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How much is your personal data worth on the black market?
By Hipsternomics  • Issue #48 • View online
Wow three more weeks until we say goodbye to 2018! Get those new year resolutions ready!! While you were debating who got snubbed from a Grammy’s nod, your new favorite influencer, IRS, is now on instagram straight flexing with ya tax dollas! Get some tax tips in between double tapping yoga poses and dodging your Herbalife friends. 

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Realizing your personal data is cheaper than a McDonald's Happy Meal
Realizing your personal data is cheaper than a McDonald's Happy Meal
Chart of the week
How much your favorite tech stocks have lost in the last 52 weeks
How much your favorite tech stocks have lost in the last 52 weeks
Interesting Quick Hits
  • Career-training school loses accreditation, 20,000 students’ future in limbo - for-profit Education Corporation of America, which operates schools like Brightwood College, Virginia College, lost its accreditation and decided to shut down its schools. The 20,000 students in its programs are now left with partially completed degrees and credits that many other schools will not accept. In case you are a student in one of it’s schools, this is an opportunity to have all of your student loans wiped out, just contact the Education Department to have your federal loans forgiven through the department’s closed school discharge program.
  • Top 20 Fashion Companies make up 97% of profits for the entire industry - The Business of Fashion partnered with McKinsey Consultancy to put out a report on the state of fashion in 2019. Evaluating 500 fashion companies, McKinsey calculated that the top 20 companies accounted for 97% of the total profit in 2017. The top 10 profit-generating companies: Zara, Nike, LVMH, TJX, Hermes, H&M, Ross, Adidas, Uniqlo, L Brands.
  • Your local library giving free IT Certifications Remember libraries? Yeah they’re making a comeback in 2019 and not just for books. “Grow with Google”, a new initiative in partnership with American Library Association, launched an online resource for libraries to teach coding and computational thinking to kids and adults. ‘Grow with Google’ workshops will be available in libraries in all 50 states, to help people launch careers in IT by spending more time in libraries and help jobseekers earn IT certificates.
  • How the Republic of Congo holds the future of your smartphone price - The next time Apple raises the price of its newest iPhone, it might not be because of its new camera or some smart feature, but because of where it gets the natural resource needed to build your phone’s battery. The Democratic Republic of Congo, which produces 60% of the world’s supply of cobalt has decided to bump up the government tax on cobalt by 3x. Apple and Tesla among other companies, use cobalt to produce the batteries in your phones and electric vehicles.
  • Apple’s wants to discover and sign underground artists - By acquiring Platoon - a small startup that helps discover and develop emerging artists, by getting them on its service, fund them, and help them get discovered by the public and bigger labels - Apple hopes this will give it a competitive advantage over Spotify. Platoon was behind the success of artists like Stefflon Don, Mr. Eazi and YEBBA.
Companies mentioned YTD: Google -1%, Apple 0%, Tesla +15%, Nike +17%, TJX +18%, Ross -2%, L Brands -47%, Domino’s +37%
How Brands Like Domino's Profit From School Lunch
How Brands Like Domino's Profit From School Lunch
Resources of the Week
  • Freezing Your Credit - Tis the season for more credit theft and data breaches, so here’s a quick rundown on how to freeze your credit. I froze my credit across all 3 credit bureaus and it took less than 5 minutes.
  • Free Movie Streaming with Kanopy - Do you have a library card, but cannot afford Netflix? Fear not, Kanopy gives you access to stream free movies and shows on your devices with a valid library card.
  • Podcast: Humans 2.0 on Today, Explained by Vox Media. This episode gives the best simplified explanation of the recent news of a Chinese scientist who genetically engineered two human babies, how this could impact the future of gene modification and alter human race.
The greatest investor ever, Warren Buffett dropped an invaluable gem last week when asked to give ONE tip to young folks on how to level up in their career to become successful: “The one easy way to become worth 50 percent more than you are now, is to hone your communication skills, both written and verbal”. As we enter 2019, we would like to invite you to hone your communication skills with the Hipsternomics Team, either as a guest writer, or as a interview guest on a new project we are working on for 2019. If interested, just hit reply.
This weekend’s brief was written at Bedford Hill Coffee Bar in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, while listening to “Drunk” by Thundercat and “Palmwine Music 2” an Afrobeat album by Show Dem Camp.
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