Archive for May, 2013

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The Super Spy You Will Want To Buy

The Super Spy You Will Want To Buy

Google’s new “Moto X” superphone will spy on you 24/7, and you’ll like it Dennis Woodside, CEO of Motorola, Google’s wholly owned phone-making subsidiary, walked onto a stage yesterday with the company’s rumored new superphone, and while he refused to take it out of his pocket, he confirmed that it’s real and that it’s launching […]

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Not Keeping Track Of Domain Expirations Could Cost Big Bucks

Not Keeping Track Of Domain Expirations Could Cost Big Bucks

Make sure you have control of your domain – or prepare to pay the price The internet has made millionaires out of some quick-thinking people who bought up generic domain names in the early dotcom years. Domain names can cost less than €1, but if they are highly desirable they can be sold for millions. […]

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Facebook Posts Can Cost You Your Job

Facebook Posts Can Cost You Your Job

10% of Young Facebookers Lost Jobs Because of Posts We’ve been hearing for the last few years how both companies and colleges are judging applicants based on what they post to Facebook or Twitter, but now a survey reports that about 10 percent of its sample reported losing a job because of something posted on […]

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Overseas Company Policies Affect Business At Home

Overseas Company Policies Affect Business At Home

Dear Fortune 500: Worker woes are at home, too Companies like Wal-Mart and McDonald’s will need to pay attention to working conditions at home and abroad if they want their business models to survive. In the wake of the tragic factory fire in Bangladesh, a group of Wal-Mart investors sent a letter to the retail […]

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Student Debt Woe – Wells Fargo Study

Student Debt Woe – Wells Fargo Study

One third of millennials regret going to college In another indication of how burdensome student loans have become in the United States, about one-third of millennials say they would have been better off working, instead of going to college and paying tuition. That’s a according to a new Wells Fargo WFC -1.43% study which surveyed […]

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Public Policy vs. Administration Policy – IRS targeting

Public Policy vs. Administration Policy – IRS targeting

The ‘why’ behind the IRS scandal Let’s begin with a premise. Challenging, delaying, questioning or bullying organizations about their non-profit, educational purposes chills both free speech and a free press. The current ruckus involving Internal Revenue Service policies aimed at conservative political groups supports that notion to be sure. What we are learning now is […]

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Hospitality – Customer Survey Types

Hospitality – Customer Survey Types

HOTELS WORKING HARDER TO COLLECT CUSTOMER RESPONSES Hotels want to hear your opinion of your stay. But they no longer feel that it is enough to leave a questionnaire in your guest room and hope for a response, not when TripAdvisor and other public rating sites display customer satisfaction — or dissatisfaction — for all […]

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Whitehouse Plugs All Leaks Non Beneficial To Their Agenda

Whitehouse Plugs All Leaks Non Beneficial To Their Agenda

President Obama loves leaks, despises whistleblowers With the revelation that the Department of Justice secretly obtained two months of The Associated Press’ telephone records and used security badge access records to track James Rosen’s visits to the State Department, along with a warrant to search Rosen’s personal emails, there has been a rush in the […]

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Parents Giving Kids Credit Cards May Be Helpful

Parents Giving Kids Credit Cards May Be Helpful

Debt Collection Expert Discusses the Facts About Kids Using Credit Cards Debt collection expert John Monderine responds to the question of whether kids should have credit cards.An article from CNBC, “So Your Kid Wants a Credit Card. What Do You Do Now?” published yesterday discusses the question of whether it’s advisable for high school-aged children […]

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Telemarketer Scams Praying On Misfortune

Telemarketer Scams Praying On Misfortune

Beware of post-disaster charity scams Following disasters like the Oklahoma tornado, scam charities are quick to exploit the tragedy and misery, cynically tugging on heartstrings to line their own pockets. Consumers everywhere should be on guard. “For those folks around the country who want to donate funds to help families in Oklahoma, please be alert […]

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Internet Algorithms May Affect Your Entire Life

Internet Algorithms May Affect Your Entire Life

What are you doing with my data? Do you post to social media sites, upload digital pictures and videos, use credit cards or have a cell phone equipped with GPS? All of the devices we use each day are contributing to what’s known as ‘big data’ or repositories containing your digital profile. No big deal? […]

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Microsoft Customer Satisfaction Continues To Fall

Microsoft Customer Satisfaction Continues To Fall

New report shows a drop in satisfaction with Microsoft Ever since Redmond-based Microsoft introduced their latest operating system, Windows 8, there has been much grumbling about the radical change, confusion on how to find your way around on the new system and bad promotion. With all that it was no surprise that when the May […]

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Freedom Of Speech Is Not Free - Occupy Movement Tracked As Terrorist

Freedom Of Speech Is Not Free – Occupy Movement Tracked As Terrorist (Video)

Dissent or Terror: Counterterrorism Apparatus Used to Monitor Occupy Movement Nationwide Newly revealed documents show how police partnered with corporations to monitor the Occupy Wall Street movement. DBA Press and the Center for Media and Democracy have obtained thousands of pages of records from counterterrorism and law enforcement agencies that detail how so-called fusions centers […]

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Vatican Complying With International Money Laundering Reports

Vatican Complying With International Money Laundering Reports

Vatican releases first report of financial watchdog The Vatican took another step Wednesday to show greater financial transparency by publishing the first annual report from its financial watchdog agency and announcing new regulations to fight money laundering and terror financing. The report from the Financial Intelligence Authority showed the agency received six internal reports on […]

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Wage Theft Is Under Fire

Wage Theft Could Be More Prominent Than You Thought

84 Percent of NYC Fast Food Workers Report Wage Theft in a New Survey At an 11 am press conference outside a Brooklyn KFC restaurant, fast food workers and activists will release a new report alleging rampant wage theft in their industry, one of the fastest-growing in the United States. The report includes results from […]

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Best & Worst Hospital Ranks for Patient Safety

Best & Worst Hospital Ranks for Patient Safety

How hospitals score on patient safety Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit health care quality organization, issued its Spring 2013 update to its Hospital Safety Score last week. The report issued A to F grades to more than 2,500 general hospitals in the U.S. regarding patient safety (Leapfrog provides a tool you can use to compare […]

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Falsifying Results Of Medications

Falsifying Results Of Medications

Dirty medicine 1. The assignment FORTUNE — On the morning of Aug. 18, 2004, Dinesh Thakur hurried to a hastily arranged meeting with his boss at the gleaming offices of Ranbaxy Laboratories in Gurgaon, India, 20 miles south of New Delhi. It was so early that he passed gardeners watering impeccable shrubs and cleaners still […]

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Department Of Education Most Profitable Company In America

Department Of Education Most Profitable Company In America

Obama administration reaps $51bn profit off student loans The Obama administration is forecast to turn a record $51 billion profit this year from student loan borrowers, a sum greater than the earnings of the nation’s most profitable companies and roughly equal to the combined net income of the four largest U.S. banks by assets. Figures […]

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Political Corruption Donation Reform Is In Sight

Political Corruption Donation Reform Is In Sight

Corruption reports lead to demands for reform It took back-to-back corruption scandals to turn campaign finance reform into the hottest issue in Albany. Now maybe a few good-government reports can give Board of Elections enforcement it’s own 15 minutes of fame. On May 7, a day after Citizens Union released a report accusing the state […]

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EA Wins Worst Company in America For Two Years Running

EA Wins Worst Company In America For Two Years Running

Electronic Arts: How It Pays to Be the Worst Company in America Gamers might gripe, but they still ante up for EA titles and ‘extras’ Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) has successfully defended its title as the Worst Company in America … and shareholders understandably couldn’t care less. This “victory” came from Consumerist’s annual reader poll, which […]

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California Sues JPMorgan Chase

California Sues JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase sued for running debt collection mills California is suing Chase bank for cheating thousands of credit card account holders of due process while attempting to collect on debts, court papers say.Papers filed by Attorney General Kamala Harris has accused JPMorgan Chase & Co., Chase Bank USA and Chase Bankcard Services of running “debt […]

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Require Insurance To Own A Gun?

Should We Require Insurance To Own A Gun?

Tougher gun laws needed to combat violence in Boston In response to letters from three students at the Harbor School in Dorchester, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, a Boston mayoral candidate, shared his thoughts on preventing youth violence. The above is excerpted from Conley’s speech last Saturday at the Dorchester Youth Collaborative in […]

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Smart Phones Fatal Security Flaws

Smart Phones Fatal Security Flaws

Smartphones another avenue for hackers Smartphones are increasingly popular not only with consumers, but also with thieves who see the devices as another way to tap into bank accounts and other sensitive information, experts say. Many consumers simply don’t realize how vulnerable their Androids, iPhones and other devices can be. An April study by the […]

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Airlines get highest rating for customer satisfaction

Airlines Are Highest In Customer Satisfaction

Airlines get highest rating for customer satisfaction: Do you agree? North American airlines earned their highest rating for passenger satisfaction since 2006, before the advent of baggage fees, in a survey showing the value of smiling employees, onboard Wi-Fi and mobile applications. Customers reported better experiences with both segments of the industry, the traditional full-service […]

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Highest Paycheck Cities In The US

Highest Paycheck Cities In The US – Infographic

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11 suggestions to improve - Federal Bureau of Prisons

11 suggestions to improve – Federal Bureau of Prisons

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US vs. EU unemployment trends

US vs. EU unemployment trends

The Austerians Strike Back: Latvia Is the New Hope for Zombie Economics Zombie ideas are much scarier than actual zombies. For one, zombie ideas are real. For another, nothing can kill them. Not even a bullet to the intellectual head. Just look at the austerians. It was only a week ago that the cult of […]

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Payday Lenders CFPB guidance

Payday Lenders CFPB guidance

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Payday and Deposit Advance Loan White Paper Gives Glimpse into Future Regulations As part of its ongoing efforts to increase and expand its supervisory role over payday and deposit advance loans, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the CFPB) issued a White Paper on April 24, 2013 entitled “Payday Loans and Deposit […]

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For profit Higher Ed scrutinized – UK

For profit Higher Ed scrutinized – UK

For-profits face sterner tests for SLC cash Proposed rules on designation call for ‘robust’ quality and finance checks Private providers in England wanting their students to access publicly funded loans will for the first time be required to undergo checks on quality. However, unlike universities, these providers will not have to undergo full institutional review […]

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Current Corruption Issues - worldwide

Current Corruption Issues – worldwide

Corruption Currents: From Cuomo’s Bill to $25 Million on Horses Bribery: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed legislation that would make specific crimes of bribing a public official, scheming to corrupt government and covering up bribery. (Newsday, AP) Taiwan’s former cabinet secretary general was sentenced to seven years and four months in jail Tuesday after […]

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Inaccurate News Reporting Legal Consequences

Inaccurate News Reporting Legal Consequences

When the media — traditional or new — gets a suspect wrong, what are the legal ramifications? From Lockerbie to Richard Jewell to anthrax: The Boston Marathon bombings were far from the first incident to spark inaccurate reporting about an alleged suspect. Here’s what the case law tells us about liability. There has been outstanding […]

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Borrowing Against Your Pension Costs More Than You Think

Borrowing Against Your Pension Costs More Than You Think

Preying on pensions It never ceases to amaze me every time I see yet another predatory financial product making the rounds. Financially strapped seniors are increasingly being targeted by firms offering high-priced loans against their pensions, according to a report in the New York Times. In one case, a borrower took out a loan against […]

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Issues Woe In UK Lending Systems

Issues Woe In UK Lending Systems

Mend the money machine The woes of small businesses in Italy and Spain threaten to be the next twist in the euro saga John Stuart Mill said, is just a machine: a tool for doing things, like exchanging goods, that take longer without it. Milton Friedman upped the ante: “Because it is so pervasive, when […]

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Custom Infographics Can Drive SEO

Custom Infographics Can Drive SEO

Custom infographics drive clicks, Tweets and links for SEO Graphics can help broaden a brand’s content marketing strategy, but it’s important to put out high-quality images to see noticeable ROI. Whether a company uses visual media to bring color to its blog posts, as display ads in search engine results pages or for infographic marketing […]

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Big Brand Mistakes And Issue Resolution

Big Brand Mistakes And Issue Resolution

5 Big Brand’s Mistakes Solved Stumbles are expected in the startup stage. But when big brands mess up the spotlight on their failings is much less forgiving. From JCPenny’s confusing re-branding attempt to BlackBerry’s service interruptions, we take a look at how five major players faltered and what they can do to regain their customers’ […]

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Congress Wrestles Blame For The Boston Bombings

Congress Wrestles Blame For The Boston Bombings

Five Questions in Congress About the Boston Bombings Congress doesn’t agree on much these days, and the Boston bombings are no exception. The tragedy has triggered a wide-ranging debate about why the marathon plot went undetected, who shoulders the blame and how the security weaknesses the bombing highlight can be shored up. Here are five […]

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Google Is Not Paying Their Fair Share

Google Is Not Paying Their Fair Share

How Google UK clouds its tax liabilities Last year, a Google executive defended its low UK tax bill by telling parliament the company does not have sales operations in Britain. A Reuters examination raises questions about that. LONDON, May 1 (Reuters) – In November 2012, Google’s Vice President for Northern and Central Europe was called […]