Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to Step Down in April

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz will step down from his position at the company within the next month. This decision comes after the company’s pledge to hire 10,000 refugees to protest President Trump’s temporary travel halt. The Daily Mail reports that Howard Schultz will step down from his position as CEO of Starbucks next month. He will continue as executive chairman of the company. Schultz will be replaced as CEO by Starbucks President and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Johnson, who will assume the position of CEO on April 3rd. In the announcement of his decision to step down as CEO, Schultz stated that he “will shift his focus to innovation, design, and development of Starbucks Reserve Roasteries around the world, expansion of the Starbucks Reserve retail store format and the company’s social impact initiatives and focus on Starbucks next wave of retail innovation.” Incoming CEO Kevin Johnson assured investors of his commitment to the company saying, “the women and men of Starbucks Leadership Team have become my trusted partners. They support this transition, and I appreciate the passion, creativity, and commitment that each person brings to this team. We work well together and have built a foundation of trust, transparency, and teamwork. I
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Report: 48 Million Twitter Accounts Are Bots

A study released last week by the University of Southern California and Indiana University claims that as many as 48 million Twitter accounts are bots. The study used more than 1,000 different features to find and identify bot accounts across Twitter. It is estimated that somewhere between 9% and 15% of Twitter’s active monthly users are bots or fake accounts. Twitter recently stated that their userbase consists of approximately 319 million active monthly users, based on those figures 28.7 million to 47.9 million of Twitter’s users are bot accounts. This estimate is significantly higher than Twitter’s own analysis of bots on the platform. The company has previously stated that 8.5 percent of its active monthly users are automated accounts. Twitter’s estimate puts the number of bots at just over 27 million accounts while the study states that the number is at least 28.7 million bots but could be as high as 47.9 million. The university researchers even stated that their 15% figure is a “conservative estimate” and that the number could be much higher. Some of the more complex bots can fool many people into believing that they’re real users, skewing the results to some degree. Bot accounts on Twitter are often
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