00 PM
American Express forms venture with French luxury e-tailer, vente-privee.com.
Ashton Kutcher tipped to fill Charlie Sheen void on Two and a Half Men.
Bing continues to capture more searches as Microsoft's antitrust saga comes to an end.
BlackBerry product placement on BBC version of The Apprentice raises eyebrows.
BMW and Audi vie for luxury auto lead.
Bravo TV star Bethenny Frankel sued by former manager for a piece of her just-sold business.
Chevron criticized for corporate citizenship campaign in California.
Facebook claims no smear campaign intended by PR firm Burson-Marsteller vs. Google.Continue reading...