Investors like Amazon 3D phone chatter

Description: The only thing cooler than a 3D phone? A drone delivering it to you. Amazon stock enjoyed a nice pop after announcing (via YouTube) that it will unveil a new product — likely a 3D phone — on June 18.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: June 06, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/investing/2014/06/06/investing-the-buzz-amazon-3d-smartphone-drone-delivery.cnnmoney/index.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • Summarize the reasons provided in this report for Amazon stock price moves.
  • Do you think Amazon stock is over-valued?

Solar Roadways funding nears $2 million

Description: In the United States alone, there are roughly 4 million miles of roads. What if, instead of becoming lined with potholes, those roadways were generating solar energy under our wheels? What if the 4,360 square miles of surface parking lots in the United States could also be put to good use collecting solar energy? It’s a compelling idea and one that’s quickly catching on.

Source: SmartPlanet.com – video report

Date: June 06, 2014

Link: http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/solar-roadways-funding-nears-2-million/?tag=nl.e660&s_cid=e660&ttag=e660&ftag=TRE4eb29b5

Questions for Discussions:

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of installing this product as road surface?
  • Do you think this product will succeed?
  • What are the obstacles the firm will have to surpass?

A Growing Challenge for Germans Who Live by Bread Alone

Description: SCHOPFHEIM, Germany — On Sunday mornings, the line at the backdoor of Fritz Trefzger’s bakery snakes through the courtyard as customers wait for their chance to step into the inner sanctum of his kitchen.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: June 03, 2014

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/04/world/europe/a-rising-challenge-for-germans-who-live-by-bread-alone.html?smid=fb-nytimes&WT.z_sma=WO_AGC_20140605&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1388552400000&bicmet=1420088400000&_r=2

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this article say about small business and changing social behaviors?
  • Do you think that Fritz Trefzger’s approach to confronting competition will grow in popularity?

Abercrombie makes losing money stylish

Description: Controversial retailer Abercrombie & Fitch is not doing well. It’s losing money and sales are declining. But it didn’t do as badly as Wall Street expected. So the stock is surging. That’s silly.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: May 29, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/investing/2014/05/29/investing-the-buzz-abercrombie-and-fitch.cnnmoney/index.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • Why is the stock rebounding?
  • Do you think it is a good buy today?

Top 5 reasons why your CEO just got a big fat raise… and 5 reasons why you didn’t

Description: WASHINGTON — Pay for globe-trotting CEOs has soared to new heights, even as most workers remain grounded by paychecks that are barely budging.

Source: NationalPost.com

Date: May 27, 2014

Link: http://business.financialpost.com/2014/05/27/the-ceo-of-your-company-just-got-a-huge-raise-you-didnt-heres-why/

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the overall explanation provided in this report for the wide gap in pay.
  • Do you agree?
  • Should anything be done about the gap?
  • How do you think this situation affects motivation of those directly employed?

Protesters: Double minimum wage!

Description: Fast food workers are on the streets again, demanding employers double their federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: May 15, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2014/05/15/fast-food-protests.cnnmoney/index.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • What are the arguments surrounding the minimum wage issues?
  • What do you think the government should do?

Live broadcast from your smartphone

Description: Mobil is an Israeli company that’s developed an app that allows users to broadcast live from their smartphones.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: May 15, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2014/05/15/tech-mobil-app-israel-wbt.cnnmoney/index.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • How can this app enhance the marketing power provided by social media?
  • Do you think this app will open up new programming by entrepreneurs?
  • What sort of programming do you think is likely to be launched with the growth of this app?

Kevin Durant: Turning MVP into money

Description: He makes millions on and off the court. But his early Mother’s Day gift? Priceless. Why sponsors are flocking to Kevin Durant.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: May 09, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/magazines/moneymag/2014/05/09/n-kevin-durant-turning-mvp-into-money.cnnmoney/index.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • Why is Kevin Durant able to earn as much as he does on and off the court?
  • What does this report suggest is the “road to riches” for sports celebrities?

Is Beats worth $3.2 billion?

Description: Apple may be joining a long list of companies who’ve shelled out lots of cash trying to tap the allure of hip hop. Sometimes it works, sometimes … not so much.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: May 09, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2014/05/09/apple-beats-dr-dre-samsung-headphones.cnnmoney/index.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • Is the acquisition a good deal for both parties?
  • How should Apple go about evaluating this acquisition?

 

A big data look at the lime shortage

Description: A recent price disruption has Americans clamoring for limes, but historic pricing shows that the citrus fruit may not be going anywhere.

Source: Fortune.com

Date: May 09, 2014

Link: http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2014/05/09/a-big-data-look-at-the-lime-shortage/

Questions for discussion:

  • What was the theory circulating that explained the price of limes?
  • What does the research data show?
  • How did consumers respond to price increases?

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