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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jun 09, 2009 Anxious Japanese Are Working Themselves to Death
QUOTE: According to the ministry, a record number of workers suffering from job-induced mental disorders successfully filed for compensation. In total, 269 out of 927 applicants won compensation, up one from the previous year. Among them, 66 had attempted suicide, the second-highest number on record. Grimmer still, the deaths of 158 workers were attributed to karoshi—the Japanese word for working to death—a rise of 16 from a year earlier.
BusinessWeek Jun 08, 2009 North Korea Seeks Talks with U.S. by Jailing Journalists
QUOTE: the two reporters from California-based Current TV could serve as a bargaining chip in its standoff with the international community, particularly the U.S. By holding the two female journalists hostage, North Korea might believe it could force Washington to think twice before putting the North back on its list of terrorism-sponsoring nations. More importantly, efforts to secure the release of the two women likely will lead to talks North Korea has so badly wanted with the U.S.
BusinessWeek Jun 07, 2009 A U.S./EU Dogfight Over Greener Air Travel
QUOTE: U.S. airlines face their first big deadline to meet European Union rules on emissions linked to global warming. That's when carriers landing in Europe will have to submit proposals to the EU on how they plan to track such emissions. This is a first step toward tough European "cap-and-trade" laws requiring airlines to either slash greenhouse gases or pay for permits to emit, starting in 2012. The Air Transport Assn. (ATA), which represents U.S. carriers, says the plan violates international law, and that the U.S. government is obliged to object.
BusinessWeek Jun 04, 2009 Indiana Teachers and Cops vs. Chrysler
QUOTE: investment managers for some 100,000 Indiana teachers, police officers, and other civil servants poured millions of pension dollars into what the funds considered a safe investment: secured debt in Chrysler....The Indiana State Teachers Retirement Fund, the Indiana State Police Pension Trust, and the Indiana Major Moves Construction Fund argue that the federal government's intervention in the bankruptcy is unconstitutional, since the proposed plan will pay back unsecured lenders before those that were secured.
BusinessWeek Jun 03, 2009 Companies: Come Clean on Climate Change
QUOTE: 100 global companies with the most at stake in preparing for a low carbon future are providing scant information to investors on their risks and opportunities from climate change....Investors are pushing for better corporate disclosure on other environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues that can have an impact on a company's bottom line.
BusinessWeek Jun 03, 2009 TiVo Wins Round 2 Against EchoStar
QUOTE: For the second time in three years, a federal judge has ruled for TV time-shifting pioneer TiVo in a patent infringement case against satellite TV operator EchoStar.
BusinessWeek Jun 03, 2009 Work Visa Bill Threatens Indian Outsourcers
QUOTE: A new bill in Washington aimed at tightening the rules for companies in the U.S. that hire skilled workers from abroad could threaten the business model for outsourcing firms....U.S. tech worker groups say this arrangement allows outsourcers to displace American workers both while the visa holders are in the U.S. and when they return home.
BusinessWeek Jun 02, 2009 Whistle-Blower Claims New Retaliation By SEC:Former SEC lawyer Gary Aguirre says the agency withdrew a settlement offer after he criticized them in a Forbes story.
QUOTE: Gary Aguirre, a whistle-blower fired from his job as a lawyer at the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2005...alleging the agency pulled the plug on settling his long-running dispute with them after he criticized the SEC in a Forbes story...
Forbes Jun 01, 2009 Supreme Court to Review 'Business Method' Patents
QUOTE: The U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would take up a major issue in intellectual-property law: whether patents should be granted for what are known as business methods....the high court is venturing into controversial terrain. Critics say it was never the intent of the law to protect such things, which are often far closer to abstract concepts or mathematical algorithms rather than physical inventions.
BusinessWeek Jun 01, 2009 Concerns in Britain over Opel Rescue
QUOTE: The future of General Motors' European arm was muddied yesterday by concerns over the safeguarding of British jobs and the involvement in the deal of the billionaire Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska....he was one of the first Russian entrepreneurs bailed out by the Kremlin.
BusinessWeek May 31, 2009 Cancer Drugs: Herceptin News and More
QUOTE: This is the slow emergence of personalized medicine, in which cancer patients receive a cocktail of drugs tailored to the exact genetic makeup of their cancer cells...But scientists hope the steady accumulation of insights will eventually enable them to combine these targeted therapies in ways that may gain patients years of life rather than months.
BusinessWeek May 30, 2009 Obama's Public-Private Cybersecurity Challenge
QUOTE: As part of its effort to address national cybersecurity concerns, the Obama Administration is urging closer cooperation between the government and private industry....companies that have participated are loath to disclose sensitive information about attacks because doing so might also lead to the disclosure of trade secrets and other proprietary information.
BusinessWeek May 30, 2009 Congress's Afterthought, Wall Street's Trillion Dollars: Fed's Bailout Authority Sat Unused Since 1991
ABSTRACT: The repeated use of the once-dusty law [Emergency powers of the Federal Reserve] has surprised and alarmed a wide range of people.... Many critics are concerned that an institution not accountable to voters is risking vast amounts of public money...
Washington Post May 29, 2009 No Relief for Small Business Cardholders
QUOTE: The sweeping credit-card reform law President Obama signed May 22 is intended to protect most cardholders from practices like changing terms on short notice and retroactive rate hikes...business cardholders won't get the same relief. That's because the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility & Disclosure Act doesn't apply to small business cards, which companies rely on in lieu of traditional financing.
BusinessWeek May 28, 2009 HP Gets Tough on Ink Counterfeiters
QUOTE: HP isn't alone in losing out to counterfeit ink. The entire industry missed out on an estimated $3 billion in sales last year to counterfeits....The Internet has made it easier for people around the world to buy and sell illicit products of all types. The International Chamber of Commerce estimates counterfeiting cost businesses about $600 billion in 2007, or roughly 6% of global trade.
BusinessWeek May 20, 2009 States Target The Rich (OutFront)
QUOTE: After decades of competing to cut income tax rates, revenue-hungry states are raising them, especially on wealthy folks.
Forbes May 20, 2009 How to fire the phone company
QUOTE: Lots of people use their cell phone as their only phone. Be aware of the pitfalls
InfoWorld May 17, 2009 Immigration: When Only 'Geniuses' Need Apply
QUOTE: from these debates lies one quiet corner of U.S. immigration policy: the program for what are known as "genius" visas. These visas are awarded to immigrants with extraordinary abilities in the arts, sciences, education, business, or athletics.
BusinessWeek May 14, 2009 France Passes 'Three Strikes' Piracy Law
QUOTE: The 'three-strikes' law that would cut off internet access to users found to be repeatedly downloading copyright content without the permission of the owner was passed by 296 votes to 233 in what is the government's second attempt to push through the bill.
BusinessWeek May 13, 2009 All's Fair Under Fair Use?
QUOTE: Yet for all its importance [fair use], it remains a tricky concept courts determine on an agonizing case-by-case basis--making it difficult to determine whether the Next Big Thing on the Web is providing a valuable public service or violating copyright law on a wholesale basis.
Forbes May 12, 2009 Facebook's Holocaust Controversy
QUOTE: The presence of Holocaust deniers on Facebook underscores the challenge faced by social media in cases where content is offensive but may not overtly violate laws or a site's terms of service. Facebook and other social networking sites, for example, prohibit pornography and hate speech but are reluctant to ban groups simply because their views are inflammatory.
BusinessWeek May 12, 2009 A New Social Contract for Green Business
QUOTE: [non governmental organizations]consistently step in, pressing business to change, even when current laws are being met and government's attention is on other issues....because firms pursuing these goals will do so under a new social contract, they will be continuously monitored by people who are outside government, with motivation to inspect every aspect of your company's green record.
BusinessWeek May 11, 2009 Are Short Drug Patents Hurting Patients? Developing drugs takes longer than ever, but patent laws don't recognize that.
QUOTE: the Angiomax case highlights the risks that arise when a drug's patent protection is shorter than the time needed for studies to prove its usefulness.
Forbes May 10, 2009 Green Buildings: The Hitch in the Upgrade Plans
QUOTE: To soften the burden on landlords, they'd only be forced to bankroll changes that would pay for themselves over five years through reductions in energy use....The financial benefits of these retrofits flow mainly to tenants in the form of lower electric, water, and gas bills, not to the building owners who are expected to cover the costs.
BusinessWeek May 01, 2009 Men Bearing the Brunt of Layoffs
QUOTE: "Job losses at the moment are affecting men in particular because the industrial sectors such as auto making and mechanical engineering have remained male domains,"....The major industries like construction, manufacturing or even the financial services industry have always been more vulnerable to economic cycles and therefore suffer when the economy dips.
BusinessWeek Apr 30, 2009 Help Wanted, Unfortunately
QUOTE: the U.S. economy has created serious mismatches between workers and employers. People thrown out of shrinking sectors such as construction, finance, and retail lack the skills and training for openings in growing fields including education, accounting, health care, and government. At the same time, the worst housing bust in decades has left the unemployed frozen in place. They can't move to get work because they can't sell their homes.
BusinessWeek Apr 26, 2009 The Surge to Impose Online Sales Taxes
QUOTE: The growing impetus for taxes on online goods has touched off a flurry of lobbying activity and lawsuits from online retailers hoping to defeat legislation that would take away some of the price advantage they enjoy over brick-and-mortar retailers....States and local governments hope sales taxes would help them recoup part of the revenue lost amid a recession that has diminished property values and crimped demand for items sold in stores.
BusinessWeek Apr 24, 2009 Poor Call-Center Service Angers Indians, Too
QUOTE: when cheap Internet telephony made it possible for U.S. companies to outsource their call centers, Americans have been complaining, loudly and regularly, about the quality of service. Just last week, Delta (DAL) pulled a call center out of India because its customers said they hated the service....In India's outsourcing world which employs as many as half a million people, is bifurcated.
BusinessWeek Apr 23, 2009 Did Bernanke Bully BofA? The integrity of the government's bailout actions are called into question by a new report. There's a lot at stake.
QUOTE: A new report by the New York Attorney General says that government officials bullied Bank of America Chief Ken Lewis into accepting a merger with Merrill Lynch...
Forbes Apr 20, 2009 United Airlines Weighs In on 'Seat Infringement'
QUOTE: United Airlines on Apr. 15 announced it will require passengers who do not fit within one seat to buy another when no alternative can be arranged. And Euro-discounter Ryanair is advancing the idea of a fat tax, which suggests to many observers the company may price its tickets based on body mass.
BusinessWeek Apr 17, 2009 The Old College Buy
QUOTE: The cost of a college diploma has been soaring at about twice the rate of inflation for years....Meanwhile, it's hard to argue that the customer is getting a lot of additional benefit for the extra dough. There are, to be sure, many wonderful programs and professors out there. But "all in all, it is difficult to say if, in any meaningful sense, the quality of the undergraduate experience has improved all that much"
BusinessWeek Apr 17, 2009 Ukraine's Environmental Crisis
QUOTE: The factory received a fine, and the controversy quickly quieted down. Despite factories in Donetsk and elsewhere in Ukraine continuing to break laws on waste disposal and management, prosecutors and lawmakers have been slow to react.
BusinessWeek Apr 15, 2009 A Captive FDIC: Has another regulator caved in to the banking industry?
QUOTE: The FDIC has proposed significant new premiums as well as an emergency assessment that could collect up to $27 billion. And how have the banks responded? With howls of anguish and increased lobbying efforts....FDIC has caved....shifting risk to taxpayers rather than the creators of the risk.
Forbes Apr 12, 2009 U.S. Marketers Say Hola! to Hispanic Consumers
QUOTE: All are pouring more advertising dollars into marketing aimed at Hispanics....America's 45.5 million Hispanics have been particularly hard hit since the U.S. economy went off the rails. Unemployment among Hispanics shot up in March to 11.4%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, compared with 8.5% for the U.S. population as a whole. But Hispanic consumers are less likely to be hobbled by mortgage or credit-card debt, and tend to have two or more income earners in a household, according to market researcher Experian Simmons.
BusinessWeek Apr 12, 2009 Bidding Online for Better Deals
QUOTE: To lure elusive customers as the recession deepens, travel companies have tried spicing up package deals with free upgrades and spa treatments.
New York Times Apr 08, 2009 The New Federal COBRA Subsidy Worries Employers
QUOTE: A new government subsidy that helps the unemployed keep their health insurance has left recession-weary employers nervous about the financial hit they may take if more people stay covered under their plans. Although the subsidy covers most of the premium, many employers remain worried that they'll be left holding the bag on costs, according to a new survey. Especially concerned are self-insured employers, which pay medical claims themselves.
BusinessWeek Mar 31, 2009 As CT Radiation Accumulates, Cancer Risk May Rise: Those who have the most scans over a lifetime face greatest risk, experts say
QUOTE: Widely used as a diagnostic tool, CT scans provide detailed images of organs, allowing more accurate diagnoses of conditions such as cancer. But CT involves a higher radiation dose than most other imaging tests. However, people who are having a lot of CTs need to think more carefully and talk with their doctor to determine whether additional scans add value to their care because the risks can add up over time, he said.
BusinessWeek Mar 25, 2009 Water Mismanagement Plagues the World's Poor
QUOTE: nside the halls, activists quickly made hay of their brutal mistreatment, citing it as another example of collusion between government and business to use privatization contracts to deny the world's poorest residents access to clean water and basic sanitation. Throughout the conference much ire was directed at the privatization of utilities. Some of it was justified. But antiprivatization protesters also misrepresented some things that have led to problems in the world's water management.
BusinessWeek Mar 24, 2009 Asking for Student Loan Forgiveness: Robert Applebaum's Facebook group and StudentLoanJustice.org are among those seeking an overhaul of the U.S. student loan system
QUOTE: Student loan repayment can be difficult for young people starting off their careers and has become even more challenging now with the economic downturn, as recent graduates lose their jobs or struggle to land one. Groups like Applebaum's on Facebook, and other organizations such as StudentLoanJustice.org, are part of a new movement advocating for an overhaul of the country's troubled student loan system. Frustrated with often unaffordable monthly payments, loans that are nearly impossible to discharge, and restrictive loan repayment plans, student borrowers are pushing the government and private loan companies to devise new solutions.
BusinessWeek Aug 02, 2008 Nine Ways Food Labels Mislead
QUOTE: The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit nutrition watchdog group, has also highlighted some of the misleading claims that manufacturers make to give their products a healthy glow...While disease prevention claims on food labels require Food and Drug Administration approval before a product can hit the shelves, food companies don't need permission to make claims describing the role of a nutrient intended to affect bodily structure or function. In a formal complaint filed with the FDA earlier this month, the CSPI is asking the agency to require food companies to base claims on solid scientific evidence and to make only FDA-approved claims.
Forbes Jul 31, 2008 Mass. Auction Rate Suit: Deja Vu All Over Again
QUOTE: On Thursday, Massachusetts state securities regulators charged Merrill Lynch with civil fraud in its sale of auction rate securities to retail investors. William Galvin, the state's securities regulator, claims Merrill's auction rate sales and trading desk "co-opted" the firm's supposedly independent research analysts, inciting them to emphasize the positive to assist the firm's efforts to sell them.
Forbes Jul 23, 2008 How Whole Is Whole Grain?: A settlement between Sara Lee and the Center for Science in the Public Interest may lead to more accurate claims about whole grains on food labels
QUOTE: The group had threatened to sue Sara Lee in December, saying that the "whole grain goodness" sign splashed on Soft & Smooth packaging was misleading because the bread was made primarily of refined white flour.
BusinessWeek Jul 21, 2008 Court Throws Out Super Bowl Fine
QUOTE: In a decision that clears CBS of any wrongdoing for airing the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show that featured Janet Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction,” a federal appeals court overturned the $550,000 fine that the Federal Communications Commission levied against the station, calling the fine arbitrary and capricious.
New York Times Jul 21, 2008 In Immigration Cases, Employers Feel the Pressure: But Critics Fault Laws as Ineffective
QUOTE: A three-year-old enforcement campaign against employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants is increasingly resulting in arrests and criminal convictions, using evidence gathered by phone taps, undercover agents and prisoners who agree to serve as government witnesses.
Washington Post Jul 21, 2008 Equalizing Equity Access for Women CEOs: Springboard's current venture capital forum targets equity financing for media companies run by female entrepreneurs. We track its process
QUOTE: Women own 50% or more of some 10.4 million businesses, about 41% of all privately held companies in the U.S., according to Juanita Weaver of the Center for Women's Business Research. But she says several sources show that only 3% to 5% of those companies receive venture capital funding. Springboard's mission is to even the playing field in the investing community for women who lead emerging growth companies. "It's the only program of its kind that operates on a national level," says Patricia Greene, provost of Babson College. "Beyond helping individual women, I think Springboard has made such a difference as far as reminding people in the investing community we're missing an awful lot of talent."
BusinessWeek Jul 18, 2008 Defrauded Fund Investors Sue Goldman
QUOTE: Bayou’s creditors were taking aim at Goldman even before Mr. Israel, the former manager of the Bayou Group hedge fund firm, surrendered to the authorities on July 2. His faked suicide on a Hudson River bridge 40 miles north of Manhattan and subsequent disappearance on the day he was to start a prison term had set off an international manhunt.
New York Times Jul 17, 2008 Rangel’s Neighbors See a Rent Double Standard
QUOTE: At Lenox Terrace, the luxury development in Harlem, management uses two sets of standards when it comes to rent-stabilized tenants, many residents say. For the select group of prominent or politically connected apartment dwellers like Representative Charles B. Rangel, Lenox Terrace provides below-market accommodations and does little to scrutinize whether the arrangements comply with rent-stabilization laws.
New York Times Jul 16, 2008 Study Finds Manipulation of Menthol Levels
QUOTE: A new Harvard study claims that the tobacco industry in recent years has manipulated menthol levels in cigarettes to hook youngsters and maintain loyalty among smoking adults. The report could further inflame a controversy over menthol in pending tobacco legislation.
New York Times Jul 15, 2008 Countrywide Settles Lending Suit in Pennsylvania
QUOTE: Countrywide Home Loans has agreed to pay $325,000 to the Chapter 13 bankruptcy trustee in Pittsburgh, settling a matter that accused the lender of abusive practices in almost 300 mortgage loans overseen by the court.
New York Times Jul 15, 2008 Google Will Protect Users’ Identity from Viacom — This Time (Bits)
QUOTE: Viacom and Google have reached an agreement about how information about YouTube users can be used as potential evidence in the ongoing copyright dispute. Instead of giving Viacom the user names and Internet Protocol addresses for everyone who has uploaded or downloaded a video on YouTube, Google will provide an anonymous code number that represents those names and addresses.
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