Archive for October, 2009

Celebrating, and Capitalizing, on Our Misery

October 31, 2009

Democrats are now admitting that they like their POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) economy.

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Note: This column went up at Pajamas Media and was teased here at BizzyBlog on Thursday. Go here and here for BizzyBlog specifics on the third quarter GDP report.

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The economy, as measured by growth in the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), finally grew again in the third quarter. That bit of decent news only papers over anSource: BizzyBlog RSS Feed

Happy Halloween from Autoblog

October 31, 2009

Filed under: Motorsports, Truck, Videos, Chevrolet, Humor, Off-Road

Smashing a giant pumpkin with Grave Digger – Click above to watch the video
Those punk kids who TP your neighborhoods and smash pumpkins on mischief night? Rank amateurs. If you want to do something, do it right – an idea that Conan O’Brien clearly has a handle on. Hence, when it came time to smash a pumpkin on The Tonight Show, he procured the world’s largest, and the blunt instrument he calls upon to do theSource: Autoblog RSS Feed

SmrtGuard available on Indosat as white labeled solution i-Guard

October 30, 2009

Founder of SmrtGuard Robert Kao and the Indosat team.

SmrtGuard and the Indonesian carrier Indosat, have announced the launch of the i-Guard service, a white label version of SmrtGuard. With this white labeled version of the service, users can wirelessly backup and restore personal data, as well as personally track and remotely wipe their smartphone in the event of theft or loss.

Personally, I would love to see North Americans getting a white labeled version of SmrtGuardSource: BlackBerryCool RSS Feed

WSJ closing Boston bureau

October 30, 2009

The Wall Street Journal announced Thursday that it will close its Boston bureau, according to a memo distributed by managing editor Robert Thomson to the staff.

Thomson wrote, “Today we told our team in Boston that we are closing the bureau in its present form. The economic background to the closure is painfully obvious to us all. An investigative function will remain in Boston, but the core reporting team will be disbanded, though all nine reporters affected will certainly be able Source: Talking Biz News RSS Feed

Net Neutrality: What It Could Mean

October 29, 2009

By David Ponce

We’ve all been hearing a lot about Net Neutrality lately, but a Reddit reader created the above graphic to really try and hit the point home. This is what the Internet could look like if Sen. John McCain and anyone opposed to Net Neutrality have their way. It’s not that far fetched when you think about it. Just look at your own cable setup; it’s the same cable coming into your house, but you sure don’t pay one price to see it all.

Opponents of NetSource: OhGizmo! RSS Feed

Rumormill: Toyota to launch Prius coupe, MPV

October 29, 2009

Filed under: Hybrid, Toyota

2010 Toyota Prius – Click above for high-res image gallery
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumblings of a possible sporty two-door Prius coupe from Toyota, but the rumor that just won’t die is once again being trumpeted by Autocar in the UK. The British motoring magazine also contends that an MPV (think downsized minivan) version of the well-loved hybrid hatchback is also in the works.
Interestingly, Autocar claims that theSource: AutoblogGreen RSS Feed

AP Waters Down Impact of Romer’s ‘Stimulus Has Had Biggest Impact’ Remark, Ignores Other Howlers

October 25, 2009

It would appear that the Apparatchik Press — er, the Associated Press — thinks that part of its job is to soften the impact of embarrassing admissions made by Obama administration members.

Take the wire service’s Thursday afternoon AP report by Jim Kuhnhenn on Council of Economic Advisers’ chair Christine Romer’s observations about the stimulus package. Romer said (in AP’s words) that “the government’s economic stimulus spending has already had its biggest impact,”Source: BizzyBlog RSS Feed

There May Be No Coping With Copenhagen

October 25, 2009

Obama’s signature on a climate treaty in December could irretrievably compromise American sovereignty.

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Note: This column appeared at Pajamas Media and was teased here at BizzyBlog, with an accompanying supplement on the constitutional situation with any sovereignty-compromising treaty that might be signed there, on Friday morning.

Update 1: The column text says that Obama may — emphasis may — attend the UN -sponsored CopenhagenSource: BizzyBlog RSS Feed

Watchdog Group: TARP Won’t Repay Taxpayers or Change Wall Street Culture

October 22, 2009

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USA Today reports:

A Treasury Department watchdog is warning that a key $700 billion bailout program has damaged the government’s credibility, won’t earn taxpayers all their money back and has done little to change a culture of recklessness on Wall Street.

“The American people’s belief that the funds went into a black hole, or that there was a transfer of wealth from taxpayers to Wall Street, is one of the worst outcomes of this program, andSource: Business Pundit RSS Feed

Nook e-book reader from Barnes & Noble

October 22, 2009

Nook e-book reader from Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble has finally made its Nook e-book reader official, where it will come with a pair of displays (don’t confuse this with the Spring Design Alex), where the top will be a 16-color e-ink screen while the bottom is a full color 3.5′ touchscreen LCD display which will be used to check out your library’s contents or even function as a virtual keyboard (albeit a tiny one) for input purposes. Other features include 3G and Wi-FiSource: Technopress RSS Feed