Brands to Watch: Best Buy, Coke, Microsoft, WikiLeaks and more


Brands to Watch

Google and Microsoft join President Obama’s fight on $75 billion illegal drug e-market, as Obama meets with Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to discuss bolstering the US economy.

WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange granted bail (but Sweden vetoes) as supporters pay $360,000 for New York Times ad.

Audi and Mercedes-Benz lead automaker push to go social for 2011 Super Bowl.

Best Buy share price plunges on lowered forecast, despite brighter November for US retail sales.

Brett Favre draws criticism for trying to profit from end of winning streak.

CNBC launches subscription CNBC Pro, “for the serious investor.”[more]

CNN launches iPad app, demos on-air.

Coca-Cola, Nestle and Pepsi among brands designing products with traditional ingredients for China wellness market.

Coca-Cola cancels Nigeria football sponsorship.

Disney‘s town of Celebration, Florida hit by foreclosures.

General Mills brings back CSR campaign, Join My Village, with Care.

GM “running out of time” to kickstart Cruze sales, as Cadillac returns as racing sponsor.

Google signs $10M deal with Jordan; brings texting and voicemail to iPad, iPod Touch; and Google Street View takes the slow road.

Groupon thinks global in wake of collapsed Google talks.

HBO once again sweeps Emmy nominations.

LinkedIn warns its users in wake of Gawker security breach.

Madonna‘s Material Girl clothing line expands from Macy’s in the US to Canada’s The Bay.

Mitsubish, Smart and Peugeot among recipients of UK electric car grants.

Nestle is bringing branded cafes to the Middle East.

US Airforce bans New York Times, the Guardian and other newspapers for WikiLeaks publishing.

P&G sees success in moving from soap operas to social media.

Pepsi is close to launching enhanced sweeteners.

Pfizer realigns reporting structure.

& Cuba launches its own version of Wikipedia to promote its view of events.