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34 min ago | Long Island Business News

5 things small businesses need to know this fall

What do small business owners need to pay attention to this fall? Heathcare, Internet security and new technology make the list. Here are five things that small businesses need to be on top of over the next several months: Small business owners who bought employee health insurance policies before the end of 2013, sidestepping the law's requirements for a year, could pay between 10 percent and 20 percent more when it's time to renew, says Michael Stahl, chief marketing officer of HealthMarkets Inc. , a broker based in North Richland Hills, Texas.

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Related Topix: Small Business, Personal Finance, Richland Hills, TX, North Richland Hills, TX, Computers, Laptops/Notebooks

4 hrs ago | KMIZ

Sharon Osbourne goes off on U2 over album

Note to the Grammys: You may not want to seat Sharon Osbourne anywhere near U2 at the next awards show. "The Talk" co-host and wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne went on a Twitter rant about the group's recent free release of its new album on iTunes.

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Related Topix: Pop/Rock, Ozzy Osbourne, iPad App, Twitter, iPhone App, iPod touch App, iPhone and iPad App, iPod, Startups, Apple, Entertainment

5 hrs ago | WJYI-AM Milwaukee

a NBA 2K15a 2 adds 3D face mapping for latest game

'NBA 2K15:' This Monday, Sept. 8 photo provided by 2K Games shows Ronnie Singh, 2K digital marketing director's facial mapping as he completes the process through a PS4 camera during a video shoot in Novato, Calif.

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Related Topix: The, Video Games, Deep Silver, Novato, CA, SCEI, PlayStation 4, SCEE

7 hrs ago | KSL-TV

SLC dubbed 'Ski City USA' by new marketing campaign

There's lots of ski towns around the world but Salt Lake is unique for the four world-class ski resorts in its own backyard. To set the area apart from ski towns worldwide, government, tourism and ski industry representatives launched a new national campaign Tuesday intended to reposition Salt Lake City as Ski City USA .

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Related Topix: Sundance Film Festival, Salt Lake City, UT, Salt Lake County, UT

11 hrs ago | Chico Enterprise-Record

Retailers already wooing holiday shoppers

Even though it's still summer and Christmas is more than three months away, retailers -- worried by dismal second-quarter earnings and desperate to attract shoppers -- are gearing up for a holiday season expected to feature bigger and better promotions and sales than last year. "The consumer today is just fanatical about saving money," said Britt Beemer, chairman of America's Research Group, a consumer behavior and retail strategy firm.

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Related Topix: University of Detroit Mercy, Life, Holidays, Black Friday, TV, Electronics

Tue Sep 16, 2014

Information Technology

Grant Victor Hires New Senior Vice President of Technology, Director of Marketing

Grant Victor, a leading retail-style ATM service and solutions provider in North America, announces recent additions to its leadership team. Todd Christiansen has joined the Grant Victor team as the Senior Vice President of Technology.

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Related Topix: Kaysville, UT

ComputerWorld

IBM wants to replace the spreadsheet with Watson Analytics

In an effort to commercialize its Watson analysis technology, IBM is testing a new service that can answer questions business managers might have about their data. On Tuesday, IBM launched a beta of Watson Analytics , an interactive Q&A service designed to answer questions and highlight trends within sets of enterprise data.

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Related Topix: Cable & Satellite, WebMD, Media, Radio, Siri, Science, Computer Science

USA Today

Happy birthday, 'Baby On Board'! sign

September marks the 30th anniversary of the now-ubiquitous "Baby On Board!" car sign. An estimated 10 million yellow caution signs have been sold in the last three decades.

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Cape Breton Post

Extended warranty? FTC advises doing the research before signing on

Offers of extended warranties or service contracts are becoming the norm, whether you buy a big-ticket item like a car or kitchen appliance or a less expensive one like a television or phone. Federal Trade Commission staff attorney Svetlana Gans says consumers should research a service plan before deciding whether to buy an extended warranty.

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Related Topix: SquareTrade, Startups

4029TV.com

Why you crave pumpkin flavors in the fall

During the first week of October 2012, the Journal reported that Starbucks stores around the country were running out of the syrup used to make its Pumpkin Spice Latte --- one of several fall drinks the chain releases seasonally, for a limited time. Sredl, who studies consumer consumption and seasonality, said that it's no surprise when big-name items, like a spiced latte in October or brand of shoe during back-to-school shopping season, become inextricably linked with the season in which they appear.

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Related Topix: Drink, Coffee, Entertainment

WKBT

Iowa farming officials seek punishment for thieves

Delegates of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation met last week to discuss proper punishment for people who steal cattle, hogs, corn, soybeans and other farm property, the Des Moines Register reported . Some states are seeing an increase of cattle thefts since the price of the animals have reached record highs.

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Related Topix: Agriculture, Science, Weather, Natural Disasters, Drought

Mon Sep 15, 2014

InformationWeek

Innovation in Healthcare

I find Innovation Hubs to be crutial in the formation of moving towards a better healthcare system, as it fosters new ideas and potentially gets them to the market. Is this hub limited to a specific country / region? Digital business isn't about changing code; it's about changing what legacy sales, distribution, customer service, and product groups do in the new digital age.

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Related Topix: Science, Computer Science

Hallam FM

Emotional Tug Of Freedom Against Economic Risk

Facing a friendly audience of Scottish pensioners, oil executives, and Conservatives, the Prime Minister pleaded with Scots to reject independence in the too-close-to-call referendum on Thursday. Arriving to a slick marketing video featuring three centuries of historic achievements of the Union - from Pankhurst to Wilberforce and Darwin to the British Lions - an emotional PM told the audience: "We want you to stay.

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Related Topix: Europe, Conservatives (UK), World News, United Kingdom, Labour Party (UK)

Brandon Sun

Art form to marketing tool: U2's freebie continues evolution of music business, LP format

Since U2 stunned the music world by delivering a surprise album at Apple's iPhone 6 unveiling and making it available to a half-billion iTunes users for free, they've gotten an avalanche of publicity. But who's listening to it? The answer is still unclear.

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Related Topix: Spotify, iPod touch App, iPad App, iPhone and iPad App, iPhone App, iPhone, iPod, Apple, Startups, iCloud, Science / Technology

WHAS11

A resurgence for Surge: The soft drink is back

Never underestimate the power of social media -- even for a soft drink that hasn't been sold for a dozen years. Coca-Cola is bringing back a blast from the past -- it's Mountain Dew-like, highly-caffeinated citrus soda, Surge -- which it has begun to sell online only via Amazon.com.

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Related Topix: Beverages, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., CocaCola, PepsiCo, Headphones, Social Software

Brandon Sun

Broadway comes kicking and screaming into the 21st century, thanks in part to one man

When John Travolta shocked theatre fans by mangling the pronunciation of Idina Menzel's name at the Oscars, one person saw a gift in the slip - Damian Bazadona. Bazadona, the president and founder of the advertising and marketing firm Situation Interactive, had been hired by Menzel's new show "If/Then" to create some buzz and here it came, one horrible syllable after another.

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Related Topix: Social Software, Science / Technology, Wi-Fi

Information Technology

Spirent Communications PLC Acquires Mobilethink A/S

") and its wholly owned subsidiary, Tweakker ApS for a cash consideration of $20 million, funded from existing cash resources. Headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark, Mobilethink is a provider of mobile device management, device analytics and intelligence solutions for mobile operators.

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Related Topix: Spirent Communications, Startups, Electronics, Spirent, Cloud Computing, Science / Technology, Science, Computer Science

WATE-TV Knoxville

China creates its first no-cellphone sidewalk lane

Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, seemingly offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going. But the property manager says it's intended to be ironic - to remind people that it's dangerous to tweet while walking the street.

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Related Topix: Cellphones

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Bizcommunity

Massive shifts in marketing landscape good for business

There is absolutely no doubt that the era of the marketer has arrived in the corporate world. That is, for marketers who are prepared to shift massive paradigms.

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Adweek

Tumblr's Top Draw as a Marketing Platform Is Its Wealthier User Base

Sure Tumblr has an artsy, hipster appeal, but its users are far from starving. In fact, and perhaps surprisingly, it caters to the wealthiest social media set of any of its rivals, according to recent data.

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Related Topix: Startups, Facebook, Social Software

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