Lockout at one of Canada’s largest smelters drags into 2nd year, with no end in sight

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Description: With pickets outside Alcoa’s aluminium plant in Bécancour, Que., output has been reduced to trickle Source: CBC.ca – video report Date: Jan 11, 2019 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/lockout-at-one-of-canada-s-largest-smelters-drags-into-2nd-year-with-no-end-in-sight-1.4973943 Questions for discussion: What does the report have to say about the history of this labour dispute? What would you advise the parties involved in order to settle… Read more »

Inside Facebook’s ‘cult-like’ workplace, where dissent is discouraged and employees pretend to be happy all the time

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Description: At a company-wide town hall in early October, numerous Facebookemployees got in line to speak about their experiences with sexual harassment. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 08, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/08/facebook-culture-cult-performance-review-process-blamed.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the managerial culture at FB. How are conditions affecting the company and its empoyees? How should management respond to… Read more »

How Starbucks went from one coffee bean store to an $80B business

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Description:  In its 47-year history, Starbucks has transformed from a single coffee bean store in Seattle to a 30,000 cafe international coffee power house. But massive expansion hasn’t come without growing pains. How Starbucks went from one coffee bean store to an $80B business from CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 07, 2019… Read more »

Amazon’s Biggest Bull Says It Should Disrupt Gas Stations

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Description:  Amazon.com Inc. is a dominant player in industries as diverse as cloud computing, streaming media, and of course e-commerce, but the next business it should set its sights on is decidedly more old fashioned: gas stations. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Jan 02, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-02/amazon-should-disrupt-gas-stations-says-street-s-biggest-bull Questions for discussion: What are the pros… Read more »

Some Bad (and Good) News for Facebook in 2019

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Description:  Looking ahead to key digital trends in 2019, eMarketer’s analysts render a bad news/good news pair of predictions for Facebook. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Dec 04, 2018 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/predicting-some-bad-news-and-good-news-for-facebook-in-2019 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about expected online viewing behaviors? What does this mean for online businesses and FB in particular?

These are Canada’s top places to work in 2019, according to Glassdoor

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Description: Recruiting website Glassdoor has released its annual ranking of Canada’s top employers, and this year software companies are taking home much of the hardware. Source: BNNBloombeg.com Date: Dec 05, 2018 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/these-are-canada-s-top-places-to-work-in-2019-according-to-glassdoor-1.1178136 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about what employees want in their work environment? Why do you suppose more companies… Read more »

This is why women leave jobs in tech

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Description: Not only are there still very few women in tech jobs, the ones who are there leave at a much higher rate than their male counterparts. Here is why and what we can do about it. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Dec 06, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90274067/this-is-why-women-leave-jobs-in-tech?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=3&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=12062018 Questions for discussion: Why do women leave jobs in tech,… Read more »

Why the Arrest of Huawei’s CFO Has Helped Send Stock Markets Into a Tailspin

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Description: Asian indices plummeted today—Nikkei 225 down 1.9%, Hang Seng down 2.5%, Shanghai Composite down 1.7%—and Europe’s Stoxx 600 is down 1.9% at the time of writing. The main catalyst for the continuation of this week’s selloff was the arrest in Canada of Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei and the daughter of… Read more »

Apple is in talks to buy a violent Israeli TV show and sign Richard Gere as lead, dispelling the myth that it wants only family-friendly video

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Description: Apple is in advanced talks to buy rights to a gritty Israeli TV show called “Nevelot” (English translation: “Bastards”) and adapt it for the U.S., beating out bids from competitors including Showtime, FX and Amazon, according to several people with knowledge of the deal. Source: CNBC.com Date: Dec 06, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/06/apple-pursuing-violent-israeli-show-nevelot-richard-gere-to-star.html Questions for discussion: Why is… Read more »

Rewarded Video Helps Mobile Advertisers Move on from Impressions

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Description:  Mobile video advertisers are on the hunt for ways to make their ads more engaging, and not just another commercial consumers have to tolerate. Rewarded video ads—also known as value exchange ads—seem like the answer. But are the benefits worth the cost? Source: eMarketer.com Date: Dec 06, 2018 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/rewarded-video-helps-mobile-advertisers-move-on-from-impressions?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: What… Read more »