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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?

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Description: Digital video continues double-digit growth; OTT spend rises

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Mar 28, 2018

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/us-tv-ad-spending-to-fall-in-2018?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize what the article says about ad spending?
  • Why is this happening?
  • How can traditional media deal with this environment?

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Description: It’s hard to fathom why Facebook’s number two has gone along with a crisis strategy that puts herself (and Mark Zuckerberg) squarely behind the curtain.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Mar 21, 2018

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/40547010/at-a-moment-of-crisis-facebook-needs-sheryl-sandberg-out-front

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about the response expected from Facebook?
  • What do you think is going on behind the scenes?
  • What message would you send out and who should make the presentation on behalf of the company?

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Description: Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) discusses what lawmakers want to hear from Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the data scandal as well as how, if at all, social media companies and data compilers should be regulated.

Rep. Walden: These are the issues we need Zuckerberg to address from CNBC.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Mar 22, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/03/22/rep-walden-these-are-the-issues-we-need-zuckerberg-to-address.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Based on this report, how do you think government regulators are likely to deal with Facebook?
  • What are the problems related to greater government involvement in this industry, in your opinion?
  • Do you think Facebook can remain a global monopoly?

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Description: The collapse of Toys “R” Us Inc. is yet another blow for landlords, who now will have gaping holes of suburban retail space up for grabs. And few tenants would want them.

Source: Fortune.com – video report

Date: Mar 16, 2018

Link: http://fortune.com/2018/03/16/toys-r-us-vacant-storefronts/

Questions for discussion:

Why did the company fail?

  • What could management have done to prevent failure, in your opinion?
  • Why is this situation a particular problem for landlords?
  • How will this failure impact the retail industry?

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Description:  But while the social media giant is most under fire, the problem is industry-wide.

Source: FastCodesign.com

Date: Mar 22, 2018

Link: https://www.fastcodesign.com/90164921/facebook-has-an-app-problem

Questions for discussion:

  • How does the article describe and explain the problem?
  • What are the solutions from a corporate and user point of view?
  • Do you think users of Facebook and other apps will change their behaviors, given recent events?

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Description: Forget space travel; this is the future we really need.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Mar 8, 2018

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-08/your-next-hotel-room-might-have-wine-on-tap

Questions for discussion:

  • Who is the target market for this service?
  • Why does this service make sense from an operations management point of view?