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Business R&D Performance in the United States Tops $300 Billion in 2012

National Science Foundation – Raymond M. Wolfe: “Companies spent $302 billion on research and development performed in the United States during 2012, 2.8% more than the $294 billion spent during 2011 (table 1). Funding from the companies’ own sources was $239 billion during 2011 and $247 billion during 2012, a 3.6% increase; funding from other sources wasContinue Reading

Pew Report Finds Military Checking Account Practices Need Improvement

Checks and Balances, Stars and Stripes, Banking practices at financial institutions serving the military, October 28, 2014 “Service members, like all consumers, need access to concise, easy-to-understand documents that lay out the key terms, conditions, and fees associated with their checking accounts. Clarity and transparency are especially important for Americans and their families serving in the military,Continue Reading

Pew Report – Cyber Attacks Likely to Increase

Cyber Attacks Likely to Increase BY LEE RAINIE, JANNA ANDERSON AND JENNIFER CONNOLLY “The Internet has become so integral to economic and national life that government, business, and individual users are targets for ever-more frequent and threatening attacks. In the 10 years since the Pew Research Center and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center first asked expertsContinue Reading

Combating a Flood of Early 401(k) Withdrawals – NYT

New York Times | Your Money – By Ron Lieber: “This week, the Internal Revenue Service announced that people under age 50 in 401(k) and similar workplace retirement plans will be able to deposit up to $18,000 in 2015, an increase of $500 from this year. Those 50 and over can toss in as much asContinue Reading

California Data Breach Report

Kamala D. Harris, Attorney General, California Department of Justice, October 2014 “California is the birthplace of the digital revolution that has transformed nearly every aspect of the world in which we live. Yet even as technological innovation and advances bring us greater convenience, efficiency, and productivity, they are also generating new vulnerabilities. The Internet has created aContinue Reading

Red Cross presentation: Sandy and Isaac Lessons Learned

The Red Cross’ Secret Disaster, by Justin Elliott and Jesse Eisinger, ProPublica, and Laura Sullivan, NPR. October 29, 2014. “In 2012, two massive storms pounded the United States, leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless, hungry or without power for days and weeks. Americans did what they so often do after disasters. They sent hundreds of millions of dollars toContinue Reading

Victims of Online Harassment Describe Their Experiences

Pew – Online Harassment – 73% of adult internet users have seen someone be harassed in some way online and 40% have personally experienced it. Interactive: Personal Experiences of Online Harassment

Which Judges Juggle the Most Civil Cases? TRAC Update Reveals Answers

“Federal District Judge Billy Roy Wilson of the Eastern District of Arkansas closed 3,008 civil cases in the twelve-month period ending June 30, more than any other judge in the nation. Meanwhile, Judge James “Rodney” Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas closed the most cases when the court’s case-weighting system, which seeks to accountContinue Reading

Fallout plume of submerged oil from Deepwater Horizon

David L. Valentine, G. Burch Fisher, Sarah C. Bagby, Robert K. Nelson, Christopher M. Reddy, Sean P. Sylva, and Mary A. Woo. Fallout plume of submerged oil from Deepwater Horizon. PNAS 2014 : 1414873111v1-201414873. “Following the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico an unprecedented quantity of oil irrupted into the ocean at aContinue Reading

Report – Bicyclist Fatalities a Growing Problem for Key Groups

“The number of bicyclists killed on U.S. roadways is trending upward, particularly for certain subsets of the population, according to a report released today by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). GHSA’s Spotlight on Highway Safety: Bicyclist Safety notes that yearly bicyclist deaths increased 16 percent between 2010 and 2012, while overall motor vehicle fatalitiesContinue Reading

New food label targets limiting massive amount of food waste

Washington Post – Landfills are overflowing with food. Here’s a gelatin label that could limit the waste: “The next time you start to toss an “expired” carton of milk, consider this: Dates on packages don’t actually have anything to do with food safety or FDA regulations. Instead, the dates are a somewhat arbitrary indication of whenContinue Reading

FTC Says AT&T Has Misled Millions of Consumers with ‘Unlimited’ Data Promises

News release: “The Federal Trade Commission filed a federal court complaint against AT&T Mobility, LLC, charging that the company has misled millions of its smartphone customers by charging them for “unlimited” data plans while reducing their data speeds, in some cases by nearly 90 percent. The FTC’s complaint alleges that the company failed to adequately discloseContinue Reading