Monthly Archive: May 2012

May 31

Going to the source

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There are a plethora of business climate indexes available; however, a recent small business survey conducted by Thumstack.com and the Kauffman Foundation appears to be one of the few (or maybe the only) that actually use small businesses as the source of its results.  Thumstack.com and the Kauffman Foundation surveyed small business owners to understand …

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May 30

Piercing the Shroud of Online Anonymity Solves Some Problems and Creates Others

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Recently a bill was introduced on the New York State Senate floor which would make all anonymous online posts subject to removal by another user’s request, unless the individual responsible for the post revealed themselves. If requested, the formerly anonymous blogger, commenter, Facebook user, etc., would need to add their name to their posts and …

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May 29

Grassley again criticizes IRS whistleblower program administration

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Senator Chuck Grassley is a member of the Senate Finance Committee. In a May 2012 letter, he prods Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman to do a much better job of timely compensating IRS whistleblowers for their information. See this article for more information about the IRS whistleblower program and the program’s …

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May 28

Are Baby Boomers willing to protect their children & grandchildren?

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Young people are the casualties of Congress’s unwillingness to address Social Security. Assuming politicians can get agreement that something needs to done about Social Security funding at all, the responses generally indicate that significant benefit cuts cannot occur for those that are in, or nearing, retirement. It takes a lifetime to prepare for retirement, and …

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May 27

$1 Million Dollar Parking Spot

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Parking in any major city these days can be expensive.  Not to mention difficult to find as well.  However, would you pay $1,000,000 to have your own parking space?  The New York Post reported that the price of a particular parking space, which is 12 feet wide, 23 feet long and 15 feet high, is …

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May 26

The Most Secure CEO in America

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In an earlier post just prior to Facebook’s IPO I outlined the challenges facing the company regarding justifying a P/E ratio higher than 99 percent of the Fortune 500.  Since then further worries have come up regarding whether Facebook can grow ad revenue as users switch to mobile devices.  But investors need to heed one …

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May 25

Expert testimony may become common in USPTO appeals

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In an April 18, 2012 Opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court in Kappos vs. Hyatt (10-1219) opened the door for expert testimony in federal district court actions in which a patent applicant challenges the USPTO’s denial of an application. The Opinion framed the issue being reviewed as follows: The Patent Act of 1952 establishes the process …

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May 24

Is Siri a Spy?

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In a recent article in the MIT Technology Review IBM’s Chief Information Officer Jeanette Horan discussed the implications of a 2010 policy that allowed employees to access the IBM network from devices of their own choosing.  Prior to allowing the device, IBM reconfigures it to, for example, disable third party cloud storage sites like Dropbox …

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May 24

Attempted Biopharmaceutical Takeover Turns Toxic

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Human Genome Sciences, Inc. (“HSG”), a biopharmaceutical company targeted for acquisition by GlaxoSmithKline (“GSK”), has adopted a defensive position commonly known as a “poison pill”.  HSG is apparently unimpressed with GSK’s $13 cash per share ($2.6 billion) offer and has approved a Shareholder’s Rights Plan whose intention is to make the takeover uneconomical for GSK. …

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May 23

Facebook IPO May Have Set a Strange Record

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On May 22nd the Los Angeles law firm of Glancy Binkow & Goldberg LLP filed a lawsuit (Lazar v. Facebook, Inc., et al.) in California Superior Court against Facebook and others involved in their highly publicized IPO.  The following morning on the opposite coast in New York a similar case was filed in US District Court (Brian Roffe Profit Sharing Plan …

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