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Consumer Privacy: Personalized or Private?

Consumer Privacy: Personalized or Private?

Sharing information online doesn’t necessarily endanger one’s privacy — it all depends on what kind of information and how it’s being used. A federal judge on Tuesday provided a major victory for consumer privacy. After July 1, credit report companies will no longer be allowed to sell your Social Security number or other data in the “credit header” of your report without your consent. This is exactly how privacy should be regulated. The trafficking of sensitive
European Union Deal With U.S. Mega-Mergers

European Union Deal With U.S. Mega-Mergers

How the European Union plays Let’s Remake a Deal with U.S. mega-mergers Mario Monti, the European Union’s Competition Commissioner, is making Jack Welch look bad. Last October, Welch tried to cap one of the great management careers of the Industrial Age by announcing General Electric (GE, info) was acquiring Honeywell (HON, info) for over $50 billion. He extended his stay as CEO and confidently predicted a closing in the first quarter of 2001. In late February,
The Network: Broadband Needs A Push

The Network: Broadband Needs A Push

Considering the riches to be gained, it’s surprising that so few industries are evangelizing broadband. It’s scary when you realize that one of the Internet’s “next big things” depends on the Baby Bells, the cable companies, and Congress to push it forward. Let’s face it: When you think of legislators, telcos, and the cable industry–marketing prowess, entrepreneurial instincts, and speedy execution aren’t the first images to spring to mind. And yet that’s the trio leading the

IBM Makes LCD Breakthrough

Fine-tunes development process; should lead to lower costs. In what’s hailed as a breakthrough development, IBM (IBM, info) researchers say they have found a way to put a new face on your computer. By developing a new process for manufacturing computer displays, IBM claims it can save manufacturers money while improving screen quality and viewing angles. The research infuses some predictability into the mysterious science behind flat liquid crystal display (LCD) screens, which are used in

To B-School or Not to B-School?

When making a career switch, one of the biggest decisions for many is whether or not to go to business school. Here’s how to decide. Q: I’m a senior manager for a highly prestigious management consulting firm — about two years away from being elected a partner. Trouble is, I have a long-term career interest in the media business and see myself eventually leaving the consulting field. To get a leg up, I recently applied to

Rethinking Venture Capital

Big changes in the VC world could open up whole new career opportunities for those looking to break into finance. Q: Venture Capital firms are no doubt in trouble, but when they emerge from this period they’ll be ready to make new deals. Only next time around “old-school” due diligence, which is very labor-intensive, will rule the day. This will undoubtedly force VCs to hire new staff and make their structures more corporate. Do you agree?
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