Facebook News launches with hand-picked stories from major publishers

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Description: Facebook announced on Friday the launch of Facebook News, a new section of the social network that will show users a personalized selection of news stories. Source: CNBC.com Date: Oct 25, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/25/facebook-news-new-product-will-pay-publishers-highlight-news-stories.html Questions for discussion: How will this revenue sharing plan work? Do you think it will boost subscriptions? How should this feature… Read more »

Ken Fisher’s sexist comments have cost his company nearly $1 billion in assets

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Description: The City of Boston is ending its relationship with Fisher Investments, pulling $248 million in pension assets from the firm. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Oct 16, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/16/fisher-investments-takes-248m-hit-as-boston-pulls-pension-assets.html Questions for discussion: Explain the reaction by City of Boston and other clients of Ken Fisher. Do you think there is a public… Read more »

The world economy’s strange new rules

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Description: How economies work has changed radically. So must economic policy Source: Economist.com Date: Oct 10, 2019 Link: https://www.economist.com/leaders/2019/10/10/the-world-economys-strange-new-rules Questions for discussion: Summarize the highlights discussed in this article. How do you think the restructuring process will play out?

Budweiser wants to take on China, the world’s largest beer market where local brews rule

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Description: The world’s largest brewer is making a big push for China and other parts of Asia — but it could prove challenging for Anheuser-Busch InBev to topple local beers that have long dominated their home markets. Source: CNBC.com Date: Oct 06, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/07/budweiser-seeks-growth-in-china-vietnam-india-south-korea-beer-markets.html Questions for discussion: Why does this strategy make sense for the company?… Read more »

SPOS #691 – The Collaborative Advantage With Paul Skinner

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #691 – Host: Mitch Joel. There are some books that hit my desk and captivate me. That was my reaction to Paul Skinner‘s book, Collaborative Advantage – How collaboration beats competition as a strategy for success. This is Paul’s antidote to competitive advantage, and a new perspective in… Read more »

Behind the GM strike: Declining productivity at U.S. operations – Reuters analysis

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Description: (Reuters) – General Motors Co’s <GM.N> U.S. workforce productivity has declined since the automaker recovered from a 2009 bankruptcy, even as its profit per employee has risen, a Reuters analysis shows. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com Date: Oct 04, 2019 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/behind-gm-strike-declining-productivity-213655945.html Questions for discussion: How does the productivity issue affect employment, investment, and marketing of GM… Read more »

As Silicon Valley faces a tech reckoning, biologists point to the next big opportunity

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Description: At one of the world’s largest synthetic biology conferences this week, a food truck handed out papaya and yogurt samples to hundreds of attendees. The papaya wasn’t any ordinary papaya: It was a genetically engineered fruit that Dr. Dennis Gonsalves designed to be naturally resistant to the ringworm virus. Because of his invention, pesticide use dropped… Read more »

Inside the intense world of Birkin bag collectors, who pay up to $500,000 for one bag

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Description: Would you pay $500,000 … for a bag? In 2019, a diamond-encrusted Birkin handbag made of crocodile, from the French luxury brand Hermes, sold for half a million dollars. The Birkin consistently shatters sales records at auction, selling in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. But experts say the bag cost just $2,000 at… Read more »

Blackberry plunges to 4-year low in first five minutes of trading on earnings miss, outlook cut

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Description: BlackBerry Ltd.’s big earnings miss and lower forward guidance has the shares tumbling more than 20 per cent to a four-year low early Tuesday. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Sep 24, 2019 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/technology/blackberry-posts-second-quarter-net-loss Questions for discussion: Explain the drop in share value. What would you advise management to do at this time? How should investors… Read more »

The Weekly Listen: Airbnb’s IPO and Facebook Acquires ‘Mind-Reading Wristband’ Company

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Description: eMarketer principal analysts Mark Dolliver and Nicole Perrin join vice president of content studio Paul Verna to discuss Airbnb’s upcoming IPO, Facebook’s acquisition of “mind-reading wristband” company CTRL-labs, highlights from New York Advertising Week 2019 and more. Source: eMarketer.com – podcast Date: Sep 25, 2019 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/podcast-the-weekly-listen-airbnb-ipo-and-facebook-acquires-mind-reading-wristband-company?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: What are the highlights… Read more »