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1. Data Breaches Hurt Consumers and Businesses -

I recently served on a panel with an assistant U.S. attorney and a postal inspector talking about identity theft and offering advice on how to avoid becoming a victim. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other organizations also offer tips.

2. Right Response -

For many people in the Mid-South with barriers to getting to the appropriate health care professionals, sometimes a 911 call has seemed like their only option. That’s all changing now thanks to a new collaborative effort between the Memphis Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and local health care organizations, area hospitals, nonprofits and philanthropists.

3. ICCC Program Attracts Local Business Owners -

More than 100 local entrepreneurs received mentoring and coaching on Tuesday, Aug. 29, to help them grow their small businesses. The Inner City Capital Connections program at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus returned after first coming to Memphis in August 2014.

4. Inner City Capital Connections Program Attracts Local Business Owners -

More than 100 local entrepreneurs received mentoring and coaching on Tuesday, Aug. 29, to help them grow their small businesses.

The Inner City Capital Connections program at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus returned after first coming to Memphis in August 2014. The ICCC program was developed by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a nonprofit research and strategy organization.

5. How to Avoid Digging With Spoons -

Legend has it that well-known 20th-century economist Milton Friedman once visited a canal-building site in China where thousands of people were digging with shovels to complete the project. Friedman asked the foreman why they didn’t bring in heavy equipment to get the job done better and faster. The foreman told him that would put a lot of people out of work. “In that case, why not have them dig with spoons?” Friedman said.

6. Buffett's Company Lends $1.5B to Home Capital, Invests $300M -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett's company is lending $1.5 billion to Home Capital and spending roughly $300 million to purchase nearly 40 percent of the troubled Canadian lender's stock.

7. CEO Pay By the Numbers: How Big Were Last Year's Raises? -

The typical big-company CEO raked in $11.5 million last year in salary, stock and other compensation, according to a study by executive data firm Equilar for The Associated Press. That's an 8.5 percent raise from a year earlier, the biggest in three years.

8. Eighteen Startup Teams Set to Begin ‘Summer of Acceleration’ in Memphis -

Eighteen startup teams this week have kicked off the “Summer of Acceleration,” the season of joint accelerator programming across six startup accelerators overseen by the EPIcenter, Memphis Bioworks and Start Co.

9. The Seam Expanding, Moving Headquarters -

The Seam, a commodities trading and agribusiness software provider, is expanding its Memphis-area operations and moving to Southwind, the company announced Wednesday, March 15.

The company plans to open its new headquarters, located at 3400 Players Club Parkway in Southwind Office Plaza, with a ribbon cutting and open house on April 5.

10. The Seam Expanding, Moving Headquarters -

The Seam, a commodities trading and agribusiness software provider, is expanding its Memphis-area operations and moving to Southwind, the company announced Wednesday, March 15.

The company plans to open its new headquarters, located at 3400 Players Club Parkway in Southwind Office Plaza, with a ribbon cutting and open house on April 5.

11. Fenter Leaving GMACW For Marion -

The leader of the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce is leaving the local workforce development effort to become superintendent of the Marion School District in Arkansas.

Glen Fenter’s resignation to take the superintendent’s position was confirmed Tuesday, Jan. 31, by GMACW. Fenter was named superintendent of Marion Schools Jan. 17, pending approval of the Marion School Board, after he was recommended by a search firm.

12. Fenter Leaving GMACW for Marion Schools Post -

The leader of the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce is leaving the local workforce development effort to become superintendent of the Marion School District in Arkansas.

13. Trump Forms an Advisory Group of CEOs for Input on Jobs -

NEW YORK (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump on Friday announced the formation of an advisory group of more than a dozen CEOs and business leaders who will offer input on how to create jobs and speed economic growth.

14. Grizzlies’ New Speaker Series to Enhance Bond With Businesses, Fans -

On the court, the Memphis Grizzlies have a new head coach in David Fizdale and have remixed the roster with a heavier sprinkling of youth.

Change in the NBA is inevitable. And that’s true off the court, too, where business-side and sales employees are always seeking new ways to engage with the community and grow the fan base.

15. Innovation And The Tech World -

While the world of technology has filled the world with tools of productivity and connection, it has its drawbacks. Many people today suffer from the shadow side of technology.

Droves of burned out, screen-addicted zombies sign up for Digital Detox weekends. Families schedule a family night without cellphones at the table once a week or only allow their preschoolers to play games after reading. Technology has imploded many of the societal norms we once held sacred: look how online dating has disrupted generations of rituals.

16. Meet Olli -

With deep and well-funded resources such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, the Knoxville region is no stranger to innovation in science and technology.

But a new kid on the block, Local Motors, has the potential to spark a whole new era of manufacturing innovation and make Knoxville a hotbed for a technology sector widely considered to be truly revolutionary – self-driving cars.

17. Blue-Collar High School -

For all of the changes in public education Memphis has seen in the past six years, there is at least one more big one still on the way.

And it is coming from the city’s post-recession economic development effort.

18. Evolution of Memphis’ Startup Ecosystem -

In 2014, Start Co. partnered with Jumpstart America, a venture development organization from Cleveland, Ohio, that has created a decades-long legacy of entrepreneurship in communities like ours.

19. Feds Spend Billions to Run Museum-Ready Computer Systems -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government is squandering its technology budget maintaining museum-ready computer systems in critical areas from nuclear weapons to Social Security. They're still using floppy disks at the Pentagon.

20. Startup Teams Announced for ‘Summer Of Acceleration’ -

Monday, May 2, marked Day One of Memphis’ first “summer of acceleration,” a joint program of seven startup accelerators running concurrently that have collectively drawn the participation of 18 startup teams and dozens of founders hailing from as far away as Slovenia and Israel.

21. Memphis' Startup Accelerators Teaming Up This Summer -

For several years now, Memphis hasn’t been home to a unified hub of startup companies and activities so much as a collection of startup archipelagos, the disparate factions of activity sometimes duplicating the work of other groups.

22. Job-Seekers Return at Fastest Pace Since Before Recession -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans are flooding back into the job market at the fastest pace since before the Great Recession, encouraged by steady hiring and some signs of higher pay.

The flow has halted, at least temporarily, one of the economy's more discouraging trends: the sharp decline in the percentage of people either working or looking for work. That figure fell last year to a four-decade low.

23. Last Word: Presidential Distractions, Dude Perfect and The Kirby Farm House -

When it comes to political surprises, the presidential contenders may be the next group on the ballot locally. But they need to up their game if they are going to hold the attention of Memphis voters.
With three of the Republican contenders on their way to Shelby County this weekend and probably more making plans, the attention Tuesday shifted dramatically to the open 8th District Congressional seat that isn’t on the ballot until the August primaries.

24. IBM Team Gathers Data on Memphians’ 911 Use -

Six IBM professionals arrived in Memphis on Feb. 22 to gather data and propose solutions to better streamline Memphis’ emergency services in the face of the city’s “health care crisis.”

For many Memphians, 911 is the lifeline to any medical care. In response to rising call volume and costs, the Memphis Fire Department is expanding its role to include preventative care for Memphis’ poor, elderly and mentally ill, which will in turn decrease the frequency of their 911 calls.

25. I-Team Veteran Takes Reins Of Innovate Memphis -

Two years ago, when Justin Entzminger found a job that combined his background in entrepreneurship with his dedication to the public realm, he jumped at the chance to join the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team.

26. Helping Memphis Make the Shift to Startups -

It’s been quite a year! We saw Memphis’ first joint Demo Day with Start Co. and Zeroto510, graduated 18 startups from accelerator programming and hosted several investors and startup enthusiasts from all over the country here for the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. However, on a national scale, our startup community still has plenty of work to do.

27. Berkshire Hathaway Reduces Goldman Sachs, Wal-Mart Stakes -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett's company sold some of its Goldman Sachs and Wal-Mart shares during the third quarter, and made several smaller changes to its stock portfolio.

28. Office@Uptown Serves Neighborhood -

When Valerie Peavy bought the building at 594 N. Second St. in 2011, it was a furniture store that had been a community fixture in Uptown for years.

29. Cybersecurity Starts With Employees -

Cybersecurity has been a hot topic for companies and individuals alike in recent years. Last month, the U.S. Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, a new bill aimed to protect companies from hackers. The purpose is to allow businesses to communicate with each other and also share information with the government on cyber-criminal intelligence.

30. Mayor’s Innovation Team Plans for Next Chapter -

Just because Memphis will soon have a new mayor, that doesn’t mean the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team is going anywhere.

The team, a collection of civic talent focused on innovative solutions to local challenges, was launched a few years ago and has been emblematic of the priorities and ambitions of outgoing Mayor A C Wharton’s administration. That has meant complementing city government’s core service delivery through projects that incubate businesses, activate city neighborhoods, address youth gun violence and combat blight.

31. Greater Memphis IT Council To Focus on ‘Smart Cities’ -

The Greater Memphis IT Council is holding its regular luncheon Oct. 22 at the FedEx Institute for Technology.

Focused around the theme of “Smart Cities: A Strategic Outlook,” the event will include a panel assembled to address the use of the so-called Internet of Things and Big Data to address challenges for Memphis through smart applications of those technologies.

32. Dell Buying EMC in $67 Billion Bet on Data Storage -

NEW YORK (AP) – Dell is buying data storage company EMC for $67 billion in a huge bet on a segment of technology that has proven to be more profitable than the slumping personal computer market.

33. 6 Ways to Gauge If Your Business is Built to Last -

Perhaps Benjamin Franklin summarized a major business challenge best: “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.”

34. Death of A Sales Team -

Is the next generation of salespeople heading toward extinction?

Former IBM president Thomas Watson was known for saying, “Nothing happens until a sale is made.” We saw that truth painfully realized during the 2007-09 recession. According to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as demand plummeted, approximately 1.6 million sales jobs were cut across multiple industries.

35. Mallory Marks 90 Years With China Expansion -

Mallory Alexander International Logistics is preparing to expand and operate directly in China later this year with a highly coveted freight license from the Chinese government and the opening of the Mallory Asia Pacific division in Shanghai.

36. Emergency Fix -

Memphis is making non-emergency calls a top priority. The Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team, Memphis Fire Department and area health care providers are working in conjunction with IBM consultants to streamline emergency services.

37. Six Best Practices to Boost Sales Efficiency -

Thomas Watson, president of IBM in the 1950’s, insightfully declared, “Nothing happens until a sale is made.” A company’s sales effort is the ultimate driver of organizational growth. It is the most critical function within any company and requires advanced training and intestinal fortitude for success.

38. $10 Bill Change Rankles Descendant of Alexander Hamilton -

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Doug Hamilton is just fine with plans to put a woman's portrait on U.S. paper money, but he'd prefer that the Treasury Department leave the $10 bill alone – particularly the prominent visage of his great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Alexander Hamilton.

39. IBM Claims Breakthrough in Making Chips Even Smaller -

NEW YORK (AP) – IBM says it has achieved a breakthrough in making computer chips even smaller, creating a test version of the world's first semiconductor that shrinks down the circuitry by overcoming "one of the grand challenges" of the tech industry.

40. American Bar Association President Pushes Online Models for Civil Disputes -

The president of the American Bar Association says the traditional method of providing pro bono legal services in civil matters to those who can’t afford to pay for an attorney isn’t working despite best efforts.

41. IBM Team on Non-Emergency 911 Calls Sounds Familiar Theme in Memphis -

A team of outside experts will come to Memphis for a short period of time to analyze a specific problem and make recommendations to City Hall.

If that scenario sounds familiar, it’s because Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. sought the same solution in February to his administration’s stalled plan for a Mid-South Fairgrounds renovation.

42. US Airways Likely to Stop Flying This Fall -

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – After more than 75 years of flying, the end is near for US Airways.

American Airlines plans to shut down the venerable carrier over a 90-day stretch that could begin as soon as July, which would mean a final departure around October.

43. Memphis Health Company Expands and Rebrands -

Memphis-based Adventia LLC announced this week that it’s expanded its staff, extended its reach into Middle Tennessee, and rebranded to help employers more effectively confront chronic disease risks and health care costs.

44. Memphis Health Company Expands and Rebrands -

Memphis-based Adventia LLC announced this week that it’s expanded its staff, extended its reach into Middle Tennessee, and rebranded to help employers more effectively confront chronic disease risks and health care costs.

45. After Setting iPhone Record, What Does Apple Do Next? -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple CEO Tim Cook says consumer demand for new iPhones has been "staggering" and "hard to comprehend." That helped the company report record-smashing earnings for its latest quarter and sent the stock climbing more than 7 percent on Wednesday.

46. IBM Disputes Report That Big Layoffs Coming -

IBM is pooh-poohing a published report that the giant technology company is planning a big reorganization and massive job cuts affecting more than 100,000 people.

The company disclosed plans for some layoffs last week, but it says in a statement that they affect “several thousand people,” or “a small fraction of what’s been reported.”

47. LGBT-Owned Businesses Get Diversity Boost -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – As a Mexican-American woman who started her own consulting firm in Los Angeles, accountant Sonia Luna has taken advantage of programs aimed at helping minority- and women-owned businesses compete for government and corporate contracts. But increasingly, the fact that Luna also is a lesbian entrepreneur hasn't hurt either.

48. Microsoft Surpasses Exxon as 2nd Most Valuable Co. -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The bull run in Microsoft's stock this past year has helped the tech giant surpass Exxon Mobil and seize the rank of the second most valuable company, behind Apple Inc.

49. Hagerty Works Toward Better Air Connection -

In its second term, Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration hopes to draw even more foreign-based business investment to Tennessee by building international air travel in a state that currently has no hub airports.

50. Tennessee Ranked Top State for Foreign Investment -

Tennessee has been ranked the top state in the nation for foreign direct investment job commitments in 2013.

That's according to the recently released 2014 Global Location Trends report.

The annual report from the IBM Institute for Business Value measured the number of jobs created by foreign-owned companies in each state during the 2013 calendar year. Following Tennessee in the rankings were Texas, Georgia and Ohio.

51. Unequal Pay: Must Be a Lot of Good Karma Out There -

NEW YORK (AP) – Don't ask for a raise. Keeping quiet will give you "superpowers" that will translate into employer trust and other "good karma" that will eventually come back around to your purse.

52. Apple, IBM Team Up in Mobile Devices, Applications -

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) – Apple is teaming up with former nemesis IBM in an attempt to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers.

The exclusive partnership announced Tuesday calls for the two technology companies to work together on about 100 different mobile applications designed for a wide range of industries.

53. Partners Drive Startup Ecosystem -

Building startups is tough work that requires the engagement of money, mentorship and professional support.

Back before there were incubators, accelerators and formal platforms to systematically assist startup companies, there were critical trusted advisers in the community to help guide entrepreneurs as they started up. Those advisers were local bankers, lawyers, marketers, accountants and others where entrepreneurs could turn for support and guidance. While new startup infrastructures have sprung up to provide knowledge, capital and other resources, professionals continue to be the backbone driving entrepreneurial growth.

54. Buffett May Face Questions About Performance -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Warren Buffett's failure to beat the stock market in four of the past five years has raised the issue of whether Berkshire Hathaway's 83-year-old CEO has lost his touch.

55. All Dividend Stocks Not Created Equal -

There are 422 dividend paying stocks in the S&P 500 Index, but not all are created equal.

To use a job analogy, some jobs offer a good upfront salary and stability in income, however, upside growth is limited. While other jobs may have lower starting salaries, they make up for it with growth opportunity and, in some cases, unlimited upside through bonuses or commissions.

56. Cisco to Invest Over $1 Billion in Cloud Computing -

NEW YORK (AP) — Cisco says it plans to spend more than $1 billion over the next two years to build up its cloud computing network.

Cisco plans to use the money to expand its data centers for the new service to be called Cisco Cloud Services.

57. IBM's Watson to Help in Brain Cancer Research -

NEW YORK (AP) – IBM is teaming up with the New York Genome Center to help fight brain cancer.

The company said Wednesday that its Watson cloud computing system will be used in partnership with a New York-based genetic research center to help develop treatments for glioblastoma, the most common type of brain cancer in U.S. adults.

58. Buffett Says Economy Continues to Grow Steadily -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Investor Warren Buffett says the economy continues the steady improvement that began in fall of 2009 and he remains optimistic despite Russia's advance into Ukraine.

59. Big Changes Ahead for Frequent Fliers on Delta -

DALLAS (AP) – Delta Air Lines is changing its frequent-flier program to favor passengers who buy the priciest tickets instead of those who fly the most miles.

It's a bid to lure higher-spending business travelers, who often book flights on short notice and pay more than bargain-hunting leisure travelers.

60. Consolidation Talk Surfaces as Races Come to Life -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy says he would pursue city and county government consolidation if elected Shelby County mayor.

Mulroy made the comment at a Cooper-Young fundraiser as campaigns leading into the May county primaries came to life this week.

61. Microsoft Names Cloud Computing Chief as Next CEO -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Microsoft has named the head of its cloud computing business as the company's next CEO, tapping a longtime insider to lead efforts to catch rivals in mobile devices and offer more software and services over the Internet.

62. CTSI Stays Competitive by Adapting to Client Needs -

It might take a freight train to hold all of the services offered by CTSI-Global, the Memphis-based global supplier of supply chain management expertise and technology to the logistics industry.

With innovative technology and offices located worldwide, CTSI works with shippers and third-party logistics providers (3PLs) to manage their business through a database 150 terabytes strong.

63. Americans Click for Deals on Cyber Monday -

NEW YORK (AP) – Power up and shop.

Millions of Americans took advantage of online deals ranging from free shipping to hundreds of dollars off electronics and half-price clothing Monday, which was expected to be the busiest online shopping day of the year.

64. Twitter Boosts IPO Target to $23-$25 Per Share -

NEW YORK (AP) – Twitter's initial public offering of stock is getting an enthusiastic response from prospective investors.

In a reflection of the demand for Twitter's stock, the 7-year-old short messaging service on Monday boosted the price range for the IPO to $23 and $25 per share. The San Francisco company had set a range of $17 to $20 per share before Twitter executives began pitching investors interested in the IPO in a series of meetings that began last week.

65. Obama Convening Export Panel at White House -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says rising U.S. exports have been "one of the biggest bright spots" of the U.S. economy.

Obama in 2010 set a goal of doubling exports by 2015, but the country is not on track to meet that goal. However, Obama pointed out the United States now sells more goods overseas than ever before, and those sales have boosted the U.S. economy. Obama says "made in America" means something around the world.

66. Microsoft Says CEO Ballmer to Retire in 12 Months -

NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, known as much for his zany personality as his business discipline, will leave a legacy of mixed results and a monumental challenge for his yet-to-be-named successor.

67. Earnings Deluge -

Another week is in the books, resulting in another record close for both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500. Buoyed by some more accommodative comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke during Congressional testimony this week, investors took the occasion to prop the U.S. equity markets to new highs. Coinciding with Bernanke’s testimony, a deluge of second quarter corporate earnings announcements was released. As a reminder, in this space last week, we wrote,

68. Dell Delays Vote on Buyout, Sign It Lacks Support -

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) – Dell has delayed Thursday's vote on founder Michael Dell's plan to take the slumping computer maker private in a sign the board needs more time to rally support.

69. Shareholders Voting on $24.4 Billion Dell Buyout -

DALLAS (AP) – Dell Inc. is making a late push to win shareholder support for founder Michael Dell's plan to take the slumping computer maker private, an indication that Thursday's scheduled vote could be close.

70. Haslam Creates State Chief Operating Officer Position -

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has hired on a former IBM executive to become the state’s chief operating officer, a new Cabinet-level position in his administration.

Haslam announced Tuesday that Greg Adams’ role as COO will be to promote efficiency and effectiveness in operations with state departments. He starts his new job on July 8.

71. Gov. Haslam Creates COO Position in Cabinet -

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has hired on a former IBM executive to become the state’s chief operating officer, a new Cabinet-level position in his administration.

Haslam announced Tuesday that Greg Adams’ role as COO will be to promote efficiency and effectiveness in operations with state departments. He starts his new job on July 8.

72. PURE GOLD: Use Effective Taglines -

While many tools and technologies of marketing change at the speed of innovation, some fundamental elements retain their value. A few essential elements increase in value as more clutter finds new ways to compete for our increasingly valuable attention. Nothing has as much perennial value as an effective tagline.

73. Median CEO Pay Rises to $9.7 Million in 2012 -

CEO pay has been going in one direction for the past three years: up.

The head of a typical large public company made $9.7 million in 2012, a 6.5 percent increase from a year earlier that was aided by a rising stock market, according to an analysis by The Associated Press using data from Equilar, an executive pay research firm.

74. Unique Projects Bolster Zellner in Rough Times -

Zellner Construction Services LLC is a third-generation commercial construction company that has built a solid reputation for quality over quantity.

75. Buffett Says Women Key to Nation’s Prosperity -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Billionaire Warren Buffett is optimistic about America’s economic future because the nation has begun to unleash the potential of women.

Buffett’s views on the role of women appeared online Thursday in an editorial he wrote for Fortune magazine.

76. Oracle to Buy Acme Packet for About $2.1 Billion -

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. (AP) – Oracle will buy Acme Packet Inc., which makes equipment for telecommunications companies, for about $2.1 billion.

Acme's gear is used by more than 1,900 service providers and enterprises around the world. Its technology will complement Oracle's offerings for telecoms providers, said Citigroup analyst Walter Pritchard.

77. Avoid These Seven Deadly Sales Sins -

Whether you call it sales, business development or fundraising, bringing in new customers or donors is essential to your organization’s growth. After all, “nothing happens until a sale is made,” as the late founder of IBM, Thomas Watson, so prolifically stated.

78. Inherent Dangers of Do-It-Yourself Marketing -

When you own or operate a small or mid-sized company, you likely have an innate sense of self-reliance. It’s that desire to get things done on your own that probably got you to where you are today. That same drive to maintain unencumbered control, however, may be inhibiting your growth when it comes to the development and execution of your marketing strategy. While seemingly counterintuitive, here’s why this is often the case.

79. Apple's Softer Side Emerges Under CEO Cook -

NEW YORK (AP) – "Those jobs aren't coming back."

That's what Steve Jobs reportedly told President Obama when asked at a dinner in early 2011 whether Apple would consider moving some of its manufacturing from China to the United States.

80. Buffett Says US Economy Still Inching Ahead -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said Wednesday that the global economy is definitely slowing because of continued problems in Europe and the decline in Asia.

But he said that the U.S. economy is still improving modestly and business will improve regardless of who wins the presidential election.

81. Weak Earnings Reports Pummel Stocks -

NEW YORK (AP) — Nobody was expecting this round of corporate earnings reports to be great. But companies' underwhelming results are still rattling investors.

Stocks plunged Tuesday in one of the worst days on Wall Street this year. Big-name companies reported weak quarterly revenue and lowered their forecasts for the rest of the year.

82. Executive Speakers Bureau Nears 20 Years -

Memphis-based Executive Speakers Bureau, which helps book speakers or entertainers for client events around the world, hits its 20-year anniversary next year.

And an informal survey of the company’s clients suggests several reasons why it might have lasted this long.

83. Focus Shifts Back to the US -

After China’s deluge of economic information took the spotlight last week, investors this week shifted their gaze back to the United States for a couple of big ticket items.

First, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke made his way to the place that is held in high esteem by the American public: Capitol Hill. He provided his semi-annual testimony to the legislators on Tuesday and Wednesday.

84. Source: Yahoo, Facebook Have Settled Patent Fight -

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook and Yahoo have agreed to settle a dispute over patents, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The deal would end lawsuits the companies filed against each other without any money exchanged, according to the person, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

85. Nothing Wrong With Occasional Flip-Flopping -

So, I heard today that John Kerry is going to play the role of Mitt Romney in President Barack Obama’s debate preparation sessions. Hearing this made me think of an article I read years ago titled “The Dog Handler” published in Time Magazine.

86. Nasdaq Sets Aside $40M for Facebook Investors -

NEW YORK (AP) – The Nasdaq stock exchange said Wednesday that it plans to hand out $40 million in cash and credit to reimburse investment firms that got ensnared by technical problems with trading Facebook stock.

87. MAA Acquires Atlanta Apartment Complex -

MAA has completed the acquisition of Allure in Buckhead Village – a 230-unit mid-rise multi-family apartment community in Atlanta.

Developed in 2002 by Trammell Crow Residential, Allure in Buckhead Village is located in the Buckhead sub-market of Atlanta – one of the nation’s largest mixed-use development areas. Major employers in the area include AT&T, IBM, Fidelity and Morgan Stanley.

88. Turbo-Traders Take Bank of America for a Ride -

NEW YORK (AP) – On a normal day, 4 billion shares of stock change hands on the New York Stock Exchange. One in 10 belongs to a single company. It's not McDonald's or IBM, both of which have been on a tear.

89. Negative Hits Keep Coming in 2011 -

While some of the Mid-South’s more than 3,000 nonprofit organizations received major gifts and successfully engaged new donor bases, the anemic economic recovery required others to hold a magnifying glass to their bottom lines in 2011.

90. Reports Say 'Cyber Monday' Top Online Shopping Day -

NEW YORK (AP) – Online shoppers spent record amounts on the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, making it the biggest online shopping day in history.

Online sales rose 22 percent to $1.25 billion on "Cyber Monday," when retailers ramp up online promotions, according to research firm comScore Inc. That makes it the biggest online shopping day ever, the research firm said. A year ago, "Cyber Monday" sales topped $1 billion for the first time

91. Shoppers Snap Up Cyber Monday Deals -

NEW YORK (AP) – Shoppers seem to be just as enthusiastic about shopping on their computers and smartphones on Cyber Monday as they were about finding deals over the weekend.

Online sales on Cyber Monday, which was started in 2005 by a retail trade group to encourage Americans to shop online the Monday after Thanksgiving, were up by early afternoon by 20 percent from a year ago, according to data from IBM Benchmark. Meanwhile, sales from mobile devices were up 8.5 percent. The group did not give dollar amounts.

92. Buffett's Firm Buys About $10.7B in IBM Shares -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Investor Warren Buffett says his company bought about $10.7 billion of IBM stock this year, giving it a stake of more than 5 percent in the technology company.

Buffett revealed the investment during an interview on CNBC on Monday. Buffett's company, Berkshire Hathaway Inc., planned to file a full quarterly update on its U.S. stock portfolio Monday afternoon.

93. Cultural Connection -

It’s impossible to deny Western society’s fascination with India.

The interest in Indian culture is evident in the popularity of films such as “Bend it Like Beckham” and “Slumdog Millionaire,” and in literary works such as Arundhati Roy’s Booker Prize-winning “The God of Small Things” and Jhumpa Lahiri’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Interpreter of Maladies.”

94. IBM to Buy 'Clustering' Co. Platform Computing -

ARMONK, N.Y. (AP) – IBM Corp. on Tuesday said that it has agreed to buy Platform Computing, a privately held company that helps customers combine multiple computers into computing "clusters."

95. Why We Buy What We Do -

Do you know the No. 1 reason people buy what they do where they do? There is only one correct answer. It is well-known by most sales professionals. Even though most know this answer, they do not spend the time on it that is called for.

96. Obama, GOP Trumpet Jobs Plans in Silicon Valley -

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) – The debate over how to create jobs has moved to Silicon Valley, where the president and Republican leaders were each taking to the Internet to trumpet their agendas and win over young voters.

97. Beginning A Sales Position -

One of the better-paying positions in business, big or small, is outside salesperson. It is also one of the scariest. If you get past scary, which takes months, you set yourself on the way to business success and prepare well for ownership and CEO positions.

98. Stock Buybacks Rise for 8th Consecutive Quarter -

BOSTON (AP) – America's biggest corporations rewarded shareholders by spending more money on stock repurchases for the eighth consecutive quarter.

Standard & Poor's Indices on Tuesday said stock repurchases by companies in the S&P 500 index rose 41 percent in the April-June period, growing to more than $109 billion from nearly $78 billion in last year's second quarter. Buybacks rose 22 percent compared with this year's first quarter, when the total was nearly $90 billion.

99. IBM Putting Watson to Work in Health Insurance -

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) – Enough with the fun and games. Watson is going to work.

IBM's supercomputer system, best known for trouncing the world's best "Jeopardy!" players on TV, is being tapped by one of the nation's largest health insurers to help diagnose medical problems and authorize treatments.

100. Without Jobs, Apple Must Show it Can Still Deliver -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – With Steve Jobs bowing out as CEO, Apple Inc. must persuade investors and consumers that it doesn't need the force behind the iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad in charge to keep the technology hits coming.