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My summer reading isn’t like most people’s. Summer should be a time to read what you want, to indulge in the guilty pleasures of breezy novels. For some inexplicable reason, I always choose the opposite, to “go back to school” if you will, to read the...

Great news! Spotify Is Adding "Social Listening" to Let Friends Listen to Music Simultaneously. This will fix everything. Perhaps you’re not old enough to remember listening to music. Really listening. Like most of my Boomer contemporaries, I’d retreat to my room in my high school and college...

An Adweek post describes how “Amazon Might Use 3D Body Scans to Customize Clothes—and Also Capture Your Data,” adding – as if they had to tell us - that “there's the potential to identify and track consumers.” The timing of this couldn’t be better in the...

Grey Goose has been on the decline in recent years, a victim of life-cycle, an ultra-competitive category, and possibly, the realization of many that it just might not matter what vodka you order if it’s an ingredient in a mixed drink and you can’t taste...

[caption id="attachment_12219" align="alignleft" width="400"] The Daily Host Michael Barbaro with Producers Lisa Tobin and Theo Balcomb[/caption] One might think the New York Times podcast, The Daily, to be superfluous. The Times publishes more news stories on-line and in print every day that anyone with a life...

Sometimes any brand name will do. There are successful brands with names that are random (Apple), obscure (Starbucks), pronounced in unexpected ways (Fage) and silly sounding (Etsy). They may all have interesting origins and deep meaning for their founders, but their product offerings could not...

[caption id="attachment_12200" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Jakob Dylan Interviews Roger McGuinn[/caption] The Brits may have had their rock invasion, but in the ’60s California had its sun-dappled version, headquartered in the wooded slopes and curling roads of Laurel Canyon, where a singular collection of musicians from all over...

Let’s hope the great creative minds at Droga5 survive the company’s acquisition by consulting firm Accenture. We all remember what happened last year when IHOP flipped the last letter of its name to a B to become IHOb, or the International House of Burgers. Chaos ensued....

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