news bites 6.24.11

the top hits, wins and errors in the marketplace...
Global Social Media
- Differences in online customs and culture from developing along geographic borders. {Mashable}
- Infographic: Top Ad spending by category and social media ranking for mega brands. {AdAge}
- What Luxury Brands Have Learned About Social Media in 2010 {}
- The rising popularity of niche-shopping sites creates opportunities for female entrepreneurs. {Bloomberg}
- Why Ron Johnson’s new job with JC Penny has nothing to do with retail. {Retail Prophet}
- Odd collaboration of the week: True Blood X Hammit Leather handbags inspired by Sookie, Eric, and Lafayette. {The Possessionista}
Healthy Vending
- Healthy foods vending machine operator cashing in on the trend towards healthier eating. {Sign On San Diego}
- Angry Birds franchise launching an egg-centric family cookbook. {Washington Post}