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February 4, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: February 4, 2014

Today, top executives at Target and Neiman Marcus went in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee to talk about their recent data breaches. Short version of what they said: The hackers are better at stealing stuff than we are at protecting it.

If you’re about to graduate from high school and live in Tennessee, you should probably listen up to what your governor’s talking about right now. Hint: Free tuition.

Microsoft has a new CEO, and unlike his predecessor Steve Ballmer, Satya Nadella doesn’t sound completely awful.

Been in a Radio Shack lately? It’s OK; a lot of people haven’t. Anyway, they’re not doing so hot right now.

Curious about what goes into a McNugget? McDonald’s has the video for you.

23:27 // 2 months ago
December 26, 2013
18:19 // 3 months ago
December 23, 2013
McDonald’s has an intranet problem: The company recommends, on its own educational resource site for employees, not to eat fast food.

McDonald’s has an intranet problem: The company recommends, on its own educational resource site for employees, not to eat fast food.

19:55 // 4 months ago
July 21, 2013

cryingbutterfly says: Hi! I just saw you post this picture (What's wrong whit McDonald's? Everything they don't want you to know) and I'm wondering if you know who made it? Does it have common rights? I'm starting a petetion to make McDonald's stop all their fake information on LA, I'll appreciate your help.

» SFB says: The original post explains everything. It’s a nearly-30-year-old pamphlet. You might want to be careful about what you do with it, considering it led to the longest-running libel case in British history. Just sayin’. — Ernie @ SFB

0:55 // 9 months ago
July 4, 2013

On Chipotle vs. Mickey D’s

basicsand said: Chipotle is owned by McDonalds.

» SFB says: From the article we linked to in our post about the McWrap: "Chipotle was owned in part by McDonald’s until 2006, when the burger chain decided to focus on its own brand. These days Chipotle employs the slogan ‘Food with integrity’ and produced a short film critical of industrial farming." So Mickey D’s has no interest in Chipotle these days, and hasn’t for seven years. — Ernie @ SFB

12:04 // 9 months ago
This is the McWrap. It’s McDonald’s salvo against the Chipotles and Subways of the world, an effort to show that, yes, Mickey D’s can do fresh, too. Bloomberg Businessweek has a story about this thing, and shockingly it’s far more interesting than you’d expect. Did you know that, for example, it’s the first time the company has ever used cucumbers in a product, and that creates huge supply-chain needs?

This is the McWrap. It’s McDonald’s salvo against the Chipotles and Subways of the world, an effort to show that, yes, Mickey D’s can do fresh, too. Bloomberg Businessweek has a story about this thing, and shockingly it’s far more interesting than you’d expect. Did you know that, for example, it’s the first time the company has ever used cucumbers in a product, and that creates huge supply-chain needs?

11:10 // 9 months ago
June 21, 2013
The infamous “McLibel” pamphlet: Co-authored by a police officer
In the UK, the “McLibel” case, involving the not-super-flattering claims in the pamphlet above, was one of the country’s longest-running. (And although McDonald’s won, it was a black eye for the company because a court found that most of the claims in the pamphlet were true.) But here’s the fun part, which only surfaced this week: One of the authors of the pamphlet was an undercover police officer attempting the infiltrate the group that put out the flyer. Oh.

The infamous “McLibel” pamphlet: Co-authored by a police officer

In the UK, the “McLibel” case, involving the not-super-flattering claims in the pamphlet above, was one of the country’s longest-running. (And although McDonald’s won, it was a black eye for the company because a court found that most of the claims in the pamphlet were true.) But here’s the fun part, which only surfaced this week: One of the authors of the pamphlet was an undercover police officer attempting the infiltrate the group that put out the flyer. Oh.

10:32 // 10 months ago
May 1, 2013
I use a trick with co-workers when we’re trying to decide where to eat for lunch and no one has any ideas. I recommend McDonald’s. An interesting thing happens. Everyone unanimously agrees that we can’t possibly go to McDonald’s, and better lunch suggestions emerge. Magic!
Medium writer Jon Bell  Offering a brilliant suggestion on how to get people to make a decision on something. If it’s not obvious yet, the secret here isn’t the McDonald’s part. “There’s no defined process for all creative work, but I’ve come to believe that all creative endeavors share one thing: the second step is easier than the first,” he continues. This man is clearly a genius. (ht @Ricktagious)
19:21 // 11 months ago
March 12, 2013
We want our markets to be super innovative and disruptive. When you are are not disruptive … you don’t reinvent the game.
KFC International’s chief marketing officer, Christophe Poirier • Discussing the company’s success pitching such weird products as the Double Down. While the product was a hit in the U.S. initially, in recent years it’s had much more success in the international market, with online buzz creating a massive success worldwide. The success of the product has given the parent company, Yum Brands, a bit of a free pass for trying out crazy ideas at its international outlets, including Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.
8:26 // 1 year ago