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Heinz Makes Special Hot Dog Day Sauce to Troll Chicago

There are plenty of toppings on a Chicago-style hot dog and one that’s clearly absent: ketchup. For the uninitiated, a Chicago-style hot dog, preferably tucked into a steamed poppyseed bun, is topped with yellow mustard, an almost neon-green relish, chopped onions, tomato wedges, a pickle spear, sport peppers, and a …

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AT&T Plans Major Changes After Buying Time Warner

AT&T is planning major changes to follow its planned $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner, including a redefined role for CEO Randall Stephenson, as the telecommunications giant morphs into a media company. Stephenson will oversee a pair of CEOs who will independently manage the company’s telecommunications and media businesses, according …

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WPP Acquires Top German Shop to Soften Brexit Blow

WPP has bought one of Germany’s top five independent agencies, Thjnk, whose clients include McDonald’s, Ikea, Audi, Jack Link’s and Germany’s second biggest bank, Commerzbank. Thjnk has sold 100% of the agency to WPP. There are 26 partners in the business, who all agreed the deal. The move is positioned …

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SoundCloud Faces the Music; Cuts 40% of Staff

SoundCloud is cutting about 40% of its staff in a cost-cutting move the digital music service says will give it a better financial footing to compete against larger rivals Spotify and Apple. SoundCloud, which in January said it was at risk of running out of money, informed staff on Thursday …

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Alexa, Stop Hijacking My Customer Relationships!

With the unveiling of Apple’s HomePod and surge in sales for Amazon Echo and Google Home, voice assistants have garnered a lot of attention. But is it right for brands to partner with platforms like Amazon and Google? Both have a history of displacing partners. The growth of these platforms …

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