Even at the Height of the Pandemic, Many US Adults Still Unplugged from Their Devices

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Description: Long before consumers were stuck at home during the pandemic—and forced to rely on technology as the only way to communicate or spend time with friends and family—tech addiction was making headlines. Many struggled to put down their phones and enjoy real-life facetime, leading some to intentionally unplug. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Ocy 02, 2020… Read more »

Google commits $1 billion in licensing payments to news publishers over next 3 years

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Description: Google said Thursday it will pay publishers more than $1 billion over the next three years to license news content for a new product called Google News Showcase. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Oct 02, 2020 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/google-commits-1-billion-in-licensing-payments-to-news-publishers-over-next-3-years-2020-10-01?mod=home-page Questions for discussion: Describe the new model Google is rolling out. Do you think it will satisfy most… Read more »

As Donations Shift in the Pandemic, New Databases Aim to Help

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Description: As Donations Shift in the Pandemic, New Databases Aim to Help Source: NYTimes.com Date: Sep 25, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/25/your-money/donations-social-causes-coronavirus.html Questions for discussion: What does the article say is happening to donor behavior at this time? How are databases helping organizations?

Telemedicine

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Description: When the coronavirus hit, medical practitioners started ramping up their virtual offerings – notably appointments via videoconferencing apps such as FaceTime and Zoom – as a way to continue caring for patients and keep their businesses alive. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Sep 12, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/quicktake/telemedicine?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about… Read more »

Crisis Management: Walmart+ ‘not aggressive enough’ to take on Amazon

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 Description: Yahoo Finance Canada’s Alicja Siekierska and strategy expert Mark Satov discuss Walmart’s new membership service and how it will stack up against Amazon Prime. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Sep 04, 2020 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/video/crisis-management-walmart-not-aggressive-194154877.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say about Walmart’s effort to launch a competing plan against Amazon Prime?… Read more »

Roku CEO Anthony Wood

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Description: Roku CEO Anthony Wood talks about Roku’s business model, streaming technology and it’s relationship with content providers like Disney. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Feb 15, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/02/14/watch-cnbcs-full-interview-with-roku-ceo-anthony-wood.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points made by Anthony Wood favouring the growth of streaming and Roku in particular. How is Roku complementing… Read more »

Zuckerberg: Our new honesty-first approach is ‘going to piss off a lot of people’

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Description: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday said the social media company is going to stand for principles it believes in whether or not people like it. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 31, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/31/mark-zuckerberg-silicon-slopes-speech-honesty-will-piss-off-people.html Questions for discussion: What are the issues facing social media firms like Facebook? What do you think about… Read more »

How companies like Google and IBM plan to profit from quantum computing

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Description: How companies like Google and IBM plan to profit from quantum computing Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 23, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/01/17/how-quantum-computing-works-google-ibm-dwave-amazon.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the key ideas and issues facing the firms involved in the quantum computing environment. What are some of the applications and opportunities, according to the report?

SPOS #703 – Brett Hurt On Entrepreneurship And Starting Up

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #703 – Host: Mitch Joel. He’s an old friend and someone who has experienced a tremendous amount of success in the technology and startup world. While many know his name… most do not. Let’s change that. Brett Hurt is the CEO and co-founder of data.world (of which I am an advisor),… Read more »

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 »