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location astoriaNEW YORK: Can New York style pizza get a slice of the New Haven and Connecticut market?

The Artichoke Basille’s Pizza, franchise which says it is “the nation’s largest and fastest growing New York pizza concept,” has signed a multi-unit franchise deal to bring its “larger than life” slices and whole pies to the greater Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut areas.

Franchisee Matthew Rusconi is looking to open the first location by year’s end and is actively scouting real estate opportunities in Hartford County, New Haven, Middletown, and Cromwell.

The Connecticut State Data Center (CTSDC) is the State’s lead agency in the U.S. Census Bureau’s State Data Center Program that makes data available locally to the public through a network of state agencies, universities, libraries, and regional and local governments.

The CTSDC, a collaboration between the University of Connecticut Libraries, the University of Connecticut Department of Geography, and the State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management, serves as the state’s official liaison to the U.S. Census Bureau and seeks to develop a single portal for all socioeconomic data sets for the State of Connecticut and its municipalities. The CTSDC is supported by the State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management and the University of Connecticut Libraries.

 

Link https://ctsdc.uconn.edu/

 

The Connecticut State Data Center (CTSDC) is the State’s lead agency in the U.S. Census Bureau’s State Data Center Program that makes data available locally to the public through a network of state agencies, universities, libraries, and regional and local governments.

The CTSDC, a collaboration between the University of Connecticut Libraries, the University of Connecticut Department of Geography, and the State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management, serves as the state’s official liaison to the U.S. Census Bureau and seeks to develop a single portal for all socioeconomic data sets for the State of Connecticut and its municipalities. The CTSDC is supported by the State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management and the University of Connecticut Libraries.

 

Link https://ctsdc.uconn.edu/

 

waybackCHESHIRE: Wayback Burgers has appointed Vya a Cincinnati, Ohio based, marketing provider to provide print production and localized marketing services for its “growing franchise organization “America’s Favorite Hometown Burger Joint.”

Wayback Burgers has opened 20 to 30 new locations annually and currently operates in 28 states with 137 locations in the U.S. and five international locations in Argentina, Brunei, Malaysia, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia.

Combining marketing resource management software and print production services, Vya will help Wayback Burgers print, fulfill, and track localized marketing materials and promotional inventory, for franchisees to execute marketing campaigns at the local level.

foxFAIRFIELD: TVEyes, Inc. has lost in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to Fox News Network, LLC, a decision preventing the company from allowing its users to watch video clips excerpted from programming on Fox News. The company had claimed that the clips were not protected by the copyright and available under the fair use doctrine.

TVEyes records television broadcasts and creates a-searchable transcript database. Users pay for TVEyes’s and can view video clips up to ten minutes in length which contain their search terms. TVEyes’s also allows users to download the videos, and even email the clips.

The District Court for the Southern District of New York held that the search and view service was fair use but enabling clients to download and email videos was a violation.

Pirie Laura PirieBy Laura Pirie, Pirie Associates Architects

Storytelling is one of the most powerful tools we use at Pirie Associates to create environments for our clients. This is true for projects that range from retail fit-outs to university buildings to city and community planning projects. In fact, the greater the number of stakeholders, the more critical storytelling is.

Most people think of architects as designers of form, and that’s true, we are. In fact on a typical project, 75% of our time is spent on developing the form. However, there is an essential 25% that can make an ordinary project extraordinary.

Imagine that before any form is crafted, the most important 25% of the effort is expended eliciting and defining intentions: our client’s intentions. Why do this? Because environments are woefully underutilized if they only look beautiful and function appropriately.

dogoodNORWALK: Another Internet marketing conflict has hit the courts as Austin, TX based Adscend Media is suing competitor Chicago and Norwalk based DoGood Media for $3.5 million claiming the company used fraudulent advertising to overplay “one time mistake” to undermine the company.

Adscend Media sued in U.S. District Court in Hartford, Adscend Media claiming it lost s it has “lost millions in ad revenue”and that some of its websites were blacklisted.

Friday, 23 February 2018 14:44

New Top Dog With $8 Billion Buyout

bluebuffWILTON: A Connecticut startup and success story Blue Buffalo Pet Foods [NASDAQ:BUFF] is reportedly being sold to General Mills [NYSE: GIS]to buy pet food maker Blue Buffalo for $8 billion in a cash transaction

Headquartered in Wilton the company founded in 2002 has 1,700 employees primarily in manufacturing in plants in Indiana and Missouri.

The company reported said 4th quarter profit of $53.6 million, 27 cents per share, earnings, adjusted for pretax gains and non-recurring gains, came to 24 cents per share and revenue of $337 million in the period, which also topped Street forecasts.

For the year, the company reported profit of $193.5 million, or 97 cents per share. Revenue was reported as $1.27 billion.

EDIBLEWALLINGFORD: Edible Arrangements is hoping driving to deliver a bitter taste to Google as it files a federal lawsuit against the company in Connecticut, objecting to Google using its Edible Arrangements trademark to aid competitors in search results.

The company is suing the search giant for $209 million in damages, asking $200 for trademark infringement and $9 million for its estimate of sales made by Google to the competitors.

A search for Edible Arrangements returned results for 1-800-flowers, berries.com, fruit bouquets.com advertising, all selling fruit basket deliveries similar to Edible Arrangements products.

The EA complaint claims,"the net result of this display is that consumers are deceived into thinking competitive products come from or are associated with Edible Arrangements, Edible Arrangements' valuable trademark is placed in jeopardy, and Google profits handsomely."

Google policy will sometimes restrict the use of trademarks when the parties are in a legal dispute over the trademark, but it does not restrict trademark used as keywords to aid an advertiser in obtaining a search related to a user is specifically looking for a business.

Simply put by EA – Searching Fruit Baskets for Delivery, okay for wide open advertising results search Edible arrangements not okay to show competitor.

“We don’t investigate or restrict trademarks as keywords,” says Google’s ad policy.

The issue of trademark infringement by Google in its advertising has not been completely settled in court. The sales of a single keyword search being worth potentially $9 million demonstrates loss by Google could have a fundamental effect on is sales.

A 2012 Federal case Rosetta Stone Ltd. v. Google, Inc., the Fourth District appellate court sided against a decision by a lower court issuing a summery judgment supporting Google’s use. The case Appellate court overturned the lower court sending it back for trial but the case was settled between the parties before a final ruling. The lower court was instructed to look for confusion by consumers and Google’s intent to use the keywords in a deception among other issues.

The settlement left many to believe that Google would be the eventual winner.

EA has not commented outside of its claim but presumably the company was aware of the full nature of the existing rulings and what to expect in court.

If the court however follows the same procedure it could lead to a flood of lawsuits against Google by companies seeking a trial for trademark infringement and damages. A settlement with Edible Arrangements could itself lead to new suits against Google.

Screen Shot 2018 02 16 at 3.27.29 PMEAST HARTFORD: The Connecticut Small Business Development Center [CTSBDC] has launched its revamped website, it what is says is “a fresh, uncluttered design with enhanced content focused on demonstrating CTSBDC’s mission to help Connecticut’s small business owners and entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.”

Website visitors now have 3 options to sign up for business advising based on their business needs: (1) new to business, (2) existing businesses, or (3) individuals who just need help registering their business with the State of Connecticut.

The site also includes 20 free, online courses in the topics in accounting/finance, HR, legal, management, marketing, and start-up. Two of the courses are available in Spanish.

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