Apple’s marketing prowess (and I include product design in that) has turned it into an immensely valuable company and brand. Not only it is generally good at marketing, but the company has proven that its understanding of its customers is astounding. What other company regularly gets people to wait on line for hours to make a purchase? I don’t care what you want to sell these people, when you reach them on an iPhone or iPad, they belong to Apple, and no one else knows better how to influence and interest them.

Today’s match is typical. Both teams play recklessly, players swinging and missing kicks, misstriking passes, failing to open up for a teammate looking to advance the ball. Most of the boys follow the ball wherever it leads. Don’t get me wrong, communication is as important to business success and organizational effectiveness as it used to be. There’s just too much of it. For whatever reason, the old problem of protecting domains by limiting the flow of information has morphed into a new problem of hyper collaboration where everybody’s included in everything..

Total, the project would export 1.3 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from the East Coast to European countries keen to diversify their gas supply away from Russia. About half of the project gas supply would come from Alberta and the other half might be sourced from plays in Pennsylvania.Talks with pipeline giant TransCanada Corp. Have been going for months to ship the gas from Alberta to the East Coast, Sorensen said, and are expected to conclude soon.Pieridae has so far announced an agreement to sell German utility Uniper SE half of the facility output.

Think about how deep in the advertising rabbit hole you have to be to decide to make a truck commercial that centers on a focus group. The only way that happens is someone in a conference room says, “What sells trucks is manliness.” Then someone stands up from their open floor plan work area and says, “How do we prove the truck makes you manly?” And then a third person stands up from their office privacy pod, stops eating their Luna bar, and says, “You know you’re manly because other people think you’re manly. For perception is reality.” And then the whole office bows their heads and chants in unison, “Perception is reality,” before ordering in sushi burritos for a working lunch.”Please hurry and say truck guy looks like he has a bigger dick.

Zawahiri also enlisted another man who’s better known. He’s bin Laden’s youngest son, Hamza bin Laden. He and Zawahiri appeared together in an audiotape back in August. AMERICAN BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION This charity promised to pay for breast cancer screenings. Instead, they paid 94.5 cents of each dollar to fundraisers and salaries and only 5.5 cents to help women. [Total collected for fund $81 M, amount for charity $21 M; Accumulated totals $405 M and $93 M].