Vancouver Olympics goes green

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Description:  The Olympic committee’s $1.8 billion budget includes medals made from recycled circuit boards and a sustainable skating ring. Source: CNNMoney – video report   Date: 02/12/2010  Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2010/02/12/n_ef_vancouver_olympics_green.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion:  Do you believe these efforts to promote “green-thinking” at the Vancouver Olympic Games will be successful in creating greater consumer awareness and interest?… Read more »

Credit Card Limits for Youth Can Be Opportunity for Parents

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Description: This month, large parts of the credit card bill that President Obama signed into law in 2009 go into effect. Among them are rules governing credit card use by anyone under 21 years old. Starting Feb. 22, they can’t get a credit card unless they have an independent source of funds to pay the… Read more »

Google vs. China’s great firewall

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Description:  Google’s dispute with the Chinese government highlights some obstacles that Western companies face in China. Source: CNNMoney – video report   Date: 01/15/2010 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/fortune/2010/01/15/f_sl_google_china.fortune/ Questions for discussion:  How do you think Google and other foreign companies trying to develop their businesses in China should deal with these issues? Explain your thinking. Does the “controlled”… Read more »

Chrysler buys 60-second Super Bowl ad

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Description:  Chrysler will be the only U.S. automaker to advertise in this year’s Super Bowl, forking over millions of dollars to restore its image following its bankruptcy and the federal bailout that followed. Source: CNNMoney.com Date: 01/14/2010 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2010/01/14/news/companies/chrysler_super_bowl_ad/index.htm Questions for discussion: Do you think Chrysler is making a wise decision? Explain your answer. How… Read more »

China’s Round-The-Clock Auto Factories Still Cannot Meet Demand

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Description: Nissan Motor Co.’s factory in central China is making cars almost 24 hours a day, yet Pan Xiaowei still waited three months for her new Tiida compact to arrive at the dealership. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: 01/15/2010 Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601109&sid=av3dPlponcBw Questions for discussion: Explain the reasons for growth in the Chinese auto market. What does this… Read more »

Google Google everywhere

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Description:   From cell phones to microwaves, the search giant’s Android OS was all over devices at CES. Source: CNNMoney – video report   Date: 01/08/2010 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2010/01/08/n_cmr_google_android_ces.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion:  Do you think Google’s Android strategy will be successful?Explain your thinking. Google started as a search engine. What sort of business do you think Google… Read more »

3D jolts Hollywood

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Description:   DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg says 3D films may account for a fifth of box office revenue in 2010. Source: CNNMoney – video report   Date: 01/08/2010 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2010/01/08/tm_katzenberg_dreamworks_ces.fortune/ Questions for discussion:  Do you think 3D will continue to grow in popularity? Explain your thinking. Do you think the home entertainment market will be… Read more »

Job growth returns — then fades

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Description:  Employers once again slashed a substantial number of jobs off their payrolls in December, according to a disappointing report from the government Friday. But there was a small glimmer of hope as well. Source: CNNMoney.com Date: 01/08/2010 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2010/01/08/news/economy/jobs_december/index.htm Questions for discussion: Why is the loss of so many jobs so significant? What does… Read more »

Yahoo CEO Gives Herself B-Minus Grade in First Year

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Description: Carol Bartz gives herself a B-minus in her first year as chief executive officer of Yahoo! Inc., saying she could have moved faster to reorganize the company and strike a Web-search agreement with Microsoft Corp. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: 01/08/2010 Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601109&sid=a.Nuu2H6FSPY Questions for discussion: How would you grade Carol Bartz and Yahoo!? Explain your… Read more »

CBS chief: failed Leno/NBC experiment boosted CBS

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Description: CBS entertainment chief Nina Tassler said on Saturday that the No. 1 U.S. television network had reaped advertising benefits from rival NBC’s decision to move comedian Jay Leno to prime time in place of scripted drama. Source: Reuters.com Date: 01/09/2010 Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN095858520100109?type=marketsNews Questions for discussion:  Why do you think the 10PM time slop failed… Read more »