Dunkin' Brands Inc., the corporate parent of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, said Thursday that second-quarter revenue rose 9.8% to $172.4 million. Net income for the quarter was $18.5 million, up from $17.2 million a year ago, the Canton-based company said in a press release. In a statement, Dunkin' Brands chief executive Nigel Travis said with the one-year anniversary of DD as a publicly-traded company, "We believe our strong performance to date clearly demonstrates the platform for growth that we laid out at the time of our IPO." He said the focus on store-level economics, best-in-class product and marketing innovation, and …
NFL quarterback siblings Peyton (Denver Broncos) and Eli (New York Giants) Manning square off in an effort to see who can work the hardest and look the best in Reebok's ZigLite CrossFit training shoes. Did the best brother win?
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"...They've gone about as fur as they kin go." They've got the Google Fiber, a $500 million provider. Google claims it will give Internet speeds 100 times faster than broadband. A bunch of Kansas City-based entrepreneurs are hoping the super-fast connection will inspire the creation of tech startups in the area. There are even some startup incubators which have launched in response to Google Fiber, including Pipeline, BetaBlox, FiberKC and the Bioscience & Technology Business Center. What they probably don't have anymore is a big theatre they call the "burley-que." Richard Rodgers is probably rolling in his grave.
Internet domain name company Go Daddy is doffing patriotism for sex in its Olympic ads, though it's slightly toned down from the Super Bowl. The company is airing three ads 18 times on NBC during the Games. One features a sexy model taking a bubble bath - but it gives equal screen time to an IT geek who makes Go Daddy tick from the inside. Notably, the Olympics ads do not feature race car driver Danica Patrick.
Did Nike bend the rules on Olympic advertising? The ad shows people from all walks of life pursuing their ordinary sporting dreams in towns around the world that just happen to be called London. The ad has the tag line, ''Greatness is not in one special place or one special person; greatness is wherever someone is trying to find it.'' The Nike ad makes no reference to the Olympics and shows no images of Olympic events or athletes, all banned under strict new laws designed to protect official Olympic advertisers that have paid up to $100 million for the privilege. …
The 2012 Major League Soccer All-Star Game on July 25 featured the first extensive on-field use of the Adidas' miCoach Elite, making it the first "smart" game of its kind and acting as a preview to the 2013 season when all MLS clubs will be outfitted with the performance-enhancing data system. As MLS commissioner Don Garber and Adidas Group CEO Herbert Hainer reveal in this Q&A, technology is becoming an increasing part of their goal to enhance and advance the sport of soccer in the U.S. and around the world.
People aren't going to buy cars every two or three years anymore, an automotive website says based on an unscientific poll it conducted online. Now, 78% of the more than 4,000 people polled by AutoMD.com says they will keep their cars at least 10 years.
The next-gen Avalon could add momentum to Toyota's sales drive. Crushed by last year's devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Toyota Motor Co. lost the global automotive sales crown to not only General Motors but was also passed by German rival Volkswagen AG. But if the Japanese maker's pace during the first half of 2012 is any indication it may very well be back as king-of-the-hill this year. Toyota sold 4.97 million vehicles worldwide between January 1 and June 30th, a commanding 300,000-unit lead over GM, according to newly released numbers. Barring another setback for Toyota, industry analysts suggest it will …
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Bay Area businesses prepared for the Games for months, from building apps and websites to providing 24-hour online coverage and commentary to holding their own intra-office games. Twitter employees in Boulder, Colo., and San Francisco are busy gathering the best Olympics-related tweets at twitter.com/#olympics. Yahoo's coverage is based out of Santa Monica, Calif., but the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company has 30 credentialed journalists working in London. Yahoo's Fourth-Place Medal blog is worth following for offbeat stories.
Social media will be a $16.9 billion industry this year, with more than half of revenues coming from advertising, per Gartner. The firm estimates 2012 revenues to include US$ 8.8 billion in advertising - half of the total earnings of social networks this year. Subscriptions and in-app content are an additional source of income, but none as large as advertising.