Questions on targeting are ‘loaded,’ IRS official says

WASHINGTON – The acting head of the IRS insisted Friday that he and other agency officials did not mislead Congress by failing to disclose that applications by conservative groups for tax-exempt status were mishandled, and he said to call it “targeting” incorrectly implied political motivations. Read more from the original source…

Give Feedback That Crosses Cultures

Giving critical feedback is an essential part of a manager’s job. But people in Shanghai don’t provide feedback in the same way as people in Strasbourg or Stockholm, so how can do your job when you’re working across cultures? Here are three tips: Learn the new rules. Read up on the values, beliefs, and assumptions people […]

Criticism: A Security Chief’s Most Valuable Resource

This past week, a lesson about enterprise information security found its way to me via a somewhat unorthodox channel: specifically, an episode of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. In this particular episode, the upshot was that Ramsay wasn’t able to help. Why not? The owners weren’t able to take criticism. There’s a lesson in this for […]

Google Wallet Takes on PayPal With Gmail Money Transfers

In an effort to boost adoption of Google Wallet, Google this week added features to the service that allow users to send money as a Gmail attachment. The company is also trying to simplify the mobile payment process for consumers and businesses. As a way to market the new features, Google Wallet payments via Gmail […]

InsideView Provides New Insights Into Sales Leads

InsideView earlier this month debuted a new marketing offering housed on its InsideView CRM Intelligence Platform. “One of our working premises is that even with the massive amount of spending companies do on CRM automation, the products still do not fully address the needs of understanding the customer and the new buying process,” said Marc […]

iOS Loses Market Share as Windows Phone Gains

Android continues to rule the global smartphone marketplace with the OS accounting for 75 percent of shipments worldwide in Q1, according to the latest IDC report. Apple’s once-dominant iOS had only 17.3 percent of the market. Windows Phone unexpectedly took third place from BlackBerry, which was relegated to fourth. Android’s dominance over iOS “is similar […]

Senior IRS Officials Knew of Political Targeting

“Senior Internal Revenue Service officials knew employees were singling out conservative groups for extra scrutiny as early as 2011, according to a watchdog agency’s report set to be released next week,” Politico reports. “The disclosure that senior officials knew agents were flagging applications containing the words ‘patriot’ or ‘tea party’ contradicts public statements by former […]

Extra Bonus Quote of the Day

“I don’t know about you, but watching anti-American globalists plot against our Constitution makes me sick.” — Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), in a fundraising letter, about President Obama’s efforts to push new gun control measures. Read more from the original source…

Christie Goes Negative Despite Huge Lead

“Sky-high approval ratings be damned — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is going on air next week with an ad that paints his Democratic rival Barbara Buono as a tax-hiker who is yoked to unpopular former governor Jon Corzine,” Politico reports. “The spot, which begins running Monday, is part of an $800,000 ad buy over […]

Bonus Quote of the Day

“I am traveling to a lot of states that just coincidentally have early primaries.” — Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), quoted by Radio Iowa. Read more from the original source…

Rand Paul accuses Hillary Clinton of ‘dereliction of duty’ on Libya

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Sen. Rand Paul sharply attacked former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, declaring that her actions in the months leading up to the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya last year were “inexcusable, it was a dereliction of duty, and it should preclude her from holding higher office.” Read more […]

FCC Plan to Boost Inflight WiFi Takes Off With Turbulence

As more airlines begin to offer WiFi, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission is proposing to increase the bandwidth available for inflight wireless broadband. The FCC is essentially basing its proposal on Qualcomm’s submission to the government from July 2011. This raises the question of whether the FCC is perhaps too closely tied to one company […]