Nike, the world's largest sneaker maker, with revenue topping $20 billion last year, is linked with consumer rioting outside shopping malls in Florida and Maryland over limited access to the $220 basketball shoe Foamposite One Galaxy. Same thing with last year's release of the $180 Air Jordan XI at malls in Indianapolis, fights in Seattle and a stabbing in Jersey City.
Before "Pumped Up Kicks" became a top-selling single last year, Mark Foster's greatest hit was the music in a TV commercial for Muscle Milk, a protein drink.
In 1912, the National Biscuit Company launched Oreo sandwich cookies to a grocer in Hoboken, N.J., named S. C. Thuesen. The brand's present owner, Kraft Foods, is readying a centennial celebration that looks ahead as well as back.
Miss Universe Australia is part of a new advertising campaign accused of glorifying peeping Toms. Scherri-Lee Biggs fronted an advertising campaign for clothing brand Mossimo that asks people to submit candid peepshow-style photos to win prizes, judged by her. The Advertising Standards Bureau has received several complaints and is investigating after users hijacked the site last week to air their views. One user dubbed "Naughty Nicole" uploaded a picture of herself holding a sign that read: "mossimo peepshow = sexist rubbish."
Greek yogurt is booming, and nothing demonstrates that more clearly than the advent of Ben & Jerry's Frozen Greek Yogurt. The Vermont company debuted four flavors this week: Strawberry Shortcake, Raspberry Fudge Chunk, Banana Peanut Butter and Blueberry Vanilla Graham.
Moviegoers and TV viewers are familiar with the face, voice and acting chops of Jeff Goldblum, whose Hollywood resume includes "Independence Day," "Jurassic Park" and on TV as Det. Zach Nichols on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." Now, basketball fans and auto buyers can see Goldblum playing the role of a scientist whose forte is "dunkology" in a new commercial for Kia that stars Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers. Griffin currently appears in other commercials as part of a multi-year deal with Kia, which said the alliance with the 2010-11 NBA Rookie of the Year has "greatly exceeded ...
An independent designer named Frederico Ciccarese sent these concept drawings of the iPhone 5 to Business Insider. It's an interpretation based on rumors, so who knows...
Apple's iPhone is holding its own against the Android onslaught in the U.S. IPhones sell for about $600. In the U.S., about $400 of that purchase price is paid by the telephone carrier in exchange for a two-year service contract. But in other countries carrier subsidies are low or non-existent, and in some of these countries the iPhone is just too expensive to compete well. This is especially true in Europe, where some economies are in a recession, and consumers are strapped.
Divine intervention may have helped Daytona 500 drivers out of having to compete not only with each other but also with the little statue. After hours of rain delays and facing the threat of more, the organizers of the Daytona 500 opted to reschedule the race for noon today. It's the first time weather has ever forced the competition to be held on a different day, although it has been shortened on four occasions.
Volkswagen AG, Europe's largest carmaker, is closing in on purchasing the remaining 50.1% of Porsche SE's automotive business that it does not already own, people familiar with the matter said. Approval from German tax authorities is one of the hurdles to an agreement, which VW and Porsche are still negotiating VW may announce the plan within the next two weeks.