Marketplace for Friday August 15, 2014

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Coca-Cola
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Starbucks changes some of its computer-driven scheduling policies, and we use it as a way to explain the growing phenomenon of using algorithms and big companies to schedule employes to manage labor costs — and the (negative) consequences for them — lost hours, flexibility, control. Plus, Coke is acquiring a 17 percent stake in Monster Beverage for just over $2 billion. The energy drink business is booming and the soda business — not so much. So Coke wants an energy jolt from Monster... but to get it, it's exchanging its own energy brands for Monster’s non-energy drinks.  We use Coke to look at swaps. What they are, why they’re done and whether they work. Also, the 2014 United States Open Miniature Golf Tournament that begins in Erie, Pa., today. Prizes are small, but apparently there’s enough action that it can sustain a pro circuit, Queena Kim reports.    
golfing

The U.S. Open is rolling, for mini golf

Prizes are small, but there’s enough action to sustain a pro circuit.
Posted In: business of sports, Golf, prizes, competition

Celebrities get out of the prepaid card business

There are some things a famous name just can’t seem to sell.
Posted In: celebrity, endorsements, prepaid cards
cokes

Coke gets an energy jolt from Monster, and vice versa

Coke is acquiring a 17 percent stake in Monster Beverage for over $2 billion.
Posted In: Coca-cola, energy drink, food and drink
starbucks

Starbucks brews changes to its scheduling algorithm

Starbucks isn't the only company that uses workers when, and only when, it needs them.
Posted In: starbucks, algorithms, employees, low wages

Jawbone tracks big cities' 'Zzz's

The Wall Street Journal visualized hundreds of Up users' sleep schedules.
Posted In: wearable, big data, sleep
USC Tunnel

Big college football donors pay for access, even glory

Now you too and run out onto the field... for about $1,500.
Posted In: USC, American Football, donors, college sports
Bryan Valentini

When does a start-up stop being a start-up?

Is it measurable by time, employees, or the number of beanbag chairs?
Posted In: start-ups, entrepreneurs, coworking

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We Good (Instrumental)
Pete Rock
Collard Greens [feat. Kendrick Lamar] [Clean]
Schoolboy Q
Find A Way
The Juan Maclean
Black Balloons
Local Natives
Funky 24hrs a Day (Instrumental)
Anwarrior

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