As China costs rise, technology lures U.S. factories home

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Description: Seesmart Inc (SEST.PK), a small California lighting company, used to make all of its LED products in China, but last year that started to change. Frustrated by expensive and slow shipping and wanting more control over the manufacturing process, the 15-year-old company started building factories in Simi Valley, California, and Crystal Lake, Illinois. Source:… Read more »

Facebook Falls After Report Fails to Quell Concerns Over Growth

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Description: Facebook Inc. (FB) plunged to a record low after its first earnings report as a public company showed a slower sales gain and narrower profit margins, failing to allay concerns over growth that have dragged down the shares. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: July 27, 2012 Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-27/facebook-falls-after-report-fails-to-quell-concerns-over-growth.html Questions for Discussions: What are the marketing, managerial,… Read more »

Putting artists to work

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Description: Struggling artists and performers sick of waiting on tables find a perfect business in child care. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: July 20, 2012 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/fortune/2012/07/20/f-sitters-studio.fortune/ Questions for Discussion: What is the competitive advantage? How would the management of this business be different than at any regular daycare center? What are the unique… Read more »

Kayak sails into the market

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Description: Co-founders Steve Hafner and Paul English discuss the future of the online travel website on the day of its IPO. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: July 20, 2012 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/markets/2012/07/20/investing-kayak-ipo.cnnmoney/ Questions for Discussions: Describe how Kayak works. How is it better than other online travel websites? How would you design an app for… Read more »

Yahoo: Help Us, Marissa Mayer. You’re Our Only Hope

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Description: The Yahoo! (YHOO) board of directors was leaving nothing to chance. The Internet company is known throughout Silicon Valley as a leaky ship whose internal deliberations often turn up on blogs or in other media outlets. So when the company’s four-member chief executive search team met Google (GOOG) veteran Marissa Mayer for the first… Read more »

Developers Turn to Facebook to Promote Apps

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Description:  Google Inc. GOOG -1.46%is close to a deal to pay $22.5 million to settle charges related to its surreptitious bypassing of the privacy settings of millions of Apple Inc. AAPL -0.36%users, according to officials briefed on the settlement terms Source: eMarketer.com Date: July 18, 2012 Link: http://www.emarketer.com/Article.aspx?R=1009198&ecid=a6506033675d47f881651943c21c5ed4#11Ii0MFIHpRsgQie.99 Questions for Discussions: Summarize the key strategic… Read more »

Marriott CEO: U.S. must relax visas for tourists

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Description: Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott, says the U.S. has a lot to gain if it caters to foreign tourists with relaxed visa and customs processes. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: July 13, 2012 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2012/07/12/n-marriott-tourists.cnnmoney/ Questions for Discussion: How does the visa application process affect the tourist industry in the U.S.? How can… Read more »

Macy’s Wins Against J.C. Penney on Martha Stewart

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Description:  Macy’s has won an injunction Against Martha Stewart Omnimedia to stop it from selling similar merchandise in J.C. Penney stores. Dana Mattioli has details on The News Hub. (Photo: Getty Images) Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: July 13, 2012 Link: http://live.wsj.com/video/macy-wins-against-jc-penney-on-martha-stewart/3140F6FA-9677-4199-88D7-E243EF64D7A9.html Questions for Discussion: Summarize the issues for all sides in this dispute…. Read more »