Who do you think will be acquired next?

November 1, 2010 Leave a comment
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Even Etrade Customers Get Spammed As a Result of Businesswire

November 1, 2010 Leave a comment

The below screenshot was sent to me by someone who has an Etrade account. He clicked on the “News” section when researching Wilber Corporation stock, and sure enough the main article is a good-for-nothing law firm fishing for clients. Tell me Businesswire, how the heck is this news?

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Alcohol more dangerous than Heroin

November 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Alcohol is by far the most dangerous drug in the UK, according to an authoritative study published today.

The study by former government drug czar David Nutt rated drugs based on harm caused to users and harm caused to others. These findings back up claims that got Nutt fired about the hypocrisy of certain drug laws.

Alcohol scored 72 on the rating system. It was followed by heroin (55), crack (54), crystal meth (33) cocaine (27), tobacco (26), amphetamine/speed (23), cannabis (20), GHB (18), benzodiazepines (15), ketamine (15), methadone (13), butane (10), qat (9), ecstasy (9), anabolic steroids (9), LSD (7), buprenorphine (6) and magic mushrooms (5). Again, that’s 3.6 times as dangerous as pot.

In England the study will contribute to a campaign to increase the regulation of alcohol.

Read the whole story at businessinsider.com.

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Letter to Mr. Dolan

October 29, 2010 1 comment

I really have the urge to send this letter to Cablevision’s CEO, as cablevision is still refusing to credit their customer’s accounts for their loss of Fox5 and UPN9

Dear Mr. Dolan,

I regret to inform you that I will not be able to pay my cablevision bill this month. Unfortunately, my monthly allowance expired this past month, and I am currently in hard-fought negotiations with my mother regarding its renewal. To be honest, it is quite ridiculous. My mom is offering to pay my younger siblings Abbie, Nancy, Carlos, and myself combined as much as my older brother, Felix, gets all by himself. I have offered to take the case to my dad, but my mom said she is the decision-maker and is refusing to cooperate.

Once negotiations are concluded, I will resume paying my cablevision bill, and I will also determine at that point whether to pay you for any of the unpaid bills. I hope this isn’t too much of an inconvenience. In the meantime, feel free to stop by home, and we can totally chill and watch Jersey Shore together (sorry, but the Glee channel is blocked).

Thank you,

Marcus, a long time customer.

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Why do companies use Businesswire just to be backstabbed?

October 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Commscope, Inc. has been a loyal Businesswire customer, using Businesswire to publish various news and earnings releases. See below, for example, which includes Commscope press releases just during a two week period earlier this month.

On October 25, 2010, CommScope announced that Carlyle Group, a Washington-based leveraged buyout firm, is in talks to buy Commscope for about $3 billion, a deal the companies eventually agreed to on October 27, 2010. Commscope used Businesswire to announce the merger.

And then guess what happens? Businesswire allows tons of law firms to use their service and publish advertisements (in the form of legitimate “news releases”) investigating the merger (see below). Why on earth would Commscope use Businesswire just to be backstabbed like that? Businesswire is greeeeeeeeedy! The ten or so press releases investigating the merger will bring Businesswire thousands of dollars, but it can’t possibly compare to the tens of thousands of dollars it has and will receive from Commscope’s business. Commscope should teach Businesswire a lesson and drop them like a bag of bad apples.

Never Trust Photos Hotels Post Online!

October 28, 2010 Leave a comment

I recently came across a great article that showed how hotels completely fooled their customers into thinking they were in for one type of experience, when in reality they were in a for a completely different and much less pleasent experience.

Take this example. Look at this photo posted by the Hyatt Regency in Washington – look how close it is to the U.S. Capital Building, no?

Now, look at a real photo. The Hyatt Regency Washington is certainly located near the U.S. Capitol building, but not as near as the hotel website’s photo, taken with a zoom lens, indicates.

Here’s another example. Look at this photo taken showing the fantastic atmosphere, lush foliage, cushioned lounge chairs and patterned Jacuzzi tiles that make the Breezes Montego Bay hot tub look like a tropical paradise.

Too bad they don’t actually exist.

You can see more examples and read the full article here

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NSTAR merger

October 27, 2010 Leave a comment

On October 18, 2010, Northeast Utilities annonced that it will buy peer NSTAR (NYSE:NST) in a $4.17 billion all-stock deal to create one of the largest U.S. utilities.

Ofcourse, immediately after the announcment, the hodgepodge of “news” announcements appeared (courtesy of Businesswire) investigating the merger. This needs to stop!