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Returning to Vietnam

A child of Vietnamese refugees, David Thai has returned to his family’s homeland as a Fulbright Scholar, where he will teach English at the Hoang Le Kha High School for Gifted Students, in the southwestern region of Vietnam, a few hours from where his mother grew up.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Trump-friendly Newsmax bundled into Comcast’s Xfinity service

The Annenberg School for Communication’s Victor Pickard discussed conservative news channel Newsmax and its recent deal with Comcast. If Comcast is “feeling the heat from the right, it will make sense to appease some of those critics,” said Pickard.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

How companies define and refine their philanthropic strategies

“People want to work for and buy products from companies they think are good,” said Katherina Rosqueta of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy. Rosqueta broke down common corporate philanthropic strategies and recommended that companies pursue efforts that reflect the values of their employees and founders.

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ABC News

Everything you need to know about Bill Cosby’s sentencing next week

The Law School’s David Rudovsky discussed the risky strategy of calling a judge’s impartiality into question. “What you’re hoping for in our [criminal justice] system is that a judge can put all that aside and say, ‘I’m going to do the right thing here,’” he said.

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Quartz India

Walmart got Flipkart but Amazon now has more

Kartik Hosanagar of the Wharton School attributed Amazon’s international success to its omnichannel model, which allows customers to shop online and at brick-and-mortar stores. “The value of a physical channel is even more in India because a large portion of India cannot still be reached on the internet,” he said.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Two accusers, both college professors, challenge U.S. Supreme Court nominees. Is there meaning in that?

With regard to recent cases of academics challenging a Supreme Court nominee, Joni Finney of the Graduate School of Education attributed the academics’ courage to the job security that comes with tenure and the “strong sense of self-efficacy” that most professors possess.

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NBC Philadelphia

So many new drivers were posting their licenses online that the Delaware DMV built safer ‘selfie zones’

Joseph Turow of the Annenberg School for Communication applauded the Delaware DMV for encouraging new drivers to be mindful of sharing sensitive information in selfies. It’s not that this generation isn’t invested in privacy, said Turow. “They care, but in the moment, they just don’t think about it.”

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Jerusalem Post

Amir Yaron named as candidate for the next Bank of Israel Governor

Amir Yaron of the Wharton School is in the running for the post of governor of the Bank of Israel, as announced by the Prime Minister’s Office and the Finance Ministry.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn Medicine and Grand View Health form clinical alliance

The Penn Health System has incorporated Bucks County’s Grand View Health. While the organization will remain independent, its connection to Penn will enhance clinical care in the suburbs and direct the most complex cases to Penn’s University City facilities.

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CNN

Instagram just made it a lot easier to shop on the app

The Wharton School’s Jonah Berger discussed Instagram’s new focus on e-commerce. “They're trying to make money off of something that’s already happening on the platform,” said Berger.

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Bloomberg View

You’re probably not being microwaved right now

The School of Engineering and Applied Science’s Kenneth Foster described claims that a classified microwave weapon was used to injure diplomats as unlikely, due to the impossibility of producing radiation powerful enough to cause neurological damage.

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