Business to Business Marketing Ideas

26th May 2011 (buzzle.com)



Business to business marketing is the function that is critical for many businesses to survive and thrive in today's extremely competitive world.

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Profitable Business Ideas

1st October 2010 (buzzle.com)



The existence of any business establishment, project or venture depends upon its economic performances. Obstacles are plenty, when you want to start a good profitable business, small or big, full time or side line, hurdles appear at every phase of the development of business.

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United Continental Merger

3rd May 2010 (buzzle.com)



Continental is being bought by United Airlines. The name would be United, be headed by Continental's chief executive Jeffery Smisek, and would be based in Chicago.

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Marketers Tool for Marketing

13th April 2010 (theallineed.com)



Marketing is an ongoing process of planning and executing of the marketing mix of products, services or ideas to create exchange between individuals and organizations. A relatively new form of marketing today uses the Internet to market their businesses or company. This new form of marketing is commonly called internet marketing or more generally e-marketing, affiliate marketing, desktop advertising or online marketing.

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New Fear of a Debt Crisis

17th February 2010 (nytimes.com)



Senator Evan Bayh's comments this week about a dysfunctional Congress reflected a complaint being directed at Washington with increasing frequency, and there is broad agreement among critics about Exhibit A: The unwillingness of the two parties to compromise to control a national debt that is rising to dangerous heights.

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World stocks drop ahead of rate decisions

4th February 2010 (yahoo.com)



World stocks retreated Thursday as a slide on Wall Street dented confidence ahead of central bank decisions in Europe and a key U.S. jobs report.

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How to Start a Non Profit Organization

12th January 2010 (buzzle.com)



It has been observed that most of the human beings are concerned only about their own happiness and financial gains. Very few people are seen taking sincere efforts to improve the lifestyle of the less privileged lot of people.

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Psychologist Salary Range

13th October 2009 (buzzle.com)



Defining poetically, the human mind is a treasure of feelings, thoughts, expressions, emotions, love, hatred etc etc! It is deeper than the oceans, higher than the mountains and endless as the horizon! Well, then what is psychology? Psychology is the study of this endless and vast human mind.

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China Moves to Retaliate Against U.S. Tire Tariff

14th September 2009 (nytimes.com)



China unexpectedly increased pressure Sunday on the United States in a widening trade dispute, taking the first steps toward imposing tariffs on American exports of automotive products and chicken meat in retaliation for President Obama’s decision late Friday to levy tariffs on tires from China.

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How to Build a Multilingual, Multicultural Customer Experience

7 August 2009 (harvardbusiness.org)



Customer service experience can be a critical business differentiator. Many companies — from American Express to Zappos — have found business value in creating satisfying customer service experiences across channels. Now that markets are more and more global in nature, some companies are finding value in making customer service experiences multilingual and multicultural: delivered in the business and regulatory context of local markets and tailored to the language and culture of the customer.

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Reformers Club 2009 Awards Ceremony and Dinner

22 July 2009 (doingbusiness.org)



The Doing Business Reformers' Club convened on April 22 to celebrate the achievements of the top 10 reforming governments in 2008 as identified in Doing Business 2009.

Reinhold Lopatka, State Secretary of the Austrian Ministry of Finance, and Michael Klein, Vice President, Financial and Private Sector Development, World Bank-IFC, and Chief Economist, IFC, presented the awards to the Ministers who attended on behalf of their governments.

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AP Issues Strict Facebook, Twitter Guidelines to Staff

24 June 2009 (wired.com)



The Associated Press is adopting a stringent social-networking policy for its employees, informing them to police their Facebook profiles “to make sure material posted by others doesn’t violate AP standards.” The policy comes weeks after an AP reporter was reprimanded for posting a comment to his own Facebook profile criticizing the Sacramento-based newspaper chain McClatchy, whose stock has become nearly worthless after a string of costly acquisitions.

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Top Scientists Voice Support for Climate Legislation

24 June 2009 (scientificamerican.com)



A group of U.S. climate scientists is urging Congress to quickly pass a strengthened version of the House global warming bill, saying the legislation would provide a basis for stronger federal policies. The letter signed by 20 scientists says strong U.S. leadership is needed to avert a "rapidly developing global climatic catastrophe." The House climate and energy bill proposed by Democratic Reps. Henry Waxman of California and Ed Markey of Massachusetts offers a "powerful advance and must be enacted this year," it says, as a first step toward strong U.S. action.

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Microsoft: Windows 7 Won't Save PC Recession

11 June 2009 (tomshardware.co.uk)



Despite Apple trying to rain on Microsoft’s parade during WWDC09, pointing out that Windows 7 is still built off of Vista roots, many are looking to the upcoming Windows release to be the one that gets it right, giving the sagging PC industry a much-needed shot in the arm. But Microsoft is cautious when it comes to suggestions that Windows 7 will be able to single-handedly turn around the recession in PC buying. “History would tell us that generally as you ship a Windows release into the market... the bump is very modest," Microsoft senior vice president Bill Veghte said in a CNet story. "You will see a little bit, but it is modest." While consumers are eagerly awaiting Windows 7--which is timed well with the holiday buying season--businesses aren’t so ready to spend IT dollars in upgrades. Microsoft doesn’t seem that worried, however, staying confident that the dollars will roll back in once the economy improves.

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Risk Calculators: Finance Geeks Use Open API to Crunch Market Numbers

10 June 2009 (wired.com)



When AAA-rated companies began crumbling like sand castles in an earthquake last year, Jesper Andersen and Toby Segaran had the same thought: There has to be a better way of measuring corporate credit risk. Bond rating is plagued by insularity, they argue. Agencies like Moody's and Standard & Poor's lack transparency, use narrow data sets, and rely on too few models (one of which was the notorious Gaussian copula formula featured on Wired's March cover). Worst of all, they're paid by the firms they evaluate—an obvious incentive for grade inflation. "No one can pay for this and keep it fair," Segaran says.

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Media in debt: dinosaurs - or zombies?

10 June 2009 (wired.co.uk)



Call that a recession? I’ve witnessed worse systemic crises in supermarket car parks on a Saturday afternoon. After three quarters of carnage, the media – with cheery determinism -- has started writing stories about recovery. Mortgage approvals are up. The pound is gaining on the dollar and the euro. The Chancellor of the Exchequer says the economy will return to growth by Christmas. Chief executives are daring to hope that the worst is over in terms of advertising declines. The urge to say that recession has bottomed out grows stronger by the day. But the medium-term prospects for consumer demand – and therefore traditional advertising revenues -- still look uncomfortably weak.

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General Motors talks hit brick wall in Berlin

28 May 2009 (guardian.co.uk)



German finance minister Peer Steinbrück (right) talks to economy minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, foreign minister Frank Walter Steinmeier and chancellor Angela Merkel during a meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters All-night negotiations over the sale of General Motors's European arm broke up without agreement in the early hours this morning, leaving UK carmaker Vauxhall facing an uncertain future. The German government blamed GM for the failure to strike a deal, saying the beleaguered firm had unexpectedly declared that its German-based Opel unit needed a new €300m (£260m) loan. The finance minister, Peer Steinbrück, said the demand was "a nasty surprise" and "a bit of an outrage".

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Intel Adopts an Identity in Software

25 May 2009 (nytimes.com)



SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Intel has worked hard and spent a lot of money over the years to shape its image: It is the company that celebrates its quest to make computer chips ever smaller, faster and cheaper with a quick five-note jingle at the end of its commercials.

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Ailing Banks Need $75 Billion, U.S. Says

8 May 2009 (nytimes.com)



WASHINGTON — After subjecting the nation’s biggest banks to the most public scrutiny in decades, federal regulators ordered 10 of them on Thursday to raise a total of $75 billion in extra capital and gave the rest a clean bill of health.

The long-awaited results of the “stress tests” set off an immediate scramble by major institutions for more capital. By June 8, they must give regulators their plans for raising the money, and raise it by November.

The verdict was far more upbeat than many in the industry had feared when the tests were first announced in February. And the banks that came up short will have to raise much less than some analysts had expected as recently as a few days ago.

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How the Next Kindle Could Save the Newspaper Business

8 May 2009 (wired.com)



So now we have a Kindle in large and extra large sizes but the response to the new device among journalists, especially those with hopes of magic bullet that will save newspapers, has been mostly small minded.

A near universal chorus of doubt has greeted the new device. Much of it has good reason to be unimpressed. The Kindle DX doesn’t do much more than the original Kindle device but it comes at stiffer $489 price. That larger screen is a convenient fig leaf to cover a number of small sins. First, Amazon is using it and the greater memory to justify the bigger price. They’re also unveiling a “native PDF reader,” which should have been in the first version, because the screen can now handle the larger format layouts.

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Banks Sway Bills to Aid Consumers

22 April 2009 (nytimes.com)

WASHINGTON — They may be held in low esteem around the nation, but the country’s largest banks still wield considerable influence in Washington. The banks have made it difficult for Congressional Democrats and the White House to give stretched homeowners a stronger hand in negotiating lower monthly payments on mortgages and to prevent credit card companies from imposing higher fees and interest rates.

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Inflation measure turns negative

21 April 2009 (bbc.co.uk)



UK annual inflation measured by the Retail Prices Index (RPI) went negative in March for the first time since 1960, to -0.4%, down from zero in February. RPI includes mortgage costs, which have fallen following the Bank of England's reductions in interest rates. The Consumer Prices Index (CPI), fell in March to 2.9% after February's unexpected rise to 3.2%, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

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Financial Security: Crucial to Life Satisfaction

10 April 2009 (yahoo.com)



When it comes to money and happiness, a feeling of financial security is just as important as income, at least for women. That's the finding of a new study by Talya Miron-Shatz, a research scholar at Princeton University's Center for Health and Well-Being. Miron-Shatz recruited nearly 1,000 women of various ages and incomes to participate in two studies. Researchers asked a series of questions about major life topics, including relationships, work, finances, and overall well-being. Participants in the second study were asked to think and write about "the future" in an open-ended way. Not surprisingly, women with higher incomes -- those in the 75th percentile and above -- reported more life satisfaction than those in the bottom 25th percentile. But feeling financially secure had the same effect: "When you trade off income for [secure] feelings, it raises life satisfaction to the same degree that a rise in income does," Miron-Shatz says.

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Japan PM unveils $150bn stimulus

10 April 2009 (bbc.co.uk)



Japan has formally unveiled its record $150bn (£105bn) stimulus package as it seeks to revive its flagging economy. Prime Minister Taro Aso said the plan - worth about 3% of its gross domestic product - aimed to protect livelihoods and to foster future growth. The 15.4 trillion yen package includes measures to boost fuel-efficient vehicles and consumer electronics.

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Bank of England Holds Key Rate Steady

9 April 2009 (nytimes.com)

The British central bank said Thursday that it would fully carry out a £75 billion asset-purchase program over the next two months, seeking to reassure investors that it is committed to steps to revive bank lending. The Bank of England made the announcement after its Monetary Policy Committee left its main interest rate at 0.5 percent, the lowest in its three-century history. Like the Federal Reserve in the United States and the Bank of Japan, which also have set official interest rates at rock-bottom levels, the British monetary authorities have begun unconventional operations, including so-called quantitative easing, to increase lending.

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Japan Drafts $154.4 Billion Stimulus

9 April 2009 (nytimes.com)

TOKYO — Japan’s ruling party unveiled the country’s biggest-ever economic stimulus plan Thursday, a ¥15.4 trillion, or $154.4 billion, package of subsidies and tax breaks that aims to stem a deepening recession in the world’s second-biggest economy. The Liberal Democratic Party released details of the draft stimulus, worth about 3 percent of Japan’s gross domestic product, ahead of a formal announcement Friday. The plan would bring Japan’s total stimulus spending to ¥27 trillion since Prime Minister Taro Aso took office in September. Japan is reeling from what is likely to be its worst recession since World War II, as its mainstay exports are hit by a global collapse in demand. In the fourth quarter of 2008, its economy shrank at an annualized rate of 12.1 percent.

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U.S. Imagines the Bailout as an Investment Tool

9 April 2009 (nytimes.com)



During World War I, Americans were exhorted to buy Liberty Bonds to help their soldiers on the front. Now, it seems, they will be asked to come to the aid of their banks — with the added inducement of possibly making some money for themselves. As part of its sweeping plan to purge banks of troublesome assets, the Obama administration is encouraging several large investment companies to create the financial-crisis equivalent of war bonds: bailout funds.

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Recession: Latest surveys point to bleak outlook for Britain

8 April 2009 (guardian.co.uk)



The British economy could continue on its downward path for another year and take a further two years to return to its pre-recession level, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research warned today. Along with new surveys showing continued falls in consumer confidence and a grim outlook for jobs, the NIESR report further underlined the bleak outlook for Britain. The FTSE 100 index in London dropped about 30 points to 3898.90 in early trading and investors were also braced for a poor round of US company results. Across Asia, stockmarkets were down, with Tokyo's Nikkei losing 2.7% to 8595.01 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng 3.9% lower at 14,354.84.

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RBS cuts 9,000 jobs - days after boss denies staff are at risk

8 April 2009 (guardian.co.uk)



A Royal Bank of Scotland branch in central London. Photograph: Shaun Curry/AFP/Getty Images Royal Bank of Scotland yesterday angered unions and politicians with plans to cut up to 4,500 staff in Britain as part of a worldwide reduction of 9,000 posts. The bank, which is 70% owned by the taxpayer, said the cuts were part of a policy to save about £2.5bn over the next three years. The Unite union said the cuts were a "devastating blow" for staff at the bank's Edinburgh headquarters where most of the UK job cuts are expected to fall.

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GM and Segway's P.U.M.A. makes its stage debut (with video!)

8 April 2009 (engadget.com)



We just lived, breathed and experienced GM and Segway's joint press conference, where they "unveiled" the P.U.M.A. one more time for effect. Larry Burns and Jim Norrod from GM and Segway, respectively, talked up what they each brought to the table, and described the vehicle's inception as a partnership. Segway obviously brought the two-wheel mojo, and seems responsible for most of what's being shown at the moment. As opposed to the Segway's tilt-and-cringe system of navigation, the P.U.M.A. has a more regular steering wheel, but while they're currently demonstrating it with Segway-style acceleration, they plan on swapping that for "Nintendo-style" buttons behind the wheel for acceleration and braking.

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Plan B for Energy: 8 Revolutionary Energy Sources

3 April 2009 (sciam.com)



Editor's Note: We are posting this feature from our September 2006 issue in light of the Obama administration's renewed focus on how to power the country without overloading the atmosphere with greenhouse gases. To keep this world tolerable for life as we like it, humanity must complete a marathon of technological change whose finish line lies far over the horizon. Robert H. Socolow and Stephen W. Pacala of Princeton University have compared the feat to a multigenerational relay race. They outline a strategy to win the first 50-year leg by reining back carbon dioxide emissions from a century of unbridled acceleration. Existing technologies, applied both wisely and promptly, should carry us to this first milestone without trampling the global economy. That is a sound plan A.

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British Airways cuts send week's job losses above 4,000

3 April 2009 (guardian.co.uk)



British Airways: among the firms that have announced job cuts this week. Photograph: Corbis The tally of job losses in Britain topped 4,000 this week after British Airways and a Tyneside cigarette filter maker announced more than 500 redundancies. The news ended another gloomy week on the employment front. The biggest losses came at executive jet maker Bombardier and insurance giant Aviva. BA said today that the "tough economic climate" had forced it to cut 300 jobs as part of a targeted voluntary redundancy scheme. A spokesman said: "The scheme was designed to meet some demand for redundancy in some parts of the business and where it is possible to release people and not replace them. We are pleased with the take-up and 300 people will leave the airline under this scheme at the end of May.

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Fred Goodwin pension row: RBS chairman and shareholders pile pressure on disgraced banker

3 April 2009 (guardian.co.uk)



Sir Fred Goodwin will today experience the greatest moral pressure he has yet faced to reduce his £703,000-a-year pension from Royal Bank of Scotland when shareholders vote down the bank's remuneration report at today's annual meeting. While Sir Philip Hampton, the new chairman of RBS, is calling for an end to the "public flogging" of its bankers to give the loss-making bank a chance to return to financial health, he is continuing to exert pressure on the former chief executive to reduce his £16.9m pension pot. "I've asked Sir Fred if he would consider a voluntary reduction and he's told me he's thinking about that," Hampton told Sky News ahead of the AGM.

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Fake company gets approval for risky trial

3 April 2009 (newscientist.com)

YOU would hope that a fake company, proposing to test a risky medical procedure, would be turned down flat. But that's not what happened in an elaborate "sting" operation set up to probe the US system for protecting volunteers in clinical research. Trials of new drugs or medical devices can only begin if approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB). Often these are attached to the hospitals or universities where the research will take place. But the task is increasingly being performed for profit by commercial IRBs, prompting fears that some may be rubber-stamping risky trials without proper scrutiny.

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Hard Times? Time to Take Off

3 April 2009 (nytimes.com)



WHEN Suzanne Schaefer was laid off from her position as a recruiting manager in the New York office of Lehman Brothers in November, she did the things most people do in her situation. She revised her résumé. She contacted headhunters. She commiserated with friends and consulted mentors. And then she went on a two-week vacation to Vietnam. “For years I’d been working hard — 60 to 70 hours a week, not being able to a take a vacation,” said Ms. Schaefer, 33, who cashed in her frequent-flier miles for the flight and took advantage of a 15 percent discount that Intrepid Travel, an Australian-based tour operator, has been offering to people who were recently laid off, bringing the total cost of the trip to just $1,500. “I started realizing, hey, when else do you have more than a week and a half to go somewhere?

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Greed and Stupidity

3 April 2009 (nytimes.com)



What happened to the global economy? We seemed to be chugging along, enjoying moderate business cycles and unprecedented global growth. All of a sudden, all hell broke loose. There are many theories about what happened, but two general narratives seem to be gaining prominence, which we will call the greed narrative and the stupidity narrative. The two overlap, but they lead to different ways of thinking about where we go from here. The best single encapsulation of the greed narrative is an essay called “The Quiet Coup,” by Simon Johnson in The Atlantic (available online now).

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The Economic Summit

3 April 2009 (nytimes.com)

In normal times we don’t expect a lot from summit meetings. But with the global economy imploding, leaders at Thursday’s meeting of the world’s top 20 economic powers had an urgent responsibility to come up with concrete policies to fix the global financial system and restore growth. They fell short. The meeting certainly produced more than the usual photo ops and spin — and its participants did not go away yelling at one another as they have in the past. The leaders pledged to fight protectionism and to help badly battered developing countries and — putting their money where their mouths are — committed $1 trillion for loans and trade guarantees. The group also agreed to crack down on tax havens and, on a country-by-country basis, impose stricter financial regulations on hedge funds and rating agencies — necessary though insufficient steps to avoid a repeat of the current disaster.

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China’s Dollar Trap

3 April 2009 (nytimes.com)



Back in the early stages of the financial crisis, wags joked that our trade with China had turned out to be fair and balanced after all: They sold us poison toys and tainted seafood; we sold them fraudulent securities. But these days, both sides of that deal are breaking down. On one side, the world’s appetite for Chinese goods has fallen off sharply. China’s exports have plunged in recent months and are now down 26 percent from a year ago. On the other side, the Chinese are evidently getting anxious about those securities. But China still seems to have unrealistic expectations. And that’s a problem for all of us. The big news last week was a speech by Zhou Xiaochuan, the governor of China’s central bank, calling for a new “super-sovereign reserve currency.

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Finding Hope Online, and Hoping a Job Follows

3 April 2009 (nytimes.com)



COLUMBIA, S.C. — Nearly a year after he was laid off from his job as a window installer, Raymond Vaughn is still out of work, still scanning job listings on the computer and still sending résumés into a seemingly indifferent void. But Mr. Vaughn now has another activity, one aimed at breaking free of his chronically meager financial straits: He is studying for a career in medical billing through an online course he found on the Internet.

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Banks Face Big Losses From Bets on Chinese Realty

3 April 2009 (nytimes.com)



SHANGHAI — Back in the good old days — early 2007 — bankers from Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank and other financial giants placed their bets on a 48-year-old property tycoon who was supposed to be China’s next billionaire. They lent his company $400 million, encouraged him to acquire large tracts of land and in early 2008 promoted a proposed $2.1 billion public stock offering by the company, the Evergrande Real Estate Group, in Hong Kong. One year later, China’s housing market has collapsed, Evergrande is mired in debt and the Wall Street bankers are facing huge losses because the company never sold stock to the public.

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Burning Question: Can Recession Be a Bargaining Chip?

1 April 2009 (wired.com)



These scary economic times have a lot of us looking to trim our tech budgets. But before you lose the premium cable channels, upgraded broadband, and unlimited international calling plan, you may want to try a little price negotiation. You might be worried, but your service providers are crapping bricks. The recession has actually increased your leverage. By articulating their worst fear (losing customers), you can wangle huge savings.

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It's both the economy and the environment, stupid

1 April 2009 (newscientist.com)

A big cloud of cyber-fuss has blown up over an article in the New Yorker which argues that prosperity can only be achieved by rampant greenhouse gas production. By pitting the economy against the environment that article, by David Owen, makes a mistake that the former chief economist of the world bank, Nicholas Stern, has been warning us of for several years now: It's not either the environment or the economy. It's both.

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FDA warns against eating pistachios

31 march 2009 (mahalo.com)


After a chain of product recalls resulting from potential salmonella contamination, the United States Food and Drug Administration advised consumers on March 30, 2009, that no-one should eat pistachios at all, but hold on to them until the FDA has completed their investigation and understands more about the breadth of the problem.1 The recall began on March 24, 2009, with pistachios sold by the Georgia Nut Company in Illinois and Wisconsin, but has since grown to include nuts sold in Kroger stores in 31 states and a California pistachio grower and processor.

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Fortis Posts $37 Billion Loss

31 march 2009 (nytimes.com)

Belgian financial services company Fortis Holding reported a €28 billion 2008 loss on Tuesday as it urged shareholders to vote next week in favor of a takeover by French bank BNP Paribas. Fortis’s loss, equivalent to about $37 billion, compared with a profit of €4 billion in 2007. The vast majority of the red ink resulted from losses of €27.4 billion on the hurried sale of its banking activities to the Dutch and Belgian governments as the company teetered on the verge of failure last fall.

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MP claims 'on sale for £300,000'

31 march 2009 (bbc.co.uk)



Details of MPs' expenses receipts are being offered for sale for up to £300,000, it has been claimed. Labour MP Sir Stuart Bell, who sits on the Speaker's Commons Estimates Committee, told the BBC it was investigating the reports. Sir Stuart said the claims of about 650 MPs are thought to have been for sale. In the wake of a string of allegations about MPs' expenses, Prime Minister Gordon Brown has suggested scrapping MPs' controversial second-home payment. Sir Stuart said: "All of the receipts of 650-odd MPs, redacted and un-redacted, are for sale at a price of £300,000, so I am told. "The price is going up because of the interest in the subject.

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More women going from jobless to topless

31 march 2009 (msn.com)



CHICAGO - As a bartender and trainer at a national restaurant chain, Rebecca Brown earned a couple thousand dollars in a really good week. Now, as a dancer at Chicago’s Pink Monkey gentleman’s club, she makes almost that much in one good night. The tough job market is prompting a growing number of women across the country to dance in strip clubs, appear in adult movies or pose for magazines like Hustler. Employers across the adult entertainment industry say they’re seeing an influx of applications from women who, like Brown, are attracted by the promise of flexible schedules and fast cash. Many have college degrees and held white-collar jobs until the economy soured.

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Stock Options Are Adjusted After Many Share Prices Fall

27 march 2009 (nytimes.com)



Employee pay is often tied to a company’s fortune — until things turn sour. Composite Technology, which makes electric cables and other products, decided in January to lower the price at which its workers could use their stock options to buy shares in the company. The managers and directors slashed the price on all of the company’s 23.4 million options to 35 cents.

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Science GCSE criticised by exams regulator

27 march 2009 (guardian.co.uk)

More than 500,000 students have been told their science GCSE qualification has been "dumbed down" because of "significant causes for concern" about the quality of the exams last year. The regulator, Ofqual, has ordered a review after an investigation found a "lack of challenge" in papers, standards differing wildly across three main exam boards, and too many multiple-choice questions.

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Guide: Europe's MPs' pay packages

25 march 2009 (bbc.co.uk)



MPs' pay continues to provoke controversy across Europe. From moonlighting or employing a student son to buying nappies on a ministerial credit card, MPs are under constant scrutiny for what they earn and the perks they enjoy.

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The trillion dollar question

25 march 2009 (guardian.co.uk)



As Obama proposes a $1,000,000,000,000 rescue plan, Marcus du Sautoy offers a handy guide to the mind-bogglingly big numbers being bandied about.

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Google invests in e-commerce start-up Pixazza

25 march 2009 (zdnet.co.uk)



Google is joining a $5.75m investment round in Pixazza, a start-up that hopes to profit by overlaying photos on the web with links that let people buy the products in the images.

 

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2009 will be hard, recovery in 2010

25 march 2009 (cnn.com)

The economy will continue to sputter for the rest of this year, but see some relief next year, according to the UCLA Anderson report. NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The U.S. economy has a good chance of starting to recover in 2010, but the rest of this year is going to be tough, according to a report released Wednesday.

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Recession hits Lindsay Lohan

24 march 2009 (glamourmagazine.co.uk)



Lindsay Lohan has been hit by the effects of the credit crunch and is borrowing money from girlfriend Samantha Ronson, a source said. The actress, who hasn't made a movie since the 2007 flop I Know Who Killed Me, admitted to Nylon magazine recently that she is struggling to pay the mortgage on her LA home.

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$50 Million in A.I.G. Bonuses Will Be Repaid

24 march 2009 (nytimes.com)

The New York State attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, said on Monday that he had persuaded nine of the top 10 bonus recipients at the American International Group to give the money back, as the Senate retreated on plans to tax such bonuses. Mr. Cuomo said he was working his way down a list of A.I.G. employees, ranked by the size of their bonuses, and had already won commitments to pay back $50 million out of the total $165 million awarded this month. But in a reversal of the stand he took last week, he said he did not intend to release any names.

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US lawmakers vote for bonus tax

20 March 2009 (bbc.co.uk)



US lawmakers in the House of Representatives have voted in favour of a bill to levy a 90% tax on big bonuses from firms bailed out by taxpayers. The move follows outrage over the decision by AIG to award its employees $165m (£113m) in bonuses after taking $170bn in aid from the government. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said: "We want our money back and we want our money back now for the taxpayers.

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Feds: Hacker Disabled Offshore Oil Platforms' Leak-Detection System

20 March 2009 (wired.com)



A Los Angeles federal grand jury indicted a disgruntled tech employee Tuesday on allegations of temporarily disabling a computer system detecting pipeline leaks for three oil derricks off the Southern California coast. Mario Azar, 28, faces a maximum 10-year term after being accused of purposely impairing a computer system that monitored for leaks on three Pacific Energy Resources platforms offshore of Huntington Beach. Federal authorities expressed alarm over the incident. Most malicious hacks, especially those by aggrieved employees, often wreak havoc on a company's internal computer operations to disrupt business activity. But in this case, the Southern California coastline was exposed to an environmental disaster.

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Selling Out to Growth

17 March 2009 (time.com)



About one-third of Americans who qualify for public assistance haven't signed up. That amounts to millions of people needlessly going without food stamps, low-income housing or health insurance.

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How Business Can Influence Climate Policy

18 March 2009 (sciam.com)



Businesses can influence government action on climate in many ways—as long as they start by building their own environmental credibility.

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Guide to Business Credit Basics

Business credit cards can allow your company to invest in goods and services needed for its success, which in turn will grow your business and make you more money. Corporate credit is especially important if your business is just starting out and you don’t have a lot of cash or venture capital to buy the necessary assets. That being said, unfortunately, business credit basics tend to be like all things regarding credit--anything but basic.

The main concept to keep in the forefront of your mind when considering business credit providers is that there will almost always be a business lending service that will permit you the desired line of credit, however it will most likely be at terms highly unfavorable to you. Also, unfair terms are often masked by legal jargon.
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By Nicholas, 08 Jul 10

Name Your Business Not to Dos

If your business is a work at home online Internet business, or staffs several hundred in a downtown skyscraper offline, you are going to be able to increase your low cost effective marketing, promotion and company image online to succeed.


To not use online promotion and exposure, in this day and age, is almost a guarantee that your business will lose sales and important recognition and emotional credits from your customers for not having a hand on the pulse of your target market for profits.

If you show people how to work at and profit from online auctions you would not have much success with, Kathy loves flowers, as your business name, right? Something to the effect of, Online Auction Trainer School would tell people what you do when they seek help to learn about online auctions.
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By Neelam, 20 Apr 10

Top 5 Booths at CES 2009

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the kind of event that causes tech geeks to drool. Electronics manufacturers from around the world gather in Las Vegas, Nev. to display new products and technologies. The show isn't open to the public, which likely makes the event even more tantalizing to a typical gadget enthusiast.

The purpose of the show is to give manufacturers the opportunity to talk to potential buyers and the press. In the world of CES, a buyer isn't just an individual looking for a new television. Instead, buyers represent retailers ranging from a small electronics shop to global store chains. An attractive display booth at CES may mean big business for the manufacturer, while potential buyers may overlook a somewhat lackluster booth.
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By Donald, 03 Feb 10

Six Traits of a Non-Starting Moneymaking Idea

Many people want to find a way to make money online. They try every spam-laden message that makes it to their inbox and they follow ads that promise lots of cash. Individuals will shell out hard earned money for ideas that don't hold their weight in helium. Here are a few trademarks found in ideas you may wish to avoid.

I went from living with mom to a zillionaire in one month. Ask yourself this question, if they really make that much money why spend time marketing an idea to make more money when they should already have plenty? Sure they indicate they are just kind-hearted humanitarians seeking to help out. If so, why charge for the idea. Most legitimate ideas will present a reasonable success story and present a reasonable answer to the workload required to make the idea work.

So easy it runs itself. That may be true, but in many cases you will need to work diligently to get the idea to the place where it can run itself. In other words there may be significant front-end work requir
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By Fiji, 02 Feb 10

Interest rate rises ahead?

Although the Bank of England's base rate has been stuck at 0.5 per cent since April, a clutch of lenders have in recent weeks raised their standard variable rates (the interest rates borrowers pay if they are not on a short-term fixed or tracker deal).

The lenders concerned are all small, but Moneyfacts, the personal finance analyst, believes the trend may soon take hold across the rest of the mortgage market. Banks and building societies, it warns, have been competing for savers' business, and raising the cost of mortgage borrowing is the only way to pay for that.
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By Shawn, 11 Jan 10

Sources of Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is basically energy that is created from natural resources like sun, wind, water and earth. This renewable energy is replaceable and therefore using the same does not deplete the reserves that exist. Will using up solar energy reduce the heat of the sun? Or will utilizing wind to churn windmills and produce electricity result in lesser wine? We all know the answer and therefore renewable energy is a green option that we should take. On the other hand there are non renewable energy sources like petroleum and coal that have limited availability and are likely to get depleted faster than they can be created in the environment. It is estimated that about 18% of the global energy came from renewable sources and there are efforts each day to increase this proportion to a higher level. Some of the most common renewable energy sources are wind energy, solar energy and hydro energy.
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By Sarah, 05 Oct 09

Climate Legislation

Further, at the very least, we could compare your knowledge base to the signatories of the letter. I've met a few of them, know their sources, and would tend to believe anything they pertaining to their life's interest over Shoshin, who we know nothing about.

In the interest of transparency, I am working on my PhD in atmospheric science.
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By rakhi, 24 Jun 09

Climate Legislation

It does not matter if you believe in climate change caused by humanity or not. What I believe everyone can agree on is; we need high paying jobs and we need to stop paying big bucks for energy. Now is the time to exploit space power and resources. Sunlight is available in high Earth orbit 24/7, 365 days a year. We have had the technology since the late 60s to transmit via microwave all the energy we could ever use, to Earth, from orbit. The material for constructing the space end of the system is available on the near Earth asteroids and the Moon. We the people need the government to fund the project just as the government funded World War II. Our survival as a people with liberty was threatened by mad men with weapons during WWII. Today our survival is threatened by mad men with oil. If we as a people shrink from the task at hand we will lose our liberty.
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By Shamim, 24 Jun 09

Climate Legislation

Global warming, of course, would be provable by the use of the multitude of climate-monitoring stations as seen throughout the U.S. and manned by the National Weather Service. However, to support my argument that psuedo-science is winning the day comes a stunning report by meteorologist Anthony Watts and his team of volunteers who visually inspected and photographed more than 850 of these 1,221 stations located throughout the U.S. They found that 89% of stations visited, nearly 9 of every 10, fail to meet the NWS's own siting requirements! With all of these failures being the basis for publicly decrying our global warming disaster, one wonders what is there about all this bad science that is driving people who should know better to climb on board such an implausible ride. I don't make this up---check out www.surfacestations.org for the entire story as seen through the eyes of skeptics with enough courage to step up and create the first-ever comprehensive review of the nuts and bolts of the NWS's data base on this subject---simply amazing!

To create global human policy based on emotion and hyperbola has always been the stuff of politicians. It's what they do. Sometimes they get it right, but oftentimes they simply act and hope the consequences don't get them kicked out of office. In my mind scientists, however, have always been members of a very special category of professionals who were painfully precise in their conclusions before they declared findings. It seems those days are gone---that there is no longer a solid line of accurate data needed before reaching conclusions.

Hopefully hard science wins the day on climate change/global warming. Otherwise it's very possible we and our kids and their kids will be fooling with Mother Nature in a science we still know very little about. An important hurdle yet to overcome is whether we humans are willing to admit that today we know only the questions.
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By Jack, 24 Jun 09

RBS cuts 9,000 jobs - days after boss denies staff are at risk

RBS cuts 9,000 jobs - GOD!!
Poor People who work there!!
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By Hidden:P, 24 Apr 09

Japan PM unveils $150bn stimulus

"$150bn SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN"
Japan definitely makes the best Consumer Electronics & NO ONE can beat them :D
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By Danish, 24 Apr 09

Inflation measure turns negative

Sounds like agood article for my next presentation;)
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By Talha, 24 Apr 09

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