October Hot Topics in the News, Turn Them into a Research Topic!


154SOCIAL STUDIES RESEARCH TOPICS

BUSINESS: Apple Smart Watch    

TOPIC: Apple has released its newest major product, a smart watch called the Apple Watch. What are some of its most interesting features and how do they work? What are ways in which this watch could alter culture?

SEARCH Opposing Viewpoints TERMS: Apple watch
BUSINESS: eBay and PayPal Split              

TOPIC: PayPal, the mobile payment service is splitting off from eBay which had owned it since 2002. What are some of the circumstances that led up to the split? What impact is this having on eBay?

SEARCH  Opposing Viewpoints TERMS: eBay AND PayPal

BUSINESS: JPMorgan Chase Security Breach             

TOPIC: Banking and financial services giant JPMorgan Chase has suffered a security breach that has put the financial information of 76 million customers at risk. What caused the breach and what could have been done to prevent it? What is being done to repair the damage?

SEARCH Opposing Viewpoints TERMS: JPMorgan AND investigat* AND (cyberattack OR data breach)

BUSINESS: Tax Break or Subsidy

TOPIC:   The European Union’s competition watchdog is claiming that Ireland’s negotiated tax arrangements with Apple amounts to state subsidy and is unfair to other companies. The government rejects the argument that they are facilitating exaggerated transfer pricing, where a company is essentially overcharging itself for things in one country to shift profits to low tax locations. Does transfer pricing seem right? Should companies seek to limit their taxes through any means possible? Is Apple the only company doing this?

SEARCH Opposing Viewpoints TERMS: Ireland AND Apple AND transfer pricing

For additional resources see Hot Topics – Leading Issues

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