• Pediatricians Flag Energy, Sports Drinks For Youth
    There's a new message today for teens and their parents regarding what they imbibe: Just say no to energy drinks, and yes to sports drinks only when necessary after intense workouts. Given that most children and adolescents don't work out intensely, "most kids shouldn't drink either of them, ever," concludes Jennifer LaRue Huget in the Washington Post's "The Checkup" blog.
  • Something's Rotten In The State Of Fishmongering
    A new report from the international ocean advocacy group Oceana claims that seafood fraud is rampant, not only undermining legal fishermen but also "consumer-driven efforts to do the right thing and ask for species that are responsibly managed," as Susan Carpenter reports in the Los Angeles Times' Greenspace blog.
  • Can Livestrong Survive The Tarring Of Armstrong?
    Under the headline "Careening Downhill," a Boston Globe editorial this morning opines: "If what Lance Armstrong's former teammate Tyler Hamilton says is true, America's greatest bike racer should make a copy of his "Livestrong'' bracelet: "Liestrong."
  • Smartphones Get A Little Smarter
    The Wall Street Journal tells us that the upcoming release of Microsoft's Mango OS for mobile devices announced yesterday "dials up the phone wars." The long-anticipated upgrade, which some reports speculated might be delayed until next year, will be available to existing users for free in the fall. It focuses on improving the communications and Internet experience and Microsoft hopes it will encourage developers to release more applications.
  • Liberty Takes A Shine To The Nook
    E-commerce Times' headline almost says it best: "Nook Lust Drives Liberty Media to Court Barnes & Noble." The tabloid copy editor in us, however, wants to rewrite that to "Liberty Looks for a Little Nookie." In any event, it appears that Barnes & Nobles e-book reader is the lower-case apple of Liberty chairman John Malone's eye. The company offered $17 per share last week for a 70% stake in the company, making the potential deal worth more than $1 billion.
  • Reynolds Suggests Snusing As Tobacco Ban Takes Effect
    The Wall Street Journal 's David Kesmodel writes that R.J. Reynolds is "seizing on new antismoking laws in New York City" while the Winston-Salem Journal's Richard Craver says the hometown tobacco company is merely "attempting to make lemonade" out of the ban on smoking in the city's parks, beaches, boardwalks, and pedestrian plazas that was signed into law in February and takes effect today.
  • Gluten-Free Rises (And Improves Your Backhand, Too!)
    For a while this week, a decidedly unbusinesslike story sat at the top of WSJ.com's "Most Emailed Links." The headline reads, "The Diet That Shook Up Tennis? Starch Madness: Novak Djokovic's Domination of the Sport Has Coincided With His Gluten-Free Turn."
  • Hershey's West Heads West To A Smaller Del Monte
    Why would Hershey CEO David J. West, 48, leave his high-profile, high-perk -- all the Reese's Minis you can eat! -- position to head up a smaller company, Del Monte Foods, that produces things like Contadina tomato paste and Milk Bone dog biscuits? Well, he tells the Wall Street Journal's Joann S. Lublin and Julie Jargon, he's looking for the rush of "learning and being challenged by a new food category.'' Plus, his daughter's going to college In California, and Del Monte is based in San Francisco.
  • Docs Want Ronald To Retire; Fat Chance It Happens
    The headline in the tabloid Boston Herald reads: "Doctors cook up way to give McDonald's Ronald the boot." What they've really doing, however, is ratcheting up the pressure, as the lede admits. There's little indication that the fast food giant's mascot -- or accompanying charitable works -- are going anywhere soon despite the fact that more than 200 physicians in the Boston area have signed a letter to McDonald's CEO James Skinner "asking him to halt its marketing to kids," Thomas Grillo reports. A number of them will also hold an event at Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester today.
  • Ikea Takes Cannes Advertiser Of The Year Honors
    The folks at Cannes announced yesterday that Ikea would collect its Advertiser of the Year trophy on June 25 during the Film, Film Craft, Titanium & Integrated and Creative Effectiveness Lions. Ad trades around the world pretty much picked up the release verbatim. But some pointed to some of the work that garnered the honor for the Swedish retailer, which now has more than 127,000 people working in 284 stores in 26 countries, and so shall we.
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