This Lawsuit Goes to 11

This Is Spinal Tap is a comedy classic, but its creators made practically no money from it. Robert Kolker looks at the legal battle over what Hollywood owes Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, and Christopher Guest.

Published: Apr 22, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,428 words)

What’s the Maker of Post-it Notes Doing in the Ankle Monitor Business? Struggling

When corrections agencies started using electronic ankle monitors to relieve overcrowded prisons, 3M capitalized on the market opportunity. Their products’ failures caused innocent people to suffer and challenged the company’s long-heald philosophy about design and innovation.

Published: Apr 6, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,311 words)

ESPN Has Seen the Future of TV and They’re Not Really Into It

No matter how innovative or cutting-edge ESPN makes itself, the cable money is just too lucrative, and the costs of licensing live sports are just too great, to finally cut the cord and offer itself as a standalone internet subscription service the way HBO did with HBO Now.

Published: Apr 1, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,473 words)

Inside Alabama’s Auto Jobs Boom: Cheap Wages, Little Training, Crushed Limbs

A powerful in-depth look at the human costs of bringing auto parts factory jobs to Alabama — with inadequate training for employees and unreasonable expectations for output. “American consumers are not going to want to buy cars stained with the blood of American workers.”

Published: Mar 24, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,588 words)

Domino’s Atoned for Its Crimes Against Pizza and Built a $9 Billion Empire

The once-flagging pizza chain launched dozens of digital marketing initiatives and made headline-grabbing changes to its delivery trucks, but their rebound can be traced to just one thing — making the pizza better.

Published: Mar 13, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,630 words)

Big Tobacco Has Caught Startup Fever

“It’s not smoking. It’s platform-agnostic nicotine delivery solutions.”

Published: Mar 8, 2017
Length: 16 minutes (4,083 words)

How to Become an International Gold Smuggler

Before getting nabbed by the Policía de Investigaciones — the Chilean equivalent of the FBI — 23-year-old Harold Vilches acquired and resold over 4,000 lbs. of gold worth $80 million in under two years. It all started with a Google search for gold dealers in Peru and YouTube videos on how to make your own gold ingots.

Published: Mar 9, 2017
Length: 16 minutes (4,230 words)

Code Rouge

Cosmetic companies like Estée Lauder Cos., the company behind MAC, Clinique, and other popular brands have been battling counterfeit cosmetics for years. But the rise of sourcing websites such as China’s Alibaba has made it even easier for people to buy counterfeit makeup in bulk and sell them to unsuspecting buyers who believe they’re getting a deal on real products.

Published: Feb 22, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,698 words)

Netflix Wants the World to Binge-Watch

“The answer may reside in Brazil. It’s here, in the shadows of Globo, that Netflix has been creating, revising, and perfecting the first draft of its international playbook.” Over the past few years, the streaming service has grown to prominence in Brazil, setting the stage for expansion into more than 100 other countries.

Author: Lucas Shaw
Published: Jan 12, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,113 words)

Confessions of an Instagram Influencer

Can an agency turn anyone into an Instagram star? Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Max Chafkin volunteers to find out.

Published: Nov 30, 2016
Length: 13 minutes (3,353 words)