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In ‘Creative’ twist, ‘Zimmerman/Edelson’ is no more

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Physician, Heal Thyself file comes the strategic communications powerhouse formerly known as Zimmerman/Edelson Inc., henceforth rebranded as ZE Creative Communications. The longstanding Great Neck public relations, public affairs and content-production house – launched in 1988 by co-founders Robert Zimmerman and Ron Edelson and a media/marketing mainstay ever since – flips the switch today on its new brand identity, including a new company name, logo and website. But the focus…


No. 431: Inventing Google, superior supercomputing and just the fax, ma’am

  Equatorial shift: Over the hump we go, dear readers, as we slide into the second half of this summertime workweek on Long Island and around the world (except in the Southern Hemisphere, where it’s winter). Senior circuit: Whatever your season, it’s Aug. 21 out there – and to the 47 million-plus U.S. citizens ages 65 and older (according to the 2017 census), enjoy your National Senior Citizens Day. Readers of all ages can get…


Habitat Suffolk taps former Huntington pol Edwards

By GREGORY ZELLER // A native Long Islander with a long resume of public service and corporate leadership in the telecommunications industry has been named Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk’s new executive director. Tracey Edwards, who logged 37 years with the New York Telephone Co. (later Verizon) and eventually became Verizon’s regional president for Long Island and upstate New York, is the new exec, according to a release issued Friday by Habitat Suffolk. A graduate…


Report: Armstrong will head Verizon bid for Yahoo

Verizon Communications has reportedly tapped Tim Armstrong, chief executive of its AOL unit, to head a possible bid for Yahoo’s assets. Verizon has expressed interest in the troubled firm for months as Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has announced staff cuts and expressed on-and-off interest in selling the company, in whole or part. Crain’s NY, quoting unidentified people with knowledge of Verizon’s internal moves, said Armstrong has known Mayer for years, when both were Google executives…


Verizon, Sprint settle messaging complaint

Verizon Wireless and Sprint have agreed to pay $158 million to settle complaints that they charged millions of dollars of unauthorized fees that appeared on customer cellphone bills in a practice known as cramming, the FCC announced. Under the agreement, Verizon will pay $90 million and Sprint $68 million. The unauthorized charges were for third-party premium text messaging services. The FCC said it received “numerous” complaints from consumers who had never requested the services and were…


ESPN sues Verizon

ESPN seeks legal halt to Verizon packaging

As threatened, ESPN has filed suit in New York’s Supreme Court over Verizon’s decision to include the sports network in its new discounted pay-TV package. The legal fight could slow efforts to create programming for young “cord cutters” who eschew traditional cable packages in favor of streaming online options. Verizon is offering its 35-channel Custom TV subscription package for $55 per month, with the option of adding other tiers of programming, including a sports package…