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  • What's In A Name? Tom Ford, SJP To Find Out Tuesday, 12 Jun 2007 | 11:32 AM ET
    Liz Claiborne

    A strong brand may be the most valuable thing in retail these days. Maintaining the credibility of that name in a market saturated with brands is what separates the flash in the pan from the successful. From Liz Claiborne's 50% stake in Narciso Rodriquez to the slew of private equity firms snapping up designer names (Permira's stake in Valentino, HILCO's purchase of Halston), merchants are fighting for fresh star brands as they spend the cash on their books these days.

  • Hollywood's Most Powerful Agency Loses Big Client Monday, 11 Jun 2007 | 11:35 AM ET
    Hasbro.com

    Everyone's talking about the New York Times piece on Creative Artists Agency losing Hasbro. Now everyone's wondering if CAA's trying to do too much for too many. CAA has said its going for 100% market share. But does that really make sense in an industry where you don't want to be represented by the same company as your competitor is.

  • The Orlando Magic Refund, Kobe's Jersey And More Monday, 11 Jun 2007 | 10:55 AM ET
    Billy Donovan

    Kudos to the Orlando Magic who told me today that they are willing to refund the money paid by any of the 200 season ticket holders, who bought seats after Billy Donovan was hired as head coach. Orlando Magic spokesman Joel Glass said that the team was in the process of contacting each of the new season ticket holders one by one. "So far we've had some people who said they are going to stick with us and others have said they will wait until free agency," said Glass, who noted that he didn't know of anyone who elected to cancel.

  • PC Vs. Mac "Wins" And Have You Been Scammed? Friday, 8 Jun 2007 | 8:38 AM ET
    “PC versus Mac” ads

    The “PC versus Mac” ads are THE BEST. And they have now been recognized as such, given the top prize at the 41st Annual Belding Awards, a Tinseltown nod to the marketing industry. The ads were created by TBWA/Media Arts Lab, based in Los Angeles. Ellen Gray of the Philadelphia Daily News wonders if the Geico Cavemen can get their own TV show, why not Mac and PC? Apple could underwrite the whole show! Except, of course, people like me love PC more than Mac.

  • The New "Ana" of Tennis Thursday, 7 Jun 2007 | 1:54 PM ET
    Ana Ivanovic

    If you haven’t heard about her, let me introduce you. Her name is Ana Ivanovic and she might have been taking the torch over when she waxed Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-1 in the semis of the French Open today. If she beats Justin Henin (no longer Hardenne) on Saturday, the world will know about her like they knew about Maria when she won Wimbledon three years ago and they’ll be searching YouTube for video calendars like this one.

  • Clear Channel Seeks Wider French Market Share Thursday, 7 Jun 2007 | 6:35 AM ET

    Clear Channel Outdoor wants to increase its share of the French outdoor advertising market where it competes with domestic leader JCDecaux, the head of Clear Channel France told French daily Les Echos in an interview published on Thursday.

  • Can eBay "Auction Off" Google? Wednesday, 6 Jun 2007 | 11:18 AM ET
    Ebay

    Ebay wants to auction anything and everything, and now it's using its auction technology to create an efficient ad sales system to compete with Google, which dominates the online ad sales space. Starting today eBay is going to start brokering radio advertisements. Working with Bid4Spots (quite the obvious name) some 2,300 radio stations will auction airtime through eBay media marketplace. Ebay profits by taking a piece from advertisers payments.

  • Could Magic Fans Get "Refund" On Donovan? Wednesday, 6 Jun 2007 | 10:26 AM ET
    Billy Donovan

    Imagine this. You live in the Orlando area and you’ve been thinking about buying tickets for some time. Late last week, you hear that University of Florida coach Billy Donovan is coming to coach the team. So you plunk down $3,600 for two seats for two seats behind the basket. Then, Donovan reverses course. What do you do? You might ask for a refund. The question is, would you get it? You might immediately say “Yes.”

  • EBay to Auction Advertising on U.S. Radio Stations Wednesday, 6 Jun 2007 | 4:14 AM ET
    An Ebay sign is shown at Ebay offices in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, July 20, 2005. The San Jose-based company said Wednesday that it earned $291.6 million, or 21 cents per share, for the three months ended in June, a 53 percent increase from $190.4 million, or 14 cents per share at the same time last year. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

    Online auctioneer eBay. said Tuesday it is ready to begin auctioning advertising airtime on 2,300 participating U.S. radio stations, expanding on an existing plan to sell cable television ads.

  • Shares of Google reached an all-time record in intraday trading on Tuesday following positive comments from a handful of analysts.

  • Web Searching in 3-D? Tuesday, 5 Jun 2007 | 1:59 PM ET

    Searching on the web has been hot forever, or at least since Google created its nifty homepage. But now Ask.com is coming up with a crazy new way to compete--Ask3D, a new search platform. It can't really be 3-D if it's on your computer screen, but it is a 3-panel interface, that delivers results with both Web links and video, images, and links to things like music, all one one page. Sort of like if you searched all of Google's categories (news, images, video) all with one click.

  • Qwest's company headquarters in Denver, Colorado.

    Qwest's claim in television, online, and newspaper advertisements that its Internet service is as fast or faster than Comcast Corp. is being challenged in court by the cable and broadband provider.

  • Rating Lebron, Spelling Bee B-e-a-t-s NBA, And More Monday, 4 Jun 2007 | 4:42 PM ET
    Lebron Air Zoom

    LeBron James one of the most marketable guys in all of sports and has a chance to be the league’s most marketable player -- hands down -- if he wins a championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers this month. But James is not a slam dunk for the companies he is working for at this point and I believe most of that fault lies with the companies who have signed him.

  • Can Allen Questrom Save Wal-Mart? Friday, 1 Jun 2007 | 6:58 PM ET
    Allen Questrom

    Wal-Mart's board is trying to reverse course from its well-documented high-profile fashion faux pas and they're bringing in a big gun to do that. One of the topics up for vote at the Wal-Mart annual investor meeting in Arkansas this week will be whether to add Allen Questrom to its board of directors. Within the retail industry, Allen Questrom is viewed as a master of merchandising and retail.

  • Google Co-Founder Caught "Off Guard" Friday, 1 Jun 2007 | 10:39 AM ET
    Brin Sergey

    So here's what you don't see on TV. I covered the first ever web developer conference held by Google, a "coming of age" rite for a company that, well, came of age a while ago. No top executives were supposed to be there. They were all supposed to be at the D5 tech conference near San Diego. So you can imagine my shock when, as I ignorantly sat on my journalistic butt, producer Christine Egy ran up and said, "Sergey Brin just walked in!"

  • Mutual Fund Report: Five-Star Managers Wednesday, 30 May 2007 | 4:24 PM ET

    Don't let the summer doldrums strike your portfolio. We've rounded up several five-star mutual fund managers to offer up on their latest strategies and best investment ideas.

  • Google 'News' Grabs Headlines; But Should It? Tuesday, 29 May 2007 | 2:58 PM ET
    Federal Trade Commission

    Another day, another spate of Google headlines. Read them, and go no further and it looks as if this company is under attack from all sides: The Federal Trade Commission opens an anti-trust investigation; the company's multi-million investment in co-founder Sergey Brin's new wife's biotech start-up is raising hackles. Oh the horror!

  • FTC Probing Google-DoubleClick Deal Tuesday, 29 May 2007 | 5:51 AM ET

    The Federal Trade Commission has opened an antitrust investigation into Google's proposed $3.1 billion purchase of ad-management technology company DoubleClick.

  • Second Chance: Beating Challenge Finalists' Picks Wednesday, 23 May 2007 | 10:55 AM ET

    Well, the Second Chance Contestants are slaughtering the Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge finalists--when it comes to total value and % gain. The Second Chance leader is Aric Fanzmeier with a  portfolio at $2,096,987.59. He's outpacing the current leader in the finals contest, Nancy Beaumont--by 57% or $764,984.19, with Nancy's current portfolio value of $1,332,003.40.

  • Finals Leaderboard: Nancy Beaumont Still Rules Wednesday, 23 May 2007 | 10:34 AM ET
    Nancy Beaumont

    Good morning all. Here's what's happening on our finals leaderboard with three days of trading left. Nancy Beaumont--pictured left--remains in first place--even with losing almost $30K on Pacific Sunwear Tuesday. And Serge Amelyan moves back into 2nd on an almost $5K gain on Vanda Pharma, and helped by Steven Lee's $76K loss on Neurochem.