Brands Brief: Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor Experience Data Security Breach

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  • Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor are the latest companies to experience a security breach, with hackers claiming they have 5 million credit and debit card numbers. A spokesman for Hudson’s Bay Co., which owns the two department chains, confirmed the data breach and said while they have identified and contained the problem, they are unsure of how many accounts were exposed. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Fox News host Laura Ingraham will be taking a week off from hosting her show “The Ingraham Angle,” a move that comes after several brands pulled their advertisements following Ingraham’s taunting of a Parkland shooting survivor. Hulu LLC, Nestlé S.A., TripAdvisor Inc. and Wayfair Inc. are among the companies withdrawing their advertising. (The New York Times)
  • President Donald Trump’s Twitter attack on Inc. continued into the weekend, with the commander-in-chief tweeting on Saturday that the United States Postal Service’s rates for Amazon are too low and that “This Post Office scam must stop. Amazon must pay real costs (and taxes) now.” A White House spokeswoman said last week that there are no current plans to regulate the e-commerce giant. (Reuters)

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Laura Ingraham Takes a Week Off as Advertisers Drop Her Show
Jeffery C. Mays, The New York Times

The Fox News host Laura Ingraham announced on Friday that she was taking a week off following the decision of several companies to pull advertising from her show after she ridiculed a student survivor of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting.

Bayer AG Pulls Ads From Laura Ingraham’s Show
Avery Anapol, The Hill

Bayer AG announced Saturday that it has stopped advertising on Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show, and has no plans to do so in the future.

Facebook Plans Crackdown on Ad Targeting by Email Without Consent
Josh Constine, TechCrunch

Facebook  is scrambling to add safeguards against abuse of user data as it reels from backlash over the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Media and Entertainment

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Michael O’Connell, The Hollywood Reporter

A second season of the revival, No. 11 overall, comes on the heels of record-breaking ratings and a warm reception from critics.

Its Back to the Wall, ESPN Is Trying Something It Never Has Before
Steven Zeitchik, The Washington Post

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Social Media and Technology

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After Driving Streaming Music’s Rise, Spotify Aims to Cash In
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UberRUSH is Shutting Down
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Snapchat Zings Facebook With April Fools’ Russian Bot Filter
Dade Hayes, Deadline Hollywood

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PR and Marketing

Saks, Lord & Taylor Hit With Data Breach
Robert McMillan and Suzanne Kapner, The Wall Street Journal

The Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor department-store chains have suffered a security breach that has compromised shoppers’ personal and financial information.

Trump Attacks Amazon, Again, Over U.S. Postal Rates
Reuters Staff, Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump launched his second attack in a week on Inc on Saturday, accusing the world’s biggest online retailer of getting unfairly cheap rates from the U.S. Postal Service and not paying enough tax.

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Hospitals Fear Competitive Threat From Potential Walmart-Humana Deal
Melanie Evans, The Wall Street Journal

Early-stage deal talks between Walmart Inc. and Humana Inc. are deepening anxiety in the hospital sector, which already has been grappling with sluggish growth and competition from cheaper health-care options.

Retailers Race Against Amazon to Automate Stores
Nick Wingfield et al., The New York Times

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One Year Into Starbucks’ Top Job, CEO Kevin Johnson Still Has a Lot to Prove
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How Apple, Amazon, Pandora and More Are Trying to Gain on Spotify
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