Attack of the SuperCookies!

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What is your privacy worth? Most people would say A LOT! According to Craig Timberg, Verizon and AT&T have been quietly tracking the Internet activity of more than 100 million cellular customers with what critics have dubbed “supercookies.” These supercookies cannot be erased and can even get around the “private” or “incognito” settings on your… Read more »

The new trend in non-compete clauses

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If you are a chief executive of a large company, you very likely have a non-compete clause in your contract and also understand the importance of this clause in preventing you from jumping ship to a competitor until some period has elapsed. However, according to the New York Times, non-compete clauses are popping up in… Read more »

How much do you have to make to get a checking account?

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Zikomo Fields makes more than $100,000 a year in his job as a software engineer in Kansas City. However, he cannot get a bank account because of a little-known database that tracks financial transgressions, known as ChexSystems. Financial institutions who subscribe to this service view it as fraud prevention. However, New York Attorney General Eric… Read more »

To compete or not compete – Upside or Downside?

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Noncompete clauses are now appearing in far-ranging fields beyond the worlds of technology, sales and corporations with tightly held secrets, where the curbs have traditionally been used. Questions: 1. What industries have recently seen more noncompete clauses? 2. What clause were you most surprised at? 3. What are the costs and benefits of noncompete clauses?… Read more »

Will your digital brain let you slow down?

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What are the consequences of reading with the interactivity of the Internet? Researchers warn that people seem to be developing digital brains with new circuits for skimming through the torrent of information online and this is actually competing with our traditional deep reading circuitry. Questions: 1. How do you think that this could impact auditors… Read more »

Not a good argument

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In a ruling on December 23, 2013, the U.S. Tax Court denied a Florida MBA student, with little work experience the claim for deduction of his tuition costs as a business expense. Questions: 1. What was the concentration (major area of study) of the student’s MBA degree? 2. What was the amount of the bill… Read more »

A Back Door or Bribery?

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JP Morgan’s “Sons and Daughters” hiring program is under scrutiny by federal regulators. Confidential documents obtained from the company are being explored to shed light on whether the program indicates wrongdoing by the bank to hire children of China’s ruling elite, in order to secure existing and future business from Chinese-government-run companies. Questions: 1. Based… Read more »

Numbers tell the story

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Unless you have been vacationing on another planet, you have probably heard about the government shutdown this week. This video by the New York Times provides some quantification of the situation. Questions: 1. Which number in the video surprised you the most? 2. Explain why not reaching an agreement by Oct 17 on the debt… Read more »

Do you have to be Good at Accounting to Embezzle $16.6 M from a Small Business?

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A fruitcake company, the Collin Street Bakery, in Texas just found out the answer to this question! The company’s controller, Sandy Jenkins, 64, of Corsicana, Texas, was arrested by special agents of the FBI on a federal criminal complaint charging 10 counts mail fraud and allegations that he wrote 888 checks totaling $16.65 million to… Read more »

Donald Trump is in the News Again!

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New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, has sued Donald Trump for $40 million as a result of what he terms a fraudulent educational program through “Trump University.” The program promised to make students rich but instead steered them into expensive and useless seminars. They also failed to deliver promised apprenticeships. Questions: 1. Instead of meeting… Read more »