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When Everyone Becomes Blackmailable

July 22nd, 2014 at 10:17 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: On a recent driving trip, my wife and I became immersed in the audio version of one of Tom Clancy’s last novels titled, “Threat Vector.” Without giving away too much of the plot, a Chinese super-geek villain has hatched a plan to hack into our most secure networks and blackmail people with […]



Blue Cross makes a $65B bet on value-based medical care

July 22nd, 2014 at 10:12 am » Comments Off

The traditional fee-for-service approach to medicine that can lead to overtreatment and unnecessary medical tests and procedures. The country’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans say they are spending more than $65 billion annually, about 20 percent of the medical claim dollars they pay, on “value-based” care that rewards better outcomes and keeps patients healthy. This […]



Growing trend among young singles who treat pets like girlfriends and boyfriends

July 22nd, 2014 at 9:41 am » Comments Off

Lucy, a 1 year old Burmese Mountain dog and her owner Alfred Pretrone. There’s “something special” about Lucy, says Alfred Pretrone about his female companion. She’s good-looking, “chill” and she makes the stress melt away at the end of a long day. But Lucy isn’t Mr. Petrone’s girlfriend. She’s his dog.    



Democratization of funding is disrupting the venture capital landscape

July 21st, 2014 at 10:04 am » Comments Off

Democratization of funding is changing the VC landscape. The venture capital and funding market has changed dramatically over the last ten years. In the past venture capitalists were the go-to-guys in the playground, there are new players giving entrepreneurs with many choices. One used to focus their efforts in the famed VC offices on Sand […]



Project proposals nearly double California’s energy storage target

July 21st, 2014 at 9:53 am » Comments Off

Energy storage On paper, California’s push to transform the market for grid-scale energy storage is working even better than expected.    



The salary at which money won’t make you any happier in each state

July 20th, 2014 at 8:17 am » Comments Off

Can money buy happiness? Only up to a certain point. But just how much you need to get to that threshold really depends on where you live, according to a new analysis by Doug Short, vice president of research at investment group Advisor Perspectives.    



Two-thirds of all televised Shark Tank deals fall apart

July 18th, 2014 at 9:40 am » Comments Off

Shark Tank Monday was the first of three open calls for contestants on ABC’s Shark Tank, the investing reality show in which entrepreneurs make live pitches for funding before a panel of angel investors. Shark Tank is entering its sixth season, the show attracts more than 7 million viewers each week, placing it among the 10 most popular […]



The ongoing newspaper crisis by the numbers

July 17th, 2014 at 9:08 am » Comments Off

Publishers have failed to adequately respond to the new ways that consumers get information. About ten years after the commercial debut of the Internet, America’s newspapers posted record high advertising sales of $49.4 billion in 2005. This lead many publishers to think their businesses would not be seriously affected by the digital revolution. But they […]



Top 10 airlines for 2014 named at World Airline Awards

July 17th, 2014 at 8:18 am » Comments Off

Cathay Pacific  At an awards ceremony at the Farnborough International Airshow on Tuesday Cathay Pacific was named the world’s best airline. The award is decided by the votes of millions of travelers. Here is the Top 10:  



10 American cities that are leading the way in the solar energy revolution

July 16th, 2014 at 8:41 am » Comments Off

The U.S. has made great strides in promoting and installing solar energy systems. In the U.S., Solar energy is on the rise. In President Obama’s State of the Union address in January, he recognized this shift, saying that, “We’re becoming a leader in solar … every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar; every […]



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