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    How to Not Go Out of Business

    How to Not Go Out of Business
    Have you ever thought about how banking has evolved over the past 20 years? The other day, as I maneuvered my car past the drive-up ATM, I was telling my kids about the way things used to be. Like when I had to plan ahead and make sure I got to the bank by 3 on Friday to deposit my paycheck ...
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    Outlook for Jobs Is Improving

    Outlook for Jobs Is Improving
    An economic survey out today provides fresh evidence that a fitful recovery is underway as customer demand grows in the third quarter for the first time in more than a year and the jobs outlook brightens a bit. For the first time since the recession began, the portion of companies planning to add employees in the next six months outnumbered those ...
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    Business Owners' Holiday Giving Plans

    Business Owners' Holiday Giving Plans
    Customers will get their holiday cheer this season, but employees and charitable organizations may find their stockings empty, a new survey suggests. The annual American Express OPEN Small Business Holiday Monitor tracks small business owners whose companies have fewer than 100 employees to gauge their plans for the holiday season. This year, 516 interviews were completed by Echo Research from Oct. ...
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    Surprise! Good News Abounds In Today’s Market (Really!!)

    Surprise!  Good News Abounds In Today’s Market (Really!!)
    We are living in the best time possible. You and I, as small business owners, have opportunities as never before to excel and achieve not only the business goals we have but also the lifestyle goals. Right about now, you might be wondering if I’m in tune with reality. “Doesn’t this guy know about the problems with blah, blah, blah (fill ...
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    Work Less (It's Good for Business)

    Work Less (It's Good for Business)
    Brett Schklar was a fast-rising, burn-the-candle-at-both-ends kind of executive. So naturally, he was on a business trip the day of his 31st birthday. His career as a vice president at a promising tech company was flourishing, and if that came at the expense of time with his family, time spent taking care of himself, time to even pause to celebrate his ...
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    Google Attackers May Have Had Inside Assistance

    Google Attackers May Have Had Inside Assistance
    Google is investigating possible insider assistance China has been found numerous times to be the source of cyber attacks against both the U.S. government and U.S.-based companies. The latest such attack was perpetrated against search giant Google and was carried out in mid-December 2009. Google has acknowledged that the attack resulted in theft of IP and source code. Reports have surfaced ...
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    Bill Gates Unplugged: New Website Will Be Former MS CEO's Public Forum

    Bill Gates Unplugged: New Website Will Be Former MS CEO's Public Forum
    SEATTLE - When Bill Gates was at Microsoft's helm, his internal memos set the company's course for such radical shifts as the rise of the Internet. Now, Gates is making his musings public on a new Web site called The Gates Notes. There, the head of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has started posting his opinion on topics from the ...
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    3 Strong Economic Reports Lift Hopes for Recovery

    3 Strong Economic Reports Lift Hopes for Recovery
    Hopes for the fledgling economic recovery got a boost Monday from better-than-expected news on manufacturing, construction and contracts to buy homes. U.S. manufacturing activity grew in October at the fastest pace in more than three years, according to a private group's measure. It was driven by government spending, businesses' need to rebuild their inventories and higher demand from overseas. The Commerce ...
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    Is Positive Thinking Destroying America?

    Is Positive Thinking Destroying America?
    Over the past decade, we've seen positive thinking employed in various ways: to stir American nationalism during wartime, to perpetuate free market economies despite signs of an imminent market crash, to encourage people to reject victimhood in the face of staggering financial setbacks. In her latest book, "Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America" (Metropolitan Books, $23), ...
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    The Business of 'Augmented reality' is About to Explode

    The Business of 'Augmented reality' is About to Explode
    CHICAGO _ "Augmented reality" may sound like indecipherable technobabble, but the concept behind this technology is familiar to anyone who has seen any of the "Terminator" movies. In the sci-fi films, a cyborg is able to scan its surrounding area and superimpose data on what it sees, allowing it to get background information on humans. Now, after years of use in ...
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    Holiday Sales to Drop as Forecasters See 'Discipline'

    Holiday Sales to Drop as Forecasters See 'Discipline'
    (Bloomberg) — More consumers went shopping over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, yet spent less than last year as they hunted for bargains on toys and electronics, according to the National Retail Federation. Spending at stores and on Web sites from Nov. 26 to Nov. 29 rose 0.5% to an estimated $41.2 billion from $41 billion a year earlier, the Washington-based trade ...
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    Different Times Call For Different Strategies

    Different Times Call For Different Strategies
    We are living in times that are different from anything you and I have lived in before. Is the economy picking up? Is it in for a long-term change? What is happening around us and how can we, as small business people, adapt and succeed? Well, in different times one strategy is to can keep on doing what you’ve already done. ...
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    Holiday Gift Guide: Top Tech Books

    Holiday Gift Guide: Top Tech Books
    SAN FRANCISCO - Your holiday shopping list probably includes gadgets, games and gizmos that illustrate how technology is changing the way we work, play and communicate. So why not throw in a few books about the people and services causing the delight and disruption? Here are a few suggestions: --- "Googled" by Ken Auletta (suggested retail price: $27.95); "Inside Larry ...
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    Twitter Gets Hijacked by "Iranian Cyber Army"

    Twitter Gets Hijacked by "Iranian Cyber Army"
    Twitter is one of the hottest web businesses online with everyone from regular Joes to celebrities logging on and microblogging. Last night, Twitter.com went down for several hours -- a notable event. While some were redirected to host PNAP's Perfect World advertisement page, others found themselves redirected to a rather alarming alternative -- a page from the "Iranian Cyber Army" claiming ...
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    Signs of Recovery in Some US Areas

    Signs of Recovery in Some US Areas
    Signs of a slow and fitful recovery emerged in August in some communities across the country where unemployment dropped and foreclosures stabilized, according to The Associated Press' monthly analysis of economic stress in more than 3,100 U.S. counties. The average county stress score fell slightly, and fewer counties qualified as economically distressed. But those glimmers of hope are providing scant benefit ...
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    Federal Appeals Court Issues Injunction Against Sale of Microsoft Word, Office 2007

    Federal Appeals Court Issues Injunction Against Sale of Microsoft Word, Office 2007
    A U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a $290 million judgment against Microsoft Corporation in a patent case launched by i4i Inc, a small Toronto-based company. The Court has issued an injunction against any and all sales of Microsoft's Word 2007 software, including the popular Office 2007. The injunction takes effect in the U.S. on January 11. Therefore, all ...
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    AT&T: Google Abuses its Power, Manipulates Media

    AT&T: Google Abuses its Power, Manipulates Media
    If there's one thing clear from the Google Voice iPhone debacle, it's that there's no love lost between AT&T and Google. AT&T, to date, is accusing Google of everything from political and news manipulation, to violating net neutrality. The drama surrounding the rejection began shortly after when the Federal Communications Commission opened an inquiry into who was responsible for the rejection ...
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    What To Wear When You Work From Home

    What To Wear When You Work From Home
    h4. What should you wear when you work from home? It's a question I'm asked frequently in my image consultanting business, and one that bears thoughtful consideration. For just as your appearance matters when you report to work in the "outside" world, so, too, does it matter when your commute is just down the hall. Now before you snicker at this ...
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    Can Main Street Catch Up with Wall Street?

    Can Main Street Catch Up with Wall Street?
    On the one hand, the Dow Jones industrial average once again danced around 10,000 last week. Earnings of Caterpillar (CAT), Google (GOOG), and Apple (AAPL) far exceeded expectations. If U.S. gross domestic product rebounds as expected on Oct. 29 and turns positive for the first time in 15 months, it would confirm that the recession ended in the third quarter, at ...
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    The 15 Coolest Office Gadgets

    If you have to be stuck at your desk all day, you might as well make it fun. From the totally useful to the completely random, there’s no end to the gadgets that can perk up your work day. Here’s our collection of the greatest office gadgets of all time!           Laser Trip Wire Fruit-Powered Clock USB ...
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