Comcast to buy Dreamworks Animation. Is the Mass Media Company Too Massive? Dreamworks Animation will be sold to Comcast for $3.8 billion . The animation company will join an already-crowded Comcast portfolio that includes Universal Pictures, Focus Features, the television networks MSNBC and Bravo, not to mention Hulu, Fandango, the Universal theme parks, and the Philadelphia Flyers hockey franchise. The sale got us asking, ‘when does a mass media company like Comcast become too massive’?
Chipotle-coli According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Norovirus is one of the most common causes of foodborne-illness in the United States. And the Mexican-food chain Chipotle is now facing a federal criminal investigation for an outbreak at a Simi Valley restaurant that sickened more than 100 customers and employees. This is just one of several instances of Chipotle customers getting food poisoning in various states. So what’s going on? Chipotle is supposed to be the healthy fast food.
The K-Cup Takeover You’re probably familiar with K-Cups, those plastic containers that deliver caffeine in whatever flavor you want. Those little pods made Keurig Green Mountain Coffee a brand beloved by consumers, until those consumers turned on the company. Because aren’t all those K-Cups bad for the environment? And is the K-Cup coffee actually good? Private equity to the rescue! A European firm bought the Green Mountain Coffee company this week for nearly $14 billion. We look at the rise, fall and purchase of Keurig.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”