Need to Know – The latest US media & marketing news: LGBT Pride Facebook protest, NY artist sues Starbucks & CNN removes 'Isis flag' video


By Rebecca Stewart | Trends Editor

June 29, 2015 | 4 min read

Morning all, here’s a glimpse at all the media and marketing news you should know today.

Need to Know – The latest US media & marketing news

1. Members of the LGBT community protested against Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg at the Pride Parade at the weekend, says Business Insider. Marching with the Harvey Milk group, the #MyNameIs campaign criticized the social network's 'authentic name' policy by handing out buttons and turning their signs to say 'Shame on FB' in front of the parade judges.

2. A Brooklyn artist has claimed that Starbucks "brazenly" stole her artwork to promote its Mini Frappuccinos, says the New York Times. Maya Hayuk is suing the coffee Goliath in Manhattan federal court for $750,000 in copyright penalties plus unspecified cash damages.

3. Apple Music is coming to Sonos, claims Engadget. The service, which is launching on iPhones, iPads and Macs tomorrow, will be available on the Wi-Fi speaker system before the end of the year according to company spokesman Eric Nielsen.

4. PayPal and eBay have broken up. Forbes writes that after 17 July the bidding site and payment platform will function as two individual, publicly traded companies.

5. CNN has withdrawn a video after staff at the Pride parade in London mistook a flag showing sex toys for that of Islamic State, asserts the Guardian. In an 'exclusive' report on Saturday, the CNN anchor said: “The Isis flag amongst a sea of rainbow colours was spotted by a CNN international assignment editor.”

6. Plus-sized model Denise Bidot has starred in an un-retouched swimsuit campaign promoting body acceptance, reports Huffington Post. The model has teamed up with online retailer Swimsuitsforall to send out the message that "curvy women really shouldn't apologize for who they are."

7. And almost 1 in 10 people at the Cannes Lions Festival last week were looking for love. Data provided to Business Insider from mobile agency Joule's audience platform Quarc found that 8.4 per cent of attendees were using dating apps.

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