U.S., States Poised to Sue Facebook for Monopoly Abuse

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Description: Facebook Inc. will soon be hit by federal and state antitrust lawsuits accusing the social media giant of abusing its dominance and thwarting competition, according to three people familiar with the matter. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Dec 07, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-12-07/u-s-states-poised-to-sue-facebook-for-monopoly-abuse?srnd=markets-vp Questions for discussion: What does the report say about why FB is a target of… Read more »

About 150 Cadillac dealers take GM buyouts rather than invest in EVs

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Description: DETROIT – About 150 General Motors dealers have accepted buyouts and will stop selling Cadillacs as the Detroit automaker pivots the luxury brand to lead its all-electric vehicle efforts, a person familiar with the details confirmed to CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Dec 05, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/04/about-150-cadillac-dealers-take-gm-buyouts-rather-than-invest-in-evs.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: Explain why some dealerships… Read more »

Amazon says this year’s holiday shopping period has been the biggest in its history

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Description: Amazon said Tuesday that this year’s holiday shopping season has been the biggest in its history, as the coronavirus pandemic forced more people than ever to do their shopping online. Source: CNBC.com Date: Dec 01, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/01/amazon-announces-black-friday-cyber-monday-2020-results.html?&qsearchterm=amazon Questions for discussion: How well is Amazon doing these days? What explains this performance? Do you think… Read more »

France Thought It Could Reverse Globalization, but It’s Still Bleeding Jobs

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Description: The government is encouraging more factories, but C.E.O.s say labor costs in the country remain high. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 27, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/30/business/france-globalization-jobs.html?login=email&auth=login-email Questions for discussion: What does the article say is at the center of international competition? Can businesses succeed without government intervention? Should governments intervene to try to help businesses?

Moderna Designed a Covid-19 Vaccine in Just Two Days Thanks to mRNA Technology

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Description: If the pharmaceutical company is successful, we would be facing something greater than immunity to the coronavirus: the possibility of programming cells at will. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Nov 25, 2020 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/360574 Questions for discussion: What does the research say about the sophistication of pharmaceutical research and development? Do you think this article suggests… Read more »

BlackBerry surges most ever on Amazon auto collaboration

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Description: BlackBerry Ltd. surged the most since 2015 after the company signed a multiyear agreement with Amazon Web Services to develop and market its “Intelligent Vehicle Data Platform,” called IVY. Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Dec 02, 2020 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/blackberry-surges-most-ever-on-amazon-auto-collaboration-1.1530116 Questions for discussion: Explain the explosive jump in share value? How does this deal with Amazon… Read more »

US telemedicine users will surpass 40 million this year

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Description: This year, 41.7 million adults in the US will use telemedicine, representing 98.8% growth from a year prior, according to our latest estimates. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Nov 30, 2020 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/us-telemedicine-users-will-surpass-40-million-this-year?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the growth of telemedicine usage? How can this approach to medical service be better… Read more »

Zoom investors are looking to a post-pandemic 2021 even with current growth at over 300%

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Description: Zoom is poised to show another monster quarter when it reports results on Monday, with sales growth expected to top 300% for a second straight period. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 29, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/29/zoom-investors-look-to-post-pandemic-2021-even-with-big-q3-expected.html Questions for discussion: Explain the relationship of Zoom stock price to news releases about Covid-19 vaccines. What does… Read more »

Why the Voices Around Your Boardroom Table Matter

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Description: It’s painfully obvious that the startup community is still challenged by the task of creating board of director representation that reflects a diverse and inclusive membership. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Nov 25, 2020 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/359604?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email Questions for discussion: Why is diversity on the board of new start-ups particularly valuable? How can companies ensure a satisfactory… Read more »

Pushed by Pandemic, Amazon Goes on a Hiring Spree Without Equal

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Description: The company has added 427,300 employees in 10 months, bringing its global work force to more than 1.2 million. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 27, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/27/technology/pushed-by-pandemic-amazon-goes-on-a-hiring-spree-without-equal.html Questions for discussion: What does Amazon’s hiring mean for the company? Do you think these jobs signal good things about the economy? Which businesses are losing to… Read more »