Need to know: the 7 top stories for Asia comms, media and marketing pros on Friday, 10/6/16

More Lancome HK woes; Sharapova and the sponsor dilemma; Asia Top 1000 Brands: luxury; Tesla and Samsung; click-free pizza?; slow iPhone growth is just fine; pro girl gamers.

Sponsors have to decide what to do about Maria Sharapova following her ban (Michael Brown/Flickr)
Sponsors have to decide what to do about Maria Sharapova following her ban (Michael Brown/Flickr)

Fallout deepens for Lancôme in Hong Kong as stores close and protestors rally

The beauty brand closed many of its Hong Kong branches on Wednesday as protestors made their anger known following the cancellation of a concert featuring a pro-democracy singer.

PR fault: Sharapova's failure to come clean puts ball in sponsors' court

Maria Sharapova's drugs ban and her public reaction to the suspension do serious damage to her image and long-term prospects, PR professionals told PRWeek UK today - but another sponsorships expert still argues that the Russian's partner brands should not be too hasty to end their relationship with her.

Luxury: How to thrive in hard times

As China sales falter due to a slowing economy and crackdown on corruption, luxury brands seek a turnaround.

Tesla using Samsung batteries for energy products, not Model 3

Samsung SDI's seesawing stock rose yesterday on the news that Tesla might use batteries supplied by the company after all – but only for the tech group's energy storage products.

You could soon order Domino's online without a single click

Craving a pizza but unnerved by the complicated ordering process? A soon-to-be launched app function could let you order without a single click.

Why slow iPhone sales growth is ok

If iPhone replacement cycles are slow now, they're only going to get worse — and everyone should be fine with that, one analyst told CNBC's "Power Lunch" Wednesday.

Lessons from girl-gamers: Turn your passion into profession

All-girl gaming group Asterisk* has been playing long enough to see e-sports go from marginal to big-money mainstream.

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