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Description: DeepMind has struck a critical new partnership with Unity Technologies, the game-development platform used by half the world’s mobile games, including Temple Run and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and it’s one that could also help its nascent business.

Source: Forbes.com

Date: Oct 10, 2018

Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2018/10/10/the-world-of-warcraft-method-why-googles-deepmind-is-training-ai-in-virtual-worlds/#5d2f39bcd170

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the direction AI is headed?
  • Which sorts of applications for AI can you envision in the near future?
  • Which businesses will be affected (disrupted) by these developments in AI?

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Description: Today the company is announcing new original programming that puts users inside the story. Is it prestige TV, social storytelling, or a whole new medium?

Source: FastCompany.com – video report

Date: Oct 10, 2018

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90248568/snap-is-making-whatever-comes-after-tv?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=2&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=10102018&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTmpka1pURTFPR0ZqTUdVeCIsInQiOiJkR0VBcHByVzFjS082ZzVCVjdMbWxlZG9JVENoV1JKSGFzeGp4bEFRVnpzOWJ4UEJcL0czMTNuMDRSYlhaSU9LclU4Q2ZnWnNWNmRwZE5PZFIwQk95aFZONzVVVTlUSXdBUHptdGpFMFpjVTF2MlJxWWhWWHFyU0xRU1M5UmVEYmoifQ%3D%3D

Questions for discussion:

  • Why do you suppose Snap is attempting to develop these programs?
  • How can they increase audience use and sharing?
  • How can they be monetized?

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Description: Professionals want to feel invested in a company that has some kind of purpose. The ping pong is ‘just window dressing’

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Oct.03, 2018

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/1003-biz-dd-linkedin-fpe?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Financial%20Post%20-%20Entrepreneur%202018-10-03&utm_term=FP_Entrepreneur

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about how Canadian professionals evaluate a firm and decide about applying for work there?
  • Why is a firm’s online presence so important to this group?
  • What should HR departments take away from this report?

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Description: The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Oct 03, 2018

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies?srnd=businessweek-v2

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the problems and risks facing management and how they are dealing with them?
  • What else would you suggest?

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Description: Amazon, the second largest private employer in the U.S., is raising the minimum wage for its full-time and temporary workers to $15 per hour.

Source: Finance.Yahoo.com – video report

Date: Sep 26, 2018

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/real-reason-amazon-raising-minimum-wage-170807455.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the possible reasons for Amazon’s pay raise, according to the report?
  • What do you think is motivating management?
  • How has this affected the stock price?
  • Why do you think investors responded as they did?

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Description: Trump’s trade brinkmanship has offended allies, sown economic uncertainty, and achieved almost nothing. Hooray?

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Oct 02, 2018

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-10-02/usmca-united-states-mexico-canada-agreement-is-trump-s-new-nafta?srnd=premium-canada

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this editorial say about the results of the NAFTA transition into USMCA?
  • Do you agree with the conclusions?

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Description: Snapchat and Twitter are very different properties, but they have one thing in common: Both remain in the shadow of Facebook and Instagram. Even though they have far fewer users, solid ad opportunities on each platform are available, and both are managing to produce revenue gains despite their challenges.

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Oct 04, 2018

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/can-snapchat-and-twitter-benefit-from-dissatisfaction-with-facebook

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about consumer usage of social media platforms?
  • What do you think will happen to usage going forward?
  • Is there room for another platform, in your opinion?
  • What would it look like?

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Description: @CommentsByCelebs founders Emma Diamond and Julie Kramer spend their days combing Instagram comment sections for celebrity conversations. Here are their success secrets.

Source: Entrepreneurs.com

Date: Oct 03, 2018

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/321113?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • Describe this business model?
  • How can it be replicated for other Instagram environments?
  • How can it be monetized?

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Description: Province also led growth of businesses jointly-owned by women

Source: CBC.ca

Date: Sep 20, 2018

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/women-in-business-joint-business-growth-stats-can-1.4840878

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about women-owned businesses across Canada?
  • What are the reasons for higher rates in Saskatchewan?
  • Do you think understanding these reasons help develop more women-owned businesses elsewhere in Canada?

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Description: When Indra Nooyi steps down on Wednesday as chief executive of PepsiCo after a successful 12 years at the helm, there will be one less woman running a major American company. Her successor, Ramon Laguarta, is man.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Sep 28, 2018

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/28/us/missing-women-ceos.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=8&pgtype=sectionfront

Questions for discussion:

  • According to the article, why are there still so few women CEOs?
  • How should firms address this issue?