Apple is finally moving beyond the iPhone as the smartphone industry stalls out

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Description: Apple’s iPhone is an incredible moneymaking machine. In the first three months of 2019, Apple sold $31 billion worth of iPhones. At the same time, the iPhone is becoming less important to Apple’s total sales as the smartphone industry stalls globally. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: May 01, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/30/apple-earnings-show-company-moving-beyond-iphone.html Questions for discussion:… Read more »

How Social Media Users Have—and Have Not—Responded to Privacy Concerns

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Description: The Facebook Cambridge Analytica revelations changed the way people in the US think about online privacy. And it should come as no surprise that many have grown wary over the mishandling of personal information. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Apr 29, 2019 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/how-social-media-users-have-and-have-not-responded-to-privacy-concerns?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: Summarize the highlights presented in this article. Do you… Read more »

The best ways to save and spend money in your 20s and 30s, according to financial historian Niall Ferguson

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Description: Niall Ferguson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, says there are a few big things that every millennial should keep in mind when they start to earn and spend money. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Apr 29, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/29/niall-ferguson-shares-financial-tips-for-successful-millennials.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: Summarize what does Niall Ferguson has… Read more »

Toyota Plans Lexus SUV Investment for Canadian Plant

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Description: Toyota Motor Corp. plans to begin building two more Lexus SUVs in Canada, according to people familiar with the matter, a major win for the nation’s otherwise-struggling auto sector. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Apr 26, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-26/toyota-is-said-to-plan-lexus-suv-investment-for-canada-plant?srnd=premium-canada Questions for discussion: How well is the Canadian auto industry doing these days, according to… Read more »

Amazon on pace to spend $7 billion on video and music content this year, according to new disclosure

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Description: Amazon disclosed on Friday that it spent $1.7 billion on video and music content in the first quarter, providing a new number that investors have previously been forced to predict. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Apr 26, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/26/amazon-on-pace-to-spend-7-billion-on-video-and-music-content.html Questions for discussion: What competitive advantage does Amazon have in this marketplace? What strategy… Read more »

Richard Branson’s 8 Keys to Happiness and Success

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Description: It boils down to family, friends, fun, purposeful work and money — in that order. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Apr 22, 2019 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/331932?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email Questions for discussion: What are the keys to happiness and success, according to Richard Branson? What do you think about his thinking? Do you think most successful business leaders subscribe to… Read more »

Startups are racing to commercialize DeepFakes’s powerful, internet-breaking AI

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Description: A little over a year ago, an anonymous Reddit user named Deepfakes changed the internet. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Apr 23, 2019 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90337767/deepfakes-started-a-war-on-whats-real-these-startups-are-racing-to-commercialize-it?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=1&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=04232019 Questions for discussion: How does this AI software development present opportunities for entrepreneurs? What are the ethical and social issues related to the use of this software?

Pandora Appeals to Advertisers with ‘Co-Listening’ Data

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Description: More than 72 million people in the US will listen to Pandora on a monthly basis in 2019, according to our latest forecast. That’s 35.4% of digital audio listeners in the country. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Apr 23, 2019 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/pandora-appeals-to-advertisers-with-co-listening-data?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: How are listening behaviors changing? What does “co-listening factor” mean? How… Read more »

SPOS #665 – Cal Newport On Digital Minimalism

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #665 – Host: Mitch Joel. Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. In addition to researching cutting edge technology, he also writes about the impact of these innovations on society. Cal is the author of six books, including the recently published bestseller, Digital Minimalism and (a personal… Read more »

Metro grocery stores in Quebec will allow customers to shop with reusable containers

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Description: First major grocery store chain in Canada to allow these containers, expert says Source: CBC.ca Date: Apr 16, 2019 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/metro-reusable-containers-grocery-store-1.5098655 Questions for discussion: Why do you suppose the firm is introducing this program at this time? Do you think it will find acceptance with large numbers of customers? How can the firm encourage… Read more »