Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Japan's Sony Corp, Toshiba Corp and Hitachi Ltd will merge

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Japan's Sony Corp, Toshiba Corp and Hitachi Ltd will merge their liquid-crystal
display operations using $2.6 billion of government-backed funds to fend off
growing competition from rivals in South Korea and
The merged entity will be the world's largest maker of small panels used in
smartphones and tablet PCs, leapfrogging leaders Sharp Corp of Japan and Samsung Electronics of
South Korea and keeping at bay the likes of Taiwan's AU Optronics.
Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi were all making losses on small panels until last
year so the merger will allow them to focus on their main operations.
However, the 90-percent government-owned fund, set up in 2009 to promote
innovation in Japanese industry, could come under fire for using public money to
prop up a volatile business in its biggest investment to date.
The Innovation Network Corp of Japan (INCJ) will invest about 200 billion yen
($2.6 billion) in the merged unit, taking a 70 percent stake. The three firms
said on Wednesday that they will each take a 10 percent stake.
They aim to complete the merger by the spring of 2012 and list the merged
entity, to be called Japan Display, by the financial year ending March 2016. By
then, they intend to have boosted annual revenues to 750 billion yen from 570
billion yen expected in the year to March 2012.
A shakeup has been long expected because harsh competition and advances in
technology require producers to make regular large-scale investment.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011 Inc may sell as many as 5 million tablet

Image representing Amazon as depicted in Crunc...Image via CrunchBase Inc may sell as many as 5 million tablet computers in the fourth quarter, making the largest Internet retailer the top competitor to Apple Inc in this fast-growing niche of the consumer PC market, Forrester Research said on Monday. has to price its tablet "significantly" below competing products and have enough supply to meet demand, but if the company can pull this off it can "easily" sell 3 million to 5 million units in the final three months of 2011, Forrester's Sarah Rotman Epps predicted.
Apple has sold almost 30 million iPads since launching its tablet in April 2010. Rival products from companies including Samsung Electronics Co, Research in Motion and Motorola Mobility have failed to mount a serious challenge to that early lead. This month, Hewlett-Packard scrapped its TouchPad after sales languished.
"Thus far, Apple has faced many would-be competitors, but none have gained significant market share," Epps wrote. "Not only does Amazon have the potential to gain share quickly but its willingness to sell hardware at a loss, as it did with the Kindle, makes Amazon a nasty competitor."
One problem with iPad rivals has been that developers have so far waited before creating a lot of applications, or apps, for the devices, Forrester noted.
Apple claims about 100,000 custom-built iPad apps, while Google's Honeycomb platform, which is the tablet version of the Android operating system, has attracted fewer than 300 apps, according to Forrester.
"If Amazon's Android-based tablet sells in the millions, Android will suddenly appear much more attractive to developers who have taken a wait-and-see approach," Epps said.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

NetEnrich introduced its Small Business Services package

Remote IT infrastructure management specialist NetEnrich introduced its Small Business Services package, designed to support IT solution providers who deliver managed services to small and midsize businesses. The technology that powers the SBS framework is NetEnrich's Agent, with built-in discovery capabilities to identify infrastructure and application instances, track and record actions performed by NetEnrich, and report on Standardized Operating Procedures (SOPs) completed as defined by ITIL service standards.
In addition, NetEnrich provides an ISO 27001-certified Network Operations Center (NOC), which is staffed 24/7 with the capability to perform full remediation and vendor technical coordination when necessary. The services are designed for small businesses with 50 or less employees, five servers and five network devices, the company noted in a release.
Available from the Ingram Micro Services Division, NetEnrich's remotely managed SBS platforms work to free up time from the service provider's engineering and technical staff. The Service Delivery Framework offers a "single pane of glass" view in to an end client's server and network environment, in addition to infrastructure applications, such as Exchange, Active Directory and Microsoft SBS.
"NetEnrich's Small Business Services package will lighten the load for our engineers and allow them to focus more on delivering superior customer service," said David Prince of Databranch, a NetEnrich partner. "NetEnrich knows what it takes to manage all types and sizes of environments. Our clients expect that we will deliver expert service at competitive prices, and NetEnrich's new Small Business Services enable us to deliver on that expectation."

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Areas surrounding Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant could remain uninhabitable for decades

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 Areas surrounding Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant could remain uninhabitable for decades due to high radiation, the government warned on Saturday as it struggles to clean up after the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.
Japan faces the daunting task of decontaminating large areas of land around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, which is still leaking low levels of radiation nearly six months after an earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear meltdown.
In a meeting with local officials on Saturday, the government estimated it could take more than 20 years before residents could safely return to areas with current radiation readings of 200 millisieverts per year, and a decade for areas at 100 millisieverts per year.
The estimates, which merely confirm what many experts have been saying for months, are based on the natural decline of radiation over time and do not account for the impact of decontamination steps such as removing affected soil.
An vast area is still uninhabitable around the Chernobyl plant 25 years after that disaster.
The Japanese government unveiled guidelines this week with the aim of halving radiation in problem areas in two years, but for spots with very high readings it could take much longer to reach safe levels.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

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Friday, August 26, 2011

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Apple Inc will release a cheaper iPhone 4 within weeks

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Apple Inc will release a cheaper iPhone 4 within weeks, jeopardizing profit
margins to win lower-end customers from rivals such as Nokia in China and other emerging
Asian suppliers have begun making a lower-cost version of the hot-selling
smartphone with a smaller 8-gigabyte flash drive that will arrive around the
same time Apple unveils its much-anticipated iPhone 5, two sources with
knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
The world's most valuable technology company has long stuck to the higher end
of a booming mobile device arena, but is now seeking out new markets to sustain the
rip-roaring pace of growth that has enthralled Wall Street.
It is in talks with leading Chinese carriers China Mobile Ltd and China
Telecom Corp Ltd, both of which are eager to carry the device that defined the
smartphone market when Apple launched it in 2007.
"A lower-priced version of iPhone 4 seems to be a necessary evil at this
point in the iPhone adoption cycle, especially in emerging markets where the
average income of individuals is much lower," said Channing Smith, co-manager of
the Capital Advisors Growth Fund, which owns Apple shares.
Pat Becker, portfolio manager at Becker Capital Management, said Apple is
looking to take a chunk of the market that is currently dominated by Finnish
rival Nokia Oyj, which is widely expected to release a new phone running on
Microsoft Corp's Windows software as early as end of the year.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

hundreds of thousands of dead fish, and sweating workers bent to scoop the carcasses from the water.

A rotten stench hung over a 60-mile stretch of Louisiana's Pearl River as boats
trawled through thick layers of hundreds of thousands of dead fish, and sweating
workers bent to scoop the carcasses from the water.
The fish, including federally protected Gulf sturgeon as well as catfish and
flounder, died after a paper mill in Bogalusa, Louisiana, released a high
concentration of waste material into the river on August 9.
"This is really sickening," said St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis,
unable to hide his disgust at the view from Crawford Landing, 40 miles northeast
of New Orleans.
The liquid material, which mill owner Temple-Inland Inc. refers to as "black
liquor," effectively sucked the oxygen from a large section of the river,
killing every breathing organism within its reach, including the fish. Davis put
the number of fish killed at hundreds of thousands.
More than 400 people worked from boats and the river banks over the weekend
to clean up the river in 90-degree heat. By Monday, the water was nearly clear
of carcasses, but a ban on fishing and swimming remained in place pending water
Preliminary test results show water quality in the river had "improved
dramatically" in the last few days, and there was no evidence toxins were
released into the water, a state Department of Environmental Quality spokesman
said on Friday.
"This was a biological problem, and not a chemical or toxic problem, which is
encouraging," the department's environmental scientist Jeff Dauzat said, adding
workers were still tallying the toll on fish and other river life.
But the wildlife damage was severe from a situation made worse by recent
drought conditions. In addition to Gulf sturgeon, ringed sawback turtles and
heelsplitter mussels were among the dead.
The department said in a statement that Temple-Inland could face fines for
violations including failure to notify officials of the spill in a timely
manner. It also asked the company to submit a plan for changes to prevent a
Slidell lawyer Tom Thornhill has filed a class action lawsuit in state court
against Temple-Inland on behalf of owners of land and businesses affected by the

Monday, August 22, 2011

Prevailing attitudes in Germany were already decidedly green

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It won't be easy to run a national railway on renewable energy like wind, hydro and solar power but that is what Germany's Deutsche Bahn aims to do for one simple reason: it's what consumers want.
Deutsche Bahn says it wants to raise the percentage of wind, hydro and solar energy to power its trains from 20 percent now to 28 percent in 2014 and become carbon-free by 2050.
"Consumers in Germany have made it clear they want us all to get away from nuclear energy and to more renewable energy," Hans-Juergen Witschke, chief executive of Deutsche Bahn Energie, said of the railway's attention-grabbing revised targets that exceed the government's already ambitious national aims.
"It's what customers want and we're making it happen," Witschke said in an interview with Reuters. "The demand for green electricity keeps rising each year and that'll continue."
Prevailing attitudes in Germany were already decidedly green before the Japanese Fukushima nuclear accident in March prompted a head-first dive into renewables.
The Berlin government abruptly reversed course on nuclear power, shutting eight nuclear plants and vowing to close the other nine by 2022.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Thousands of opponents of a $7 billion pipeline that would boost U.S. dependence

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Thousands of opponents of a $7 billion pipeline that would boost U.S. dependence
on Canadian oil sands plan to get arrested in protests over the next two weeks
that they hope will help persuade the Obama administration to kill the
The State Department is set to issue a final environmental impact report this
month on the Keystone XL pipeline project that would bring oil sands petroleum
from Alberta to Texas refineries. The department hopes to make a final decision
on the TransCanada Corp line by the end of the year.
Beginning on Saturday, protesters from all of the country's 50 states plan to
linger in an area outside the White House where they are likely to be arrested,
organizers say. They plan to conduct the civil disobedience citing what they see
as the pipe's risks to the environment in waves of 100 people a day.
Bill McKibben, an environment writer and leader of the protest, said the
Keystone project would likely be President Barack Obama's biggest climate
decision between now and next year's election.
"Since Obama finally has a decision that he gets to make all on his own,
without the Congress in the way, we are so hopeful that Obama will shine
through," McKibben said.
Opponents want the administration to stop the pipeline, which would deliver
up to 700,000 barrels per day of oil to Gulf Coast refineries, because it would
cross water sources that could be vulnerable to spills. Also, oil sands
petroleum emits more carbon dioxide than average crude oils.

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Coal fired plants

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Canada moved ahead on Friday with new regulations for cutting emissions from
coal-fired power plants as environmental groups decried one project that they
said won a speedy approval just in time to avoid the tighter
Environment Minister Peter Kent said the regulations, aimed at gradually
phasing out coal-fired power generation as a way to meet the federal
government's greenhouse gas commitments, will force developers to reduce
emissions to levels that are comparable to high-efficiency gas-fired
That means new coal-fired plants will have to employ expensive, nascent
technology, such as carbon capture and storage.
"We are taking action in the electricity sector because we recognize the
potential for significant emissions reductions," Kent said in a statement. "We
are committed to build on our strength in the electricity sector and to lead the
world in clean electricity generation."
The regulations will be published on August 27, which will start a 60-day
public comment period. Final rules are scheduled to come into effect on July 1,
This month, environmental groups launched a court action against Alberta's
utility regulator, arguing it fast-tracked approval of a coal-fired plant
proposed by Maxim Power Corp so the company could avoid the new
In their action, the Pembina Institute and Ecojustice said Maxim had said it
received assurances from the federal environment ministry that it could avoid
the new rules if the 500 megawatt plant was built before July 1, 2015.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Catbird, a specialist in security and compliance for virtual, cloud and physical networks

Catbird, a specialist in security and compliance for virtual, cloud and physical networks, announced plans to add
VMware vShield controls to Catbird vSecurity through a partnership with VMware.
The integration will give Catbird vSecurity customers the ability to deploy the
VMware vShield App as an integrated component of Catbird’s security and
compliance solution for virtualized infrastructure.
“This partnership brings together VMware
and Catbird virtualization technology and security solutions to deliver
world-class protection to virtualized and cloud-based computing environments,”
said Edmundo Costa, Catbird's CEO.
With the addition of VMware vShield into
vSecurity’s Control Center, customers will be able to set up and deploy VMware
vShield Security Groups to control network access between virtual machines in a
virtual data center.
Catbird’s TrustZones policy enforcer will include full VMware vShield controls
to help monitor and quarantine out-of-compliance assets, helping reduce the risk
of security breach and data loss. In addition, Catbird’s vCompliance will
include VMware vShield controls to measure against PCINISTFISMADIACAP and
other compliance standards.
VMware embedded OEM partners are provided a
simple way to bundle VMware products into their solutions. Embedded OEM partners
benefit through resilience and efficient deployments, providing a one-stop-shop
solution for security and compliance protection in virtualized infrastructure.
Working with VMware, Catbird is also realizing significantly increased control
of virtualized deployments, tailored to its specific go-to-market and ongoing
post-sales support preferences.
“Embedding industry-leading VMware vShield
technology empowers companies such as Catbird to increase the value their
solutions provide to customers,” said Bernie Mills, senior director of embedded
OEM alliances at VMware. “By partnering with VMware, Catbird will also provide
customers with the levels of security and compliance required for
mission-critical applications in cloud-based and virtualized data centers.”

Thursday, August 18, 2011

buzzing about the flaws in the Secure Sockets Layer system

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Security researchers are buzzing about the flaws in the Secure Sockets Layer system and the fact that a significant portion of the Internet is vulnerable to attack. At the recent Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, there were several reports and panels addressing various issues.
Based on the PKI (public key infrastructure), the SSL protocol has grown "organically" to become nearly ubiquitous within the world's largest organizations to keep Internet communications secure, Jeff Hudson, CEO of Venafi, told eWEEK.
However, less than a fifth of Websites claiming to have SSL deployed correctly redirect traffic, according to a report released by Qualys at Black Hat. Of the nearly 250,000 sites with SSL turned on that were surveyed, only 51,000 were properly redirecting to SSL for authentication, according to the report from the Qualys community project, SSL Labs. The remaining 80 percent of the sites may or may not redirect to SSL, making them vulnerable to a man-in-the middle attack from Firesheep and other tools.
Overall, there has not been a lot of improvement worldwide in how SSL has been deployed over the past few years, Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO of Qualys, told eWEEK. Organizations are just rolling out SSL servers and not taking the time to ensure the servers are properly configured, the report found.
Courtot declined to specify any of the offenders, noting that the problem was widespread.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

nicknamed "Happy Feet" by locals

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 A young Emperor penguin that captured global attention when it washed up on a New Zealand beach after straying thousands of kilometers from home will be head back to the subantarctic aboard a research vessel and in a specially designed cage.
The Wellington Zoo, where the bird -- nicknamed "Happy Feet" by locals -- has been living since June, said on Wednesday the penguin would be on the research vessel Tangaroa when it leaves on August 29 for a fisheries survey.
The penguin will be released from the ship about four days out at sea, en route to its final destination.
"The NIWA team are looking forward to having this extra special guest onboard the vessel with us for the journey," Rob Murdoch of NIWA, the research organization that operates the vessel, said in a statement issued by the zoo.
"Happy Feet has captured the hearts of New Zealanders and people across the world, and we're pleased to be able to help safely return him to the Southern Ocean."
A Wellington Zoo veterinarian will accompany the penguin, which will be housed in a crate designed by Wellington Zoo staff to keep it cool and comfortable during the voyage.
It will be fitted with a GPS tracker that will allow fans to monitor its progress on several websites, and
The bird became the focus of the media after it turned up on a beach some 4,000 km (2,500 miles) from its home, only the second Emperor penguin known to have shown up in New Zealand.

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Google Aug. 16 is doubling up on an existing Google Toolbar feature

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Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Aug. 16 is doubling up on an existing Google Toolbar feature that adds content relevant to Web pages by making it an extension for its Chrome Web browser.
When Chrome users are browsing a Web page, such as a news article, or retailer Website, the Google Related extension may display content relevant to the context of the Web page in a bar at the bottom the screen. Google said not all Web pages will include related content.
This bar remains minimized until users hover over it. Users can click to select the results, which will then launch into the browser window so that users needn't open new browser windows or tabs. Moreover, users can share Web pages they like by clicking the increasingly ubiquitous +1 button.
"Whether you're reading a news article, shopping for a new pair of shoes or visiting your favorite musician's Website, Google Related works in the background to find you the most interesting and relevant content on the topics you're currently viewing," Google Related Product Manager Ran Ben-Yair said.
"For example, if you visit a restaurant's Website, Related can show you a map, reviews from Google Places, mentions from across the Web and other similar eateries that you might want to try."
Ben-Yair warned that Related constantly tracks the URLs and other information about the Web pages users visit to improve its search result relevance.
Chrome users who have installed the Chrome extension who decide they don't want to see the Related bar for results can hide it for specific pages and sites through the browser options menu. Google Toolbar users can disable Related through the Toolbar options menu. Search Engine Land has the best overview of how Related works.
When Google isn't speeding up searches with its Instant predictive search technology, it finds other ways to cram more search results in front of users' eyes. For example, Google late last year launched Instant Previews to show users a sneak peek of search results they might be interested in learning more about before they click on results.
Google also just bumped its site links number from eight sitelinks to 12, with the notion of serving more content for users. Ultimately, Google is trying to do this to boost search result click-throughs, which leads to more ad impressions. 

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

National Coupon Month this September

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In celebration of National Coupon Month this September, online source for coupon information, statistics and savings tips created by --shares 30 tried and true, plus some unexpected, places to find coupons for a month-long of savings.
Founded by the Performance Marketing Association in September 1998, National Coupon Month recognizes the impact coupons have had on consumer buying habits. Happily, coupons have become even more pervasive since 1998 and are now available just about everywhere you look, whether it be via the Internet, social media, smartphone or bank statements.
In fact, such digital coupons are galloping to the fore. According to research released June 1 by eMarketer, 88.2 million consumers will use digital coupons as an important part of their shopping experience in 2011. That's 47 percent of adult Internet users, a statistic that's destined to rise in the near future. The study also revealed 92.5 million adult Internet users will use online coupons in 2012, versus 96.8 million in 2013.
Wether you are new to the coupon game or a skilled clipper, is the ultimate destination for coupon-lovers featuring data, 30 days of savings tips, and much more. Helping shoppers save even more money during National Coupon Month, here are 30 places to find coupons for 30 days of bargains.
1. Coupon-Aggregate Websites
Forget all that clipping and sifting through newspapers; online coupons make the hunt-and-peck method a thing of the past. Coupon-aggregate websites allow shoppers to pinpoint the coupons they need and either use the coupon codes to save online or download printable coupons for shopping at brick-and-mortar stores.

2. Smartphone Apps
More than one in four mobile users in the U.S. own a smartphone, which makes coupon applications amazingly handy. For example, the free appthat offers mobile coupons is perfect for I Love Coupon Month as it actually allows you to search for coupons while shopping. The coupon is then displayed as either a scannable image or numeric code that the cashier can enter at the register. You receive an immediate discount. The app also features grocery coupons. Type in your ZIP code to find a supermarket in the area, save desired grocery coupons from your phone to their loyalty card, and enjoy instant savings when their card is swiped at checkout.
3. Social Media
Facebook, Twitter, even YouTube provide links to coupons from just about every merchant and service you've heard of. Need a new dress? Visit your favorite retailer's Facebook page and print out a coupon. Heading to the grocery store? Check their Twitter feed for coupon links. Lastly, look for coupon bloggers who create instructional videos on YouTube that include similar links.

4. Daily Deal Services
By now, nearly everyone has heard about daily deal services, the largest of which are 
Groupon and Living Social. The success of these two behemoths has led to major clonage, including many companies focusing on specific regions or cities. Here's how it works: You register with the site and receive daily emails detailing major savings for various services and merchants. If you're interested, just click on the deal, pay and download the attached coupon.
5. Direct Mail Packets
Direct mail packets are envelopes stuffed with paper coupons and delivered to your mailbox. The most popular and steadily growing version comes from Valpak, delivered in light-blue envelopes roughly once per month.

6. Bank StatementsBillShrink works with 2,000 banks to analyze consumer spending habits and provide coupons implanted in your bank statements above certain purchases. In essence, this method allows retailers to target coupons specific to your likes and needs, instead of requiring customers do the research.
7. Coupon Trains
Trains are a simple way for enthusiasts to exchange coupons through the mail. Every train is different, but the rules are basically the same. An envelope of 40 to 200 coupons is mailed from the "conductor" to the first person on the train list. That person removes the coupons they want, replaces them with those of equal value and number, then mails the envelope on to the next member. Many such trains are now sponsored by mommy bloggers.

8. Loyalty Card Coupons
Most major supermarket chains allow shoppers to upload coupons from their websites to loyalty cards. The trick is to remember which coupons you've actually loaded so you don't forget or buy the wrong product. This marketing method is beginning to cross over to other companies. For example, Shell gas stations offer fuel discounts for repeat customers with rewards cards.

9. Manufacturers' Websites
Wanting to get a cut of the action, manufacturers began offering their own online coupons, some of which are printable coupons you can use in their stores. Others offer coupon codes for online purchases. The variety of coupons available may surprise you. Everyone from furniture to health-food manufacturers have gotten in on the game. For example, Lane Recliners recently advertised a $100 coupon usable with a minimum purchase of just $499.

10. Emailed Newsletters
Sign up for email newsletters offered on merchant websites and many will regularly send out coupons. If you plan on registering for a bunch of these newsletters, you might want to create a separate email account so your personal inbox isn't overwhelmed.

11. eBay
The online-auction site devotes an entire section to coupons, many of which are sold via the "Buy It Now" status. This means you can purchase the advertised coupon immediately without waiting for the auction to expire. The day I checked there were more than 81,000 coupons on offer.

12. PayPal
Based on a subscriber's previous purchases, PayPal provides coupons specific to your needs.

13. Newspaper Inserts
The original source for coupons, newspaper inserts are still the number-one place to find print coupons. You can add to your collection without multiple subscriptions by asking friends and family to pass on inserts they don't use.

14. Online Store Circulars
Subscribing to a newspaper for the circulars is still the number one way to find coupons, but many merchants now post these sale flyers directly on their websites, allowing you to download coupons or access the coupon codes.

Another coupon aggregate site, 
Cellfire.comallows you to download coupons directly to your grocery loyalty card. The cashier then swipes the card at checkout and "poof," instant savings. The service is available for over 3,500 grocery stores across the country. Signing up for a free membership entitles you to additional savings and services.
16. Magazines
Coupons are one of the best way advertisers can gain attention amidst a deluge of ads in magazines. Check out medical waiting rooms for extra copies, but ask before you tear.

17. Entertainment Books
For nearly 50 years, Entertainment has helped schools and other non-profits raise funds by selling these bound coupon booklets. You'll pay anywhere from $5 to $25 for a ton of coupons in such categories as dining, shopping, movie tickets, groceries, services, travel, attractions, car care, and home furnishings. You can also buy 
Entertainment Books directly from its website.
18. Recycling Bins
Ask friends, neighbors, family members and stores if you can dig through their recycling bins for unused coupons. Be careful about hitting commercially owned bins, however, as some cities have laws against this practice.

19. Phone Books
Phone books may be the equivalent of print dinosaurs, but most include a coupon section for local businesses either in the middle or at the back.

20. Junk Mail
Postal carriers hate these loose flyers because they're hard to deliver, but junk mail promotions are a good source for coupons. Some replicate newspaper-insert content while others offer entirely different coupons.

21. Free Samples
Manufacturers offering free samples through the mail usually include a coupon or two as a means of enticing you into purchasing their goods. This is pretty cool because you can actually try the product before buying.

22. Coupon Clipping Services
You'll pay a nominal fee for coupons from these services, but you can register to receive coupons in specific categories or for preferred manufacturers and stores.

23. Hangtag Coupons
Most often found on wines and bottled products, hangtag coupons, naturally, hang off the neck of the bottles.

24. Coupon Forums
Whether your a newbie or an extreme couponer, these forums are a great way to learn about special deals and coupon links. Member discussions keep you informed about the best and worst coupons while offering tips for use.

25. With Your Grocery Receipt
Known as Catalinas, these coupons are usually keyed to your purchase that day or, if you use a loyalty card, previous purchases.

26. Supermarket Tear Pads
Tear-pad coupons usually hang out next to a product in grocery stores. As the name suggests, you simply tear off the coupon you need and turn it in at checkout. Don't be greedy, however. Leave some behind for other shoppers.

27. Restaurant Recipe Tear Pads
Search the checkout station at restaurants for tear pads with recipes and attached coupons. You might also ask your server if they offer coupons. Some take-out menus also include coupons.

28. Blinkies
Blinkies are coupons distributed in stores by SmartSource Coupon Machines. The nickname refers to the machines blinking light, designed to catch your attention. SmartSource typically changes the coupons every month and the offers vary between regions and stores. Some blinkies actually "talk," which is incredibly irritating in already noisy stores.

29. Loyalty Cards
Many supermarket chains allow shoppers to upload coupons from their websites to your loyalty card. The trick is to remember which coupons you've actually loaded so you don't buy the wrong products. This promotional method is beginning to cross over to other merchants. For example, 
Shell gas stations offer fuel discounts for repeat customers.
30. Inside Product Packaging
Look inside your cereal boxes, can labels, etc. for hidden coupons. If you're lucky, the manufacturer has advertised the coupon's existence on the front of the package.

For even more places to score coupons check out the latest blog post from Coupon Sherpa. 

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Billionaire Warren Buffett urged U.S. lawmakers to raise taxes on the country’s super-rich

Billionaire Warren Buffett urged U.S. lawmakers to raise taxes on the country’s super-rich to help cut the budget deficit, saying such a move will not hurt investments.
“My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress. It’s time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice,” The 80-year-old “Oracle of Omaha” wrote in an opinion article in The New York Times.
Warren Buffett

Mr. Buffett, one of the world’s richest men and chairman of conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway Inc, said his federal tax bill last year was $6,938,744 (U.S.).
“That sounds like a lot of money. But what I paid was only 17.4 per cent of my taxable income - and that’s actually a lower percentage than was paid by any of the other 20 people in our office. Their tax burdens ranged from 33 per cent to 41 per cent and averaged 36 per cent,” he said.
Lawmakers engaged in a partisan battle over spending and taxes for more than three months before agreeing on Aug. 2 to raise the $14.3-trillion U.S. debt ceiling, avoiding a U.S. default.
“Americans are rapidly losing faith in the ability of Congress to deal with our country’s fiscal problems. Only action that is immediate, real and very substantial will prevent that doubt from morphing into hopelessness,” Mr. Buffett said.
Mr. Buffett said higher taxes for the rich will not discourage investment.
“I have worked with investors for 60 years and I have yet to see anyone - not even when capital gains rates were 39.9 per cent in 1976-77 - shy away from a sensible investment because of the tax rate on the potential gain,” he said
“People invest to make money, and potential taxes have never scared them off.”

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Apple will host its next big event Sept. 7

Image representing Apple as depicted in CrunchBaseImage via CrunchBaseApple will host its next big event Sept. 7, according to the latest rumors.
Every September for the past few years,
Apple has unveiled the latest updates to its line of iPod media players. The
Japanese Website Kodawarisan is predicting that Apple will host
this year’s event Sept. 7 (by which time it’ll be Sept. 8 in Japan), and use it
to announce a new line of iPods.
In addition, Kodawarisan claims Apple will
launch the iPhone 5 sometime in the late September/early October timeframe. The
Website seems unclear on whether the smartphone’s initial announcement will come
during the Sept. 7 event, but apparently told the blog MacRumors that its
information came from a knowledgeable (and unnamed) source.
Rumored features of the iPhone 5 include
Apple’s A5 processor, an
8-megapixel camera, and a larger screen.
Tech publications have generally focused on
September or October as a possible launch date for the iPhone 5. AllThingsD, speaking to unnamed sources “with
knowledge of the situation,” is claiming the latter as the unveiling month. That
conflicts a recent post by tech blog Gizmodo, whose own source—someone supposedly
within AT&T—claims employee vacation requests for late September have been
Historically the only time they’ve done
this was for an iPhone release,” read that email. “So we’re looking at the last
two weeks of September.”
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Pence Fills in for Trump, Pressing Hard Line on Venezuela and Promoting US Trade in Latin America

Pence Fills in for Trump, Pressing Hard Line on Venezuela and Promoting US Trade in Latin America