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TODD SMITH — Tech giants top the best global brands list for 3rd year


There’s yet another superlative to bestow on Apple: Best Global Brand. The company topped the annual Interbrand Best Global Brand report, followed by Google. The companies placed first and second for the third year in a row. Interbrand, a brand consultancy, determines 100 companies’ ranks by considering how much revenue they earn from a branded product, how effective the brand ...

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On-demand-retail adding new niche for EastGroup

EastGroup Properties’ Steele Creek Commerce Park building in Charlotte offers a combination of warehouse and office space and is visible from Interstate 485.

By TED CARTER A warehouse distribution model Jackson’s EastGroup Properties conceived nearly 20 years ago has found itself well situated to benefit from today’s “must-have-it-now” retail demand. “People want stuff and they want it quick,” said Leland Speed, the soon-to-retire founder and chairman of the real estate investment trust, or REIT. He opened the doors of the public held company in ...

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TODD SMITH: Publishers are driving a mobile first culture


Publishers are pushing their reporters and other staff to think mobile-first in today’s media world. Recently, The New York Times said that it would temporarily bar employees, both inside and outside editorial, from accessing its desktop homepage while at the newspaper’s New York City headquarters. The thinking: With 47 percent of time spent with NYT’s digital content coming from mobile, ...

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TODD SMITH — The Spin Cycle heads to SXSW in Austin, Texas

The Spin Cycle – always on the lookout for innovative thought that drives the branding industry – rolled into Texas for the annual South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals, soaking up the latest in emerging marketing technologies. Stay tuned for a full report from the event in next week’s Spin Cycle. SXSW offers the unique industry convergence of music, ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Turning things around: Two companies and one federal agency

The cover of the current issue of the Harvard Business Review proclaims, “Making Strategy Work – How to Avoid the Traps and Execute Brilliantly.” Strategy is about how to achieve goals. It is especially important for companies that were once flying high, but have found themselves at a lower altitude. Turning around a struggling company is a daunting task. So ...

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Phishing scam targets Apple users

A classic scam is now targeting Apple users, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today. The very common “phishing” scam is constantly being revised by con artists to target a larger pool of potential victims.  Currently, scammers are using emails to target Apple users by falsely claiming that your Apple ID, iCloud or iTunes account has been comprised.    You are then ...

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Wear your computer on your arm? Don't laugh, it's here

A new device called Cicret is taking a major step towards the “skinscreen” future with a bracelet that has an interactive, built-in projector displayed on your forearm. You can check your email, watch videos, and sync it to your iPhone for more functionality. And just like a smartphone, you can pinch to zoom, tap to click, and swipe to move ...

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TODD SMITH'S SPIN CYCLE: The 14 biggest #PRFails of 2014

As we launch a new year – and new beginnings in brand building in an evolving era of digital communications, The Spin Cycle is in a reflective mood, contemplating on the PR, marketing, advertising and branding initiatives in 2014. There were plenty of banner positive brand moments in the past year, but there were also some epic PR fails. PR ...

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Apple CEO donating to gay rights campaign in Mississippi, South

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Apple chief executive Tim Cook, the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, is donating money to help fund a gay rights initiative in his native Alabama and two other Southern states, organizers said Thursday. The amount of Cook’s contribution to the Washington-based Human Rights Campaign wasn’t disclosed, but the advocacy organization called it “substantial.” ...

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Apple ordered to pay $23.6M for using SkyTel technology

Apple Inc. has been ordered to pay a Texas company $23.6 million for using without permission patents and technology developed in the 1990s by SkyTel, formerly based in Jackson and owned by now-defunct WorldCom. Bloomberg News reported that patents developed for the SkyTel network and owned by Mobile Telecommunications Technologies LLC are valid and were infringed by Apple, a federal ...

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