Stay in the know in 60 seconds. May 24, 2018 1 min read At the McDonald’s annual meeting this week, shareholders are being asked to vote on whether they want to do away with plastic straws in the company’s 36,000 stores worldwide. While the company is exploring eco-friendly alternatives, being simultaneously cost-effective is the goal. Apple and Volkswagen are reportedly joining forces to build self-driving vehicles after prospective partnerships with BMW and Lexus fell through. The first project is going to be a shuttle to take employees to and from Apple’s Cupertino, California campus. Chipotle is getting a new home base. CEO Brian Niccol is moving the headquarters of the 25-year-old restaurant chain from Denver, Colorado, to Newport Beach, California, bout a 20-minute drive from the Taco Bell HQ in Irvine, California. Niccol was Taco Bell’s CEO before jumping on board to lead Chipotle in February, replacing founder Steve Ells. […]Read more
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Stay in the know in 60 seconds. May 22, 2018 1 min read Who has the most mobile payment users — Apple? Google? Nope, it’s Starbucks. According to eMarketer, 23.4 million people will have made an in-store mobile payment at Starbucks by the end of 2018. Former President Barack Obama and Former First Lady Michelle Obama have new job titles — TV and film producer. The former first couple signed a multiyear deal with Netflix to produce “scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features.” And a coalition of privacy and anti-monopoly groups have called on the FTC to break up Facebook by spinning off Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp. The groups also want stronger privacy rules and the ability to transfer information and communications between social media networks. Watch the previous 3 Things video: Can Zuck Outdo Harry and Meghan’s Royal Wedding? 3 Things to Know Today. Read_more Related posts: 5 […]Read more
Stay in the know in 60 seconds. May 21, 2018 1 min read Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to have tomorrow’s meeting with European Parliament leaders about privacy issues streamed live. Thirty million Americans tuned in to watch the royal wedding this Saturday, can Zuck’s ratings outdo Harry and Megan? If Google’s YouTube was a standalone company, it would worth the same as the Walt Disney Co., according to investment bank Morgan Stanley. How much? $160 billion. A little Monday motivation to stay focused: At the Moto3 French Grand Prix at Le Mans, driver Jakub Kornfeil avoided running over a fallen racer by jumping over him! Watch the video clip above. Have a great day! Watch the previous 3 Things video: Is It Saying ‘Yanny’ or ‘Laurel’? Read_more Related posts: The Cost of The Royal Wedding and The Niffy 50 Zuck Goes to Washington and Makes $3 Billion. Here Are 3 Things to […]Read more
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Stay in the know in 60 seconds. May 15, 2018 1 min read A Supreme Court ruling paves the way for states to authorize betting on professional and college sports. The 6-3 decision seems likely to have states scrambling to put plans in place for a new revenue stream. Despite opposition from Amazon, Seattle’s city council passed a law taxing large companies $275 per employee, per year to finance affordable housing and homeless services in the city. Other companies that will have to pay the tax include Starbucks, Nordstrom, Apple, Google and Facebook. And in another blow to Amazon, there has been a 33 percent decline in U.S. babies named Alexa since the Echo launched in 2015. Last year, 3,883 baby girls were named Alexa. Only 20 babies were named Siri. Watch the previous 3 Things to Know video: Elon Musk Announces a Tesla Hackathon Amidst Departure of Top Execs. Read_more […]Read more
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Stay in the know in 60 seconds. May 11, 2018 1 min read May the gender bias be ever in your favor! Women-led businesses may receive only 1.3 percent of venture capital funding, but it turns out that women founders pursuing crowdfunding are perceived by backers as more trustworthy than male entrepreneurs, according to research from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Could your city be the “pilot” for UberAIR? The ride-hailing company is asking cities around the world to bid to become the test site for its proposed air taxi service. Speaking of getting from place to place, Elon Musk just announced that the first tunnel made by his Boring Company, located under Los Angeles, will be ready for public use in a matter of months — and he said he plans to offer free rides to the public at that time, if regulators give the go-ahead. Watch the previous 3 […]Read more
Stay in the know in 60 seconds. May 10, 2018 1 min read The voice making an appointment isn’t coming from a person, but an artificial intelligence created by Google. This new functionality of Google Assistant will eventually roll out after testing, but for now this is an incredible demonstration. A fire at a parts factory in Michigan has caused Ford to suspend production of the F-150 pickup, America’s best-selling vehicle. A Ford executive said the company will have to rebuild its entire supply chain. Airbnb has announced that it will donate all fees from bookings made in Puerto Rico over the next three months to recovery organizations on the island. Its goal is to boost tourism back to Puerto Rico, which is still suffering from September’s Hurricane Maria. Watch the previous 3 Things to Know video: Dr. Dre Loses a Trademark Battle With a Gynecologist. 3 Things to Know Today. Read_more Related posts: Arizona Governor […]Read more
Stay in the know in 60 seconds. May 9, 2018 1 min read Dr. Dre lost a trademark battle with a gynecologist named Draion M. Burch, who goes by the name “Dr. Drai.” The OBGYN successfully argued in court that consumer confusion with the hip-hop artist was unlikely because “Dr. Dre is not a medical doctor.” Google says chill with the phones already! The company is developing new controls, expected to be released with Android P, that are intended to break our collective smartphone addiction, including a dashboard that will show you just how much of your life you’ve wasted watching cat videos on YouTube. The Wall Street Journal declared the worst job in America. And the winner is…the social media team of New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority. I would have gotten you all this report earlier, but my train was late today. Time to register my disgust on Twitter! Have a great day! Watch […]Read more
Stay in the know in 60 seconds. May 8, 2018 1 min read Uber gave us a peek at its flying car prototype, which looks more like a giant drone than a helicopter. If Uber has its way, you’ll be able to take one of its aerial taxis in two to five years. Initial prices will be similar to those of Uber Black, eventually coming down to the cost of an Uber X. Consumer Cellular plans to add a tablet for older consumers called a “GrandPad.” The simplified device will feature large icons for limited functions such as video chats, email and photos, as well as a special version of Lyft that will debut this summer. And Disney is set to report a Marvel-lous bump in second-quarter earnings thanks to the huge success of Black Panther. The superhero movie could account for 10 percent of the entertainment company’s operating profit […]Read more
Stay in the know in 60 seconds. May 7, 2018 1 min read Billionaire fight! Warren Buffett and Elon Musk got into a war of words over corporations using “moats” to fend off competitors. The result of the fight? Musk is launching a candy company to go after Buffett’s See’s Candies. Sweet! Bill Gates told CNBC’s Squawk Box that he would short bitcoin if there was an easy way to do it. The billionaire called Bitcoin and ICOs some of the “completely crazier, speculative things” he’s seen. Move over Ronald, McDonald’s has a new mascot. Or it should at least. 64-year-old Don Gorske, a retired Wisconsin prison guard, ate his 30,000 Big Mac this weekend, nearly 46 years after eating his first. This guy must have put a lot of plumber’s children through college… Have a great day! Watch the previous 3 Things to Know video: Tesla Takes a Tumble, and It’s Time to […]Read more
WhatsApp's CEO Leaves Facebook and 'SpongeBob' Takes on 'Mean Girls' at the Tony's. Here Are 3 Things to Know Today.
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Jeff Bezos Successfully Launched a Rocket and the Avengers’ Heroic Box Office Win. Here Are 3 Things to Know Today.
Stay in the know in 60 seconds. April 30, 2018 1 min read What did you accomplish this weekend? On Sunday, Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin successfully launched and landed the eighth test flight of the New Shepherd rocket. T-Mobile and Sprint officially announced their merger with T-Mobile CEO and president John Legere staying on to lead the new company. Marvel broke records with the biggest opening weekend of all time with Avengers: Infinity War making $630 million at the global box office. Read_more Related posts: SPI 285: Accidental Entrepreneurship and Design Commerce with Jeff Sheldon from Ugmonk.com Jeff Bezos’ Job Interview Process and Alexa Watches Your Kids! 3 Things to Know Today. We Present to You the Next Jeff Bezos Meme This Brand Has Something Not Even Jeff Bezos Can Sell 22 Weird Things We’ve Learned About Jeff Bezos Jeff Bezos Reveals 3 Strategies for Amazon’s Success SPI 228: Taking Care of […]Read more
Amazon Spikes Prime Cost to $119, and Dark Chocolate Can Help With Stress and Memory. 3 Things to Know Today.
Stay in the know in 60 seconds. April 27, 2018 1 min read Amazon more than doubled its quarterly net profit and plans to raise the cost of annual Prime membership by 20 percent, making the new price $119. In other news: If you’re feeling stressed or having memory trouble, dark chocolate with a cacao concentration of more than 70 percent might help, according to two new studies. And if you’re heading to see the new Avengers this weekend, you’re not alone. Estimates indicate the film could bring in up to $540 million worldwide. Read_more Related posts: 16 Incredible Amazon Prime Facts and Stats Amazon Is Doing What It Does Best: Making Lots and Lots of Money 7 Ways to Reduce Stress When You Are Overwhelmed and Need to Prioritize Amazon Is Laying Off ‘Several Hundred’ Employees Competing with Amazon in SEO SPI 292: The Dark Side of Affiliate Marketing (and […]Read more
Stay in the know in 60 seconds. April 26, 2018 1 min read Despite being embroiled in a huge data controversy, Facebook beat Wall Street’s expectations by raking in $11.97 billion in revenue. We’ll have to wait to see whether next quarter’s earnings are affected, however. Snap has followed up its less-than-successful Snapchat Spectacles with a second version. Like the first model, it lets you take photos and videos, but this version is waterproof. Nintendo is riding high on Rainbow Road. The Japanese video game company reported that it made 500 percent more in operating profit compared to the previous year. That, of course, is all due to its hybrid console Switch. Watch the previous 3 Things to Know Video: Jeff Bezos’ Job Interview Process and Alexa Watches Your Kids! 3 Things to Know Today. Read_more Related posts: Starbucks Beats Tech at Mobile Payments and the Obamas Have a New Gig! 3 Things to Know Today. A […]Read more
Stay in the know in 60 seconds. April 25, 2018 1 min read Looking for a job at Amazon? Prepare for some weird questions during your interview. It’s reported that Jeff Bezos’ executive squad likes to ask strange brain teasers to see how applicants approach difficult problems. Then the interviewers all vote on who gets the gig. Alexa will soon take on the role of virtual “nanny.” Starting May 9, parental settings will set a bedtime, load only educational apps and prevent kids from doing things like ordering an Uber or a meat-lovers pizza at midnight. According to a new Axios/SurveyMonkey poll, millennials say baby boomers have made things worse for them, citing big college loans, the inheritance of two wars and an uncertain future work landscape. In response to this, a majority of the boomers surveyed actually agreed. So that’s nice. Watch the previous 3 Things to Know Video: Amazon […]Read more
Palantir’s Data-Mining Software Was Used to Spy on JPMorgan Staff, and Company Terms Are Getting a Rewrite. 3 Things to Know Today.
Here’s your explanation of today’s biggest headlines, including a data-mining controversy, company terms and 4/20. Stay in the know in 60 seconds. April 20, 2018 1 min read “Terms and conditions” for companies everywhere might be translated into plain English as per the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will go into effect in May. (For reference, PayPal’s terms and conditions are currently longer than F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book The Great Gatsby.) While we’re on data: JPMorgan hired a security expert to keep an eye on bank staff, but there’s controversy about whether or not he went too far — using software by Palantir, Peter Thiel’s data-mining company, to collect GPS locations, phone conversation transcripts and more. Finally, it’s 4/20, but marijuana marketers still aren’t allowed to promote ads on platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Read_more Related posts: Facebook to End Targeted Ads Built with 3rd-Party Data Mining […]Read more
Stay in the know in 60 seconds. April 18, 2018 1 min read Procrastinators, rejoice! The IRS gave Americans one extra day to file and pay taxes after their site crashed on Tax Day. Yesterday, filers were given an error message that the site was undergoing maintenance until December 31, 9999. That’s a glitch that no one is in any rush to see fixed! Tammie Jo Shults, the pilot who landed a crippled Southwest plane after its engine exploded, was among the first female fighter pilots to serve in the military. Her calmness under pressure is credited with saving the lives of 144 passengers and five crew members. One passenger died in the explosion. Barbara Bush, one of the most popular first ladies in U.S. history, died at the age of 92. She was known for her passion for literacy, her loyalty to her family and her sense of humor. […]Read more
Stay in the know in 60 seconds. April 16, 2018 1 min read Blame the robots! In an interview with CBS, Elon Musk said that Tesla’s Model 3 production problems may have arisen because there were too many robots involved in the process and that the company would have benefited from having more living and breathing human beings on the line. Two black were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks after they were refused access to its bathroom because they hadn’t purchased anything and then refused to leave to store. Amid cries for a boycott, Starbucks chief executive Kevin R. Johson tweeted an apology to the men, calling the situation “reprehensible.” Today is the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon, where 30,000 runners are battling rain, wind and cold temperatures. This is the fifth anniversary of the deadly 2013 bombings at the finish line. So if you need a good dose of inspiration this morning, tune in and […]Read more