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    Social Networks More Popular Than Email

    Social Networks More Popular Than Email
    This probably won't come as a shock to anyone hanging out on Facebook, but social networks and blogs have moved ahead of personal e-mail among the most popular online activities, and are fourth most popular overall. That's according to a report released Monday from The Nielsen Company. Time spent on these sites is growing three times faster than the overall Internet ...
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    Hangin' Tough in Negotiation

    Hangin' Tough in Negotiation
    Just as strong is the word we often use to describe good coffee, tough is the word we often use to describe good negotiators. There's a definite advantage to being known this way; it immediately reduces your opponent's expectations. Some may soften, others will try harder; but in this competitive world of business, they will all respect you for not being ...
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    Credit Card Firms Pay Some Clients to Close Their Accounts

    Credit Card Firms Pay Some Clients to Close Their Accounts
    NEW YORK — If you've recently been offered cash from a credit card company to reduce your debt or close your account entirely, be forewarned: Your business may no longer be wanted. "What the card company is saying is that right now we're playing nice, but if you don't take it, we might start playing hardball" by raising rates or cutting ...
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    Doctors Seek Gag Orders to Stop Patients' Online Reviews

    Doctors Seek Gag Orders to Stop Patients' Online Reviews
    CHICAGO — The anonymous comment on the website RateMDs.com was unsparing: "Very unhelpful, arrogant," it said of a doctor. "Did not listen and cut me off, seemed much too happy to have power (and abuse it!) over suffering people." Such reviews are becoming more common as consumer ratings services like Zagat's and Angie's List expand beyond restaurants and plumbers to medical ...
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    Most Foreclosures Pack into a Few Counties

    Most Foreclosures Pack into a Few Counties
    WASHINGTON — More than half of the nation's foreclosures last year took place in 35 counties, a sign that the financial crisis devastating the national economy may have begun with collapsing home loans in only a few corners of the country. Those counties, spread over a dozen states, accounted for more than 1.5 million foreclosure actions last year, a USA TODAY ...
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    What am I learning at the Sales 2.0 Conference?

    What am I learning at the Sales 2.0 Conference?
    h4. Definition of Sales 2.0, as per David Thompson, CEO of Genius: Sales 2.0 combines customer-focused processes with Web 2.0 productivity technologies to enhance the art and science of selling while creating customer value. It's all about driving more revenue, more quickly, through the pipeline. According to Thompson, it's all about Marketing & Sales: • *Being in alignment* with the customer ...
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    Stopping Survivor Guilt

    Stopping Survivor Guilt
    As an administrator in an era of massive layoffs, it's your job to stave off survivor guilt before it lowers the morale and productivity of remaining employees. The subject of survivor guilt—the despair employees feel when co-workers fall victim to downsizing— comes up during every recession, but 2009 promises a uniquely virulent strain of the affliction. "The layoffs are just starting," ...
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    Apple Touts Affordability With New Desktop Line

    Apple Touts Affordability With New Desktop Line
    CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple Inc. introduced a refreshed line of desktop computers Tuesday, notable as much for their price tags as new features. The rollout included a long-rumored update to the Mac Mini, as well as a less-expensive iMac and Mac Pro. In a significant nod to the recession, Apple pointed up the affordability of its new machines, a departure for ...
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    Citigroup to Lower Mortgage Payments for Jobless

    Citigroup to Lower Mortgage Payments for Jobless
    NEW YORK — Citigroup Inc. said Tuesday that it will lower mortgage payments for some homeowners to an average of $500 a month for three months as part of a new program to help the unemployed. The struggling bank makes the move as President Barack Obama looks to lenders to adjust the way loans are handled. Citigroup's new mortgage efforts also ...
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    Fed Launches New $200B Consumer Credit Program

    Fed Launches New $200B Consumer Credit Program
    WASHINGTON – The government launched a much-awaited program Tuesday to spur lending for autos, education, credit cards and other consumer loans by providing up to $200 billion in financing to investors to buy up the debt. If the program succeeds, it should help bust through the credit clogs in place since last year and make it easier for Americans to finance ...
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    Will You Be Hired or Fired By 2010?

    Which Sectors Will Be Hardest Hit? About 10,000 people a day are losing their jobs in the current U.S. economic crisis, the worst rate since perhaps the Great Depression. Yet for many industries, the real pain lies ahead. Here's a look at 30 sectors—some that will be among the hardest hit and others where the outlook is for modest growth, ...
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    Telecommuting: Once a Perk, Now a Necessity

    Telecommuting: Once a Perk, Now a Necessity
    Eve Gelb's life was once a blur of hour-and-a-half commutes on the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles. What memories: The NPR fatigue. The stale minivan air. The deep identification with the characters in Waiting for Godot. But that's all in the past. Gelb, a project manager at a giant HMO, SCAN Health Plan, has given up her Ethan Allen-style office, yanked ...
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    How You Can Leverage a Layoff

    How You Can Leverage a Layoff
    Jobless? Take this as an opportunity to start your own business. Diane Lindquist is a four-decade veteran of journalism and an expert on the trade economy of the U.S.-Mexico border. When the San Diego Union-Tribune offered her a buyout in January 2007, after nearly 30 years at the newspaper, she saw the writing on the wall: Older, higher-paid reporters were being ...
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    Stop Thief! Software Lets Stolen Laptops Speak Up

    Stop Thief! Software Lets Stolen Laptops Speak Up
    Stolen laptop? Now you can tell those thieves exactly what you think of them. Front Door Software's Retriever program displays your contact information as your computer boots up. There's even space for a plea to a Good Samaritan — "$50 for my safe return," maybe. In most cases, that's enough to help an honest person return the machine, said Carrie Hafeman, ...
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    An Interview Do-Over?

    An Interview Do-Over?
    Q: I just finished an interview and I feel like I missed out. I want to reinforce to the interviewer that I am the right person for the job. I don't live far from the place, and I wanted to see about taking the person to lunch. Is this considered bribing? A: Ah, the universal longing for an interview do-over! Even ...
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    Streaming-Only Plans Coming to Netflix

    Streaming-Only Plans Coming to Netflix
    'Netflix says that it will continue to offer the current bundled service.' - Movie rentals are a big business for many companies and traditional movie stores have been around for many years. As technology matured and the speeds of internet connections increased, streaming video online became a popular pastime for many users. Netflix started out as a mail order movie rental ...
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    Microsoft's Steve Ballmer Talks Windows Mobile

    Microsoft's Steve Ballmer Talks Windows Mobile
    'Ballmer said at MWC 2009 Windows Mobile 7 will come in 2010.' - When it comes to operating systems for computers, Microsoft holds the vast majority of the market even when there are free alternatives like Linux. However, when it comes to mobile operating systems for smartphones, Microsoft isn’t nearly as strong. WMPoweruser reports that Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system is ...
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    How to Make Companywide Meetings Matter

    How to Make Companywide Meetings Matter
    Perry Klebahn has run a lot of companywide meetings since he took over as CEO of ailing bag company Timbuk2 in January, 2007. It's been a period of change, of difficult decisions, of executive departures, and he wanted to keep the 70 employees of the San Francisco company informed and engaged. But what he'd hoped would be an open forum for ...
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    Web Doesn't Stop Americans from Watching More TV

    Web Doesn't Stop Americans from Watching More TV
    Americans watched more television than ever in the fourth quarter, Nielsen reported Monday, even though the Internet is providing another way to watch. The average American older than 2 years watched television for 151 hours per month, Nielsen said. That was up from 146 hours in the same period the previous year. More watching of recorded TV explained some of the ...
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    2-for-1 Deals Get Bigger and Bolder

    2-for-1 Deals Get Bigger and Bolder
    Few come-ons are more enticing to folks on tight budgets than these three words: two-for-one. That may be why, in the economic downturn, two-for-one offers are showing up in so many industries at once — from restaurants to retailers to telecommunications companies. Even some car dealers and home sellers are testing twofers. The deals, also known as "buy one, get one ...