How Badly Did Friday’s Manhunt Lockdown Hurt Boston’s Economy?

“Almost every business is closed,” wrote TIME contributor Eben Harrell as he walked around Boston on Friday afternoon. ”The ‘shelter in place’ guidance has essentially shut down a major American city.” These comments naturally raise the question of the economic costs of Friday’s manhunt and the resulting lock-down of Boston and it’s nearby suburbs. Even before they began […]

Mobile Ads Show Life in Google Q1 Earnings

Google released a quarterly earnings report Thursday that beat estimates and also showed the company may be coming to grips with the problem of monetizing its mobile platform. The tech giant reported net income of $3.35 billion, or $9.94 per share during the first three months of the year, a 16 percent jump from the […]

Tech Tools Aid Boston Bomber Manhunt

The Boston suburbs were in lockdown on Friday, following a deadly shootout Thursday night with two men suspected of setting off bombs at the Boston Marathon on Monday. One of the suspects was fatally wounded; the other is on the run. Boston closed its schools and its transportation system, and urged businesses to shut their […]

Obama talks to Putin about Boston manhunt

WASHINGTON — President Obama spoke on the phone Friday with President Vladimir Putin of Russia as U.S. officials scrambled to track the movements of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers. Read more from the original source…

Good Writing Can Help You Succeed

We live in an era of sound bites and 140 character messages, but good writing still matters when it comes to the business world. Don’t think that good writing skills matter in this digital age of abbreviated texts and tweets? Consider a recent Grammarly study of 100 LinkedIn profiles. In the same 10-year period, professionals […]

Fears of terrorism threaten immigration bill

WASHINGTON — A top Republican senator, citing the Boston bombings, warned Friday against rushing ahead with a reform of the country’s immigration laws, as concerns about terrorism appeared to revive conservative opposition to the proposal. Read more from the original source…

Boy Scouts Move to End Ban on Gays

The Boy Scouts of America called to end a long-standing ban on openly gay members, Reuters reports, “but the organization’s board must still vote in May on whether to ratify the resolution.” Read more from the original source…

Quote of the Day

“I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they had an AR-15 with a hi-capacity magazine?” — Arkansas State Rep. Nate Bell (R), on Twitter. Read more from the original source…

How the Boston Attacks Will Shape Our Politics

“Details are emerging in the Boston Marathon bombing that suggest the case will not only be remembered as a local tragedy, but also one with broad political and economic implications,” Politico reports. “Authorities believe the two suspects may have ties to Chechnya, news that could rock the debate on immigration reform unfolding in Congress. A […]

Verizon May Have Finagled a Less Taxing Way to Buy Out Vodafone

Verizon Communications, which posted a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on the performance of its wireless business, has increased the pressure on Vodafone Group to sell its 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless. The sale would give Verizon Communications full control of the largest mobile carrier in the United States. “There has been a lot of speculation […]

Avoid Visual Clichés When Presenting

If want to communicate that your project’s goals are “right on target,” it’s tempting to present your colleagues with the all-too-familiar image of a bull’s-eye. But nothing gets an audience’s eyes a-glazing like a visual cliché. To make your presentation stand out, throw out the first visual concepts that come to mind. They’re the ones […]

Money Talking: Is Manufacturing Coming Back to the US?

Joe Nocera (NYT) and Rana Foroohar (Time) join Charlie Herman (WNYC) on Money Talking discuss if the just what kind of manufacturing renaissance we’re seeing in the U.S. – is it for real and what types of jobs will it create.  Last week, Rana wrote the cover story for Time magazine on the topic and […]

Mighty Microbattery Delivers Lightning-Fast Charge

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a super-dense battery that measures only a few millimeters, but can both store and release a lot of power, resolving a problem that has long plagued consumers and electronics manufacturers. Capacitors can release power very quickly but can’t store much. Fuel cells and batteries can […]