Apple’s Cook says focus remains on products

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Description: CEO does not see himself as replacement for Steve Jobs Source: Marketwatch.com Date: May 30, 2012 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/apples-cook-says-focus-remains-on-products-2012-05-30?siteid=nwtwk Questions for Discussions: What did you learn about the management style of Apple’s new CEO? How do you think this style will affect the performance of the company? Is he a better sort of manager for… Read more »

Facebook Users Interact with Brand Content Over Ads

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Description: Facebook is now a public company, and its revenue and advertising plans are under significant scrutiny. However, users are more likely to interact with branded content on the site, not advertising, which may be an obstacle for the social network down the road. Source: eMarketer.com Date: June 01, 2012 Link: http://www.emarketer.com/Article.aspx?R=1009089&ecid=a6506033675d47f881651943c21c5ed4 Questions for Discussions:… Read more »

Why China can’t let Europe slip

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Description: China has been investing heavily in European debt and opening its markets to retailers in order to diversify its risk. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: May 24, 2012 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2012/05/24/n-china-europe-worries.cnnmoney/ Questions for Discussions: Why is Hugo Boss opening more stores in China? Does this strategy make good sense to you? What does this… Read more »

Zuckerberg’s right-hand woman

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Description: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is the power behind the company’s explosive growth and ad business. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: May 18, 2012 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2012/05/17/t-ts-sandberg-facebook.cnnmoney/ Questions for Discussions: Who is Sheryl Sandberg? Do you think the “character” of Facebook reflects a female view to communications? Do you think she has the momentum to… Read more »

Fishing Industry Aids Iceland’s Recovery

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Description: Three years after a spectacular financial collapse, Iceland is coming back, largely on the strength of its strong exports. Video and reporting by Charles Forelle from the island of Vestmannaeyjar. Source: Marketwatch.com – video report Date: May 18, 2012 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/fishing-industry-aids-iceland-recovery/E1ED2AC5-D98B-4760-844E-67F8BA64A136 Questions for Discussion: What does this report have to say about economic recovery… Read more »

Why Warren Buffett Really Likes Newspapers

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Description: When Warren Buffett announced that his company, Berkshire Hathaway, was buying 63 newspapers from Media General on May 17, he issued a soaring statement about his belief in a beaten-down industry. Source: Busineweek.com Date: May 17, 2012 Link: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-05-17/why-warren-buffett-really-likes-newspapers Questions for Discussions: Do you think this is a wise investment? Did he get a… Read more »

Main Street’s uneven recovery

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Description: For some small business owners in Sayville, New York, Main Street feels like a “ghost town.” Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: May 11, 2012 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2012/05/10/n-making-it-on-main-street.cnnmoney/ Questions for Discussion: What does this report have to say about economic recovery on Main Street? How important is small business managerment to explaining why some businesses… Read more »

J.P. Morgan shares slump after $2 bln trading loss

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Description:  Bank’s loss is embarrassment for CEO, fodder for regulators Source: Marketwatch.com Date: May 11, 2012 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/jp-morgan-shares-slump-after-2b-trading-loss-2012-05-11?siteid=nwtwk  Questions for Discussions: Summarize the reasons for the loss. What do you believe this event will mean for the company, management, and regulators?