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Description: It was a Davos for digital hucksters. One day last June, scammers from around the world gathered for a conference at a renovated 19th century train station in Berlin.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Mar 27, 2018

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-03-27/ad-scammers-need-suckers-and-facebook-helps-find-them

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the warnings managers and users should take away from this article?
  • Can anything be done to defend against the threats posed?

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Description:  A fake alliance between Warby Parker and Arby’s came off like the ultimate dad joke. It’s not a good look for the fashionable eyewear startup.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Apr 02, 2018

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/40553054/the-day-warby-parker-lost-its-cool

Questions for discussion:

  • What do you think of the “April fools joke”?
  • What are the lessons for management as a result of this publicity?
  • Do you think damage has been done to either brand?
  • What should Warby Parker do next, if anything?

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Description: Laura helps innovators, idealists, and iconoclasts get unstuck and achieve their best results. It’s not just your standard motivation stuff… far from it. Through her business, Limitless Possibility, Laura collaborates with entrepreneurs and investors to push past the doubt and indecision that consign great ideas to limbo. She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and perspective informed by decades of navigating change across the start-up, nonprofit, political, and philanthropic landscapes.

Source: Sixpixels.mirumagency.com.com – podcast

Date: Apr 02, 2018

Link: http://sixpixels.mirumagency.com/podcast/archives/spos-612—limitless-possibilities-with-laura-gassner-otting/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Marketing+and+Communications+Insights+Podcast+-+Mitch+Joel+at+Twist+Image%29

Questions for discussion:

  • What did you learn from this podcast about leadership, motivation and career development?
  • How does entrepreneurship thinking help Laura Gassner achieve success?

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Description: A pioneer in live streaming, the NCAA now is seeing its aggressive early efforts pay off with broadcast-size audiences and ad rates. To mark the national college basketball championships, we break down the sports streaming data on our “Behind the Numbers” podcast.

Source: eMarketer.com – podcast

Date: Apr 02, 2018

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/sports-streaming-podcast?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain March Madness and why it resonates with so many people.
  • How has streaming affected the marketing of the tournament?
  • Why does it work so well?

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Description: Airline says it has zero tolerance for harassment or discrimination

Source: CBC.ca

Date: Mar 28, 2018

Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/air-canada-sexual-harassment-flight-attendants-cupe-1.4597640

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the issues raised in this report.
  • How should management and employees deal with complaints?

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Description: Walmart customers looking to toss the latest issue of Cosmopolitan magazine into their shopping carts will have to search the superstore a little harder.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Mar 28, 2018

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/28/business/media/walmart-cosmo.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=6&pgtype=sectionfront

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this debate say about changing social attitudes?
  • How should retail managers and publishers deal with the debate over content?

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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 place at Facebook?
  • How are they expected to affect the firm, according to the report?
  • Do you think users will be satisfied with the changes?

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Description: Vegetarians have long touted the ethical and environmental problems with meat production and consumption. Start-ups such as MosaMeat, JUST and Memphis Meats are tissue-engineering meat in a lab to allow people to enjoy being a carnivore without any of the environmental or ethical hang-ups.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Mar 23, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/23/bill-gates-and-richard-branson-bet-on-lab-grown-meat-startup.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Who is the target market for this industry?
  • What will determine the consumer accesptance or rejection of the product?
  • Develop a sketch of a business plan for one product.
  • Can this be a small business industry?

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Description:  Apple has been outspoken about user data privacy, but hasn’t required a bigger warning label on the Facebook iOS app.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Mar 29, 2018

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/40551319/apple-has-been-an-enabler-in-facebooks-data-harvesting-scandal?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=4&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=03292018

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the issues facing managers dealing with privacy?
  • Do you think Tim Cook’s criticisms are fair?
  • How should the industry respond to the current public discussions?

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Description: Around the world, hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people use buses to get around towns and cities.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Mar 29, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/29/future-travel-california-made-bus-travels-1000-miles-on-single-charge.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why is this technological development so important for the environmental movement?
  • Do you think governments should subsidize purchases through municipal bus companies?