More about the “Make Amazon Pay” coalition

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According to the New York Times, Amazon surpasses all largest private employers in adding the number of workers in a single year. Despite this, the costs to workers is not covered by the online giant. Questions: Why does the article claim that health benefits and a 401(k) is not enough to compensate employees? Why was… Read more »

Not a Very Magical Kingdom

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According to the Washington Post, COVID-19 continued to hammer Disney in the final months of 2020, with the company’s revenue dropping 22 percent over the holiday period and a much smaller profit than usual. Questions Was the revenue better or worse for October to December 2021 than analysts predicted and by how much? What was Disney’s… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Dollar General Pays Employees to Get COVID vaccination

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According to the Washington Post, Dollar General workers who get the COVID vaccine will be rewarded with four hours of pay. This makes the company one of the first major retailers to incentivize inoculations for its workforce. Questions: What is the base rate for Dollar General workers? What barrier does the company hope to break down… Read more »

Icelandic Eiderdown

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According to Business Insider, real eiderdown is one of the warmest natural fibers you can find, but it doesn’t come cheap; an eiderdown double duvet could cost you over $8,000. Questions: Which part of the processes do you think is most expensive? How much is produced each year? Is harvesting the down a destructive process… Read more »

Humans: 1 Robots: 0

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According to Engadget.com, Walmart announced that they have decided to cancel their original plans to have robots to track and check inventory after they discovered that actual human employees were capable of performing the tasks just as well. Questions: According to the article, which function(s) were humans better at? When did Walmart start testing the… Read more »

China’s New Tough Stance on Tech

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According to the New York Times, despite the fact that Jack Ma and other entrepreneurs have prospered under Beijing’s laissez-faire attitude toward the business side of the internet, new investigations by China’s authoritarian government indicate that the dynamic is shifting as the companies have grown in power. Questions: What is the investigation into Alibaba about?… Read more »