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Apple could unveil a virtual personal assistant

Oct 4, 2011
Many wait in anticipation of today's Apple product announcement -- the first since Steve Jobs stepped down as CEO because of health issues. One ...
Posted In: apple, News Brief, steve jobs, virtual personal assistant

Barnes & Noble buys Borders' client list

Oct 3, 2011
The closing of Borders last month left a big segment of the market open, a segment the the giant bookseller Barnes & Noble hopes to fill. As...
Posted In: barnes & noble, borders, News Brief

Jill Schlesinger: U.S. incomes drop for first time in 22 months

Sep 30, 2011
Personal income in August fell 0.1 percent -- the first drop since October 2009 -- as the wobbly economic recovery continues. Despite the decreas...
Posted In: Analysis, income

Where does the term 'silver bullet' come from?

Sep 23, 2011
After Ben Bernanke and company took fresh aim this week at that menacing beast called the economy, one financial expert told us the Fed's arsenal...
Posted In: silver bullet

OP-ED -- Why Stocks Fell this Week: Fear Beat Greed

Sep 23, 2011
Slow Growth + European Debt Crisis = Stocks Down, with a Twist...

The extravagant costs of a Justice Department conference

Sep 20, 2011
This final note. If you're going to cut the fat in government, what better place to start than extravagant spending on food. The Justice Departm...

Quit while you're ahead

Sep 19, 2011
Stephen Hoffman - Winning! After all the scorn I poured on the idea of playing the lottery a few weeks ago, I was given a rude shock today. Mark...

Heinz and Wendy's re-think ketchup and hamburgers

Sep 19, 2011
This final note today, an observation about ketchup, hamburgers and the slow pace of change. First of all, ketchup. The Wall Street Journal had ...

Why Banks Don't Listen to their Risk Managers

Sep 19, 2011
Woodbine Associates sent me an opinion piece this morning. It's a bit long, but it makes for interesting reading....
Posted In: The Breakdown: Markets



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