Monthly Archive: May 2011

May 19

How Much Are Outrageous Executive Perks Costing You?

Through proxy statements, shareholders get a one-per-year glimpse at pay and perks of top executives.  In addition to multimillion dollar pay packages, executives  sometime receive outrageous perks.  These funds are being paid for with shareholder money.  Based on a compilation created by Kiplinger, here is a list of  some of the more outrageous perks given to …

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May 18

Perhaps $2 Billion Owed Under Music Contracts

In monetary terms, the biggest decision made by the Supreme Court in the current session is a case that they decided NOT to take. On March 21, 2011, the Supreme Court denied certiorari of a Ninth Circuit ruling made on September 3, 2010 in re: F.B.T. Productions vs. Aftermath Records. Absent a settlement, the case …

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May 17

Microsoft's Great Isn't Good Enough.

Microsoft announced their earnings for their Q3 2011, which for the rest of us is the first quarter of this year.  The results were a 13 percent jump in revenue, a 31 percent jump in net earnings, and clearly exceeded analyst’s expectations of the quarter.  Yet their stock dived after the announcement. The reasons given …

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May 17

Microsoft’s Great Isn’t Good Enough.

Microsoft announced their earnings for their Q3 2011, which for the rest of us is the first quarter of this year.  The results were a 13 percent jump in revenue, a 31 percent jump in net earnings, and clearly exceeded analyst’s expectations of the quarter.  Yet their stock dived after the announcement. The reasons given …

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May 16

City of Los Angeles Wastes $1M on Cell Phones

Los Angeles City Controller, Wendy Greuel, recently conducted an audit of seven Los Angeles city departments relating to city-owned cell phones.  Greuel found that the city wastes about $1 million per year on nearly 12,000 city-owned cell phones.  Greuel’s audit revealed: The city did not have any central management of cell phone contracts No one …

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May 13

Bernanke’s Press Conference Dished Out Plenty Of BS

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke held the first-ever news conference by a Federal Reserve Chairman. The move was an obvious effort to calm financial markets after a string of unsettling news. Some of the questions asked during this Q&A session were actually quite good; others were merely softballs. Financial markets generally took the bait, and …

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May 12

Google's Old Answer in Search of a New Problem.

At the second day of the Google I/O Conference this week, the company announced that the Chrome-only portable computers, to be called Chromebooks, would become available in mid-June. Google made its intent to develop Chrome into a stand-alone operating system clear when it initially announced the browser in September of 2008.  The nearly three years between …

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May 12

Google’s Old Answer in Search of a New Problem.

At the second day of the Google I/O Conference this week, the company announced that the Chrome-only portable computers, to be called Chromebooks, would become available in mid-June. Google made its intent to develop Chrome into a stand-alone operating system clear when it initially announced the browser in September of 2008.  The nearly three years between …

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May 12

President Obama Should Tone Down the Rhetoric

President Obama is fond of claiming that he is a bipartisan type of guy.  It is the “other guys” who cause trouble in Washington politics.  But this week, the President’s comments were not just partisan, they were simply false.  The problem involves much more than a disagreement over policy.  The larger problem involves comments that …

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May 10

How to Make Skype Worth $8.5 Billion

Microsoft just announced that it will be paying $8.5 billion for Skype.  It is the largest purchase ever for Microsoft, who in recent years avoided big ticket acquisitions since the lackluster results of its purchases of adQuantive and Danger (the makers of the sidekick phone, which gave Microsoft the flop known as the Kin). Microsoft …

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