#BRIEF: March 1, 2016 - Focus on Consumer Products and Market Expansion Featured

(RETAILER, BEAUTY, PRODUCTS AND SERVICES) Global Retailer Sally Beauty Expands Offerings From The Hair2wear Christie Brinkley Collection- The retailer will add three more Christie Brinkley styles to its shelves in stores in every state in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Canada

(FASHION, RETAIL, MARKET, INDIA, DISTRIBUTION, PRODUCTS AND SERVICES, LIFESTYLE) Kate Spade to bring its brand to India - The newly formed partnership will leverage Reliance Brands Limited's in-depth market expertise in India and the increasing global demand for kate spade new york products to establish a network of standalone stores across major Indian cities beginning later in 2016.

(CONSUMER PRODUCTS, SMARTPHONE, TECH, ELECTRONICS, MULTIMEDIA EXPERIENCE) Acer Expands Flagship Liquid Jade Smartphone Series with the Liquid Jade 2 - the Liquid Jade 2, an elegant Android smartphone designed for a superior multimedia experience

(HOSPITALITY, REAL ESTATE, SPIN OFF, REIT, GROWTH) Hilton Worldwide to Spin Off Real Estate and Timeshare Businesses - Will result in three, fully activated, pure-play companies

Intends to elect REIT status for the newly formed real estate company, making it one of the largest and most geographically diversified publicly traded lodging REITs

(HISPANIC AUDIENCE, EDUCATION, LEARNING, PROGRAMMING) HITN Partners with Teachers College Columbia University to Strengthen Its Children's Programming with Fun Educational Spots - The series is designed especially to reinforce basic concepts and fundamentals of mathematics among children aged 3 to 5. 

(HR SERVICE, STAFFING, SERVICES) Randstad Pharma Expands Business Focus to Life Sciences - Name change to Randstad Life Sciences reflects broader client base

(AI TECHNOLOGY, EMOTION-AWARE GAMING, EMOTION AI SCIENCE, GAME ANALYTICS, SCALE, ENTERTAINMENT) Affectiva enters gaming market with its emotion AI technology to deliver on promise of emotion-aware games- "Emotion-aware artificial intelligence transforms human-machine interaction, bringing to life authentic and engaging digital experiences," said Dr. Rana el Kaliouby, co-founder and Chief Strategy and Science Officer at Affectiva. "Our emotion-sensing technology is a breakthrough in the gaming industry, giving developers the tools to create more immersive games and providing gamers the unique ability to drive gameplay with their emotions."

(STREAMING, ENTERTAINMENT, CONTENT, LIVE ONLINE, MOBILE ) Cablevision Becomes First Provider To Debut Live Authenticated Stream Of Cbs Television - “Cablevision now holds distribution rights for all of CBS’s streaming platforms, demonstrating our commitment to providing customers with the ability to watch the high-quality content they desire on their own terms.”

(TECH, APPS, SOFTWARE) Microsoft to acquire Xamarin and empower more developers to build apps on any device - "mobile app developers have become a driving force for software innovation"

(VEHICLE SALES) Subaru Reports Record February Sales – Subaru achieved its seventh consecutive year of sales records and exceeded 580,000 annual sales – a first in the company's history.    “Our record sales are the result of focusing on our core strengths, producing safe, reliable and versatile vehicles that are delivered through an outstanding retail network."

(ELECTROMOBILITY, ELECTRIC DRIVING, EMISSION-FREE VEHICLES ) Daimler invests 500 million Euros in new battery factory in Germany - the demand for highly efficient lithium-ion batteries is also rising steadily .  New battery factory will produce lithium-ion batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles of the brands Mercedes-Benz and smart.  "To get closer to fully electric driving, we keep investing big in the key component of emission-free vehicles: powerful batteries.”

(RETAIL, FASHION, SALES, BRAND, MARKETING) Barbie® Models Target Swimsuit Styles for All Body Types

(ONLINE, RETAIL, CONSUMER PRODUCTS, CONNECTED PRODUCTS,)  Brita, Amazon Team Up to Introduce First “Smart” Pitcher- By integrating Wi-Fi connectivity into this pitcher so it can connect with Amazon Dash Replenishment, we’ve created an elegant, simple solution to eliminate that moment when you realize you didn’t re-order your filter. ”By integrating Wi-Fi connectivity into this pitcher so it can connect with Amazon Dash Replenishment, we’ve created an elegant, simple solution to eliminate that moment when you realize you didn’t re-order your filter.”

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