Are you Suspicious? Maybe you should be!

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A few years ago, Todd Rutherford was part of the marketing department at a company that provided services to self-published writers. These services included persuading traditional media and blogs to review the books. Then he realized that there were not enough reviewers to go around. So he started a website, GettingBookReviews.com, which eventually earned him… Read more »

Interesting Educational Strategy

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At U.S. colleges, like NYU and Northeastern, some freshmen are beginning their studies abroad during their first and even second semesters. According to Bloomberg, the strategy is one used by universities to enroll larger classes and get more tuition dollars. How? The universities use the students and their tuitions to fill the beds of midyear… Read more »

Spreading money on your skin

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What are the most often prescribed drugs written for by dermatologists? They include generic creams and ointments that are used to treat skin rashes, scabies, and athlete’s foot. So aren’t generics suppose to be inexpensive. Unfortunately, not any more’; significant price increases in these generics are stumping doctors and patients. In a world of prescription… Read more »

Angie’s list

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By now you have probably heard of Angie’s List. Angie Hicks started the company in 1995 after a friend moved and had trouble finding reliable contractors. Originally started in Columbus, Ohio, the company has expanded to other national markets. There is a subscription fee to belong to this list that includes personal recommendations. Questions: 1…. Read more »

The Weather Channel Buys Weather Underground

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This week, Weather Underground, a unique website with a cult following was acquired by The Weather Channel for an undisclosed sum of money. As a strong competitor to The Weather Channel, the website has a devoted readership, with approximately 10 million unique visitors per month. Fans of Weather Underground have expressed outrage and disappointment in… Read more »

Medical Tourism

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Tourism is sometimes more than just for pleasure. In fact, thousands of U.S. citizens are crossing the border to Mexico or as the video shows, they are going to even more exotic places in search of more affordable medical care. Questions: 1. What types of procedures are people going to Mexicali to receive? 2. According… Read more »

The Price of Transparency in Hospitals

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One of the biggest problems today is that consumers have no way of figuring out how much a particular health care service costs. Unfortunately, a recent Arizona bill to encourage hospitals and doctors to become more transparent about the prices they charge for services was just killed by the state legislature. The bill would have… Read more »

Brazil’s Technology Expansion

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The depreciation of the Brazilian real, which is the worst-performing major currency this year, may be helping reignite economic growth in Brazil after a “weak” first quarter of 2012. Economic growth in Brazil, the world’s sixth biggest economy, has been recovering more slowly than anticipated even as the government steps up interest rate cuts and… Read more »

Tornado Costs

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The tornado that tore through Joplin, Missouri about a year ago ranks not only as the most deadly twister in six decades, but now has been declared the most costly since at least 1950. Questions: 1. What percentage of the costs are insurance policies expected to cover and what percentage will likely be covered by… Read more »

Remember Driver’s Ed? Things have Changed!

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Mercedes-Benz has long been at the forefront of creating safer cars and now they are aiming to create safer drivers. In December 2011, the company opened the its first driving school in the U.S. called Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy. Mercedes has three more in Europe). This school is located on Third Street in downtown Los Angeles…. Read more »