Isis Pharmaceuticals Changes Name To Ionis Pharmaceuticals For Some Reason

Isis Pharmaceuticals Changes Name To Ionis Pharmaceuticals For Some Reason

It’s a problem when you choose a name for your company that, a few decades later, comes to mean something else entirely. The company Isis Pharmaceuticals chose the name of an Egyptian goddess associated with good health, only to find that the public’s knowledge of Egyptian mythology is weak, and that most people associate the name with a jihadist militant group. [More]

Fourth Largest Cigarette Maker Imperial Tobacco Drops “Tobacco” From Its Name

Fourth Largest Cigarette Maker Imperial Tobacco Drops “Tobacco” From Its Name

Imperial Tobacco Group, the fourth largest cigarette company in the world, is the latest company to distance itself from its bread and butter by dropping the “tobacco” part of its name.  [More]

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British Facebook User Legally Changes Her Name To Get Back Into Account… And Is Still Locked Out

Unlike other social media networks like Twitter, where you can be anyone you like as long as you’re not trying to impersonate, say, the Queen of England, on Facebook, users are required to use their real names on the site. One British woman made a big change to her identity in order to regain access to her account, only to be kept waiting to find out her fate. [More]

Android Market Morphing Into New "Google Play" Next Week

Android Market Morphing Into New "Google Play" Next Week

When Android Market suddenly disappears from your smartphone next week as you’re trying to download War and Peace or that app that lets you play bird calls to confuse your local avians (does that exist? I hope so), don’t freak out — it’s simply turning into Google Play. [More]

Putting The Wrong Name On An Airline Ticket Is An $800 Mistake?

Putting The Wrong Name On An Airline Ticket Is An $800 Mistake?

Here’s an odd problem. Reader Austin bought some airline tickets for a business trip and wasn’t sure who was going to go, so he booked an extra ticket with his name on it — thinking that the name could be changed later. Whoops.