Brand News: Google, Sprint, Ugg Australia and more



Google moves to target kids under 13 and builds its own content and services.

Saab owner seeks partner to secure brand’s future.

Samsung buys US air-conditioner company Quietside in smart-home push.

Sprint dives into wireless-industry price war, as it promised, and rolls out new B2B brand, as owner SoftBank girds for US cellphone market.

Ugg launches first global brand campaign.


Aereo faces broadcaster opposition to a cable license.

Aeropostale names new CEO and promises narrower loss.

American Apparel narrows losses but troubles remain.

AstraZeneca says US clears it in heart-drug probe.

BlackBerry prepares for device-less future with formation of new business unit. 

Burger King gets pecked by tweets for Chicken Fries.

CBS goes big in promos for Thursday Night Football.[more]

Facebook tests “satire” tag to help indentify fake news. 

Fiat Chrysler moves Ram chief to run Alfa Romeo in North America.

Ford tests first right-hand-drive Mustang, for global markets.

Greenpeace presses online leaders to rely more on renewable energy.

H.J. Heinz recalls high-lead baby food in China.

Home Depot raises profit and outlook.

Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports management company gets into boxing

National Geographic ranks No.1 on social media among publishers. 

NBC loses its baritone voice as Don Pardo dies.

Panasonic turns IT guy into planet-saving comic-book super hero.

R.R. Donnelley veers into market for printed electronic parts.

Roku develops internet TVs.

Taylor Swift maximizes use of social media to promote first pop album.

Tesla raises warranty on Model S to eight years and “infinite” mileage.

Twitter experiments with favorited tweets in timeline. 

Whole Foods builds sustainability campaign around farm-raised version of Amazonian paiche fish.

… and a new study shows CMOs are pleased with the current market, which is poised for growth.