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May 25, 2018
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EU takes global privacy lead with GDPR
The world's most stringent digital data privacy law came into effect today with the implementation of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, and Japan, South Korea and Brazil are preparing to follow suit, writes Adam Satariano. Facebook and Google have invested heavily in preparing for GDPR and are also facing further crackdowns on their power in the EU with Brussels and member countries paving the way for tougher tax rules and antitrust legislation, he writes.
The Drum (Scotland) (5/25),  Digiday (5/25),  The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (5/24) 
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Your Bottom Line
Corporations look to beat the new tax law
Companies are scouring the new tax law for optimal strategies, with one focus being the base erosion and anti-abuse tax and its interaction with cost of goods sold. "The COGS loophole for BEAT is a straightforward gimmick, but I am unsure how or whether the IRS will stop it," said Steven Rosenthal of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center.
Reuters (5/25) 
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In the C-Suite
Asking the right questions leads to improvement
Former Dollar General CEO Cal Turner Jr. learned how to ask questions of his employees that resulted in valuable insight. "The boss needs the reputation of seeking the actionable truth, not what you think the boss should want to hear," he said.
Chief Executive online (5/22) 
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On the Move
Clare Pettitt named interim group CFO at Dixons Carphone
Pettitt was group financial controller and will be interim group CFO until Jonny Mason becomes CFO.
London South East/Alliance News (5/21) 
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Off the Charts
Crickets, beetles, wallabies worm their way into people's hearts
Crickets, beetles, wallabies worm their way into people's hearts
(Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty Images)
Birds, reptiles and beetles are popular pets in Japan; people in Australia adopt sick, injured or orphaned wallabies; and crickets are among popular pocket pets in China. Dogs and cats are still the most popular pets worldwide, but rabbits are gaining ground.
CNN (5/24) 
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