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 »

These incredible Canada Goose parkas were created by Inuit designers

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Description: Inuit invented the first parkas. With its new collection, Canada Goose highlights the work of Inuit seamstresses keeping their heritage alive. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Feb 07, 2019 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90302431/these-incredible-canada-goose-parkas-were-created-by-inuit-designers?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=1&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=02072019 Questions for discussion: What are the social and economic benefits derived from this program for all parties involved? Do you think design is a critical… 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 »

Insulin has become so expensive that this diabetic is trying to make his own

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Description: Insulin is a life-saving drug for diabetics. Since 2002, the price has more than tripled and some diabetics can’t afford it. People have died rationing their doses, and some are turning to other countries to buy it at a cheaper price. Now, there’s a team of biohackers called the Open Insulin Project in Oakland, California who are… Read more »

People say they care about Facebook’s privacy scandals, but their actions show they don’t — here’s what that means for other tech giants

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Description: Facebook pleased investors Wednesday by reporting a strong quarter of earnings led by impressive statistics on user activity for the fourth quarter of 2018. Source: CNBC.com Date: Jan 31, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/31/people-say-they-care-about-facebooks-privacy-scandals-but-they-dont.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say about social media users’ attitudes toward privacy? How should management of social media firms deal with this… Read more »

No joke: Comedy Central wants you to watch its new shows on cable, not online

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Description: The veteran network that’s been a go-to for South Park and Tosh 2.0 is pursuing a 3.0 strategy that veers away from chasing online views and embraces the strengths of both digital and linear video Source: FastCompany.com Date: JAN 31, 2019 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90295808/no-joke-comedy-central-wants-you-to-watch-its-new-shows-on-cable-not-online?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=5&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=01312019 Questions for discussion: How has Comedy Central’s strategies changed? Do you… Read more »

Unifor calls for Canadian boycott on GM vehicles built in Mexico

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Description: The union representing workers at General Motors’ Oshawa assembly plant on Friday called on Canadians to boycott any of the automaker’s vehicles manufactured in Mexico. Source: CBC.ca Date: Jan 25, 2019 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/oshawa-unifor-gm-plant-boycott-mexico-1.4992989 Questions for discussion: Do you think this union strategy will have any positive results or cause GM to respond in some way?… Read more »

The Most Sustainable Companies In 2019

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Description: As political and business leaders gather for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week, a roster of the most sustainable companies is also enjoying a moment in the spotlight. Source: Forbes.com Date: Jan 22, 2019 Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/karstenstrauss/2019/01/22/the-most-sustainable-companies-in-2019/#8dd695e6d7da Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the meaning of sustainability today and… Read more »