• Microsoft Gets Creative With Innovative PC, OS Update & More
    Microsoft put on a display in Manhattan yesterday - to be precise, its new Surface Studio desktop PC sports a thin, 28-inch, high-resolution touchscreen with a zero-gravity hinge that allows the machine to lay out at a 20-degree angle. Bottom line: The enabler of Excel spreadsheets and Word memos is going after creative types. Indeed, Uncle Satya wants you.
  • Apple Sales Fall, Expectations Rise, MacBook Pro Revives
    Christmas - and new MacBooks - are coming in the nick of time for Apple, which yesterday revealed that it had a quarterly sales and profit decline for the first time in 15 years.
  • Buy! TD Ameritrade Bids $4 Billion For Scottrade And Its Bank
    As individual investors grow increasingly wary of actively trading stocks, discount brokerage TD Ameritrade put a buy order on its smaller rival, Scottrade, yesterday for $2.7 billion in cash and stock. Meanwhile, Toronto-Dominion, which owns about 42% of TD Ameritrade, is purchasing Scottrade's online bank for $1.3 billion in cash.
  • AT&T Deal For Time Warner Faces Skeptical Scrutiny
    Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes is being hailed as a patient and prescient numbers guy and dealmaker this morning for the $85.4 billion deal he struck with AT&T Saturday but whether the alliance will pass regulatory muster or have legs as a wise consolidation of programming and distribution entities is the subject of much speculation this morning.
  • Snoopy Has Flown His Last Flight For MetLife
    After more than three decades as MetLife's spokespooch, Snoopy has been grounded as the brand is "moving away from a traditional product-development model to one driven by customer insights," says CEO Steve Kandarian.
  • Barbie Shows She Can Be Resilient
    The ladies are bringing a bit of pre-holiday-season cheer to Mattel, with Barbie sales soaring 16% during its third quarter and American Girl rising 14%. Although the results exceeded most analysts' expectations, worldwide net sales for all of its brands combined - which include Fisher-Price, Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Construction and Arts & Crafts Brands, Radica and Games - were flat, the company reported.
  • Stringer Ascending To CEO At Sony Music
    Rob Stringer has been named CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, succeeding music-industry Doug Morris, 77, who will become chairman of SME in April 2017. Stringer, 54, has been in the Sony Music family for his entire career and is the brother of Sir Howard Stringer, the retired CEO of Sony Corp.
  • Pepsi Ups Its Ante On Sugar, Salt, Fat Goals
    PepsiCo yesterday announced plans to further reduce the amount of added sugars, saturated fat and sodium levels in its product lineups, as well as environmental and social-impact initiatives in an "agenda designed to foster continued business growth in a way that responds to changing consumer and societal needs."
  • HFC Alternatives Should Increase Prices But Not By Much
    Now that nearly 200 nations have reached a legally binding agreement to limit the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) - a key contributor to greenhouse gases in the atmosphere - starting in 2019, the race is on for companies to provide alternatives. They are likely to increase the cost of air conditioners and refrigerators, but apparently not by much.
  • Honda Next-Gen CR-V Unveiled At Turbocharged Press Event
    Honda did the "reveal" thing with its 2017 CR-V inside Shed 3 at Detroit's Eastern Market this week and the fifth-generation, perennially best-selling SUV seems, on first glance, to be "bigger, more powerful, more fuel efficient and potentially better in every way," "Detroit Free Press" auto critic Mark Phelan tells us in a video report. "You could almost feel a chill run through the competition" - namely the Toyota RAV4, Nissan Logue, Jeep Cherokee, Subaru Forester, Chevrolet Equino and Ford Escape.
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