The Battle of Big Tech in North Dakota

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According to The New York Times, North Dakota is part of a new front in the battle over Big Tech and its power.  Questions\ According to the article, what particular practices of Apple and Google do the provisions of the North Dakota bill focus on? Why, if the bill fails in North Dakota, will Apple… Read more »

Tesla Invests in BitCoin

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According to the Washington Post and an SEC report, Tesla has invested  $1.5 billion in bitcoin and plans to start accepting the cryptocurrency as payment in the near future. Questions: As a result of Tesla’s announcement, what happened to the price of bitcoins? Alternatively, did Tesla show as much movement? How does the price of… Read more »

Slippery Slope or A Good Option for Turbulent Times?

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According to the Washington Post, shoppers who use pay-later options tend to spend more and buy more frequently than those who do not. Questions: How much are these buy-now, pay-later services going to grow by 2025? What national chains now have bi-weekly arrangements with customers for everyday purchases? Why are consumer protection experts warning against… Read more »

Are You Paying Hidden Covid Fees?

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According to the Washington Post, businesses across the country may be charging you undisclosed COVID fees. Questions: Consumers in how many states have filed complaints with state attorneys general offices regarding undisclosed COVID-related surcharges? What are these surcharges typically for? What types of businesses are the worst offenders? What measures are health insurance providers taking… Read more »

Jet Blue’s Trans Atlantic Feature

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According to CNBC, JetBlue is revamping its Mint cabin to feature suites with sliding doors. Questions: This is JetBlue’s first major redesign since what date? What type of jet will be equipped with the suites? How many mint suites will the planes have? When will the suites debut? Source: Josephs, L. (2021). JetBlue reveals suites… Read more »

Wheels Up and its New Deal

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According to CNBC, private jet company Wheels Up is merging with a special purpose acquisition company to go public at more than $2 billion, which is more than twice its 2019 value. Questions Which company has an equity stake in Wheels Up? How many people flew with Wheels Up last year? Where has Wheels Up… Read more »

An Update to Walmart’s Pledge to Fight Systemic Racism

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In the wake of the George Floyd protests, Walmart pledged to contribute $100 million over 5 years to fight systemic racism. Today, the company reported on its progress. Questions: How much will Walmart and its foundation distribute to 16 nonprofit organizations in its current contribution? Who did Walmart ask to lead the company’s Center for… Read more »

Investigation into the Appearance of Wrongdoing

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A finding that Leon Black, the billionaire boss of Apollo Global Management, paid the convicted sex offender $150 million. This touched off an attempt to remove him. Questions: What is Apollo Global Management? Who tried to unseat Leon Black as CEO? What act of contrition does Black plan for his role in giving money to… Read more »

Not Good News?

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According to the New York Times, unfortunately, European governments have extended national programs to keep troubled businesses afloat, but the aid may only be postponing the inevitable demise and ultimately making things worse in the future. Questions: According to the article, this recession in France and other European countries is the worst since when? If… Read more »

Not a Greek Salad

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According to the New York Times, Taboola, a company with catchy clickbait links, previously planned to merge with its chief rival. Now it plans to go public on its own. Questions: When do companies advertising through Taboola pay? What is the Taboola platform described as? What are the concerns that Taboola has in common with… Read more »