What a Time to be Offline!

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According to BusinessInsider.com, Robinhood, a millennial favorite stock app, was offline for iPhone and Android users during the entire day, when the Dow made its biggest point gain ever. Questions: What do millennials see as the benefit of Robinhood? By how many points did the Dow Jones industrial average rise on Monday after the horrible… Read more »

Supply Chain Worries

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According to the New York Times, Amazon has recently responded to the coronovirus crisis by making larger and more frequent orders of Chinese-made products that had already been shipped to the United States, according to company emails and consultants who work with major brands. Questions: What midsummer event is Amazon already worried about? What are… Read more »

Bernie Ebbers, the Telecom myth

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According to the New York Times, the former chief of WorldCom, convicted in one of the largest corporate accounting scandals in U.S. history, died yesterday, just over a month after his early release from prison. Questions: What happened to World Com in 2002? How long was Ebbers sentence and what were the allegations against him?… Read more »

Micron Technology – Trade War, Ground Zero

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According to the New York Times, Micron Technology, an Idaho semiconductor company, is at the heart of Mr. Trump’s trade war. Questions: What products does Micron make? How is the trade deal meant to help Micron? How will the trade deal hurt Micron? What does the trade deal fail to do? Source: Swanson, A. and… Read more »

Netflix studios on a roll!

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After capturing the most 2020 Oscar nominations of any studio, Netflix stock is trading up 3.5%. Questions: Which film received the most nominations? Between Netflix movies and original series, how many total Oscar nominations did Netflix receive? How does this compare with its Golden Globe awards? According to Bloomberg data, what is the consensus price… Read more »

Ghosn Update

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According to the New York Times, Carlos Ghosn, former automobile CEO who proclaims his innocence, was aided in his escape from Japan by an American security consultant on a Turkish chartered jet. Questions: Who was the American security consultant? How did MNG Jet, the charter company, allow Ghosn on the plane? After Ghosn got to… Read more »

Stay Tuned: Carlos Ghosn – On the Lamb?

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At the time of this writing, Carlos Ghosn has unexpectedly left Japan. Questions: What charges is Carlos Ghosn facing? In exchange for Mr. Ghosn’s release from prison on bail, earlier this year, what were the terms? In which country are anonymous sources reporting that Mr. Ghosn is staying? Source: Flitter, E. (2019). Carlos Ghosn, Fallen… Read more »

Bernie Ebbers Gets Out Early

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According to Accounting Today, Bernie Ebbers, infamous for the World Com fraud was granted early release for health reasons. Questions: What is the First Step Act and why did the author think that this had a bearing on the case? How long had Bernie Ebbers served? When MCI went bankrupt as a function of the… Read more »

Stealing Streaming

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According to the Washington Post, a pair of Las Vegas computer programmers pleaded guilty last week to operating massive unauthorized streaming services that authorities say rivaled the libraries of Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu and cost copyright owners millions. QUESTIONS; 1. How did the two men steal these amounts of money? 2. What was iStreamitAll’s… Read more »

Jay-Z settlement prior to fraud charges

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According to Accounting Today, the founder of apparel licenser Iconix Brand Group, which last month settled a high-profile dispute with the rapper Jay-Z, was charged by federal prosecutors with inflating the company’s revenue and earnings. Questions: Who was named in the indictment? What are their roles in the investigation? How much was the civil settlement… Read more »