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Gold Slightly Lower In Quieter Trading, As FOMC Conclusion Awaited

Business - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 15:24
Gold prices are slightly higher in early U.S. trading Tuesday, on a mild corrective bounce from selling pressure seen this week. Most markets, including the precious metals, are treading water ahead of the Wednesday afternoon FOMC meeting conclusion.

Taxes From A To Z (2016): B Is For Backup Withholding

Business - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 15:23
Taxes From A To Z (2016): B Is For Backup Withholding.

Interview: Actress Tina Louise On Upcoming Film 'Tapestry', More

Business - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 15:16
In the first part of our interview with actress Tina Louise, we discussed men’s irrational fear of beautiful women, her work as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, her own biggest fear and how she deals with it and her serious accident last summer. Here [...]

Four Months With The Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Business - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 15:10
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (Credit: Microsoft) The PC market has seen brighter days, especially when it comes to the traditional desktop power form factor. In Q4 2015, the PC market continued to struggle, but according to IDC’s data there was a bright spot in the PC space that belongs to convertibles [...]

Memo To Robert Reich: Apple Is Exactly How International Trade Is Supposed To Work

Business - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 15:09
As I've mentioned the odd time before there's probably good reason why Robert Reich isn't a professor of economics. His grasp of the subject appears to be, to put it politely, less than assured. He's currently complaining about how international trade these days just doesn't benefit the American middle class [...]

Haven Life Takes Life Insurance Online

Business - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 15:09
Haven Life makes applying for term life a 20-minute online process and hopes to eventually eliminate the requirement for a physical exam.

Trump Dominates Both Races On Super Tuesday Two

Business - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 15:08
Donald Trump drove the results on both sides of the aisle last night.   His march towards the GOP nomination continues, albeit with a minor setback courtesy of John Kasich who pulled out a win in Ohio. The past week saw a tightening in the polls in Ohio where Kasich pulled ahead [...]

Obamacare Enrollment Year 3 Summary -- Increase In Mandate Penalty Has Not Improved Risk Pools

Business - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 15:06
There are three big takeaways from the Affordable Care Act's 2016 open enrollment period: total enrollment equaled only about half of initial projections, enrollees skewed much poorer than expected, and enrollees skewed much older than expected. Despite the individual mandate penalty increase, the characteristics of 2016 enrollees virtually mirrored those of 2015 enrollees. This is a bad omen for insurers who have thus far incurred large losses selling exchange plans and the future of the individual insurance market unless the ACA is significantly changed.

KemperSports Promo Is Hole-In-One For Golf Course Management With Free Trips To Mexico

Business - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 13:00
Here's how a hole-in-one could win any golfer a free eight-day, seven-night stay at a seaside resort in Mexico.

Can Fukushima Ever Recover?

Business - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 13:00
Dr. Onishi of PNNL sees the recovery as a chair held up by three legs - clean-up of radioactive materials in the area, caring for the emotional and mental health of the people so they can move back to their residences, and rebuilding lost infrastructure that was destroyed by the tsunami, emplacing a high-tech infrastructure for a new economic future. All are on-track to succeed.

The Rise And Fall Of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's Empire

Business - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 13:00
The FCC has undertaken a wide-ranging plan to regulate the Internet ecosystem. But the courts and Congress are already unraveling the new empire Chairman Tom Wheeler built.

Can Third Party Support Really Hurt Oracle?

Business - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 12:58
What is the case that Oracle can be hurt by third party support providers? It boils down to five arguments.

Ten Good Reasons To Stop Writing Cover Letters

Business - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 12:55
Here are ten reasons to give up writing cover letters!

Power To The Platform? Sony's Billion-Dollar Bid To Win The Virtual Future Just Got Real

Business - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 12:08
Sony's Playstation VR throws the gauntlet down at VR competition, offering a simpler setup and much lower price. Despite shipping a few months after the competition, the first billion-dollar VR production could well be the industry's "iPhone moment."

Commercial Models in China's Pharma Sector Must Change

Business - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 12:00
Last week brought news that Bristol-Myers Squibb's (BMS) China business unit was making a set of changes specific to how its sales force is incentivized. Ostensibly these changes are the by-product of a $14 fine from the SEC related to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) specific to [...]

'GMO' Labeling We Don't Need--And Won't Get

Business - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 12:00
Mandatory labeling of foods from plants created with modern techniques of genetic engineering ("GMOs") fails every test: scientific, economic, legal and common sense. But many legislators fail to grasp that.

Can Oracle Customers Play Hardball And Win?

Business - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 11:31
Contrary to popular belief, Oracle does not have unlimited power to break businesses as a recent, rare public licensing kerfluffle shows. Craig Guarente, President of Palisade Compliance, explained how his firm worked with Mars Corporation as they mounted their successful bid to push back against an Oracle breach notice. While not every company will be in quite the same position as Mars if and when they receive their own notice, the case should serve as both inspiration and aspiration for every Oracle customer.

Why Data Minimization Is An Important Concept In The Age of Big Data

Business - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 10:24
Bigger is always better, right? Well, not necessarily. Even in the realm of big data, companies and governments are beginning to see the value in a “less is more” approach. This is actually in stark contrast with things data-driven CEOs like Jeff Bezos at Amazon believed when he said “We never [...]

The Most Expensive Listing in Every State 2016

Business - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 09:05
From a 7,500-acre ranchon the West Coast to a grand chateaualong the eastern seaboard, behold the priciest property presently purchasable in every state (plus Washington, DC).

Ten Corporate Practices That Kill Trust

Business - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 08:30
Here are the ten corporate practices that rip the trust level in an organization to shreds. If you've got these practices in place, get rid of them or watch your culture disintegrate!

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