Alienating Customers?

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Microsoft confirmed it will acquire the studio that created the hit “sandbox” game Minecraft for $2.5 billion, a move that could help bolster the company’s Xbox and mobile ambitions. Questions: 1. According to the article, how does this acquisition strengthen Microsoft’s battle with other technology driven companies? 2. Why does the video hypothesize that Microsoft… Read more »

Payroll Accounting Fraud

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A former accountant for the University of Sioux Falls has been indicted for wire fraud for reportedly collecting more than $25,200 in unearned paychecks. Brent Alan Fowler, 52, faces 20 counts of wire fraud for individual payroll deposits. Questions: 1. What is the potential jail time for Mr. Fowler, if he receives the maximum punishment?… Read more »

European Backlash!

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According to the New York Times, across Europe, Google has been under fire. This reflects the broader challenges facing American technology companies. Fairly or not, Google has become a glaring proxy for criticism of an intrusive American government and concern over America’s unmatched technology dominance. Questions: 1. What other U.S. tech companies are being carefully… Read more »

Watch Out! They Know Where You Live!

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Eric Merklein, 67, didn’t know he had outstanding student debt until he received his first Social Security check. He thought that his grandmother had paid it off. Unfortunately, Merklein is among the more than 2 million Americans age 60 and older carrying student debt, which is up from about 700,000 in 2005. Questions: 1. What… Read more »

The Justice System and The Costs of Being Poor

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According to Mr. Edsall, the new growth industry, on the backs of the poor, seems to be private probation, correctional, and detention companies. In fact, Corrections Corporation of America, is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and reported revenues of $1.69 billion in 2013. Questions: 1. This collection of private probation companies and the… Read more »

Rip Off: We Work Hard for the Money!

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Although Guadalupe Rangel worked nearly 70 hours per week, he never saw any overtime pay at the Schneider warehouse in Mira Loma, California. As a result he joined a lawsuit involving hundreds of warehouse workers where he will likely receive more than $20,000 in back pay as part of the recent $21 million legal settlement… Read more »

Scamming scammers: The underbelly of debt collection

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From 2006 to 2009, the nation’s top nine debt buyers purchased almost 90 million consumer accounts with more than $140 billion in “face value.” This article details the saga of debt accounts that continue to be stolen, double-sold or otherwise exchanged without accurate supporting information by “debt collectors, including statements or copies of original signed… Read more »

Living without Water

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Thousands of people in bankrupt Detroit haven’t paid their water bills. Even some businesses have skipped payment. How is the bankrupt city dealing with the most basic of problems — getting people to pay their bills? Questions: 1. Detroit is the poster child for shutting off water to customers delinquent on their bills. Even though… Read more »

Is Herbalife a Ponzi Scheme?

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Herbalife is a company that sells weight loss shakes, vitamins and other similar products worth billions of dollars. The company has been around for more than 30 years. It is traded on the New York Stock Exchange. So what could be more legitimate? Bill Ackman, who manages a hedge fund thinks the whole thing is… Read more »

Will McDonald’s Appeal the Decision All the Way to the Supreme Court?

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In an era when companies increasingly use subcontractors and temp agencies to free themselves of employment decisions and headaches, the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board ruled on July 29th that McDonald’s could be held jointly liable for labor and wage violations by its franchise operators. Questions: 1. What percentage of the 181… Read more »