Salesforce’s Marc Benioff unplugged for two weeks, and had a revelation that could change the tech industry

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Description: In early July 2018, Marc Benioff packed his iPhone and iPad into a FedEx envelope and mailed it to his summer home in Hawaii. The billionaire CEO of Salesforce then hopped on a plane out of San Francisco for a quiet two-week vacation across the Galapagos Islands, Bora Bora and Easter Island. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date:… 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 »

6 common beliefs about productivity that are total lies

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Description: Some conventional wisdom isn’t so wise. Productivity experts weigh in on some commonly held beliefs that are just wrong. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Jan 04, 2019 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90280925/6-common-beliefs-about-productivity-that-are-total-lies Questions for discussion: Why do you think these ideas about productivity have become popular? Do you subscribe to any of these beliefs? What are possible managerial problems… 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 »

Here’s how the Apple Watch’s heart monitor works

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Description: CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains how to use Apple Watch’s built-in ECG monitor. Source: CNN.com – video report Date: Dec 04, 2018 Link:  https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2018/12/05/apple-watch-ecg-app-health-review.cnn-business/video/playlists/top-news-videos/ Questions for discussion: Do you think this device will significantly increase consumer choice for Apple in place of other brands? Who is the target market for this and other health… 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 »