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What is Genius Brands? The little-known stock rose over 2,000% in the past month

Genius Brands International, a children’s media company, has seen its stock skyrocket an incredible 2,000% in the past month. But on news of a stock sale on Thursday, the company lost a four-day winning streak with investors. The media company produces and markets animated children’s shows and other brands, including “Rainbow Rangers” on Nick Jr., …

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The soda market is popping with new contenders. Will they stay or fizzle out?

It was the summer of 2017 while living at Cape Cod when the idea came to Ryan Fortwendel. This was during an explosion of sparkling water companies like LaCroix and Spindrift, and Fortwendel was an avid consumer of both. But he often felt the flavor profiles were a little flat or artificial. Fortwendel usually frequented …

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Friday feedback: Readers’ views on the corporate response to the George Floyd protests

This is the web version of CEO Daily. To get it delivered to your inbox, sign up here. Good morning. It’s time for Friday feedback. Lots of response to my reports this week on CEO comments about the George Floyd killing and the reactions it has unleashed. A sampling: “Lots of really eloquent and heartfelt statements …

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Global stocks soar ahead of a jobs report that could be historically grim

This is the web version of the Bull Sheet, Fortune’s no-BS daily newsletter on the markets. Sign up to receive it in your inbox here. Happy Friday, everyone. U.S. jobs numbers come out in a few hours. They will be brutal. But investors are looking beyond that, to stimulus measures and recovery data, sending global stocks …

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China relaxes flight restrictions after U.S. threat—but U.S. airlines say it’s not enough

The U.S. said on Thursday it would continue to let some Chinese airlines operate flights to the U.S., pulling back a Wednesday order that would have banned Chinese airline service to the country. The announcement came a day after China’s aviation authority, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), rolled back restrictions on foreign airlines, …

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After the tragedy of George Floyd’s death, where do A.I. and policing go from here?

The use of artificial intelligence by law enforcement was already fiercely debated because of fears that the technology could exacerbate existing prejudices or biases against nonwhite communities. But the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd and the ensuing nationwide protests will likely make the topic even more controversial. Law enforcement’s use of A.I. is still …

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How we can set up America’s insurance system for a future pandemic

We’re living through the unprecedented arrival of two black swans resulting from COVID-19: a double wallop of human suffering and a global lockdown. Businesses are experiencing losses that outpace any government support they may receive, and there is considerable debate over the role that insurance should play in covering this economic damage. Insurers will certainly …

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The year in leadership: Everything to know about the most recent crop of leaders to score top CEO jobs

In June of 2019, I wrote a story called “More People Named Jeffrey Got CEO Jobs Last Year than Women Last Year.” The piece lamented that of the 23 new leaders that America’s 250 largest companies chose last year, just one––Michelle Gass of Kohl’s––was a woman, so the lone female was outnumbered not just by …

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