Wearable COVID Trackers: Business, Surveilance, or Both?

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According to the New York Times, sports leagues, large employers and colleges are turning to devices that could usher in more invasive forms of surveillance. Questions: What are the benefits of these devices? What are the costs of these devices? What fact in this article was the most interesting to you? How would you feel… Read more »

Cyber Security Breaches increase 300 percent for CPAs during Pandemic

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With many accounting practices rushing to provide access for remote employees and clients (without fully understanding security implementations), cyberattacks on CPA practices of all sizes has increased 300 percent during the COVID pandemic. Questions: What do the cybercrimals do as part of a ransomware attack? Why are firewalls and antivirus software no longer enough to… Read more »

Ditching Twitch

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Some of the biggest names in gaming are leaving Twitch for extremely lucrative contracts, according to CNN. Questions: What is Twitch? What are gamers doing instead of staying with the platform that has brought them fame? What tech platforms are luring these gamers? How much revenue has the online video gaming industry earned in 2019?… Read more »

How much profit do you make?

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For $250, you can now buy Apple’s AirPods wireless headphones, which are a smaller set of headphones with water resistance, active noise cancellation, and new touch functionality for phone users. Questions: According to the article, how much did the price increase over the previous model? What other competitors does the article mention? Which function mentioned… Read more »

Tech splits U.S. Workforce

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According to the New York Times, within the technology industry a small group of well-educated professionals enjoys rising wages, while most workers toil in low-wage jobs with few chances to advance. Questions: What is responsible for this great divide in the U.S. workforce at places like Intel’s $7 billion plant in Arizona? Why are start-up… Read more »

Be Afraid, be very afraid!

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Unilever is paying $1 billion for Dollar Shave Club, a five-year-old start-up that sells razors and other personal products for men. Questions: 1. Why does the author of this article say that all companies should be very afraid of this deal? 2. After Michael Dubin’s YouTube ad premiered, what happened in terms of orders and… Read more »

Credit Card Chips

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Did you ever wonder why so many retailers have chip-readable machines for credit cards, but tell you to swipe your card anyway? This article explains this frustrating issue for retailers. Questions: 1. Merchants have spent incredible amounts of money to get new chip-reading machines, so what is the reason for not using them? 2. Since… Read more »

The Age of the Employee-less Company

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During most of the 20th century, companies bringing in the most money also employed the most people. This article looks at a new paper from the Brookings Institute about the new age of ghost companies. Questions: 1. The article mentions Walnart as one of the five largest companies in 2012 that had 100,000 people employed… Read more »

Got App?

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Yahoo is looking to the future by targeting young entrepreneurs with enterprising apps. Yahoo announced Monday, March 22, that it planned to acquire mobile news reader Summly, which was the brainchild of 17-year-old Nick D’Aloisio. Yahoo plans to pay D’Aloisio a reported $30 million and he will become Yahoo’s youngest employee. Questions: 1. When Swartz’s… Read more »