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Brands to Watch

Apple, poised for record-breaking sales quarter, ignites guessing game ahead of iTunes-related announcement.

AstraZeneca reportedly looks to unload unit for $2 billion.

BP attracts investment from T. Boone Pickens.

Comcast plans iPad app as top digital executive, Amy Banse, is tapped to head up Comcast/NBC Universal investment fund in Silicon Valley and top lobbyist David Cohen pushes for “self-regulation” of the Internet.

Diesel‘s racy ad shoot shocks law school library.

Digg‘s former CEO Jay Adelson lands at SimpleGeo.

EMC buys data storage rival Isilon for $2.4 billion.

Facebook, now the #3 Web company, is integrated into Microsoft Office.

FedEx, PG&E and Nissan seek U.S. government subsidies for electric vehicles.[more]

Ford, Nissan and Turkish firm are finalists in NYC’s crowdsourced “taxi of tomorrow” contest.

GM raises sights for IPO, boosts Ford share price.

Google hopes to expand Silicon Valley footprint to NASA’s Ames base; and courts NYC fashionistas, sparking rumors it’s launching an e-commerce site.

Hermès launches campaign touting “unique know-how, values, and the culture of the house.”

Mediacom CEO plans to take his eighth-ranked U.S. cable company private.

Microsoft embraces social games with new hub.

Motorola targeting January to finalize split.

MSNBC didn’t dock Keith Olbermann’s pay during suspension.

Nissan-Renault aims for 500,000 electric cars by 2013.

SAP exec apologizes for Oracle IP theft.

Tina Brown postpones her book on the Clintons as she takes on new duties as editor-in-chief of Newsweek.

Tom Ford‘s return to womenswear after six-year break profiled in Vogue.

VB promises free beer if Australia wins back Ashes.

Verizon and Microsoft rumored to plan return of failed Kin smartphone.

Virgin America rewards check-ins with frequent flyer points.

China’s files for U.S. IPO.