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  • Taylor Swift Fighting Counterfeit Products By Partnering W/Chinese Cos. To Sell $60 Branded T-Shirts

    07/22/2015 2:19:43 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 17 replies
    Consumerist ^ | July 22, 2015
    One of the most common reasons someone might be tempted to purchase counterfeit product is price — fakes are likely to be much cheaper than the real thing, hence the appeal. So the choice by popular musician Taylor Swift to fight back against counterfeits by selling $60 T-shirts is well, a bit of a head scratcher. (Report of wsj story)
  • Gap to close 175 stores, cut jobs at headquarters

    06/15/2015 4:06:50 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 30 replies
    (Reuters) - Apparel retailer Gap Inc (GPS.N) said it would close a quarter of Gap specialty stores in North America over the next few years, including 140 this year, potentially affecting thousands of jobs as the company struggles with a slump in sales at its namesake brand. San Francisco-based Gap also said it would cut 250 jobs at its headquarters. The company did not say how many employees would be laid off as a result of the store closures. As of Jan. 31, Gap had about 141,000 full- and part-time employees in about 3,700 company-owned and franchise stores worldwide.
  • Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Safari were all hacked at Pwn2Own contest

    03/20/2015 2:41:46 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 29 replies
    PC World —IDG News Service ^ | Mar 20, 2015 5:20 AM | Lucian Constantin
    So much for browser security. Researchers who participated in the Pwn2Own hacking contest this week demonstrated remote code execution exploits against the top four browsers, and also hacked the widely used Adobe Reader and Flash Player plug-ins. On Thursday, South Korean security researcher and serial browser hacker JungHoon Lee, known online as lokihardt, single-handedly popped Internet Explorer 11 and Google Chrome on Microsoft Windows, as well as Apple Safari on Mac OS X. He walked away with US$225,000 in prize money, not including the value of the brand new laptops on which the exploits are demonstrated and which the winners...
  • More international homebuyers shopping in Austin (TX)

    11/02/2014 8:45:23 AM PST · by bgill · 16 replies
    kxan ^ | Nov. 1, 2014 | kxan
    A study from the Texas Association of Realtors shows international buyers pumped more than $11 billion dollars into the Texas economy between March of 2013 and 2014. One Austin Realtor says people from outside of the U.S. are looking for a secure investment. “An international client can come into the Austin market, get a great value for what they’re buying and almost be insured that there’s profitability in that and that’s unique to the world as a whole,” said J Kuper, owner of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty.
  • Administration Will Spend $1.8 Billion to Build 20-Mile Railroad on 30-Mile-Wide Island (Oahu)

    02/13/2013 6:04:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 13, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    The Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that $1.55 billion in new federal tax dollars will be allocated for the first-ever Hawaiian Transit Rail system on the island of Oahu, which will serve downtown Honolulu, at a total federal and state cost of $5.1 billion.The train circuit will be 20 miles long, with 21 stops on an island that is 30 miles wide. … An additional $4 million has been obligated from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the “stimulus”), and $209.9 million is coming from other sources within the DOT. Both the $1.55 billion and the $209.9 million are proposed...
  • Bold Call: Microsoft To Pass Android, Grab No. 2 Spot In Tablets Behind Apple

    06/03/2012 8:11:25 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 49 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6/01/2012 | Brian Caulfield
    Morgan Stanley analyst Kathryn Huberty upped her sales projections for the tablet computer market Thursday, and argued that Microsoft will grab the number two spot in the market, after Apple iPad and ahead of tablets running Google‘s Android software, with the launch of Windows 8 later this year. Huberty and the tech team at Morgan Stanley are now estimating shipments of 133 million tablets in 2012, up 57% from their original estimates; and 216 million tablets in 2013, up 112%. No surprise there, tablet sales have been growing fast — despite high-profile stumbles by Hewlett-Packard and Dell — thanks to...
  • Degree of frustration with cost of college (Outcry grows nationwide on soaring tuitions)

    12/27/2011 10:02:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/26/2011 | By Ben Wolfgang
    As tuition costs skyrocket and graduates walk away saddled with ever-rising amounts of debt, American colleges now face a choice: Remain a part of the problem, or begin contributing to a solution. The average cost to attend a public university shot up 8.3 percent this year, while private institutions raised their prices 4.3 percent. Over the past decade, tuition rates have risen 72 percent, and universities are now taking more heat than ever from government officials, education specialists and middle-class families, all of whom think the higher-education sector hasn’t done enough to reverse the trend. If the current trajectory continues,...
  • Some Real Estate Won't Recover in our Lifetime

    12/22/2011 7:20:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2011 | Mike Shedlock
    A statement by Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors as listed in a report on existing home sales caught my eye today. "From a consumer's perspective, only the local market information matters and there are no changes to local multiple listing service data or local supply-and-demand balance, or to local home prices" said Yun. On the surface, the statement seems incredulous. How can the national data be completely screwed up, in need of major revisions, if the local data is accurate? I had a chat with Calculated Risk today regarding that statement by the NAR. Calculated...
  • Want Gingrich To Speak? He Needs ‘First Class Expenses’ and 2 Bathrooms

    12/07/2011 8:42:48 PM PST · by Steelfish · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 08, 2011 | Dan Eggen
    Want Gingrich To Speak? He Needs ‘First Class Expenses’ and 2 Bathrooms By Dan Eggen December 7 Newt Gingrich, the Republican presidential candidate with a penchant for luxury jets and Tiffany & Co. jewelry, also appears to demand top-notch accommodations when he travels for a speech. The Smoking Gun Web site, which specializes in unearthing revealing documents, has posted a copy of a speaking gig contract apparently signed by Gingrich for an appearance at Missouri Western State University in October 2010. The contract called for payment of “first class expenses,” including the hotel of Gingrich’s choice, and “first class airfare.”...
  • Ear-mounted cameras serve as witnesses for JoCo deputies (Johnson County, Kansas)

    <p>The RoboCop look is coming nationwide, a law enforcement supplier says, and Johnson County deputies are on the cutting edge as they test cameras they wear on their ears.</p> <p>Executives at Taser International Inc. hope the company’s new device spreads as quickly among police as its zappers did in the 1990s.</p>
  • Harley-Davidson to Discontinue Buell Sport Bikes

    10/15/2009 6:24:25 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 21 replies · 1,248+ views
    NEW YORK TIMES ^ | 15 OCTOBER 2009 | Jerry Garrett
    Continuing hard times at Harley-Davidson came to something of a head Thursday with the announcement that the company was killing its Buell line of sport bikes almost immediately and actively looking for a buyer for its MV Agusta brand. Harley, which is based in Milwaukee, also disclosed continuing losses at its finance unit and a decline in sales of its heavyweight Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Overall, Harley’s net income for the third quarter plunged by 84 percent from last year, which was also a down year for the company. The Buell brand, based in East Troy, Wis., will shut down later this...
  • James Randi Offers $1 Million If Audiophiles Can Prove $7250 Speaker Cables Are Better

    10/04/2007 9:32:58 AM PDT · by Notary Sojac · 137 replies · 2,722+ views
    Gizmodo.com ^ | Oct 1 2007 | Charlie White
    Our rant about those $7,250 Pear Anjou speaker cables found its way to the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF), and Randi offered $1 million to anyone who can prove those cables are any better than ordinary (and also overpriced) Monster Cables. Pointing out the absurd review by audiophile Dave Clark, who called the cables "danceable," Randi called it "hilarious and preposterous." He added that if the cables could do what their makers claimed, "they would be paranormal." We see that the Pear Cable company is advertising a pair of 12-foot "Anjou" audio cables for $7,250; that's $302 a foot! And,...
  • The Baltimore Sun raising newsstand price to 75 cents

    08/25/2007 10:07:49 AM PDT · by LdSentinal · 25 replies · 782+ views
    BALTIMORE (Map, News) - The weekday and Saturday newsstand price of The (Baltimore) Sun will go up to 75 cents from 50 cents starting Monday, the newspaper said Friday. "This is our first price increase in 12 years," said Tim Thomas, vice president for marketing for The Sun. "We've maintained that price for a long time." Thomas said there will be no price increase for the Sunday Sun, which is $1.66, and no increase to the home delivery price. On Mondays through Fridays, The Sun sells an average of 37,000 papers at newsstands, he said, meaning the price increase affects...
  • Median home price plummets by $40,000 (Seattle housing market starts to crack)

    02/08/2007 8:51:38 PM PST · by Proud_USA_Republican · 91 replies · 2,088+ views
    Seattle-PI ^ | 2/8/2007 | Aubrey Cohen
    Seattle's median home price in January was the lowest it has been in a year, according to statistics released Wednesday. The median price of $379,990 was down from $420,000 in December, according to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. A seasonal decline is consistent with recent years, but Seattle's January median home price also was lower than King County's median -- a first since at least 2001. King County's median home price in January was up 8 percent from a year earlier, while the median for all 19 counties in the Northwest MLS was up 10.6 percent. "That's odd," Bob Melvey,...
  • HOUSING PRICES BEGINNING TO DROP SHARPLY IN TEXAS

    09/21/2006 5:06:50 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 84 replies · 1,686+ views
    Craigslist ^ | 21 September 2006
    The house in the link above was listed at least once at $143,000. Then, 10 days later, it was listed for $130,000 here: Click here for 1st relist. Again, it was listed here on September 14: Click here for 2nd relist. The listing claims that they've reduced it 18,000 -- so perhaps it had been listed for even more earlier. That's a pretty good drop in price.
  • Global Xbox launches at B-1 hangar

    11/22/2005 5:13:06 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies · 931+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Tuesday, November 22, 2005. | CHRIS AMICO
    PALMDALE - In a giant hangar at Air Force Plant 42 where strategic nuclear bombers were built to win the Cold War, computer giant Microsoft has staked its future in the gaming industry, an $8 billion global market. An Internet underground marketing campaign brought 3,000 dedicated players from around the world to the Antelope Valley for Microsoft's North American launch of its newest game system. "It's basically a 30-hour party. There's never been anything like this," said Ricardo Torres, a senior editor at GameSpot.com, an online entertainment forum. In the virtual reality world of computer gaming, the giant from Seattle...