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Description: It’s another way to reach students without internet or computers during the pandemic.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Jan 03, 2021

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/03/technology/teachers-on-tv.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about using television as a low-tech educational delivery system for larger audiences?
  • Do you think developing greater educational access via television makes longer-term sense after the Covid-19 pandemic fades away and classroom attendance returns to normal?

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Description: Fees remain higher than in many Western countries, particularly for online transactions, trade organizations say

Source: FinancialPost.com – video report

Date: Jan 06, 2021

Link: https://financialpost.com/entrepreneur/small-businesses-feeling-the-pinch-of-credit-card-fees-as-e-commerce-ramps-up

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the issues related to fees?
  • Should government play a role as arbitrator on behalf of small businesses?
  • What benefit is there for government?

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Description: The news that Haven, the joint health-care venture between Amazon (AMZN), Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A, BRK-B) and JPMorgan (JPM), will disband next month came as no surprise to many health care experts.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report

Date: Jan 04, 2021

Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/its-no-surprise-that-amazon-berkshire-jpm-health-venture-haven-is-disbanding-experts-213818212.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why did Haven fail to disrupt the health care industry?
  • How significant are health care costs in consumer decisions about health care, according to the report?
  • Do you think a tax benefits approach would work better for the industry, employers, and consumers?

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Description: BEIJING — China’s homegrown Tesla rivals are racking up sales in the world’s largest auto market.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Jan 04, 2021

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/04/chinese-electric-car-start-up-nio-doubles-deliveries-as-tesla-competition-rises.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How important do you think branding is for all of these competitors in the global market?
  • Do you think Tesla remains a good investment at this time?

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Description: LONDON – Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn has identified what he believes are the three biggest threats to humanity’s existence this century.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Dec 28, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/29/skype-co-founder-jaan-tallinn-on-3-most-concerning-existential-risks-.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the concerns related to AI?
  • Do you think they are well founded?
  • How can AI develop in a socially responsible way?
  • What role is there for businesses and government regulators?

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Description: In 2021, the biggest US beneficiary of the streaming bonanza will be Disney.

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Dec 24, 2020

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/disney-will-become-streaming-heavyweight?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • Why is Disney expected to grow so much, according to the analysis?
  • Why is subscription key to the long-term success of the firm?

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #755 – Host: Mitch Joel. Some managers work their way into the position after years of working for other leaders. Many managers, these days, are thrust into the position. That was Julie Zhou. Julie loves learning about people. As one of Silicon Valley’s top product design executives, she leads the teams behind some of the most popular web and mobile services used by billions of people around the world. Julie writes about technology, great user experiences, and leadership on her popular blog, The Year of the Looking Glass, as well as publications like the New York Times and Fast Company. She lives with her husband and three children in Silicon Valley. She was the first intern at Facebook, became a manager there at 25, and left recently after ascending to the position of Vice President of Product & Design. She was there for close to fifteen years. She published her first book, The Making of a Manager – What to Do When Everyone Looks to You, as a way to help new managers figure out their role, and how to help others. Enjoy the conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Dec 27, 2020

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-755-julie-zhou-on-becoming-a-manager/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • What makes Julie Zhou a successful manager?
  • What lessons can would-be mangers learn from this interview?

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Description: Here’s why the boost could be disappointing

Source: FinancialPost.com – video report

Date: Dec 31, 2020

Link: https://financialpost.com/investing/investing-pro/david-rosenberg-two-big-problems-with-the-pent-up-demand-everybody-is-counting-on

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the analysis presented by David Rosenberg.
  • Do you agree with his assessments and predictions?

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Description: How China’s economy bounced back one year after first Covid warning: CNBC After Hours

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Dec 30, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/12/30/how-chinas-economy-bounced-back-one-year-after-first-covid-warning-coronavirus-wuhan.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the highlights in this report.
  • Which industries were hit worst of all by Covid-19?
  • How do you think 2021 will play out around the world?

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Description: Elon Musk on Tuesday wasn’t about to let Apple Inc, suck up all the oxygen on Wall Street, on the back of reports that the iPhone maker was again considering rolling out an electric vehicle of its own by 2024.

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Dec 22, 2020

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/teslas-musk-claims-during-dark-days-of-model-3-he-sought-an-apple-buyout-11608675875

Questions for discussion:

  • Would a merger between Tesla and Apple have been a good idea?
  • What benefit is there today for Apple to go ahead with iCar?
  • Would you be an investor in either company today?