Group Wants Mattel to Recall a Newborn Bouncy Chair With Built-in iPad Holder

The idea of strapping a newborn into a chair facing a tablet is a really bad one, says one consumer group, which is calling on the toymaker to pull the product.


How Ford, GE and Mattel Use 3-D Printers

Companies such as General Electric Co., Ford Motor Co. and Mattel Inc.are pushing 3-D printing further into the mainstream than most people realize.

Draw Something From This: Yahoo’s Design Chief Tim Parsey to Depart

After stabilizing the design culture at Yahoo amid much turmoil, the well-known user experience exec leaves the sketchbook to CEO Mayer.

Wall Street Cautiously Optimistic About LeapFrog Q4

The educational toy company had a solid holiday season.

GoldieBlox: A Construction Toy With a Story Line Builds Girls’ Interest in Engineering

The toy, which began as a Kickstarter project of Stanford University engineer Debbie Sterling, features a spunky inventor heroine.
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Twitter Reads Your Mind on Black Friday

A leaderboard for your consumer urges. Big winners: Apple, Xbox, Lego and Barbie.
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Ngmoco Hires Former Mattel Exec to Head Up Marketing

Following the recent appointment of a new COO, San Francisco-based Ngmoco continues to fill out its executive team. It has hired Michael Staskin as CMO to lead global marketing and communications, including the launch of Mobage, a mobile games platform. Previously, Staskin was VP of Marketing at Sisal, a gaming and lottery company in Italy; before that, he held several positions for Mattel. He will be based in San Francisco.

Yahoo Hires Tim Parsey as Head UX Designer

In an interview BoomTown did yesterday with Yahoo’s Chief Product Officer Blake Irving–the video of which will be posted later today–at the Silicon Valley Internet giant’s HQ in Sunnyvale, he managed to actually give me some news to report: the hire of crackerjack user experience designer Tim Parsey as SVP of User Experience Design.


Here, Tweeting Is a Class Requirement

Big consumer-products companies are going back to school. Businesses including Sprint Nextel Corp., Levi Strauss & Co. and Mattel Inc. are sponsoring college classes and graduate-level research to get help with their online marketing from the young and hyperconnected.

Hulu Orders Up a New Bite-Size Show. It's Going to Taste a Lot Like "Talk Soup."

Hulu is a great place to see shows that just ran on TV. Is it a good place to see Internet shows that talk about shows that just ran on TV? Stay tuned!