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TODD SMITH: Alexa, you are a Super Bowl winner!

Alexa may have lost her voice, but she found gold in the Super Bowl ad game. Amazon’s “Alexa Loses Her Voice” spot was named most entertaining and best overall among marketing pros surveyed by Morning Consult for Ad Age’s first Super Bowl ranking — measuring not just entertainment value but brand effectiveness. The Amazon ad also topped USA TODAY’S annual ...

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Amazon wades into health care, with JPMorgan and Berkshire

Amazon is diving into health care, teaming up with Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and the New York bank JPMorgan Chase, to create a company that helps their U.S. employees find quality care “at a reasonable cost.” The leaders of each company, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Buffett, and JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon, offered few details Tuesday and said that the project is in ...

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ALAN TURNER — The importance of quality local journalism

Today, we’ve all heard the use of the term “fake news”. This is a term that was virtually unknown until recent years, just as the words “Google”, “Facebook”, and “Twitter” were unknown just a few years ago. There is no way to over-emphasize the importance of trustworthy, accurate news and information to a free and democratic nation. There is also ...

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Memphis area awaits outcome of Amazon headquarters ‘sweepstakes’

By JACK WEATHERLY Memphis is part of the stampede of U.S. cities bidding for Amazon’s second headquarters with 50,000 potentially jobs and $5 billion in corporate investment. Some counties across the Mississippi line stand to benefit from the promised gargantuan development. Those counties help the city meet one requirement of the giant online retailer, that of having a population of ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Is Amazon becoming the new local job killer?

Rural communities just thought Wal-Mart was the great job killer. Now comes Amazon.   “If Amazon continues to grow its business by $20 billion a year, the annual toll of lost jobs for merchants, buyers and cashiers will be in the tens of thousands by my calculations,” is the spin on Amazon by Scott Galloway, professor of marketing at the ...

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#justsayin takes a look at Amazon

This week, Ford Williams highlights the short-lived and one day reign of Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, as the richest man in the world. Ford’s cartoon series, #justsayin, is in its second year of publication.  The irregular and slightly irreverent cartoon series reflects the world views of a Generation Z cartoonist.  In the series, Ford has caricatured Obama, Hillary, Trump, ...

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TODD SMITH — Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook most valuable brands

Technology giants Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook have been named the Top 5 companies in the 2017 Brandz top 100 most valuable global brands ranking, carried out by WPP and Kantar Millward Brown. Now in its 12th year, the study combines measures of brand equity, based on interviews with more than 3 million consumers about thousands of global brands, ...

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TODD SMITH — Band-Aid, Amazon, Dawn, Google top brands among women

Band-Aid, Amazon, Dawn, Google and M&M’s are the five best-perceived brands by women, according to YouGov BrandIndex. In conjunction with International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, consumer perception research firm YouGov BrandIndex released a ranking of the best-perceived brands by women, as well as the ones that have improved the most in perception in the last year. Women were ...

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Internet sales tax bill in limbo after initially passing

The Mississippi House could be on track to reverse itself and eventually kill a proposed internet sales tax. House Bill 480 passed the House on Wednesday, despite opposition from some Republicans who said they oppose any new taxes. The bill would enforce sales tax collections for items sold over the internet, and would earmark the money for road and bridge ...

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Internet tax legislation passes House

By BOBBY HARRISON The Republican House leadership guided to passage Wednesday legislation to tax remote (internet) sales, but not without causing some consternation among members of the House majority. The legislation, which passed 79-38, would use the revenue generated from the tax for road and bridge needs, both on the state level and for counties and municipalities. Those voting against ...

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