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The Race to Make Virtual Reality an Actual (Business) Reality

<b>By Jeffrey M. O'Brien</b><p>Photographs by Bob Croslin for Fortune Magazine<p>April 27, 2016, 6:30 AM EDT<p><i>Big corporations are investing billions—but the</i> …

Virtual Reality

Burger King Tried To Make A "McWhopper" And McDonald's Shut Them Down

Sorry not sorry. It's never going to happen.<p>In an unusually passive-aggressive and short-lived advertising campaign, Burger King proposed a day of "peace" with McDonald's via a Whopper–Big Mac burger mashup called the "McWhopper," which would be available for just one day at just one pop-up …

5 Innovative Ad Tech Companies You Should Know About

There are hundreds of companies in the ad tech industry competing for a vast and growing amount of money. These companies range in size from Google, the dominant player, to tiny startups you’ve never heard of.<p>To thrive in this environment of intense competition, independent ad tech companies will …

Digital Advertising

The 'Wolf of WhatsApp' wants to sell you penny stocks

Someone ruthlessly promotes a stock they hold, driving up the price based on artificial interest, and then sells before everyone realizes the interest was just manufactured.<p>Oftentimes, those stocks are "penny stocks," which don't trade on an exchange and are worth only a few cents a share.<p>Real life …

Stocks
Goldman Sachs

Bitcoin's Anarchists Can't Make Up Collective Mind

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.<p>If you believe that you may have received this message in …

The Global Economy Is Looking Very 1990s

Oil prices are falling, seemingly inexorably. Emerging market countries are having currency crises. A previously unstoppable East Asian economic …

Economics

Four decades-old companies that are growing like start-ups

The ascendancy of technology in America’s corporate hierarchy has conditioned us to equate “fast-growing” with “new.” When you hear that a business …

Startups

Apple was falling today, but it bounced back

Apple share prices closed at $115.27 on Wednesday compared to $113.59 on Tuesday. But they dipped down to roughly $110 on Wednesday morning.<p>Apple stock has been falling since the company reported earnings at the end of July. It's down ~17% over that period.<p>There's no immediately obvious reason for …

iPhone

Global stocks sinks as Chinese currency weakens further

NEW YORK (AP) — A second day of declines in China's currency is sending global stocks lower as traders worry about weakness in the world's second-largest economy.<p>The Dow Jones industrial average lost 193 points, or 1.1 percent, to 17,212 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday.<p>The Standard & Poor's …

Stock Markets

US regulators crack down on Kim Kardashian’s promotion of medicine on Instagram

Kim Kardashian is pregnant with her second child, and in her typical fashion she has been sharing updates about her condition through social media. Last month, the reality television star posted a picture of herself holding a bottle of Diclegis, a medication used to treat morning sickness:<p>“As you …

Social Media

When First Movers Are Rewarded, and When They’re Not

When it comes to launching new products, should your company be a pioneer or a follower? This question presents a constant dilemma for some businesses. Product pioneers face more risk, but can reap big rewards when an innovation proves successful. Second-movers, on the other hand, are assured more …

Innovation

Coca-Cola Has A New Message: Exercise! (And Keep Drinking Cokes)

There’s a theory that sugar – in particular, sugary soda such as Coke and Pepsi – is the 21st century equivalent of cigarettes. The parallels are not perfect, but they are compelling. Like cigarettes, sodas were once thought to be a harmless vice. As with Marlboros and Lucky Strike, clever …

Diabetes

Ritholtz's Reads: A New Rule Makes Stockbrokers Swear

Here are our Two-fer Tuesday morning train reads:<p>5 Things to Know About China’s Currency Devaluation (WSJ)<br>• The Big AlphaBet (Om Malik) <i>see also</i> Here’s …

McDonald's latest innovation: Table service

Table service at McDonald's? Yes,it's becoming a thing.<p>The fast food giant has begun offering table service in some restaurants in the U.S. in a bid to revamp its image and reverse falling sales.<p>Customers can come into the restaurant, order food at a touchscreen kiosk, then go to a table to wait …

McDonald's

Russia steamrolls Western cheese, fruit to enforce ban

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian government steamrolled tons of contraband cheese and destroyed fruit with tractors Thursday in a public display of its commitment to its one-year-old ban on Western foods.<p>The move, however, has raised protests in Russia, with people signing a petition urging the government …

Russia
Russia

GoDaddy loses $71.3 million in latest earnings report, but CEO isn't worried

GoDaddy on Wednesday rolled out its financial numbers for the second quarter of 2015, and last quarter’s $43.3 million blemish has widened to a $71.3 …

GoDaddy

Russia wants to ban foreign condoms

As part of its ongoing feud with the west over the Ukrainian conflict, the Russian Industry and Trade Ministry wants to add condoms to the already …

Russia

How SpringSled got 150,000 users in 4 weeks

Four weeks ago, we launched a “coming soon” page for a new product called SpringSled. The page had a referral program built in to it and we expected …

Google AdWords

Robots Might Take Your Job, But Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Worry

Robot staff may already outnumber humans at some companies, but increased automation doesn’t mean everyone will be out of work.<p>Take a look around any workplace, and it’s hard not to see the radical transformations revolutionizing the way we work. One of those major changes is the evolution of …

Robotics

6 Mistakes To Avoid When Starting A New Job

The beginning of a new job is a crucial time to not only make a good first impression, but set the tone for your career.<p>Starting a new job can be a nerve-wracking experience. If you’re not careful, you could find yourself making the kind of mistakes that will not only annoy your co-workers, but …

Employment

The Best Time Of Day To Do Everything At Work

Timing really is everything. Expert advice on when is the best time to send an email, schedule a meeting, make a decision, and more.<p>We all want to work smarter, and science and data have proved that timing plays an important role in scheduling different types of tasks at work, from getting a …

Time Management

8 Lessons In Taking Smart Risks

The video game industry is not for the faint of heart. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot explains what he’s learned from the risks he’s taken.<p>You may not know the name Ubisoft, but you probably know some of the company’s franchises: <i>Prince of Persia</i>, <i>Splinter Cell</i>, <i>Ghost Recon</i>, <i>Rainbow Six</i>, <i>Far Cry</i>, <i>Rayman</i>,</i> …

Television Industry

The Expanding Definition Of Independence In The Freelance Economy

The nation’s growing freelance workforce doesn’t have the security of benefits and paid vacation, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.<p>Holidays are retro. We think of the Fourth of July as a vision of piling the family in the station wagon and heading off to the beach to pass the federally …

July 4th

Fire Your Boss: Holacracy’s Founder On The Flatter Future Of Work

How a Philly-based entrepreneur accidentally launched a radical new management paradigm that’s infiltrating Silicon Valley.<p>Work is changing. When Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh announced in March that the company would adopt Holacracy, it was clear that the alternative organizational structure, famous for …

Management