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[Pawn] Star Struck

Since 2009, Pawn Stars has dominated cable TV. With 15 seasons, 520+ episodes, and over 6 shows spawning off their own success, it has truly become the History Channel’s biggest show. To understand how such a, once foreign, concept was able to cut into American culture for so long, one must take a trip back.

Motorola, Google’s Blind Spot

Was Motorola a big blunder for Google? Two years ago Google acquired Motorola for $12.5 billion, and has just announced an agreement to sell Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion. The original acquisition of Motorola has proved to be a heavy financial loss for Google, but a steal on Lenovo’s part.

What was Google thinking? The company originally expressed interest in Motorola because they wanted the security of Motorola patents in order to stand up to Apple and Microsoft in court cases. In Microsoft v. Motorola, the original lawsuit was valued at $4 billion, but ultimately the case closed with Microsoft paying $1.7 million annually. At that rate it would take 3,235 years for the lawsuit to reach the original predicted valuation. Additionally, Motorola’s sales began to drop drastically over the two years.

Whole Foods: Salaries Exposed

MSN Money reports Whole Foods has been exposing its employees’ salaries since 1986, when co-CEO John Mackey introduced the open policy. Once a month, Whole Foods collects financial data from each of the chain’s locations. Leaders in this industry believe it is important for its employees to see how much money others in the company are making, to motivate them on what it takes to reach a certain dollar amount. There have been some disputes within the company about certain parties making more money, but Mackey explains how people are paid based on their performance and level of value. He believes this approach creates a high trust organization and causes employees to become increasingly invested in the company.