GE Baker Hughes

GE Baker Hughes GFF-1502-Look-at-the-facts---927x370   In 2014 Haliburton and Baker Hughes reached a Stock and Cash transaction agreement valued at $34.6 Billion.[1] The deal was later blocked (only months ago) on anti-trust grounds. If it had gone through, two of the top five energy companies in the world would have merged, creating a large obstacle for competitors in the energy sector. Two years later Baker Hughes is s…
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Facebook Summit

Facebook SummitGFF-1502-Look-at-the-facts---927x370   Facebook has been developing an educational software for students K-12 for some time.[1] Back in August of this year they announced a partnership with Summit Public schools (a charter network based in Silicon Valley). A total of 120 schools announced their plans to include Facebook’s student directed software. What this software does is allow students to set their own sched…
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AT&Time Warner?

AT&T Time WarnerGFF-1502-Look-at-the-facts---927x370   Amongst all the rumors and discussion, AT&T and Time Warner have finally come to an $85.4 billion merger agreement. According to USA Today, “AT&T will pay $107.50 per share of Time Warner.”[1] Time Warner is no stranger to large cash and stock type deals. Many still remember the Time Warner-AOL $94 billion fiasco from 2000.[2] But the cable company has remained resilient, …
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Starbucks IPA

StarbucksMegabrew   In June 2014 the Starbucks coffee chain announced its College Achievement Plan. By partnering with Arizona State University, the international coffee company wanted to help its employees continue their education.[1] Well, two years later and one can only assume some of those college students brought some of their social education to the chain. This month (October 2016) Starbuc…
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UPS Drone Delivery

UPSAI   I’m scared that one day I will look out my window and see more drones than clouds. It appears the question is not if delivery systems will replace drivers with drones but rather when. In previous posts I have mentioned shopping websites such as Amazon have begun experimenting with 30 minute drone delivery programs.[1] It would be foolish to believe this debate would begin and end wi…
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Bank of Japan: New Attempt to Revamp Struggling Economy

Bank of JapanGFF-1502-Look-at-the-facts---927x370   For almost four years the Bank of Japan has been aggressively buying mass quantities of bonds to push inflation.[1] It hoped to drive down the cost to borrow money to help encourage economic activity. The country’s economy has been struggling for two decades, averaging 1% growth annually since the ‘90s.[2] Not shy to experiment with unconventional policies, the Bank set inter…
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Snapchat Memories

Snapchatsnapchat-story   Four years ago (2012), Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion[1]; one year later they offered triple that for the ever growing social media platform snapchat.[2] While Facebook still dominates the social media realm, Snapchat and Instagram have managed to carve their own niche in securing 2nd and 3rd place behind Facebook in monthly usage (particularly among millennials).[3] Sin…
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EpiPen: Another Monopoly?

EpiPenGFF-1502-Look-at-the-facts---927x370   By now most people have heard about the cost of EpiPen rising over 400% since Mylan purchased the product in 2007.[1] Some people also know the CEO of Mylan’s pay has risen over 600% in that same time period.[2] As a response the company is scrambling to save their image. EpiPen is far from the only problem in the American pharmaceutical industry but it is a telling tale. Last su…
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Samsung Recall

Samsung RecallAI   Samsung has been giving iPhones a run for its money this year. The Samsung Galaxy S7 made up 16% of smartphone sales in the US during the first quarter while iPhone only accounted for 14.6%.[1] In August the company reached its highest quarterly profit since 2014.[2] But all the momentum built up by the success may come to a halt.  Samsung announced a major recall of 2.5 mil…
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Different Company, Same Story

UberAI   Is this just progress for progress sake? Remember when Uber was celebrated as an opportunity for anyone to put their car to good use, collect a few bucks on late nights or weekends, all while offering efficient transportation for its customers? It was so user friendly that even a professional athlete, like the Miami Dolphins’ Defensive Tackle AJ Francis, could use the app to make a…
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