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Monthly Archives: December 2010
The good news is that the potential for a double-dip recession and our fear of it is fading. This should help stimulate economic growth. The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. economy had grown about 2.6% in the third quarter. During this period companies have increased their inventories of goods. While consumer spending was down during this same period, a recent increase in spending reflects consumer comfort. Last week’s… Continue reading
Crenshaw Communications posted its Ten Trends That Will Affect Public Relations Pros in 2011.
Among the typical and not unexpected predictions about “content is king” and “social everything,” one trend in particular caught my attention:
7. Offlining gains steam.
Offlining is just what it sounds like. Go offline, even just temporarily, and recharge your own batteries. Stop and smell the roses. Go back to square one… Continue reading
Timothy Geithner is not sending some of the bank bailout money at his disposal to homeowners who need help paying legal fees. Many of these homeowners are working with their banks to modify loans but their legal fees have piled up making it impossible for them to catch up with their mortgage payments. According to a General Accounting Office study, even homeowners who are being wrongfully foreclosed due to a… Continue reading
On behalf of FNC, I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate our fearless leader, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Bill Rayburn on being inducted into the Mississippi Technology Alliance’s Innovators Hall of Fame.
At a gala event in Jackson, MS, Tuesday night, Dr. Rayburn received the MTA’s esteemed Excellence Award in recognition of his work as a technology pioneer.
Also inducted were John D. Bower… Continue reading
Today, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg joins the 17 billionaires who recently signed Bill Gates’ pledge to give half their fortunes to charity, a vow prompted by the global recession. More than 50 donors including director George Lucas and CNN founder Ted Turner have already pledged their wealth.
Approximately 30 years ago the automobile industry began to introduce computers into cars and since that time they have never been the same. What was once considered a rather simple procedure – tuning up your engine or even changing the spark plugs – has become an almost impossible project for anyone, except the highly trained automobile technician.
Today nearly every aspect of your car is aided or controlled in… Continue reading
An oil boom brought thousands of workers to North Dakota the past two years — but there is no place to put them. Apartment buildings and motels are packed. Small prairie towns are now blanketed with pup tents, RVs and cramped campers, all owned by workers who would love to buy houses.
The New York Times reporter who ventured to Williston, North Dakota, marveled at a recently arrived oil rigger… Continue reading
The FNC Residential Price Index (RPI) indicates that broadly measured U.S. single-family home prices in September trended lower for a third month, declining 0.4% from August. On a year-over-year basis, September home prices declined 2.1% from a year ago at a pace that has decelerated slightly since June. As of September, U.S home prices have lost nearly 22% of the market values attained at the peak of the housing… Continue reading