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The Roundup July 17

The Roundup July 17

If the Senate can have clowns, why can’t Treasury have a cartoonist? If you don’t have a sense of humor about these things, they’re not funny. The Treasury Department is scrapping plans to hire a cartoonist to lighten the mood of its employees who manage the nation’s $1.2 trillion debt, after a senator questioned its […]

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The Roundup July 10

The Roundup July 10

Your local bank will happily lend you a few cents. That’s why they’re called small business loans. Now we’re talking recovery. The Obama administration is developing an initiative to take money from the $700 billion rescue program for the banking system and make it available to millions of small businesses, which officials say are essential […]

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The Roundup July 8

The Roundup July 8

And just how prophetic was Sara B’s Microsoft Google bomb, eh? Now that’s a Google bomb. The final element in Google’s drive to reshape the computing landscape fell into place on Wednesday when it unveiled plans for a PC operating system that would compete directly with Microsoft’s Windows. . . . Given Windows’s deeply entrenched […]

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The Roundup July 7

The Roundup July 7

As goes California . . . Maybe Arnold should take a cue from Sarah and vamoose. Court-appointed lawyers, cancer patients and alcoholics in treatment programmes have become the latest victims of California’s financial crisis, as the state grapples with a budget deficit that has ballooned to $26bn. The state has been forced to issue IOUs […]

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The Roundup July 4 & 5 Special Build-Your-Vocabulary Edition

Busted Conveniently, this word means both “broken,” as in, “doesn’t work,” and “broke,” as in, “out of money,” demonstrated in spades as California goes bust because, well, the government’s busted. Businesses all around the state start receiving IOU’s from Sacramento, but, unfortunately, the IOU’s are not allowed to flow in the other direction. Crap In […]

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The Roundup June 17

Broadband just keeps on bulldozing. Broadband adoption by U.S. adults increased to 63 percent in April, up 8 percent from a year earlier, according to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. . . . A rise in the cost of high-speed connections, at a time when many people are struggling financially, doesn’t […]

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The Roundup June 5

He can sell cars, but can he make ’em, too? I’ll betcha a hundred he can — better than GM, in fact. General Motors Corp. this morning announced a tentative deal for renowned Detroit businessman Roger Penske to acquire GM’s struggling Saturn brand and distribution network. . . . Saturn will be wholly owned by […]

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The Roundup June 4 Higher Tech Edition

When you swim in red oceans . . . If a single hit product can save a company that has fallen on hard times, then Palm’s Pre smartphone, which goes on sale at midnight Friday in the US, probably has as good a shot as any. The device has earned favourable early reviews. But catching […]

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The Roundup May 16-17

Apple to Microsoft: Thanks for the ads, man! The moment Microsoft decided to attack Apple, they increased Apple’s credibility. That’s a given any time you decide to respond to an opponent you previously didn’t acknowledge even had right to get into the ring with you. (“Would Bill Gates have aired Laptop Hunters?,” Fortune, May 17) […]

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