Amazon lets doctors record your conversations and put them in your medical files

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Description: Amazon’s next big step in health care is with voice transcription technology that’s designed to allow doctors to spend more time with patients and less time at the computer. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Dec 02, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/12/02/amazon-web-services-unveils-transcribe-medical-software.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: How does this technology improve productivity in health services? Are there… Read more »

Sterling K. Brown Wants the Conversation Around Diversity to Shift From ‘Inclusion’ to ‘Celebration’

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Description: The producer and ‘This Is Us’ actor says recognizing and embracing differences creates the best collaboration. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Nov 19, 2019 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/341797 Questions for discussion: What does Sterling K. Brown say about diversity and changing attitudes? What do you think about his line of thinking?

Alimentation Couche-Tard’s mega $7.7-billion fuel station bid has investors filling up on stock

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Description: Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., North America’s largest convenience store owner, chalked up its highest stock price this week as solid quarterly results combined with a takeover bid for Asian expansion. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Nov 30, 2019 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/news/retail-marketing/alimentation-couche-tards-mega-7-7-billion-fuel-station-bid-has-investors-filling-up-on-stock Questions for discussion: Explain the reasons driving this acquisition. Did Couche-Tard get a good deal, according to… Read more »

Hippie Inc: how the counterculture went corporate

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Description: Half a century on from the summer of love, marijuana is big business and mindfulness a workplace routine. 1843 asks how the movement found itself at the heart of capitalism Source: TheEconomist.com Date: Nov 29, 2019 Link: https://www.economist.com/news/2019/11/29/hippie-inc-how-the-counterculture-went-corporate?cid1=cust/dailypicks1/n/bl/n/20191129n/owned/n/n/dailypicks1/n/n/NA/351809/n Questions for discussion: Summarize what the report says about how business has changed? What do think… Read more »

What the Streaming Wars Mean for the Future of TV

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Description: If all goes as planned, by mid-2020 four of the most valuable companies on the S&P 500 will have introduced streaming services in less than a year. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Nov 30, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-30/what-the-streaming-wars-mean-for-the-future-of-tv-quicktake?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What does the article say is happening to the current business model for TV? What does… Read more »

US shoppers stay away from stores, spend online as Black Friday begins

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Description: U.S. consumers splurged more than $2 billion online in the first hours of Thanksgiving shopping on Thursday, while crowds were largely thin at retailers on the eve of Black Friday, reflecting the broader trend away from shopping at brick-and-mortar stores. Source:CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 29, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/29/us-shoppers-stay-away-from-stores-spend-online-as-black-friday-begins.html Questions for discussion: How… Read more »

Opinion: Why stock markets are better than banks at fixing climate change

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Description: To fight climate change, governments the world over would be well inspired to develop the breadth and depth of their stock markets. Stock markets seem more efficient than banks at financing the massive investments that will be needed to meet international climate goals. This surprising finding from two European Central Bank economists could have profound policy… Read more »

Doctors go to TikTok to talk to teens about vaping, birth control and how celery juice won’t cure cancer

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Description: Dr. Rose Marie Leslie is hoping to reach teens with a message about the dangers of e-cigarettes. So she’s started posting regularly on TikTok, the popular short video app, and has collected a large following. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 29, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/29/doctors-use-tiktok-to-talk-to-teens-about-vaping-birth-control.html Questions for discussion: Why is TikTok an ideal channel… Read more »

Billionaire Pattison sees environment as ‘number one issue’ for his business empire

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Description: Jimmy Pattison says his sprawling, multi-billion-dollar business empire is squarely focused on becoming more environmentally friendly, but the legendary entrepreneur acknowledges that transition needs to be managed carefully with thousands of jobs on the line. Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Nov 25, 2019 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/billionaire-pattison-sees-environment-as-number-one-issue-for-his-business-empire-1.1353116 Questions for discussion: What does Jim Pattison say… Read more »

TV Ad Spending Will Never Be the Same

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Description: eMarketer forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom, vice president of content studio Paul Verna and vice president of forecasting Monica Peart talk about the peaking of US TV ad spending. Why has it stopped growing, how does cord-cutting contribute, and what makes video streaming services attractive? They then discuss the performance of Disney+ in its first… Read more »