Monthly Archive: September 2012

Sep 16

e-book pricing begins a new era

HarperCollins Publishing on September 11, 2012 announced that it had reached a new e-book pricing agreement with sellers. The changes were the result of the recent final settlement with some parties of a Justice Department suit regarding price fixing between several publishers and Apple Computer. The recent settlement included Simon & Schuster and Hachette, as …

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Sep 15

Unprecedented Insanity – the Fed’s “new” policies

On September 13, 2012, the Fed unveiled its unprecedented plethora of programs that purportedly will spur economic growth via keeping interest rates low.  These “new” programs are similar, if not identical, to the Fed’s prior programs attempted to achieve the same goal with little, if any, positive results.  However, what makes them unprecedented is the …

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Sep 14

The Apple iPhone 5 Announcement: The Un-Story

Everybody covers the story of a product announcement. Its easy. Just re-arrange the stuff they said on stage in your own words. What is harder to cover is the un-story. That is the story about the stuff that wasn’t announced. It is also risky, because the company might forget to send you an invitation to …

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Sep 13

Tax Expenditures Must Be Part of the Current Government Funding Debate

Probably the best current description and quantification of “tax expenditures” comes from the U.S. Congress Joint Committee on Taxation. A February 28, 2011 report from the Joint Committee on Taxation entitled “Background Information on Tax Expenditure Analysis and Historical Survey of Tax Expenditure Estimates”, provides a description and quantification of the tax expenditures that are …

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Sep 12

Whistleblower Emerges From Jail and Collects Over $100 Million Reward

Despite prior criticism that the IRS hasn’t been properly paying under it’s whistleblower reward program (discussed here), it recently awarded a record amount  of $104 million to Bradley Birkenfeld.  The reward derived from information he provided leading to the 2009 agreement by UBS to pay $780 million in fines, penalties, interest and restitution related to allegations that …

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Sep 06

Breakthroughs in Data Storage Shatter New Barriers: The Walls of Genetic Coding

Recent breakthroughs in data storage are simply mind boggling. Advancements in storage devices that can hold terabytes of data in small hard drives are no match for the amount of storage available through this new procedure using DNA. The genetic makeup of all beings is now being used to encode everything from books, to music, …

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Sep 04

Excuse Me, Do You Have Wi-Fi on Your Ass?

In Israel, a few miles north of Nazareth, the city of Hoshaya is the site of a Talmudic-era re-enactment village called  Kfar Kedem.  Think Colonial Wiliamsburg with sandals. Like any other current tourist attraction, they wanted their visitors to spread the word by text messaging, tweeting, sending pictures to their friends and updating their facebook page …

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