Amazon-Nike Powerhouse

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According to Reuters, Nike’s pilot program to sell certain products on Amazon and Instagram is a precursor to it forging a deeper relationship with online retailers, and could hit sales at sporting goods retailers such as Foot Locker Inc. Questions: 1. What are the benefits of this deal for Nike? 2. How is Nike trying… Read more »

The Dirty Little Secret about Big Pharma

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As the New York Times reports, when Big Pharma companies are under fire for skyrocketing drug prices, they would like you to believe that prices have to be so high to support research and development (R&D). But is that the truth? Questions: 1. What did the authors of the new study find that the 18… Read more »

Repealing an effective policy without immediate replacement? Good idea?

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In June, the secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, announced plans to dismantle a set of Obama-era policies devised to protect students and taxpayers from predatory for-profit colleges. However, data released in the final days of the previous administration shows that the existing rules were more effective at shutting down bad college programs than even the… Read more »

A New Ruling May Have Implications for the Technology Owner and User

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The Supreme Court dealt a blow to patent law use by corporations, saying that companies can only be sued for patent infringement in the places they actually do business. Questions: 1. What was the name of the case and what did it deal with? 2. What is the practical question of the case in reference… Read more »

And the challenges go on……..

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According to the BBC, the Court of Appeal judges in London have denied Nestle’s attempts to trademark the shape of its famous four-fingered KitKat bar. Questions: 1. Which countries have granted Nestlé’s four-finger shape a trademark registration? 2. According to the article, why is it difficult to prove the case in U.K. courts? 3. Briefly… Read more »

Too Many Bureaucrats?

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The California State Auditor has delivered a damning assessment of the management practices at the single largest university system in the United States. Questions: 1. What controls could have prevented this situation? 2. How does this affect costs? 3. According to the audit, how does the rate compare to other organizations within the California government… Read more »

So you want privacy?

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The privacy protections, approved in the final days of the Obama administration, would have required ISPs to get permission from customers before collecting and sharing their data. However, President Trump signed off on a repeal of the Internet privacy protections before they were able to take effect — despite an outcry from consumer groups and… Read more »

Time to Cash In

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Miss Kindergarten is in the million-dollar club. So are Lovin Lit, the Moffatt Girls and about a dozen other teacher-entrepreneurs who are spinning reading, math, science and social studies into gold by selling their lesson plans online to fellow teachers around the world. Questions: 1. What types of things do these websites offer? 2. What… Read more »

Tuition Free College?

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According to CNN, New York just became the first state in the nation to make tuition free for middle class students at both two- and four-year public colleges. Questions: 1. When does this program start? 2. What are the income caps in order to obtain free tuition? 3. What are the restrictions after graduation? 4…. Read more »

Really?

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Commonly called “pay-to-stay” or “private jail,” at least 26 jails in Los Angeles and Orange counties are opening their doors to defendants who can afford the option. This is evolving into a two-tiered justice system that allows people convicted of serious crimes to buy their way into safer and more comfortable jail stays. Questions: 1…. Read more »