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Description: Apple’s iPhone is an incredible moneymaking machine. In the first three months of 2019, Apple sold $31 billion worth of iPhones. At the same time, the iPhone is becoming less important to Apple’s total sales as the smartphone industry stalls globally.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: May 01, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/30/apple-earnings-show-company-moving-beyond-iphone.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is happening at Apple from a revenue and profit generating point of view?
  • Do you think the stock is a good choice going forward?

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Description: Gen Z keeps confounding Corporate America. They’ve shunned beer, they want companies to take political stands and they trust Kardashians to make their makeup choices. But perhaps the biggest surprise about this new cohort of teenagers is the most unexpected of all: They love the shopping mall.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Apr 25, 2019

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-25/are-u-s-malls-dead-not-if-gen-z-keeps-shopping-the-way-they-do?srnd=premium-canada

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about changing attitudes towards malls?
  • What does this all mean for retail industry management?

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Description: The ruling is a ‘major victory for equal pay,’ one lawyer says

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Apr 29, 2019

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/companies-must-hand-over-data-on-how-they-pay-men-vs-women-by-september-judge-says-2019-04-26?mod=mw_theo_homepage

Questions for discussion:

  • Why is this decision important?
  • What are the implications for management, unions, and individual employees?

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Description: The Facebook Cambridge Analytica revelations changed the way people in the US think about online privacy. And it should come as no surprise that many have grown wary over the mishandling of personal information.

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Apr 29, 2019

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/how-social-media-users-have-and-have-not-responded-to-privacy-concerns?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the highlights presented in this article.
  • Do you think they suggest longer-term changes in consumer behaviors?
  • How should managers of socially interactive websites deal with these findings?

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Description: Niall Ferguson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, says there are a few big things that every millennial should keep in mind when they start to earn and spend money.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Apr 29, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/29/niall-ferguson-shares-financial-tips-for-successful-millennials.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize what does Niall Ferguson has to say to young people about money?
  • How should Human Resources managers deal with these ideas?

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Description: Amazon disclosed on Friday that it spent $1.7 billion on video and music content in the first quarter, providing a new number that investors have previously been forced to predict.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Apr 26, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/26/amazon-on-pace-to-spend-7-billion-on-video-and-music-content.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What competitive advantage does Amazon have in this marketplace?
  • What strategy would you suggest to management that would capitalize on the opportunities available to the firm?

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Description: It boils down to family, friends, fun, purposeful work and money — in that order.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Apr 22, 2019

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/331932?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the keys to happiness and success, according to Richard Branson?
  • What do you think about his thinking?
  • Do you think most successful business leaders subscribe to these ideas?

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Description: A little over a year ago, an anonymous Reddit user named Deepfakes changed the internet.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Apr 23, 2019

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90337767/deepfakes-started-a-war-on-whats-real-these-startups-are-racing-to-commercialize-it?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=1&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=04232019

Questions for discussion:

  • How does this AI software development present opportunities for entrepreneurs?
  • What are the ethical and social issues related to the use of this software?

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Description: More than 72 million people in the US will listen to Pandora on a monthly basis in 2019, according to our latest forecast. That’s 35.4% of digital audio listeners in the country.

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Apr 23, 2019

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/pandora-appeals-to-advertisers-with-co-listening-data?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • How are listening behaviors changing?
  • What does “co-listening factor” mean?
  • How should management of firms like Pandora strategize in order to grow market share?

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #665 – Host: Mitch Joel. Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. In addition to researching cutting edge technology, he also writes about the impact of these innovations on society. Cal is the author of six books, including the recently published bestseller, Digital Minimalism and (a personal favorite) Deep Work, which argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the modern workplace.

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Apr 07, 2019

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-665-cal-newport-on-digital-minimalism/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • What does Cal Newport have to say about technology and management?
  • Do you agree with his thinking?