Archive for November, 2013

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More Spam - Thanks healthcare.

More Spam – Thanks healthcare.

Scams sprout with rollout of Obamacare Ohio resident James Dick already had deleted an inbox’s worth of bogus e-mails about the Affordable Care Act when his telephone rang.On the other end: a convincing-sounding man claiming to be from the national Medicare office. He told Dick that he was ready to send him a new Medicare […]

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Affiliate marketing explained

Affiliate marketing explained

Is There a Future for Energy Affiliate Marketing? It has recently been reported that Ofgem has rejected an appeal from a group of affiliates and networks, who joined forces back in June when a report was published that detailed plans to ban cashback in the energy sector. Following the failed appeal, the ban will go […]

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Coffee fight - $527 million in attorney fees

Coffee fight – $527 million in attorney fees

Arbitrator determines Starbucks must pay $2.76B in dispute with Kraft An arbitrator has concluded that Starbucks must pay $2.76 billion to settle a dispute with Kraft over coffee distribution.The two consumer products companies had been locked in a fight for three years after Starbucks Corp. fired Kraft as its distributor of packaged coffee to grocery […]

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Red Curtain now more capitalist?

Red Curtain now more capitalist?

China promises bigger role for free market Economic overhaul will ‘deepen reforms,’ Communist party says China’s leaders finished a closely watched policy meeting Tuesday with a promise to give market forces a bigger role in the country’s state-dominated economy but failed to produce dramatic reforms to overhaul a worn-out growth model. In a report after […]

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Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform requested

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform requested

SC Johnson Applauds House Discussion on TSCA Modernization Consumer Products Company Supports Updating 37-Year-Old Chemical Statute RACINE, Wis., Nov. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — SC Johnson, one of the world’s leading makers of household brands, applauds the United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce for its focus on the much-needed legislative reforms to the Toxic Substances […]

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What is a Business License?

What is a Business License?

Business Licenses Explained In order to legally conduct business, a small business needs to have a business license. But what is a business license and who requires the most licenses? What types of licenses and permits are there? And what are the roles of these licenses within a small business? Read More

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Lots of Concerns about for-profit Waste collection

Lots of Concerns about for-profit Waste collection

Waste Management Reaps Treasure from Your Trash and Taxes The for-profit company Waste Management (WM) has recently been embroiled in a trashy dispute with the city of Mobile, Alabama. The Mobile Solid Waste Authority alleged in mid-August that WM was in breach of its contract because it had underpaid the city and unilaterally changed the […]

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Gambling Debt – Who, What, How collected?

Gambling Debt – Who, What, How collected?

Deadbeat gamblers are an economic indicator How do you know the economy is coming back? High rollers are paying their gambling debts.All four major U.S. casino corporations bumped up their allowances for bad debt during the recession, with one company estimating that fewer than half of outstanding debts would be repaid. Now, companies have lowered […]

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Is TCPA Insurance Coverage Available?

Is TCPA Insurance Coverage Available?

Call me, maybe? A nationwide survey of insurance coverage for TCPA class actions The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) restricts telephone solicitations and limits the use of automatic dialing systems, prerecorded voice messages, SMS text messages, and faxes. TCPA plaintiffs typically claim that they received unwanted calls, texts or faxes in furtherance of telemarketing campaigns, […]

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China Tightens Consumer Laws

China Tightens Consumer Laws

China’s consumer law to curb multinationals’ double standards: expert China’s newly revised consumer rights law, which tightens the liability of businesses, may help prevent multinationals from applying double standards on Chinese consumers, said a legal expert here on Tuesday. The revision to the law on consumer rights and interests was adopted by China’s top legislature […]

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BPA and other Endocrine Disruputors

BPA and other Endocrine Disruputors

Watchdog Warns Of ‘Dirty Dozen’ Hormone Disruptors As Scientists, Industry Argue Regulation Bisphenol A has gotten a much higher profile in recent years, as the “BPA-free” label adorns an increasing number of water bottles and baby products. News headlines regularly hint at possible connections between BPA and a lengthening list of health problems. But the […]

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The United States today: Worst and Best Characteristics

The United States today: Worst and Best Characteristics

The United States in the early 21st Century: Decline or Renewal? The bitter impasse finally, if temporarily, resolved in Washington recently made it absolutely evident to all that the United States faces serious problems. These problems did not suddenly arise, nor are they limited to the showdown regarding the shutdown of government activities and services […]

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Break-down Electronics in a Biologically Safe Way

Break-down Electronics in a Biologically Safe Way

Born-to-die electronics could save lives and change how we use computers Probably the single most troubling thing about the inescapable advance of technological obsolescence is the rate at which old devices are being thrown out. It’s not just the landfills full of last year’s superphone, nor the rare Earth elements we’re mining at incredible speeds, […]

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Technology Jobs – Reasons for Recent Big Layoffs

Technology Jobs – Reasons for Recent Big Layoffs

Uh oh, where did all the tech jobs go? (Infographic) Technology is hailed as a powerful engine of job creation, but things may not be as rosy as we like to think. Yes, it creates opportunities for new businesses and new roles across all sectors, but there is also evidence that tech destroys jobs, and is […]