Forget blogs. For desk jockeys, the Web offers a better genre of goof-off sites: online real-estate listings. But while most of these sites offer the same tired set of photos--look: another crummy shot of the living room!--one site's upping the ante in an increasingly competitive industry.
On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve is all but certain to boost short-term interest rates to 3 percent, its eighth hike in a year. But for some market-watchers, the deeper insight into the Fed's thinking won't come from the brief rate announcement, but three weeks later when the Fed releases the minutes of its deliberations.Until January, the Fed kept these notes under wraps for six weeks, until after its next meeting.
For students admitted to several colleges, the clock is ticking: most schools require a deposit by May 1. Choosing can be tough enough--and these decisions are becoming trickier as schools offer more merit scholarships in hopes of luring brighter students to campus, which helps in rankings.
The Chairman: A Novel by Stephen FreyAs the new chairman of a major private-equity group, Christian Gillette must not only oversee 27 companies and raise $15 billion for a new fund, but has to figure out who murdered his former boss and attempted to kill him at the funeral--before they try again.
The sign in the window at Staples appears altruistic: "Recycle your empty inkjet cartridges," it urges. "We'll donate $1 to local education." But this program isn't aimed only at saving the world--it's also intended to swipe some milk from the cash cow known as printer consumables.
The holidays are not just the busiest time for shopping--they're also the busiest time for shoplifting. For retailers, so-called shrinkage--which includes employee theft and return fraud, along with folks' taking the five-finger discount--is a $34 billion-a-year problem.
When it comes to using technology to re-invent how companies do business, Michael Hammer wrote the book on the concept. His 1993 best seller "Reengineering the Corporation" (with coauthor James Champy), launched thousands of corporate reorganizations--and nearly as many "Dilbert" strips.