Samsung in Hot Seat Over Abusing Chinese Workers

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Description: New York-based China Labor Watch has recently conducted a six month investigation into eight Samsung factories in China. The investigation has unearthed issues that include  safety, work hours and underage workers. Source: theglobeandmail.com Date: September 5th, 2012 Fresh off a billion-dollar loss in a patent fight with rival smartphone maker Apple Inc., embattled Samsung… Read more »

How an Eco-Friendly Fashion Startup Landed on Top Retailers’ Shelves in 6 Months

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Description: Georgetown University buddies Vincent Ko, Luke Lagera and Michael Mills have founded Panda, a Washington, D.C.-based sunglasses maker that uses sustainably-harvested bamboo for its frames. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: August 29th, 2012 It may sound like a ploy to get shoppers in the door, but the power of “green” and eco-conscious consumers can’t be denied. After all… Read more »

Why California Is Banning Social Media from the Hiring Process

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Description: California is attempting to pass a law that would completely remove social media from the hiring process. This includes denying employers the right to ask candidates for their social media logins and removing social media as a source of determining whether or not a person is “unfit or competent” to fill a position. Source:… Read more »

Should teachers and students be Facebook friends?

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Description: Nkomo Morris is one of many teachers who uses Facebook to communicate with students. Despite the perceived benefits of interacting with students in a comfortable environment, personal and professional lines can quickly become blurred with Facebook usage. Source: cbsnews.com Date: April 19 2012 Should students and teachers ever be friends on Facebook? School districts… Read more »

How a Pile of Student Debt Inspired a Venture-Backed Startup

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Description: Under the staggering debt of post-secondary loans, Rob Ebrahimi saw an opportunity to create a repayment recommendation tool that could help solve debt issues across America. In a sector where scammers and dishonest debt-management services can take advantage of uneducated consumers, ReadyForZero is empowering users to take control of their debt in a simple and… Read more »

Using Homeless as Hotspots for Wi-Fi

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Description: Emma Cookson says her company believes the “homeless hotspots” idea allows them to make money and connect with others. Source: cnn .com Date: March 13, 2012 Questions for discussion: Do you feel that using homeless for hotspots is an appropriate thing to do?  Why? Or Why Not? What is the biggest downside of using… Read more »