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CIOs Must Lead The Way

In the past 18 months, Volkswagen announced delays in the launch of two crucial models, first the eighth generation of its perennial bestseller, the VW Golf, and then its flagship electric car, the ID.3, both due to glitches in software. Herbert Diess, chairman of the Management Board of Volkswagen Group, was asked to give up his role as VW brand chief, in part because of these slipups.

Executives at the giant German automaker were aware of their limitations. Mr. Diess had acknowledged the company’s inadequate software capabilities saying, “Tesla belongs among the competitors which has abilities that we currently do not have. Around half of Tesla’s engineers are software experts, while at VW’s core brand it is a much lower proportion.” And board member Jürgen Stackmann stated, “We’ve never hid the fact that software, an area of extreme importance for products in the future is a serious challenge for

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All Day Programming Offered At Oak Lawn Children’s Museum

OAK LAWN, IL — The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn is teaming up with Ivy League Kids to offer full-day programming for children of essential workers. Children in grades K-8 will have a safe place to stay during the day while their parents are working. The program runs from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Space is limited.

Students in full or hybrid remote learning on days when their parents are working can participate in a range of activities, including e-learning assistance, sports and recreational activities, STEM education, along with arts and crafts, at the museum, 5100 Museum Drive, Oak Lawn.

“Our goal is to serve children of essential workers,” said Christina Knabjian, marketing director for Ivy League Kids. “We’re targeting parents who can’t work from home.”

Children will be grouped according to grade, with plenty of space for social distancing in the museum. Face masks are required.

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Cat Gets Locked In Battle With Mom’s Computer Mouse






Mokou first came into Brenna Telaroli’s life as a sickly 8-week-old kitten. Born with a large umbilical cord hernia, Mokou needed emergency surgery. But as soon as Telaroli saw his beautiful blue eyes she knew she’d do anything for him.

 

Now completely recovered, Mokou is full of personality — which can be a little difficult to handle when Telaroli’s working from home.


a cat lying on top of a laptop


© Brenna Telaroli



“For starters, he is a major talker,” Telaroli told The Dodo. “He has something to say about everything, including when I am at work trying to talk to customers.”

 

Mokou will do anything to distract his mom from work, and usually, he’s pretty successful. The less time his mom spends working, the more time she has to focus on him.


a cat lying on a blanket


© Brenna Telaroli



“He loves to play — that is all he wants to do when awake,” she said. “He is either throwing his toys

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Rocket Internet Has Made a $3.1 Billion Damp Squib

(Bloomberg Opinion) — Imagine you and I own half each of a $100,000 sports car that has another $50,000 locked in the trunk. The problem is that I have the car keys, so you can neither drive it nor access that money. I offer to buy you out for about $50,000. Fair deal?

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You’d doubtless feel hard done by. Yet Oliver Samwer, chief executive officer and founder of Germany’s Rocket Internet SE, is making a similar proposition to his fellow shareholders. He wants to take the web-investment company private again, and he’s offering to buy out other investors in a way that would let him and his family keep that nice little stash in the trunk. 

Samwer and his brothers own 45% of Rocket, but they’d like to own all of it so they want to use the company’s cash to acquire the rest of the shares. First

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