Nike’s online sales surge in days after Kaepernick ad debut

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Description: Despite backlash and boycotts by some consumers, Nike’s online sales actually rose in the days after the advertisement debuted. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Sep 06, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/07/nikes-online-sales-surge-in-days-after-kaepernick-ad-debut.html Questions for discussion: What does the written and video reports say about this issue? Do you agree with the analysis? How do you think… Read more »

Get ready for the “splinternet”: The web might not be worldwide much longer

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Description: Rising protectionism, nationalism, and security fears could see an internet sequestered by national borders. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Sep 07, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90229453/get-ready-for-the-splinternet-the-web-might-not-be-worldwide-much-longer?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=2&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=09072018 Questions for discussion: Summarize the key concerns for how the internet might evolve, as described in this article. How do you think the internet will evolve and how will this affect consumers… Read more »

Alibaba’s Jack Ma, China’s Richest Man, to Retire From Company He Co-Founded

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Description: HONG KONG — Alibaba’s co-founder and executive chairman, Jack Ma, said he planned to step down from the Chinese e-commerce giant on Monday to pursue philanthropy in education, a changing of the guard for the $420 billion internet company. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Sep 07, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/technology/alibaba-jack-ma-retiring.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: What is your impression… Read more »

Fans Are Becoming Increasingly Engaged In Fantasy Sports

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Description: With the NFL kicking off the 2018 season, we’re talking about fantasy sports on “Behind the Numbers.” How many Americans play fantasy sports? Why do they play? And what are the different spending habits of fantasy players? Source: eMarketer.com – podcast report Date: Sep 06, 2018 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/fans-are-becoming-increasingly-engaged-in-fantasy-sports Questions for discussion: Why does this… Read more »

You don’t need to have dug a mine to run one, female leaders say

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Description: Eira Thomas has discovered diamonds in the far north, co-founded mining companies and sat on a dozen boards — including Canada’s most valuable energy company. So the 49-year-old was a little taken aback when an investor recently suggested she needed to hire an engineer as chief operating officer to back her up in the… Read more »

The self-driving car startup that the auto industry actually trusts

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Description: Aurora, a startup developing software for self-driving cars, had barely launched when it found its place among the biggest names in the car industry. Source: CNNMoney.com Date: May 03, 2018 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/03/technology/aurora-self-driving-cars/index.html Questions for discussion: Why is the company so well connected to the industry? Describe the management culture, as presented in report? Do… Read more »

Zuckerberg Just Proved Once Again That Congress Doesn’t Understand The Internet

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Description:  Today’s jumbled Facebook hearing left little faith that Congress could ever draft a useful data-protection bill, much less agree on one. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Apr 11, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/40557799/zuckerberg-just-proved-once-again-that-congress-doesnt-understand-the-internet?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=1&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=04122018 Questions for discussion: Do you agree with the opinions expressed in this article? What should government do, if anything?

Facebook Is Making Big Changes to Its Relationship With Data Brokers

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Description: Facebook is placing new limits on the data it shares with data brokers—companies like Acxiom and Oracle Data Cloud, which compile dossiers on consumers so as to make it easier for advertisers to target them with appropriate pitches. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Mar 29, 2018 Link: http://fortune.com/2018/03/29/facebook-data-brokers-changes/ Questions for discussion: What are the changes taking… Read more »

Toys ‘R’ Us Is Closing Its Stores — But Who Will Take the Space?

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Description: The collapse of Toys “R” Us Inc. is yet another blow for landlords, who now will have gaping holes of suburban retail space up for grabs. And few tenants would want them. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Mar 16, 2018 Link: http://fortune.com/2018/03/16/toys-r-us-vacant-storefronts/ Questions for discussion: Why did the company fail? What could management… Read more »

How Flipboard Sorts Through Hundreds of Thousands of Articles Each Day

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Description: AI drives recommendations, but humans still play a role Source: eMarketer.com Date: Mar 22, 2018 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/publishers-use-ai-for-content-recommendations-and-ad-targeting Questions for discussion: Summarize the description of how AI is used in publishing. Why are humans still needed, in your opinion?