Google sister company wants a cut of Toronto’s property taxes for developing smart city

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Description: Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs wants a cut of Toronto’s revenue to build out its vision of a futuristic data-driven smart city. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Feb 15, 2019 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/google-sister-company-wants-cut-torontos-property-taxes-developing-smart-city-164129521.html Questions for discussion: What are the managerial issues related to this thinking for the firms and for governments? Do you think firms should be pushing for… Read more »

Huawei Sting Offers Rare Glimpse of the U.S. Targeting a Chinese Giant

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Description:  Diamond glass could make your phone’s screen nearly unbreakable—and its inventor says the FBI enlisted him after Huawei tried to steal his secrets. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 04, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-02-04/huawei-sting-offers-rare-glimpse-of-u-s-targeting-chinese-giant?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What does this report say about industrial espionage and management? What should managers take away from this report?

A tale of two toymakers: Mattel soars, Hasbro sinks, but there’s more to the story

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Description: On Friday shares of Mattel continued to soar after a strong earnings beat on Thursday, while shares of rival Hasbro sank, the result of a poor earnings showing before the bell. But there is more going on than these stock moves show. Source: CNBC.com Date: Feb 08, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/08/a-tale-of-two-toy-makers-mattel-soars-hasbro-sinks.html Questions for discussion: Why did Mattel stock price… Read more »

Apple needs a new retail strategy

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Description: New York (CNN Business)The Apple Store is at a crossroads. Its CEO is stepping down, and the iPhone, its most important product, is in a major slump. That’s bad news for Apple in the near-term — but a major opportunity for the Apple Store to take on an even bigger role for the company. Source:… Read more »

Early Facebook designer: “Sometimes you don’t know something’s wrong until it’s too late”

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Description: Facebook acquired Maria Giudice’s design firm in 2013. Today, she’s an independent consultant and an advocate for “designing for unintended consequences.” Source: FastCompany.com Date: Feb 08, 2019 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90303374/early-facebook-designer-sometimes-you-dont-know-somethings-wrong-until-its-too-late?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=5&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=02082019 Questions for discussion: What has changed online to make design so important to firms like Facebook? Why do you think Facebook acquired the firm, rather… Read more »

It’s not just Google or Facebook: The freezer aisle is ad targeting you now

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Description:  Walgreens is using cameras, eye tracking, and motion sensors to show you real-time ads meant to influence which ice cream you buy. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Feb 06, 2019 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90302382/its-not-just-google-or-facebook-the-freezer-aisle-is-ad-targeting-you-too?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=2&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=02062019 Questions for discussion: How is technology gathering consumer information and thereby boosting marketing effort? Do you think consumers will reject efforts to collect information… Read more »

Video Game Stocks Get Clobbered, and Fortnite Is to Blame

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Description: Shares of video game makers slid on Wednesday after Electronic Arts and Take-Two Interactive Software delivered disappointing results. Those two stocks, as well as shares of rival Activision Blizzard, were down more than 10 percent. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 07, 2019 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/06/business/dealbook/electronic-arts-take-two-fortnite-earnings.html Questions for discussion: What does this report say about the sources… Read more »

Esports Playing in the Big Leagues Now

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Description: In 2018, esports captured the attention of nearly 400 million viewers worldwide—and cable and OTT platforms took note, with media rights revenues topping $180 million. Source: eMarketer.com Date: JAN 31, 2019 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/esports-disrupts-digital-sports-streaming?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: Summarize what is happening in this industry. What advice is being presented to marketers? Do you agree with… Read more »

This clothing factory cuts waste by machine-knitting sweaters on demand

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Description: In Brooklyn, a company is trying automating knitting sweaters and making them to order instead of making thousands that then have to be trashed if no one buys them. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Feb 06, 2019 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90300313/this-clothing-factory-cuts-waste-by-machine-knitting-sweaters-on-demand Questions for discussion: How does this technology improve productivity and customer service? Do you think this orientation… Read more »

BlackBerry beefs up management team with new president

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Description: BlackBerry Ltd. (BB.TO 1.12%) said Bryan Palma would take over as the company’s president and chief operating officer, reporting to chief executive officer and chairman John Chen. Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Jan 28, 2019 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/blackberry-beefs-up-management-team-with-new-president-1.1204874 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the management changes taking place and the reasons… Read more »