Category: School of Management

Late-hour work e-mailing sends unsettling message

April 16th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, Kabrina Chang, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Kabrina Chang, School of Management

Many nights, the e-mails from his boss arrived between 2:30 and 4:30 a.m. — “no-man’s land,” in Michael Bodnar’s words…

Expert quote:

“It could constitute overtime and when the line between work and not work is blurred, it raises all sorts of liability issues.”

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Google Clarifies Gmail Snooping in Updated ToS

April 16th, 2014 in 2014, E-Commerce Times, N. Venkat Venkatraman, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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N. Venkat Venkatraman, School of Management

Google this week updated its terms of service with new language that more clearly spells out how it scans and analyzes user content, such as emails, to match it with targeted ads…

Expert quote:

“We need better ways to educate and engage consumers about how and where their data is used and integrated with other publicly available data.”

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FTC asks Safeway for details on merger plans

April 11th, 2014 in 2014, Newsmakers, Samina Karim, San Jose Mercury News, School of Management 0 comments

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Samina Karim, School of Management

The federal government has asked Safeway to hand over more information about its plans to merge with Albertsons and create a national supermarket conglomerate, marking the latest step in a thorny deal between two of the nation’s largest grocers…

Expert quote:

“If it has market power and that market power becomes too great, then that’s where the FTC will want them to divest.”

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Yellen’s Strongest Tool May Be Bully Pulpit

April 10th, 2014 in 2014, FoxBusiness.com, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

Janet Yellen, a hugely influential voice as the quarterback of the world’s largest economy, is on a mission to help 10.5 million unemployed Americans get back to work…

Expert quote:

“We’re not creating job growth by throwing money at the problem and we’re not going to see the Fed move off the course they’re currently embarked on. What Yellen’s doing is she’s trying to entice the business community by saying QE4 is not on the table.”

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Regulators line up to crack down on bitcoin

April 9th, 2014 in 2014, Bitcoin, Mark Williams, Marketwatch, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

It’s not so much a question of whether bitcoin and other virtual currencies should be regulated. Rather, it’s more a question of which government agency or agencies should regulate bitcoins and when it will happen…

Expert quote:

“There has to be regulation. We have to have more regulation. We have to have, in particular, focus on consumer protection.”

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Could bitcoin ever overtake the dollar?

April 9th, 2014 in 2014, Bitcoin, Mark Williams, Marketwatch, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

Bitcoin’s future as a digital alternative to paper money is a subject of fierce debate, but the cryptocurrency may also have a future as the basis for a global payment system…

Expert quote:

“The volatility of Bitcoin, the high volatility, is actually very disruptive and it’s a distraction from really the purpose and the payment system that could happen.”

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Bitcoin: ‘Highest risk, highest return’

April 9th, 2014 in 2014, Bitcoin, Mark Williams, Marketwatch, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

The past year has seen a flood of venture-capital investments into bitcoin-related companies. At the same time, the price of bitcoin has swung wildly and bitcoin investors have been left with little recourse in cases of fraud and theft, most notably with the collapse of the bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox…

Expert quote:

“Bitcoin the currency, it’s the equivalent of a locomotive. And it sits on a track, which is that payment system. Bitcoin itself, it’s not a company. You’re not buying an entity itself. You’re not buying a board. You’re not buying a business strategy. You’re not buying a balance sheet. What you’re buying is a potential.”

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When Branding Is Too Good: A Cautionary Tale From New York’s Citi Bike

April 7th, 2014 in 2014, Newsmakers, School of Management, Susan Fournier 0 comments

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Susan Fournier, School of Management

New Yorkers have racked up more than 7 million trips on Citi Bike, New York City’s bike-share system, since it launched late last May. More than 100,000 people hold annual memberships. Yet financially, Citi Bike needs help…

Expert quote:

“The meanings of Citi the brand are now forever connected to this bike thing, for five years. In the evolutionary plane of this [Citi Bike] brand, five years is going to be a long time.”

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Mark T Williams on the Flaws and Opportunities of Bitcoin

April 7th, 2014 in 2014, Bitcoin, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

Mark T Williams isn’t shy when mentioning his “steed” – the unassuming white bicycle parked in front of the Noodle Street cafe in Boston, Massachusetts, shining in the sun near some melting remnants of the winter’s snow…

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Not your grandpa’s labor union

April 6th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, David Weil, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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David Weil, School of Management

Last month, when the college football players of Northwestern University tentatively won the right to unionize, the ruling by the regional National Labor Relations Board asserted that even though these young men were students at their school, they were also its employees…

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