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Fox settled with Gretchen Carlson over her claims of sexual harrassment against Roger Ailes for a reported $20 million

qz.com — Admissions of wrong doing accompanying corporate settlements are rare. Generally, companies are loathe to admit error, and stress that any payment is not an admission of fault, but an effort to efficiently resolve a distraction. So when 21st Century Fox issued an apology to former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson-along with a reported $20 million payment-to...

When it comes to a crisis like its Irish tax bill, Apple (AAPL) will fight back hard-unless people question its products

qz.com — When the European Union accused Apple of owing $14.5 billion in taxes via its Irish subsidiary on Aug. 30, the company's response was muscular and defiant. CEO Tim Cook immediately fired off a letter, carefully explaining Apple's history in Ireland, and calling the EU's claim wrongheaded.

Walmart is eliminating white-collar positions, and that means every job is under threat

qz.com — Add retail accounting jobs to the list of occupations under threat from machines. Walmart is eliminating about 7,000 back-office positions at its stores, with the jobs either being centralized or automated, The Wall Street Journal reported (paywall). The employees, among the highest paid in its stores, tally the day's receipts or manage invoices from suppliers.

Ryan Lochte picked the absolute worst time to be an oafish dumb jock

qz.com — In the almost two weeks that have passed since Ryan Lochte's drunken visit to a Rio gas station, he's been subjected to a public shaming usually reserved for politicians caught in affairs. NBC's Matt Lauer dressed him down in an embarrassing interview that exposed Lochte as goofy and inarticulate.

The best tips for improving your online dating profile from eHarmony's CEO

qz.com — Grant Langston was named CEO of online dating site eHarmony last month, but he's been with the company since 2000 so he's seen the good, the bad and the ugly of Internet dating. We asked him for his tips on how to improve your online dating profile.

EpiPen maker Mylan (MYL) is becoming the poster child for drug companies to hate — Quartz

qz.com — It's not hard for pharma companies to appear villainous, but Mylan, the maker of the EpiPen, may be in a class by itself. Mylan has drawn the ire of patients, consumer groups and now Congress for raising the price of the device 400% since it acquired EpiPen in 2007.

Tyra Banks, who will teach a course at Stanford, is only the latest celebrity instructor

qz.com — Tyra Banks, the swimsuit model turned entrepreneur, will co-teach a class at Stanford's business school next year. The course - Project You: Building and Extending Your Personal Brand - is intended to teach students how to promote themselves. According to the course description, Banks, 42, and Allison Kruger, a former television executive who is a lecturer at...

Harvey Mudd College took on gender inequality in tech, and now more than half its computer-science majors are women

qz.com — As US universities struggle to encourage women to study computer science, one small college is having uncommon success attracting them to the field. Harvey Mudd College, in Claremont, California, has been an outlier in producing female programmers for a decade. This year, for the first time, more women than men graduated with a degree in computer science....

Sumner Redstone isn't the winner of the Viacom squabble

qz.com — The long battle over control of Viacom appears over, and by all accounts, Sumner Redstone won. Redstone, the 93-year-old media mogul, reached a settlement with his former protegé and present antagonist Philippe Dauman, the CEO of Viacom whom Redstone tried to oust from the trust that controls Viacom and CBS in May.

The Olympics' antiquated rules prevent us from seeing who the world's best really are

qz.com — What's the point of the Olympics? Is it to bring together the youth of the world in friendly competition? Or is it a contest among the planet's greatest athletes? It's increasingly clear that it's intended to be the latter, a process that started with the ending of the sham of amateurism (Olympic basketball: welcoming NBA players since...
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Sep 23, 2016

@yayitsrob true, conflicts abound in media and politics. But usually the door revolves completely. This was more like turnstile ducking.

Sep 23, 2016

@yayitsrob The ghosting aspect makes for a cute story, the failure to disclose a potentially huge conflict of interest makes it a real issue

Sep 23, 2016

Is this a good time to disclose I've also been working for Goldman Sachs for the last decade?  https://twitter.com/kifleswing/status/779418217580261376 

Sep 23, 2016

in which Osborne says "“We’re all cock-a-hoop." Whatever the hell that means.  https://twitter.com/George_Osborne/status/779385743600791552 

Sep 23, 2016

Congressional hearings are rituals of outrage and contrition, with no impact on corporate behavior. My latest @qz:  http://qz.com/788569/wells-fargo-ceo-john-stumpf-has-no-real-reason-to-fear-congress-or-elizabeth-warren/ 


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