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Microsoft Millionaires

by Luke Landes

Microsoft‘s [MSFT] amazing climb from its humble beginnings is well-known. Thanks to stock options and other benefits, many early Microsoft employees are millionaires. They’re showing up as successful business owners and philanthropists. The New York Times article profiles: * Rich Tong, cofounder of Ignition Parters, a venture capital group. * John Sage, owner of Pura ... Continue reading this article…

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To Serve Man

by Luke Landes

Over the weekend, the Billboard Liberation Front celebrated 50 years of McDonalds by modifying a billboard (including animatronics) by Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The billboard is clear in the picture but the animatronics depict Ronald force-feeding a supersized burger to a supersized kid. The billboard modification was perpetrated by people dressed as Ronald ... Continue reading this article…

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Knockoffs and Other Bits

by Luke Landes

See, I told you I couldn’t stay away for long. Here are some interesting links I came across today: * The Flickr tag: knockoff. First of all, Flickr is a photograph sharing site where items are “tagged” with a category. The “knockoff” category is a repository for photographs of generic consumer products that are designed ... Continue reading this article…

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Hello Weekend [redirected]

by Luke Landes

It’s a holiday weekend, and for me that means I’ll be spending some time catching up on things I need to get done, seeing family and a girl, and barbecuing. The weather just happens to be wonderful, which makes the fact that I’m leaving the office at 2:00 pm even better. Have a great weekend! ... Continue reading this article…

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Hedge Funds Open to Ordinary Investors

by Luke Landes

Earlier this month, I presented an introduction to hedge funds. Today, CNN is reporting that hedge fund managers want to repair their image among the investing public. In an attempt to do so, some mutual fund companies are set to bring hedge-like funds to everyday investors. One such fund is the DB Hedge Strategies Fund. ... Continue reading this article…

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May the Economic Force Be With You

by Luke Landes

Those strange CNN photographers and graphics designers have been at it again, apparently. While the yields of treasury bonds were falling, CNN.com staffers were busy morphing Alan Greenspan into Yoda. The caption for the photo: “Conundrum, hmmm? Boost interest rates, I must.”

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The Long Tail

by Luke Landes

I used the term “Long Tail” when referring to the shape of the curve when I wrote about the most prolific commentators on Consumerism Commentary. However, there are more interesting applications of the Long Tail idea. In fact, there is a Long Tail Blog (there’s a blog for everything these days). The Long Tail is ... Continue reading this article…

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Workers In Newark Work for Free

by Luke Landes

I wasn’t surprised when I saw the city where I work at the top of this list. This goes hand-in-hand with the stress management discussion. According to a survey, Newark, New Jersey tops the list of locations where workers receive (and take as a percentage) the least amount of vacation time. It is important to ... Continue reading this article…

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Gasoline Price Database

by Luke Landes

Earlier, I mentioned a great tool for mapping gasoline prices. Now, AAA members will have access to a new service that will identify gasoline prices at individual service stations. When the service begins, it was interesting to see if the data set is more comprehensive than the Gas Buddy database.

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More Homes Valued $1M

by Luke Landes

One out of every hundred homes is valued at more than $1,000,000. This figure is twice as high as was in 2000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In terms of percentages, California leads with 4 percent of homes and is followed by Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, and New York. At the other end of the ... Continue reading this article…

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