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Finding MINI Love, Post-Toyota Break-Up

Buy a car, book a trip, set up your new phone or computer — these can all be fun transactions that hold promise for both consumer and company. But corporations can be like serial daters, just looking for the next…

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Memo to Jeff Bezos: You’re Worth $46 Billion. Why Not Spend a Few Million to Design a Decent Interface?

Dear Jeff: You are the fourth richest man on the planet. Today, the world now relies on Amazon to buy everything from vitamins to electronics, to toys and books. But instead of a smooth, intelligent interface, the experience makes me…

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Dirty Diesel: VW’s Unclean Hack

Volkswagen’s stupendously wicked, self-inflicted mortal wound reveals an overlooked fact. Hackers delivered this global harm; hackers who likely worked for Volkswagen; hackers who cranked out this nasty code based on the absurd rationale that they thought they were clever and…

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Startup to ShutDown: What’s Next?

Sarah M. was not the typical candidate for a startup. Until a few months ago, she’d worked extensively in property management, specializing in relocating professional athletes. But then she read about Campus Coliving, a new-fangled housing startup for Millennials (think…

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