And in the real world... BA, Google, Simple and more

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And in the real world... BA, Google, Simple and more
And in the real world... BA, Google, Simple and more

A government inquiry is calling for children as young as five to be given lessons on how to deal with commercial messages. The inquiry into the commercialisation of childhood claims that kids are currently bombarded by advertising and highlighted the increase in the number of brands advertising in schools through voucher schemes and sponsorship tie-ups.
Source: The Guardian

BA passengers could be facing 12 days of strikes after its cabin crew voted to walk out in a meeting held last night. Over 80 per-cent of the 12,000 members of the Unite union voted, with 92.5 per cent coming out in favour of a strike that will run for 12 days from 22 December.
Source: The Financial Times

Increased advertising activity around the Costa Coffee brand, whose advertising is currently produced by Karmarama, has lead to an increase in third quarter sales at Whitbread. Sales rose 6.7per-cent in the three months to November 26th compared to the same period last year. The increase saw shares in Whitbread rise 50p to £13.80 yesterday.
Source: The Financial Times

In a bid to take on Apple's iPhone, Google has been secretly developing a new mobile smartphone. Code-named Nexus One the phone is undergoing tests by external phone experts and is expected to hit the shelves next year.
Source: The Daily Telegraph

Simple, the skincare brand currently owned by the private equity company Duke Street, is selling to Alberto Culver, the US beauty products business. The deal, worth £240 million, will see Alberto strengthen its presence in the UK market where it already owns brands such as Alberto VO5 and Tresemme.
Source: The Financial Times