Clinton urges unity among Dems

Clinton speech gets rave reviews; Amazon buys e-reader social networking Web site; Disney uses cartoon stars to sell Blu-ray; and more.

Last night Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton urged Democrats to unite behind presumptive presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama in a highly-anticipated Democratic National Convention day-two speech. Clinton's remarks, which followed the keynote address by former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, received largely positive reviews from the press and pundits for its forceful support of her former rival.

Meanwhile, in Denver lobbyists partied, bloggers commented with the help of Google, reporters relayed their experiences via Twitter, and clean-tech venture capitalist Nancy Floyd spoke of the benefits of green power to the Democratic faithful.

Cable news was also a convention winner, as CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News Channel gained almost double the number of viewers who tuned in during the first night of the 2004 Democratic convention.

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Amazon bought Shelfari, a social networking Web site for book lovers, boosting the company's credibility with e-readers.

Dwayne Wade, Kobe Bryant, and Serena Williams were “treated like rock stars” during the Beijing Olympic Games partially due to an increase in Chinese sports marketing.

Campbell Soup announced it will drop the mothers of National Football League stars in it popular line of “Chunky” soup ads in search of a new message.

British market research company Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS) rejected a hostile takeover bid by WPP Group after its planned merger with German firm GfK fell through.

Disney has enlisted Pinocchio, Snow White, and other cartoon stars to increase consumer adoption of next-generation Blu-ray DVDs.

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