Axelrod Bets His Mustache

David Axelrod is confident that president Obama’s reelection chances aren’t in danger in Michigan, Minnesota or Pennsylvania, despite tightening polls there, the Washington Post reports. Said Axelrod: “I will come on ‘Morning Joe,’ and I will shave off my mustache of 40 years if we lose any of those three states.” Read more from the […]

Two Views of the Electoral Map

With less than a week to go, Jonathan Martin notes the two presidential campaigns have two very different perspectives of the election. “The Mitt Romney narrative: The electoral map is expanding and we are on the march. Minnesota and Pennsylvania — blue states that neither campaign had been paying attention to — are tightening and […]

Florida Republican Says Democrats Have Early Turnout Edge

A memo obtained by NewsChannel5 from a Republican adviser in West Palm Beach, Florida says that the Democratic turnout effort is “cleaning our clock.” The memo says, “The early and absentee turnout is starting to look more troubling.” Read more from the original source…

Blaming Hurricane Sandy

First Read: “Given how close this election is, it won’t be surprising if the losing side ends up blaming Sandy, whether it’s fair or not. You could argue that Sandy has both elevated the president and stopped the momentum narrative for Romney. But you could also contend that Sandy has kept the president off the […]

Hiring Mistakes to Avoid

Making the wrong hire can be costly, so you want to make sure you do everything you can to get it right. Janco Associates estimates that it can cost two to three times the salary of the employee when you make a bad hire. Think of the lost productivity and higher recruitment and training costs, […]

Retirees Embrace Junk Bonds at Just the Wrong Moment

The search for yield is reaching a crisis state. In the past few years, millions of retirees have curbed spending, gone back to work, or drawn down assets at an unsustainable pace in order to make ends meet. Fed up, they now appear to be taking on additional and probably inappropriate levels of risk. Low […]

Retirees Embrace Junk Bonds at Just the Wrong Moment

The search for yield is reaching a crisis state. In the past few years, millions of retirees have curbed spending, gone back to work, or drawn down assets at an unsustainable pace in order to make ends meet. Fed up, they now appear to be taking on additional and probably inappropriate levels of risk. Low […]

The New Marketing

I spent a day last week in Boston attending a conference called the “Inbound Marketing Summit” organized by my friend and former analyst Allen Bonde. Inbound marketing IMHO is taking off in some important dimensions. Inbound marketing is a cool idea that’s been pushed by multiple companies recently. For instance, HubSpot held its user meeting […]

Tim Cook Prunes Apple’s Tree

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced an overhaul of his executive team this week, including the departure of iOS head Scott Forstall and retail chief John Browett and additional shifting of top managers. Forstall ran the software team responsible for creating iOS 6, the latest software for the iPhone and iPad that included the highly criticized […]

ItsOn Snags VC Funding for a la Carte Mobile Data Service

Why would venture capitalists Andreessen Horowitz lead a $15.5 million B round of funding for a company that’s been working in stealth mode since 2008 on a technology that it won’t showcase until 2013? Because that company, ItsOn, was cofounded by former Cisco executives Greg Raleigh, its chairman and CEO, and Charles Giancarlo. Raleigh worked […]

OCRFeeder Fails to Feed Factually

OCRFeeder is a document layout analysis and optical character recognition application. It is a type of software that leaves much to be desired on the Linux desktop. OCR software is a companion tool to scanning a document. The scanner software creates a photo-like image of the scanned document. The OCR component lets you edit the […]

Smart TVs: You Won’t Just Watch Anymore

The line between TVs and computers is increasingly blurring, with TVs becoming smarter and more connected than ever. As interactive, Web-connected appliances, smart TVs have search and navigation capabilities, can interact with tablets and smartphones, and offer access to downloadable apps. In short, smart TVs provide the kind of always-on connectivity that consumers have come […]

A new Romney ad, a new misleading claim

Mitt Romney’s campaign can be congratulated on fulfilling a summer campaign promise — to speak its mind in campaign ads, regardless of what outsiders said. Or as Romney pollster Neil Newhouse put it in August: “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers.” Read more from the original source…

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