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Description: Smart mirror streams live fitness classes

Source: CBSNews.com – video report

Date: Oct 11, 2018

Link: https://www.cbsnews.com/video/this-smart-mirror-puts-a-personal-trainer-in-your-reflection/

Questions for discussion:

  • Aside from physical fitness, what are some other applications for this technology that you think can use this technology?
  • Describe the user profile for this product.

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Description:  Shares of fintech company Square plunged as much as 15 percent Thursday after the company lost its CFO Sarah Friar.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Oct 11, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/11/square-plunges-15percent-after-losing-its-cfo.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why has the value of the firm’s shares fallen?
  • What does this report say about the relationship between management and a firm’s share value?

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Description: In a new book, journalist Nathan Schneider positions cooperative businesses as both radical and traditional–and says all businesses should move toward more democracy.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Oct 12, 2018

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90249347/why-the-cooperative-model-needs-to-be-at-the-heart-of-our-new-economy?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=7&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=10122018

Questions for discussion:

  • How are large-scale cooperative organization structures different from tradition corporate structures?
  • How is managing and leading different?
  • Why do you suppose there are not more cooperative business organizations?

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Description: DeepMind has struck a critical new partnership with Unity Technologies, the game-development platform used by half the world’s mobile games, including Temple Run and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and it’s one that could also help its nascent business.

Source: Forbes.com

Date: Oct 10, 2018

Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2018/10/10/the-world-of-warcraft-method-why-googles-deepmind-is-training-ai-in-virtual-worlds/#5d2f39bcd170

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the direction AI is headed?
  • Which sorts of applications for AI can you envision in the near future?
  • Which businesses will be affected (disrupted) by these developments in AI?

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Description: Today the company is announcing new original programming that puts users inside the story. Is it prestige TV, social storytelling, or a whole new medium?

Source: FastCompany.com – video report

Date: Oct 10, 2018

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90248568/snap-is-making-whatever-comes-after-tv?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=2&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=10102018&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTmpka1pURTFPR0ZqTUdVeCIsInQiOiJkR0VBcHByVzFjS082ZzVCVjdMbWxlZG9JVENoV1JKSGFzeGp4bEFRVnpzOWJ4UEJcL0czMTNuMDRSYlhaSU9LclU4Q2ZnWnNWNmRwZE5PZFIwQk95aFZONzVVVTlUSXdBUHptdGpFMFpjVTF2MlJxWWhWWHFyU0xRU1M5UmVEYmoifQ%3D%3D

Questions for discussion:

  • Why do you suppose Snap is attempting to develop these programs?
  • How can they increase audience use and sharing?
  • How can they be monetized?

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Description: Amazon, the second largest private employer in the U.S., is raising the minimum wage for its full-time and temporary workers to $15 per hour.

Source: Finance.Yahoo.com – video report

Date: Sep 26, 2018

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/real-reason-amazon-raising-minimum-wage-170807455.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the possible reasons for Amazon’s pay raise, according to the report?
  • What do you think is motivating management?
  • How has this affected the stock price?
  • Why do you think investors responded as they did?

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Description: CNBC’s Diana Olick reports that NYC real estate prices dropped as a new supply hit the market.

Home sellers slashing prices nationwide, NYC real estate prices drop from CNBC.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Sep 26, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/09/21/home-sellers-slashing-prices-nationwide-nyc-real-estate-prices-drop.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How do supply and demand theories explain the price changes in real estate, as reported in this clip?
  • How would buyers and renters be expected to respond to the changes taking place?

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Description: Trump’s trade brinkmanship has offended allies, sown economic uncertainty, and achieved almost nothing. Hooray?

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Oct 02, 2018

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-10-02/usmca-united-states-mexico-canada-agreement-is-trump-s-new-nafta?srnd=premium-canada

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this editorial say about the results of the NAFTA transition into USMCA?
  • Do you agree with the conclusions?

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Description: Snapchat and Twitter are very different properties, but they have one thing in common: Both remain in the shadow of Facebook and Instagram. Even though they have far fewer users, solid ad opportunities on each platform are available, and both are managing to produce revenue gains despite their challenges.

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Oct 04, 2018

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/can-snapchat-and-twitter-benefit-from-dissatisfaction-with-facebook

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about consumer usage of social media platforms?
  • What do you think will happen to usage going forward?
  • Is there room for another platform, in your opinion?
  • What would it look like?

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Description: @CommentsByCelebs founders Emma Diamond and Julie Kramer spend their days combing Instagram comment sections for celebrity conversations. Here are their success secrets.

Source: Entrepreneurs.com

Date: Oct 03, 2018

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/321113?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • Describe this business model?
  • How can it be replicated for other Instagram environments?
  • How can it be monetized?