Archive for February, 2014

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KBR (Haliburton) and federal contract LOGCAP III, Whistleblower lawsuit

KBR (Haliburton) and federal contract LOGCAP III, Whistleblower lawsuit

 Lawsuit brings to light secrecy statements required by KBR One of the nation’s largest government contractors requires employees seeking to report fraud to sign internal confidentiality statements barring them from speaking to anyone about their allegations, including government investigators and prosecutors, according to a complaint filed Wednesday and corporate documents obtained by The Washington Post. […]

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Immigration agency License Plate Tracking Scrapped after Questions

Immigration agency License Plate Tracking Scrapped after Questions

U.S. Agency Ordered to Drop License Plate Database Solicitation The U.S. Department of Homeland Security demanded the cancellation of a plan to access or buy commercial databases for tracking license plates nationwide after criticism from privacy advocates. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, part of the department, had planned to use the information to help […]

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Mobile device statistics – tablet use up, insight on device sharing

Mobile device statistics – tablet use up, insight on device sharing

Web Access Via Mobile Phones, Tablets Rises In 2013 Nearly two-thirds (65%) of Internet users globally go online via mobile phones, and 29% do so on tablets. Smartphone Web users increased 19% last year to 994 million, while those using tablets grew even faster—up 45% to 450 million. Those are among the main findings from […]

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How many Corporate Jets are sold each year?

How many Corporate Jets are sold each year?

Bombardier loses top business jet ranking to Gulfstream in 2013 First time in nearly a decade that Montreal-based firm has slipped; Gulfstream reported $1 billion U.S. more in revenue Bombardier lost its position as the global business jet leader in 2013 for the first time in nearly a decade as Gulfstream posted $1 billion U.S. […]

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Connection Speed, Peering Agreements, Open Internet – How Net Neutrality is Negotiated

Connection Speed, Peering Agreements, Open Internet – How Net Neutrality is Negotiated

Peering into the Soft Underbelly of Net Neutrality The net neutrality fight is moving in new directions, and quickly. Today FCC Chair Tom Wheeler announced that the FCC would press forward with new “Open Internet” rules, undeterred by last month’s court decision striking down most of the old ones. Last week, Comcast and Time Warner […]

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Silicon Valley Airfield – Google to Renovate and Manage Moffett

Silicon Valley Airfield – Google to Renovate and Manage Moffett

Google to manage federal airfield frequently used by top executives The U.S government has picked a Google subsidiary to run and renovate a federal airfield that is frequently used for the personal flights of the Internet company’s billionaire executives. The decision announced Monday clears the way for Google’s Planetary Ventures LLC to take over management […]

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Social Media - Business Statistics and Trend Charts

Social Media – Business Statistics and Trend Charts

Is There Social Network Overload? Yes, and No… Days after the major social networks reported earnings and membership numbers, the media began wondering whether social network overload is starting to set in. To some degree, it is. But it’s nothing to worry about: this is a story we’ve seen plenty of times before. With any […]

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Holiday 2013 Customer Satisfaction statistics

Holiday 2013 Customer Satisfaction statistics

Zendesk Benchmark: Customer Satisfaction Falls During The Holiday Season Overall customer satisfaction dropped globally by 2 percentage points in the fourth quarter of 2013, continuing a yearly trend of performance dips during the busy holiday season, according to the quarterly Zendesk Benchmark report released today. The average customer satisfaction rating fell to 80 percent, and […]

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Money is not the currency of the Internet, it’s Data

Money is not the currency of the Internet, it’s Data

Apps a gold mine for data thieves Whatsapp and Facebook may be the most popular smartphone apps out there, but they also draw heavily on data collected from their users. Social media experts say phone owners should do more to protect themselves. Facebook and Whatsapp are among the most popular smartphone apps out there. These […]

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Telemedicine – Patient video conferences and HIPAA

Telemedicine – Patient video conferences and HIPAA

Skype With Patients? HIPAA Says “No Go” Oklahoma Medical Board Says No to Skype With Patients, Yes to Telemedicine; Here’s What You Need to Know The recent Oklahoma medical board sanction against Thomas Trow, MD, sparked concern over the practices of telemedicine and telepsychiatry. Using Skype, Trow conducted online video appointments and prescribed controlled substances […]

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Fed Yellen thoughts about long-term unemployed

Fed Yellen thoughts about long-term unemployed

Yellen Says Recovery in Labor Market Far From Complete Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen pledged to maintain her predecessor’s policies by scaling back stimulus in “measured steps” and signaled that the bar is high for a change in that plan. Only a “notable change in the outlook” for the economy would prompt policy makers to […]

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One year of Beef Recalled

One year of Beef Recalled

California plant shuts down after beef recall A California slaughterhouse at the center of a massive beef recall has voluntarily halted operations, as it tries to track down all of its beef shipments over the past year, a newspaper reported.Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corp. was compiling a list of companies affected by the recall, its owner, […]

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One customer complaint each second last year - UK

One customer complaint each second last year – UK

New research in the UK reveals that unhappy customers made a complaint about products and services nearly once a second in 2013. According to the Ombudsman Services there were 38 million complaints last year, which worked out to a complaint every 1.2 seconds. Energy, retail and internet telecoms were the most common sectors for complaints, […]

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Most Philanthropic 2013 – 50 Biggest $ Donations

Most Philanthropic 2013 – 50 Biggest $ Donations

A Look at the 50 Most Generous Donors of 2013 See the list here The 14th annual Philanthropy 50, The Chronicle’s list of America’s most generous donors, is based on gifts and pledges of cash and stock to nonprofit organizations. Although The Chronicle sought to find all information about large donations made by individuals in […]

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Free Marc Jacobs fashion - Seriously

Free Marc Jacobs fashion – Seriously

Marc Jacobs Pop-Up Shop Takes Tweets, Instagrams for Payment Marc Jacobs will open the doors to his Daisy fragrance pop-up store in Manhattan on Friday, but unlike other retail locations, no money will be exchanged. Instead, you can walk out with products in exchange for sending tweets, Instagram photos and Facebook posts. Called the Daisy […]

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Newsstand Sales falling – Go buy a magazine

Newsstand Sales falling – Go buy a magazine

Magazine circulation slips in the final months of 2013 Newsstand sales were especially hard hit, with some of the biggest titles, such as Cosmopolitan, seeing the steepest declines. Magazines—at least the ones that arrive in the mail—lost just a little ground in the second half of 2013, as overall circulation for 386 U.S. consumer titles […]

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CFPB bank mortgage reporting to Increase – impact on Small Business under review

CFPB bank mortgage reporting to Increase – impact on Small Business under review

CFPB bank mortgage reporting to Increase – impact on Small Business under review The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced today it wants to expand the information it collects about mortgages to make it easier for the agency – and the public – to spot discrimination, risky loans and other problems. After the nation was caught […]

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Grocery Labeling – who will require? Associations, States or the FDA?

Grocery Labeling – who will require? Associations, States or the FDA?

Food industry seeks its own GMO labels People who want to know more about genetically modified ingredients in their food would be able to get it on some packages, but not others, under a plan the industry is pushing. Large food companies worried they might be forced to add “genetically modified” to packaging are proposing […]

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$5 Million Lipinski Violin Heist (with stun gun) just Solved

$5 Million Lipinski Violin Heist (with stun gun) just Solved

Art thief among 3 arrested in theft of multimillion-dollar violin The mystery of what happened to a multimillion-dollar Stradivarius violin stolen in a stun gun attack was answered Thursday when Milwaukee police recovered the instrument and blamed the heist at least in part on an art thief who once stole a statue from a gallery […]

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U.S. and Mexico International Trade – Dept. of Commerce statistics

U.S. and Mexico International Trade – Dept. of Commerce statistics

America is Open for Business International Trade Between U.S. And Mexico The United State and Mexico not only share a border that is nearly 2,000 miles long, but also a long history of trading a variety of good that range from computer to oil. Over the years, this economic partnership has developed and frown to […]

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CBO The Budget and Economic Outlook 2014 o 2024

Labor Market Effects of the ACA

CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE View/Download PDF Here The federal budget deficit has fallen sharply during the past few years, and it is on a path to decline further this year and next year. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that under current law, the deficit will total $514 billion in fiscal […]

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Microsoft’s new CEO – profile

Microsoft’s new CEO – profile

The new Microsoft: How Satya Nadella will transform the company Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s former cloud head and its new CEO, learned a lot about leadership playing cricket in Hyderabad, India. One incident has stuck with him his entire career, he told Indian daily newspaper the Deccan Chronicle last July. As member of his public school’s cricket team, he […]

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Look at the Do-Not-Track language in your Privacy Policies.

Look at the Do-Not-Track language in your Privacy Policies.

How Should I Respond to California’s Do-Not-Track Requirements? The current privacy regulatory environment can be characterized as a “perfect storm” of more data, more regulation and more enforcement. A microcosm of the confluence of these trends is illustrated in the recent Do-Not-Track amendments to the California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA). The law requires the operator […]

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Cruise Line Infection Prevention

Cruise Line Infection Prevention

Norovirus: Should you be afraid to go on a cruise? A second cruise ship was forced to cut its journey short this week, as Princess Cruises’ Caribbean Princess ship returned to Houston on Thursday after nearly 200 passengers and crew members fell ill. Earlier this week, Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas vessel was also […]

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Inspector General - U.S. Aid in Afghanistan Needs Oversight

Inspector General – U.S. Aid in Afghanistan Needs Oversight

Watchdog Warns Of Corruption As $1 Billion In U.S. Aid Flows To Afghanistan Afghan government ministries are teed up to receive $1 billion in direct aid as U.S. and NATO troops leave the country — but that loosely supervised flow of money will create a massive opportunity for waste and corruption, a new inspector general […]

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Consumer Quality Report Cards for Health Plans

Consumer Quality Report Cards for Health Plans

California Marketplace Among First to Post Customer Health Plan Ratings Californians shopping for insurance policies through the state’s online marketplace can now compare plans based on customer quality ratings as well as cost. Covered California assigned star ratings to the health plans based on member survey responses. The surveys were taken before the insurance marketplace […]

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Care Act – proposed alternative to ObamaCare – would keep Quality Outcome provisions of the ACA

Care Act – proposed alternative to ObamaCare – would keep Quality Outcome provisions of the ACA

In a Footnote, GOP Gives Up Total Obamacare Repeal In a buried footnote, Congressional Republicans this week formally acknowledged they’re no longer trying to repeal all of Obamacare. Though the shift represents a narrowing of focus more than a fading of ferocity, it could have significant policy implications, even though a media and pundit focus […]

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Ohio asks for piece of Chase DOJ settlement to fight blight

Ohio asks for piece of Chase DOJ settlement to fight blight

Ohio should get a piece of JP Morgan Chase mortgage-fraud settlement: editorial Cleveland was shot down on technicalities in its effort to hold predatory lenders accountable for the toxic legacy of foreclosed, blighted and tax-delinquent properties in 2008 lawsuit. But justice may be coming home at last. A diverse coalition of community activists, housing advocates, […]