Archive for January, 2014

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NAICS and SIC lookup tools

NAICS and SIC lookup tools

Free NAICS Look Up Here   Code Industry Title Count * 11 Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting 553,089 21 Mining 37,980 22 Utilities 37,198 23 Construction 1,837,665 31-33 Manufacturing 762,551 42 Wholesale Trade 934,882 44-45 Retail Trade 2,205,534 48-49 Transportation and Warehousing 564,978 51 Information 409,285 52 Finance and Insurance 816,335 53 Real Estate Rental and […]

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Largest Retailers in the World – Canada companies

Largest Retailers in the World – Canada companies

2013 World’s Largest Canada Retailers – Biggest and Best Canadian Retail Chains In general, Canadian retailing is gaining on the global retailing stage in terms of the revenue of the largest Canadian retail chains. In the past two years all of the largest Canadian retailers have improved their rankings on the annual Global Powers of […]

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Largest Retailers in the World – US companies (with Research Indexes)

Largest Retailers in the World – US companies (with Research Indexes)

Top 100 U.S. Based Retail Companies on World’s Largest Retail List The U.S. maintains it dominance in global retailing on the 2014 list of all world’s largest U.S. retail chains.  With seven new American retail chains joining the world’s largest retailer list, now 33% of the 250 largest retail companies in the world are based […]

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ACA “Obamacare” call center sued for FLSA violation

ACA “Obamacare” call center sued for FLSA violation

Lawsuit by Obamacare call center trainers alleges unpaid overtime Customer service workers at a call center for insurance exchanges established under the federal health care overhaul have sued their employer in federal court, saying they were forced to work unpaid overtime. The nine workers at a Boise facility who brought the suit against Maximus say […]

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Market Research Study – Methods, Job Satisfaction, Salaries

Market Research Study – Methods, Job Satisfaction, Salaries

  This study presents data, collected over 20 years, about corporate research jobs, the rise and decline of different survey methodologies, research budgets, employment and average wages. View PDF Here

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Vision Statement: Who Hangs Out Where?

Social Network Demographics – now a bit dated but very interesting.

Vision Statement: Who Hangs Out Where? In the virtual world, just as in the physical world, different communities attract different types of people. These differences matter a lot to advertisers as they work to rationalize their social media spending. And they’ll be crucial to sites that hope to follow LinkedIn and Facebook with IPOs of […]

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“Mortgage Relief” company ordered closed by the FTC

“Mortgage Relief” company ordered closed by the FTC

FTC Shuts Down Prime Legal Plans for Offering Illegal Mortgage Relief Services The South Florida-based defendants in an alleged mortgage relief scam will surrender their assets and be banned permanently from providing mortgage relief and debt relief services to consumers under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.  This settlement represents the FTC’s largest judgment […]

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Foreign Countries tax Google AdWords

Foreign Countries tax Google AdWords

Patch-up job Taxmen are doing whatever they can to squeeze more from online businesses THE international framework for taxing multinationals has been tweaked and refined over several decades under the aegis of the OECD, a club of mostly rich countries. But it remains “a patchwork of national laws and international treaties, frayed by internal and […]

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Voice of the Customer Dos and Don’ts

Voice of the Customer Dos and Don’ts

By the Numbers: When satisfaction scores go flat Once a slow and expensive process, collecting feedback from customers is now quick, simple and relatively cheap with the widespread availability of online survey tools and reporting systems. Companies can collect ratings and feedback at every point of contact, including phone calls, e-mails, Web visits and point-of-sale […]

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Test your knowledge of Credit Scoring – Most Fail

Test your knowledge of Credit Scoring – Most Fail

The Credit Score Quiz Your credit score can affect many parts of your financial life. Test your credit scoring knowledge with this simple 20-question quiz. Click Here  

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Truth in Caller ID Act, FCC Rules re Spoofing and Blocking

Truth in Caller ID Act, FCC Rules re Spoofing and Blocking

Federal Communications Commission FCC 11-100 Full PDF Version Is Available to view/download here In this Report and Order, the Commission adopts rules implementing the Truth in Caller ID Act. The Truth in Caller ID Act and the implementing rules prohibit any person or entity from knowingly altering or manipulating caller identification information with intent to […]

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First legal settlement of (GINA) Genetic Information discrimination lawsuit

First legal settlement of (GINA) Genetic Information discrimination lawsuit

A major milestone – the EEOC settles its first GINA systemic lawsuit Just nine days into the new year the EEOC settled its first systemic lawsuit ever filed alleging genetic discrimination under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”).  Over the past several years the EEOC has trumpeted its focus on high-impact and high-profile cases and […]

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How Korean business people behave when customers data is breached.

How Korean business people behave when customers data is breached.

(6th LD) Bank officials quit en masse over massive data leak Top executives at a bank and credit card firms tendered their resignations on Monday as the finance industry tried to rein in havoc from the latest massive leak of client data that regulators say may have affected roughly half of the country’s 50 million […]

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EU issues Fracking Recommendation

EU issues Fracking Recommendation

Energy and environment Environmental Aspects on Unconventional Fossil Fuels The risks associated with the high volume hydraulic fracturing technique, also commonly referred to as “fracking”, have triggered concerns about public health and environmental effects. The Commission wants to ensure the environmental integrity of extraction of unconventional hydrocarbons, such as shale gas, and ensure that risks […]

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Blackberry phones – Big Purchase by the Pentagon

Blackberry phones – Big Purchase by the Pentagon

Blackberry stock surges on 80,000 unit “government bailout”, Android still activating 1.5 million daily It’s no secret that Waterloo-based Blackberry was on their biggest downward spiral ever in 2013. The company, which has conceded tons of market share to the likes of Apple and Google due to lack of innovation, was almost sold off to […]

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Former Virginia Governor Indicted under Federal Public Corruption Laws

Fmr. Va. Governor and First Lady Indicted on Corruption Charges

Fmr. Va. Governor and First Lady Indicted on Corruption Charges Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and his wife, former First Lady Maureen McDonnell, were indicted today on federal public corruption charges. The McDonnells are accused of receiving numerous high-value gifts from businessman Jonnie Williams Sr. in exchange for McDonnell using his influence to benefit Williams’ […]

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No Community or Small Bank Representative on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors

No Community or Small Bank Representative on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors

Smaller banks may get lost in Fed shuffle The Federal Reserve Board of Governors that’s taking shape under Janet Yellen has a conspicuous and unusual absence: anyone with a community-banking background. The lack of a representative is raising anxiety among executives of the almost 7,000 banks in the United States with assets under $10 billion, […]

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Money transfers between PACs and Political Parties – McCain Feingold Loophole

Money transfers between PACs and Political Parties – McCain Feingold Loophole

A National Strategy Funds State Political Monopolies By his third year as chairman of the Alabama Republican organization, Mike Hubbard believed his party had just about everything it needed to win control of the State Legislature. He had a plan: an 88-page playbook for the 2010 campaign, with detailed, district-by-district budgets and precise voter turnout […]

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Customer Effort – a real world rant about IVR

Customer Effort – a real world rant about IVR

Get A Life: The frustration of technology The other day I called a company and actually got a person, a real live human being! I was so excited that I kept the person on the phone for about ten minutes asking her questions that had nothing to do with my original purpose, which was to […]

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Want less taxes? Move to Nebraska.

Want less taxes? Move to Nebraska.

Governor proposes using $220 million in cash reserve for tax cuts Gov. Dave Heineman proposed spending $220 million of the state’s record-high cash reserve in order to reduce income and property taxes over the next three years, leaving a half-billion-dollar cushion. Combine that with savings from holding state spending increases to about 4 percent, and […]

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Medical Debt Collection to Increase because of the ACA?

Medical Debt Collection to Increase because of the ACA?

Medical debt will persist despite law’s protections Millions of Americans will get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act that will protect them from potentially ruinous medical expenses, but a new USA TODAY analysis shows the health plans they can choose still leave them vulnerable to thousands in deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs each year. […]

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WV Chemical Spill – Will it be a problem for Fracking?

WV Chemical Spill – Will it be a problem for Fracking?

West Virginia Spill Exposes Disturbing Lack Of Data About Hazardous Chemicals The 300,000 residents of nine West Virginia counties affected by last Thursday’s chemical spill are slowly starting to get notice that they can turn on their taps again. But many are still wondering why they didn’t have more information about the potential dangers in […]

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Net Neutrality – What and Why? How to Learn More.

Net Neutrality – What and Why? How to Learn More.

Network Neutrality What is Net Neutrality? Network Neutrality (or “net” neutrality) is the concept of online non-discrimination. It is the principle that consumers/citizens should be free to get access to – or to provide – the Internet content and services they wish, and that consumer access should not be regulated based on the nature or […]

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HHS sets date for Health Plans to Certify Compliance with Electronic Transaction Requirements

HHS sets date for Health Plans to Certify Compliance with Electronic Transaction Requirements

ACA Proposed Rule to Require Health Insurers to Certify Compliance with HIPAA Electronic Transaction Requirements The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a proposed rule to implement the ACA requirement that health insurers and other HIPAA-covered health plans certify compliance with the standards and operating rules for the HIPAA-standardized transactions for eligibility for […]

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Google Alternatives – Different Search Engines and Why you might consider them

Google Alternatives – Different Search Engines and Why you might consider them

40 Advanced and Alternative Search Engines Have you ever been looking for something but didn’t know where to find it? If that something is online, then your search is over (or just about to begin). The following are 40 advanced and alternative search engines that you can use to find just about anything on the […]

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Understand the Difference between SLAs and KPIs

Understand the Difference between SLAs and KPIs

SLA vs KPI: Service Level Agreements vs. Key Performance Indicators What is the difference between Service Level Agreement measurements and Key Performance Indicators? Well, although sometimes they are referred to as synonyms, there are a few differences. Service Level Agreement (SLA) is an agreement between two parties regarding a particular service. Apparently SLA must contain quantitative measurements […]

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U.S. Lodging Demand and Hotel Profitability Trending Up

U.S. Lodging Demand and Hotel Profitability Trending Up

US Lodging Sector Recovery Continues Cautiously, Says PwC US Reflecting strong performance during the first quarter and positive momentum in travel activity, offset by impacts from near-term fiscal challenges, an updated lodging forecast released today by PwC USanticipates revenue per available room (“RevPAR”) recovery in 2013 to stay on course, consistent with PwC’s expectations at […]

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How many Government Agencies are there? It’s uncertain. But they employ around 2.5 million people.

How many Government Agencies are there? It’s uncertain. But they employ around 2.5 million people.

How Big is Government? New ‘Map’ Shows Us Nobody Knows There is a new “map” of the Federal Government, courtesy of the Administrative Conference of the U.S. It is an update of an earlier document created in 1980 by the Congressional Research Service. National Geographic periodically publishes updated maps of the contours of the U.S. […]

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Hospitals now own 2/3rds of Private Medical Practices.

Hospitals now own 2/3rds of Private Medical Practices.

National Review: Hospitals to Blame for “Obscene Health-Care Costs” A new article in National Review says that “Hospitals are to blame for obscene health-care costs.”According to the article, “If the Congressional Budget Office’s projections are right, health care will account for almost all increases in government spending for the foreseeable future, excluding interest on the […]

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Consumer Electronic Spending to Decline in 2014

Consumer Electronic Spending to Decline in 2014

CES preview: Tech sales expected to fall in 2014, industry group says Global technology sales fell short of expectations last year, and now industry researchers expect them to further decline in 2014. Smartphone and tablet sales have eaten into spending on other products, said Steve Koenig, director of industry analysis at the Consumer Electronics Association. […]

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How to Track Legislation and Legislators

How to Track Legislation and Legislators

The U.S. Congress and Federal Legislation Members of Congress Use our Congressional directory to research current senators and representatives and all Members of Congress dating back to the founding of our nation. We also compute statistics such as ideology, leadership, and missed votes.Track Members of Congress to be alerted when they introduce new bills or […]

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Judge’s Retirement System exempted from Pension Reform

Judge’s Retirement System exempted from Pension Reform

Pension reform lawsuits mounting Two organizations representing retired state employees are the latest to file a lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s new pension reform law. The Retired State Employees Association, which has more than 9,000 retired state workers as members, filed the lawsuit Thursday in Sangamon County. The Illinois State Employees Association Retirees sued […]

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No privacy law in India – So, they follow NSA example with CMS (Centralized Monitoring System)

No privacy law in India – So, they follow NSA example with CMS (Centralized Monitoring System)

India’s new surveillance network will make the NSA green with envy India doesn’t seem to worry that the surveillance scandal recently rocking the US might perturb its own citizens. The country is going ahead with an ambitious program that will let it monitor any one of its 900 million telecom subscribers and 120 million internet […]

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An example HIPAA Breach

An example HIPAA Breach

Stolen laptop held data of high-risk pool members A laptop stolen from an auditor’s car contained the personal information of more than 3,400 members of a high-risk insurance pool set up in South Carolina for those unable to find coverage because of a medical condition, an attorney hired by the pool told The Associated Press […]

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FAA announces Drone States – AK, NV, NY, ND, TX and VA – and requires Privacy Plan

FAA announces Drone States – AK, NV, NY, ND, TX and VA – and requires Privacy Plan

Feds announce test sites for drone aircraft Six states were named Monday by federal officials to develop test sites for drones — a critical next step for the burgeoning industry that could one day produce thousands of unmanned aircraft for use by businesses, farmers and researchers. Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia […]

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China concerned about US hypocrisy – Hacking of Huawei Networks

China concerned about US hypocrisy – Hacking of Huawei Networks

U.S. to China: We Hacked Your Internet Gear We Told You Not to Hack The headline news is that the NSA has surreptitiously “burrowed its way into nearly all the security architecture” sold by the world’s largest computer networking companies, including everyone from U.S. mainstays Cisco and Juniper to Chinese giant Huawei. But beneath this […]

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The 4th Amendment is about Controlling Authority

The 4th Amendment is about Controlling Authority

The primary NSA issue isn’t privacy, it’s authority I celebrate Judge Richard J Leon’s opinion that the government’s mass collection of communications metadata is “almost Orwellian”, and I decry Judge William H Pauley III’s decision that the NSA’s collection is both effective and legally perfectly peachy. But I worry that the judges, as well as […]

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America moves Left while most First World countries move Right

America moves Left while most First World countries move Right

A Left-Wing America Stands Alone American progressives like to think of their country as backward and reactionary compared to Europe. And they have never been more right than now when Europe and the rest of the First World have gone right while America under Obama has been left back. In America Alone, Mark Steyn envisioned […]