The World of Drones

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At a farm in Dublin, Ireland, Paul Brennan took a video that has gone viral for its creativity in using drones – rounding up sheep. Questions: 1. Put on your thinking cap. Is there any task that a drone could do in the future to assist the accountant or auditor? 2. Besides Amazon, what other… Read more »

No longer Big Brother watching – Now its Big Teacher!

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At Rutgers University, online student must download Proctortrack, a new anti-cheating technology, prior to taking exams. Questions: 1. Did you agree or disagree that the software was intrusive? Discuss the pros and cons of it. 2. Do you agree or disagree that human behavior in test taking can be reduced to an algorithm? Discuss. 3…. Read more »

A First!

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Cathy Engelbert has been named CEO of Deloitte, becoming the first woman CEO of a major U.S. accounting and consulting firm. Questions: 1. What are the names of the Big 4 accounting firms? 2. How long has Ms. Engelbert been with Deloitte? 3. What distinctions does Deloitte hold with respect to hiring? Source: Frizell, S…. Read more »

Attack of the SuperCookies!

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What is your privacy worth? Most people would say A LOT! According to Craig Timberg, Verizon and AT&T have been quietly tracking the Internet activity of more than 100 million cellular customers with what critics have dubbed “supercookies.” These supercookies cannot be erased and can even get around the “private” or “incognito” settings on your… Read more »

The new trend in non-compete clauses

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If you are a chief executive of a large company, you very likely have a non-compete clause in your contract and also understand the importance of this clause in preventing you from jumping ship to a competitor until some period has elapsed. However, according to the New York Times, non-compete clauses are popping up in… Read more »

How much do you have to make to get a checking account?

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Zikomo Fields makes more than $100,000 a year in his job as a software engineer in Kansas City. However, he cannot get a bank account because of a little-known database that tracks financial transgressions, known as ChexSystems. Financial institutions who subscribe to this service view it as fraud prevention. However, New York Attorney General Eric… Read more »

To compete or not compete – Upside or Downside?

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Noncompete clauses are now appearing in far-ranging fields beyond the worlds of technology, sales and corporations with tightly held secrets, where the curbs have traditionally been used. Questions: 1. What industries have recently seen more noncompete clauses? 2. What clause were you most surprised at? 3. What are the costs and benefits of noncompete clauses?… Read more »

Will your digital brain let you slow down?

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What are the consequences of reading with the interactivity of the Internet? Researchers warn that people seem to be developing digital brains with new circuits for skimming through the torrent of information online and this is actually competing with our traditional deep reading circuitry. Questions: 1. How do you think that this could impact auditors… Read more »

Not a good argument

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In a ruling on December 23, 2013, the U.S. Tax Court denied a Florida MBA student, with little work experience the claim for deduction of his tuition costs as a business expense. Questions: 1. What was the concentration (major area of study) of the student’s MBA degree? 2. What was the amount of the bill… Read more »

A Back Door or Bribery?

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JP Morgan’s “Sons and Daughters” hiring program is under scrutiny by federal regulators. Confidential documents obtained from the company are being explored to shed light on whether the program indicates wrongdoing by the bank to hire children of China’s ruling elite, in order to secure existing and future business from Chinese-government-run companies. Questions: 1. Based… Read more »