Need to know: the 7 top stories for Asia comms, media and marketing pros on Friday, 29/4/16

Lego and Ai Weiwei; PRWeek Global Awards 2016 winners; beating ad blockers; Samsung on the up... ; is Sony; more trouble for Japan; Fiat and Alphabet in talks over self-driving cars.

Samsung is on the rise after posting a surge of 42 percent in smartphone profits
Samsung is on the rise after posting a surge of 42 percent in smartphone profits

Lego VC: Denying Ai Weiwei bricks "a mistake"

Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen has said someone at a lower level made the decision not to allow Ai Weiwei the bricks he requested for an Australian art exhibition and that he should have received them.

PRWeek Global Awards 2016: Winners revealed at London ceremony

PepsiCo took in-house team of the year and Weber Shandwick was named global agency of the year, while Golin had a good evening as the PRWeek Global Awards 2016 were handed out in London on Thursday night.

How to beat ad blockers with a 'considerate' video strategy

The rise in adblocking is predicted to wipe off US$41.4 billion from the global economy in 2016. The desire to find a solution has never been greater for the advertising industry. But what is the way forward?

How Samsung ‘got its mojo back’

It was just over a year ago when Samsung lost its lead in the smartphone market in both India and China with shipments declining fast globally. Now the South Korean electronics giant has stabilised the ship and "got its mojo back," according to analysts.

Sony just posted a 666% rise in profit as its turnaround plan takes hold

Japanese electronics giant Sony posted a 666.5 percent rise in pretax profit for its full fiscal year on Thursday, helped by cost cutting in its smartphone business and the continued popularity of the PlayStation 4.

Japanese economy could be striking out

The Bank of Japan became the latest central bank to throw markets a curveball — suggesting one move and in this case, delivering no move at all.

Fiat in talks with Alphabet for car partnership: WSJ

Fiat Chrysler and Alphabet are in the "late stage of talks" over a potential partnership related to the latter's self-driving car project, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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