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    Sales up on Booze & Smokes

    Sales up on Booze & Smokes
    FRANKFORT, Ky. – Some Kentucky retailers say people are stocking up on booze and cigarettes before new taxes hit later this week. Starting Wednesday, Kentucky's 6 percent sales tax will be applied to all alcoholic beverages. Tobacco taxes are also going up. For people looking to save a few bucks before new taxes on alcohol and cigarettes take effect, time is ...
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    Gay Couples Who Lose Jobs Face Extra Sting

    Gay Couples Who Lose Jobs Face Extra Sting
    For millions of American couples, the federal COBRA program is their health-care safety net in the recession. But not if they are gay. Couples such as Mark McNealy and Robert Meredith are just now finding out that the federal program excludes domestic partners from coverage. That means McNealy, a Disney employee for 30 years until he was laid off in April, ...
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    Recession Could Lengthen the Twilight of Dial-up

    Recession Could Lengthen the Twilight of Dial-up
    With the costs of home-schooling a special-needs child, Arlene Dawes of Raleigh, N.C., says dial-up Internet is more attuned to her budget than broadband. Chuck Hester says the high-speed Internet options available in his rural neighborhood near Little Rock, Ark., are too pricey. Lightning speed Internet is the wave of the future. But in a recession, good old dial-up service might ...
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    How Obama's New Financial Rules Can Affect You

    How Obama's New Financial Rules Can Affect You
    Proposed new regulations outlined Mar. 26 by the Obama Administration would rein in financial-services companies like never before. If passed by Congress, the rules would give the government new powers to take over insurance companies and strictly regulate the largest financial services companies. Also, they would regulate hedge funds, venture capital, and private equity funds for the first time, and implement ...
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    Consumer Confidence Soars in May

    Consumer Confidence Soars in May
    Consumer confidence extended its rebound in May, soaring to the highest level since last September as more shoppers are feeling the worst of the recession is behind them. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its Consumer Confidence Index, which had dramatically increased in April, zoomed past economists' expectations to 54.9 from a revised 40.8 in April. Economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters ...
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    Breakthrough in Pre Employment Testing and Sales Personality Tests Helps You Hire Good Salespeople

    Breakthrough in Pre Employment Testing and Sales Personality Tests Helps You Hire Good Salespeople
    It takes more than just personality to close the sale. Conventional pre employment testing based on sales personality, or a sales personality test, may be inadequate in predicting sales potential. Testing for Total Sales Ability (TM) is the best solution. Businesses wanting to hire good salespeople can now receive 10 FREE Sales Assessment Tests from Dan Joy, Inc. (http://www.danjoy.com/). A sales ...
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    Adobe, Nokia, Palm Team Up for Open Screen Project

    Adobe, Nokia, Palm Team Up for Open Screen Project
    'Open Screen Project has $10 million to give out in grants to developers.' - Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2009 in Barcelona, Spain kicked off today and with it comes a glut of information from various mobile phone and related companies on new products and offerings. One of the things that many hoped to hear from Adobe at MWC was Flash for ...
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    Liquid Batteries Could Store Massive Amounts of Energy

    Liquid Batteries Could Store Massive Amounts of Energy
    'Researchers say that batteries made entirely from liquid are still years away, but their benefits could be huge.' - A group of researchers from MIT is working on a method of designing large, eco-friendly, stationary batteries that are made entirely from liquid metal and would be capable of storing enormous amounts of power. The liquid batteries are being eyed as potential ...
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    Gambling on Netbooks in Vegas

    Gambling on Netbooks in Vegas
    It's not hard to spot a netbook in the wild. You know these tiny, stripped-down laptops by their screens, which measure about 10 inches, and price tags, which currently go as low as $300. But soon this emerging class of machines won't be so easy to ID—electronics manufacturers are about to bust the computer category wide open. At the Consumer Electronics ...
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    California Company Launches $119 LED Light Bulb

    California Company Launches $119 LED Light Bulb
    'LED light bulb promises to last for 10 years of typical use.' - Energy efficiency is a big area of research around the globe. One way to ease our demand for natural resources like oil and coal and reduce our environmental impact is to use less power. One of the biggest areas of research when it comes to using less natural ...
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    Obama Throws $75 Billion Lifeline to Homeowners

    Obama Throws $75 Billion Lifeline to Homeowners
    MESA, Ariz. – President Barack Obama threw a $75 billion lifeline to millions of Americans on the brink of foreclosure Wednesday, declaring an urgent need for drastic action — not only to save their homes but to keep the housing crisis "from wreaking even greater havoc" on the broader national economy. The lending plan, a full $25 billion bigger than the ...
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    6 Technology Rules to Thrive

    6 Technology Rules to Thrive
    Over the past few weeks, I've been thinking about the following six rules I created that I believe will really help you boost your business. There are plenty of other technology rules to keep in mind, but these six go beyond the traditional guidelines of having a website and making sure your technology is secure. h4. 1. Spend money on technology ...
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    HP Turns to Services as Hardware Sales Falter

    HP Turns to Services as Hardware Sales Falter
    SAN FRANCISCO - With sales of servers and personal computers and even printer ink taking a drubbing because of the recession, Hewlett-Packard Co. is banking on its newly beefed-up services division to help pick up some of the slack. HP said Wednesday that its profit dropped 13 percent in the latest quarter, dragged down by weakness in all major business lines ...
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    12 Ways to Increase Online Sales

    12 Ways to Increase Online Sales
    One of the core values at my company is "Test everything; assume nothing!" That's because we know that after all these years on the internet, you just never know what strategy or angle is going to work best for you...until you test it. This applies even to your star-performing strategies, because there's always room for improvement. The bottom line is, testing ...
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    The 4 Secrets of Leadership

    #1: Unbounded Optimism Ask any great leader to describe the future, and they will always tell you it’s a wonderful place. Leaders are extremely goal oriented, have clearly identified what it is they want and what they are willing to sacrifice to get there, and they radiate an optimistic glow because they already live there in their mind’s eye. Because people ...
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    Why You Should Encourage Online Product Reviews

    Why You Should Encourage Online Product Reviews
    What do customers think of your products? Let them tell other shoppers by posting their comments on your website. As plenty of e-tailers have discovered, online reviews by happy customers carry more weight with other buyers than most forms of marketing communication. "The more clutter we get in traditional media, the more consumers are talking to each other," says Peter Kim, ...
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    Agreement Reached on Internet Radio Music Royalty Rates

    Agreement Reached on Internet Radio Music Royalty Rates
    NEW YORK - A group that collects royalties for music artists and recording companies has agreed to reduce rates for thousands of commercial radio stations that also play songs over the Internet. Internet radio station operators had complained that rates originally set by the federal Copyright Royalty Board in 2007 could essentially force them to shut down. The new deal lowers ...
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    Make Your Sales Copy Sell

    Make Your Sales Copy Sell
    Writing good sales copy doesn’t have to be hard--you just use a formula. Plug in all the elements, and you’ll create a whole that’s bigger than the sum of its parts. Any one of the copywriting techniques I'm about to tell you about can increase your conversion rate on its own, but use all of them together, and you'll create an ...
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    Travel Trends in a Down Economy

    Travel Trends in a Down Economy
    NEW YORK – So we're going away on weekends and sticking close to home. But are we taking a cruise? Traveling with the girls? Vacationing with the kids? Here's how the economy is changing the way we travel. h4. SECOND CITY Some smaller cities are stealing the glory. Both Fort Myers, Fla. and Charleston, S.C. experienced double digit growth in January ...
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    Pawnshops See an Uptick in the Broke and the Broken-Hearted

    Pawnshops See an Uptick in the Broke and the Broken-Hearted
    "Baby on the way, must go asap," reads an ad on online sales website, offering up a wedding ring set from a short-lived marriage. "A divorce for me … means cheap jewelry for you," another ad promises, offering a wedding and engagement ring set for $700. As people face today's struggling economy, any sentimental value a ring may have is increasingly ...
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