November 2011 archive

I Wish This Was Science Fiction, But It Isn’t.

Security researchers worldwide are on alert following the discovery of a new virus that may be an attempt to launch a cyber attack upon power generation infrastructure.  The new virus, named Duqu, shares some source code with the Stuxnet virus, which is believed to be responsible for temporarily shutting down Iran’s nuclear enrichment program.  Therefore …

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Regulators decline to water-down the Volker rule. MF Global shows why.

The Dodd-Frank Act’s Section 619 was proposed by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker as a way to separate commercial banks from proprietary trading and private investment fund activities. The rationale was that federal guarantees should not support risky trading activities. The Proposed Rule could have a severe impact on trading or fund ownership or …

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Waiting for In-Home Services and Appointments Cost Americans $37.7 billion in 2011

We have all been there, taking the time out of our busy schedules to wait for a repair or delivery person.  It is one of the more frustrating parts of life.  Have you ever wondered how much it wastes in productivity?  IBOPE Zogby conducted a poll, on behalf of cloud computing software company TOA Technologies, …

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IRS continues to mismanage refundable tax credits

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Section 1004 of the economic stimulus law) provides for a refundable tax credit known as the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC). The AOTC allows taxpayers to receive a credit for higher education expenses up to $4,000. The first 40% of the qualified expenses is refundable, up to …

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HP Stays in the PC Business. Here's What They Should Do With It.

New Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman has decided to reverse one of the last actions of her predecessor and not spin off the Personal Systems Group.  Apparently being the world’s largest PC maker wasn’t so much of a liability after all.  Former CEO Leo Apotheker wanted to follow the highly successful path of IBM in …

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HP Stays in the PC Business. Here’s What They Should Do With It.

New Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman has decided to reverse one of the last actions of her predecessor and not spin off the Personal Systems Group.  Apparently being the world’s largest PC maker wasn’t so much of a liability after all.  Former CEO Leo Apotheker wanted to follow the highly successful path of IBM in …

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We need stability more than a jobs bill, a new tax system, or anything else

This morning, Jim Cramer, the current host of CNBC’s Mad Money and co-founder of TheStreet.com, has an interesting (and for him unusual) article regarding the state of our U.S. economy.  In “CEOs: Obama is bigger threat to success than Europe”, Cramer addresses what is ailing our American economy. The real issue is President Obama, and …

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