Are we friends or colleagues?

Description:  As workers spend more time on Facebook and Linkedin, companies are developing social-networking services for the office.

Source:  CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: 05/28/2010

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2010/05/27/tm_social_net_enterprise.fortune/

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think there is a special role for social networking applications in workplace environments?
  • What advantages and disadvantages are there to installing social networking in a workplace?
  • How could applications like Facebook be marketed to corporate buyers?

Rex on Techs: Don’t Write Off RIM

Description:  April and May may have been the cruelest months for Research In Motion, but just you wait for the new BlackBerry 6 operating system and new handsets. Rex Crum reports.

Source: Marketwatch.com – video report
 
Date: 05/24/2010

Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/rex-on-techs-dont-write-off-rim/84AABC3A-44F1-47E7-88F5-086FDAACECC8

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the association between profits and stock value?
  • How has RIM illustrated this association?
  • Do you agree with the analysis of RIM’s future market success, particularly against Apple?

Inside the ugly world of vulture finance

Description: By his own admission, Allan Jones of Cleveland, Tennessee, has had to tighten his belt. He apparently still has his two jets, his vintage Rolls, his Bentley, and the Maybach his son drives to high school when the boy’s own car is in the shop. But Jones did have to sell the 157-foot yacht, and the $25 million ranch near Jackson Hole.

Source:  CNNMoney.com

Date: 05/28/2010

Link: http://money.cnn.com/2010/05/28/magazines/fortune/broke_USA_rivlin.fortune/index.htm
 
Questions for discussion:

  • Do you believe there is anything unethical about any of these business practices?
  • Should there be any special government regulatory protection of consumers?

Apple Passes Microsoft as No. 1 in Tech

Description:  Wall Street has called the end of an era and the beginning of the next one: The most important technology product no longer sits on your desk but rather fits in your hand.

Source: CNNMoney.com
 
Date: 05/26/2010

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/27/technology/27apple.html   

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key points made about technology in this article?
  • Who do you think is the tech-king among managers?
  • Looking forward, what do you think the future holds for these technology firms – particularly Apple and Microsoft?

Facebook Bows to Pressure Over Privacy

Description: Ever since Facebook was founded in 2004, Mark Zuckerberg, its chief executive, has pushed its users to share more information about themselves. Time and again, users have pushed back, complaining that some new feature or setting on the site violated their privacy.

Source: NYTimes.com
 
Date: 05/26/2010

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/27/technology/27facebook.html?scp=4&sq=Facebook&st=Search

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the reasons for the change to Facebook’s thinking about privacy issues?
  • Do you think that Facebook would have been “replaced” by a competitor if they had not bowed to public pressure?
  • Would you consider Facebook’s decision driven by ethics or social responsibility?

digits: Google TV Debuts

Description:  Jessica Vascellaro has details on Google TV, which was just unveiled by the internet giant at its developers conference in San Francisco. Plus, social networking for kids and retailers use their stores to speed up shipping for online orders.

Source:  Marketwatch.com – video report

Date: 05/20/2010

Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/digits-google-tv-debuts/AC797B3D-EE37-48A4-BC25-D0E1E7A5EE64

Questions for discussion:

  • Who is the target market for this service?
  • How do you think this technology with influence buyer behavior?
  • Do you think viewing rates will increase substantially?
  • Which partners are likely to realize growth as a result of growth in online viewing?
  • How will this affect cable and satellite companies?

Steve Jobs Makes The Worst Trade Ever

Description:  Brett Arends tells us about one of the greatest trade blunders ever – a decision by Steve Jobs in 2003 to accept a safer but much lower returning investment in exchange for his 55 million Apple Stock options, now worth nearly $13 billion.

Source: Marketwatch.com – video report
 
Date: 05/18/2010

Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/steve-jobs-makes-the-worst-trade-ever/74CD1F05-723A-4E63-BB16-DA4AC94AFFD5

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this report tell you about the ability to evaluate options and stocks?
  • Are you surprised by Jobs’ choice?

Home Depot is still a fixer upper

Description: When Home Depot reported its first comparable store sales growth in almost four years on Tuesday, plenty of investors wanted to see it as evidence that housing is back. “Our sales are an indication that the economy is recovering and the consumer is back,” Carol Tomé, Home Depot’s chief financial officer, hopefully told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Source:  CNNMoney.com

Date: 05/21/2010

Link: http://money.cnn.com/2010/05/20/news/companies/home_depot.fortune/index.htm
 
Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the business conditions the firm is facing?
  • Is the firm a harbinger of economic activity?
  • What is the number one issue facing the firm today?
  • What solutions would you offer to management?

Fear index soars to 14-month high

Description:  Wall Street’s key measure of volatility skyrocketed on Thursday, as all major stock indexes plummeted on concerns about the European debt crisis.

Source: CNNMoney.com
 
Date: 05/20/2010

Link: http://money.cnn.com/2010/05/20/markets/VIX_fear_index/index.htm

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the VIX?
  • How is the VIX related to stock market activity?
  • How do you think investors will behave over the next three months?

A Treatment for Declining Sales

Description: Epidavros Day Spa, in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., bears the name of the ancient Greek coastal town known as a healing sanctuary. But by the end of 2009, owner Sandra Rovira says the spa’s atmosphere was anything but restorative.

Source: NYTimes.com
 
Date: 05/20/2010

Link: http://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/20/a-treatment-for-declining-sales/

Questions for discussion:

  • What did you learn from this article about small business thinking?
  • What other solutions can you offer?

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