Twitter Is Said to Be Discussing a Possible Takeover

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Description: Twitter has long positioned itself as a global town square where anyone — celebrities, politicians, athletes, and you and me — can chat in 140-character messages and find out about whatever is happening in the moment. Source: NYTimes.com and CNBC.com – video report Date: Sep 24, 2016 Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/24/business/dealbook/twitter-sale.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FMergers%2C%20Acquisitions%20and%20Divestitures&action=click&contentCollection=timestopics&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=3&pgtype=collection Questions for discussion: What does… Read more »

Walmart Inks $3.3 Billion Deal For Jet.com In Biggest U.S. E-commerce Acquisition Ever

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Description: Walmart agreed to purchase Jet.com for $3.3 billion, papering what would be the most expensive U.S. e-commerce acquisition of all time. Source: Forbes.com Date: Aug 08, 2016 Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ryanmac/2016/08/08/walmart-inks-3-billion-deal-for-jet-com-in-biggest-u-s-e-commerce-deal-ever/#1d29af9b94eb Questions for discussion: Do you think the acquisition makes sense from a financial point of view? How would Walmart’s results be expected to change going… Read more »

A Breakup Fairy Tale for Disney

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Description: If the Magic Kingdom wants to find its next ruler, it might help if it weren’t quite so sprawling. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: May 11, 2016 Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/gadfly/articles/2016-05-11/why-disney-should-split-off-espn-abc Questions for Discussions: What are the concerns facing Disney, according to the report? What are some possible scenarios?

After $600 Million Typo, Valeant CEO Is Back on the Hot Seat

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Description: Michael Pearson and his company, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc., were supposed to calm Wall Street doubters on Tuesday. Instead: chaos. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Mar 15, 2016 Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-15/after-a-600-million-typo-valeant-s-ceo-is-back-on-the-hot-seat Questions for Discussions: Summarize the reasons for Valeant’s share value collapse, according to the report. Do you think it has collapsed completely and… Read more »

Twitter’s Challenge: Updating a Product Users Love to Hate

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Description: An uproar this weekend over a possible change to how tweets are displayed gave Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey a stark reminder of how hard it’s going to be to fix Twitter Inc. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Feb 07, 2016 Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-02-07/twitter-s-challenge-updating-a-product-users-love-to-hate Questions for Discussions: Summarize the arguments presented for a potential merger… Read more »

Fitbit’s Game Plan For Making Your Company Healthy

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Description: Given how things often go in Silicon Valley, Fitbit shouldn’t be here. It started selling wearable activity trackers when other hardware startups struggled for funding. Source: Forbes.com Date: Jan 08, 2016 Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2016/01/08/fitbit-wearables-corporate-wellness/ Questions for Discussions: Summarize the reasons for the firm’s financial success. How secure is the connection with corporate wellness? Should the… Read more »

Acquisition ideas for Alphabet, Amazon and other tech giants in 2016

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Description: Microsoft, Cisco and other enterprise-focused firms are looking for growth Source:  MarketWatch.com Date: Jan 03, 2016 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/acquisition-ideas-for-alphabet-amazon-and-other-tech-giants-in-2016-2015-12-31?dist=lcountdown Questions for discussion: What do you think about these acquisition ideas? Which do you think is most and least probable?