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    Official: Honda reveals new cloud-based infotainment system [w/video]
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    Honda let the cat officially out of the bag today, revealing details about its new HondaLink infotainment system that will be featured in the new 2013 Accord. The new midsize sedan doesn't launch until the fall, but the Japanese automaker is clearly eager to start building momentum for its ...

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    Report: Nissan courts social media to help with product planning
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    Automotive News reports Nissan may turn to the company's social media followers to help plan future products. Erich Marx, director of interactive and social media marketing, thinks sites like Pintrest and Facebook could be used as specialized focus groups to help answer questions that the ...

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    Smart USA doesn't take crap from anyone
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    The minds at Smart USA took to Twitter to make a point about the manufacturer's tridion safety cell recently. Clayton Hove, who runs a snarky blog about advertising, joked that he "Saw a bird had crapped on a Smart Car. Totaled it," leaving the door wide open for Smart to work up a response. And ...

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    Report: Ford and GM in Twitterfight over Facebook advertising?
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    Frenemies Ford and General Motors have taken to cyberspace for a little verbal sparing, trading snarky shots this week over which company is more likeable on Facebook. GM set itself up Tuesday after news broke that the carmaker decided not to spend $10 million on Facebook advertising the same ...

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    Report: Chicago cops using social networking tools against food trucks that use them
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    The Chicago Sun Times reports food truck operators in Chicago have met with a police crackdown. Some operators report officers lying in wait for the mobile food services to show up, threatening a variety of citations before the trucks even open their doors. How is that possible? The miracle of ...

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    Report: Demonstrations in Bahrain take fatal turn, spur F1 protests *UPDATE
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    Protesters in Bahrain continue to push for democratic reforms in the country, and police have stepped up a brutal crackdown ahead of the upcoming Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix. Last year, unrest forced F1 to cancel the race, but Bernie Ecclestone, president and CEO of the series, has said that ...

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    Official: Audi's #WantAnR8 Twitter ad campaign returns
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    Audi has resurrected its Twitter campaign to put lucky fans behind the wheel of an R8 for a day. The program generated a massive amount of attention last year, spurring the company to bring it back for Round Two. It all got started when Joanne McCoy tweeted using the hashtag #WantAnR8 in early ...

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    Mazda under fire for "crass commercialization" of Dr. Seuss' Lorax [w/video]
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    Over on Twitter, we recently had a discussion over whether or not it was fair for the cinematic version of Dr. Seuss' Lorax to be out shilling for the Mazda CX-5. Turns out, we're not the only ones who question the logic here – the Lorax speaks for the trees, not Skyactiv CUVs, right? ...

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    Audi giving tweeting fans R8 for a day... will you be next? [w/video]
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    Spending time with any iteration of the Audi R8 is a glorious occasion. Your life becomes brighter, and everyone you pass on the street feels a bit better about their day for just having seen one. Audi wants you to experience this for yourself, and you're going to need to flex your Twitter ...

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    Report: How Nissan outmaneuvered Toyota's Camry launch for Twitter supremacy
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    Automotive News is reporting that Nissan recently scored a hit against Toyota – at least in terms of social media marketing for the new 2012 Camry. When Nissan received word that Toyota was planning to pull back the sheet on the Camry last week, it reportedly set about snatching up promoted ...

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    Teased: Toyota takes to Twitter to tease 2012 Camry... again
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    Toyota has released a new image of the 2012 Camry, which adds to the growing number of teaser images highlighting the updated sedan. We've seen a video of Akio Toyoda talking up his latest product, along with a shot of the headlight. After that came a still image of the headlight, foglight and a ...

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    Video: Saudi woman's "right to drive" protest video circulates online despite gov't. efforts
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    The Arab Spring has brought a wave of change and reform to the Middle East, but that tide has seemingly stopped at Saudi Arabia. According to The New York Times, the Saudi government has effectively squelched a movement championed by Manal al-Sharif. The woman wasn't campaigning for the ...

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    Video: Exclusive hands-on with BMW Apps, new ConnectedDrive
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    BMW has big plans for this week's New York Auto Show, including the debut of the 2012 6 Series Coupe, lease pricing for the all-electric ActiveE and the first application of its new TwinPower turbocharged four-cylinder in the U.S. But that's not all. BMW gave us an early preview of the next ...

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    Report: PR guy behind Chrysler Twitter debacle gets new job
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    Everybody deserves a second chance, even the guy who dropped an F-bomb on the official Chrysler Twitter account. The Detroit News reports that Scott Bartosiewicz, the former New Media Strategies employee who accidently sent an expletive-laden tweet expressing frustration about his fellow Detroit ...

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    Video: Fired NMS employee speaks out about errant F-bomb on Chrysler Twitter account
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    Scott Bartosiewicz was running late for work when he sent out that tweet. It's the one Scott says he believed was on his personal account and contained the F-word. Problem is, that tweet went out on the Chrysler Twitter account being run by New Media Strategies. Bartosiewicz was fired from NMS, ...

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    New Media Strategies loses Chrysler contract after F-bomb tweet *Update
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    On March 9, 2011, a now-former employee of New Media Strategies – the company responsible for managing Chrysler's Twitter account – thought they were using their personal account to push out a message related to the less-than-stellar driving abilities of Detroit's residents. It ...

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    When Tweeting Goes Wrong: Chrysler accidentally throws out F-bomb *Update
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    For those of you who don't use Twitter, these next few sentences will be rather odd. Most companies maintain a Twitter account these days as a means of directly reaching out to potential customers and the public in general. The Chrysler account had an interesting message broadcast to the world ...

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    Video: Mercedes wants you to think Twitter is fuel
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    Mercedes-Benz engineers test out their "tweet fuel" – Click above to watch video after the jump
    Automakers have taken to social media with varying degress of success. On one side, we've got the Ford Fiesta Movement and on the other we've got... nearly every other automaker's social ...

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    Buick launching contest for social network fiends
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    Buick is on the hunt for a younger demographic and it's hoping to find it with the help of a new social media campaign. Called the "Quest for the Keys", Buick is turning to Facebook, Twitter and a variety of location-based services such as FourSquare and Gowalla, to have social media users hunt ...

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    Police using Twitter to track down stolen cars
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    Police in Seattle have turned to social media in an effort to help recover stolen vehicles. By sending out a Tweet that describes the liberated vehicle, authorities are hoping someone in the network of followers will spot it and report the vehicle's location. The Twitter account being used by the ...

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