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Is Ronaldo Really Injured?
June, 2014
World Cup June, 2014, Brazil:
Cristiano Ronaldo's injury is real. When Ghana plays Portugal today it would be wise for them to watch Ronaldo's less-famous teammates in the center, and concentrate on Ronaldo less. The World Cup party in Brazil this year is getting excellent coverage from ESPN and setting TV-viewing records in the US. 2014 could be a tipping point for US soccer if they can beat or tie Germany this afternoon. Team USA may even advance with a loss if Portugal beats Ghana and the math is just right. Look for Portugal's Ronaldo to spend a bit more time on the wing crossing the ball to the inside, a strategy that produced his game-tying cross at the end of Portugal's game with the US squad on Sunday, a ball that was more of a chip shot for Ronaldo, whose foot is a canon when he's 100% -- which he's not -- his left knee is ailing; his shot has tailed off and, based on footage we've seen, and news reports of the past two weeks, we don't think he's the big scoring threat everyone was anticipating. We wouldn't be suprised to hear he's getting arthroscopic surgery once Portugal's 2014 World Cup stand is over. Full Article...
U.S. Home Market Heats Up
May, 2014
The market for home sales in the U.S. has been mixed this Spring, according to recent news reports. But interest in home buying is considerably stronger than Spring 2013, judging from traffic at home buying websites. Full Article...

A Manhunt on Twitter
April, 2014
Is Twitter in line for a Pulitzer? The Boston Globe has been awarded a Pulitzer for their breaking coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing and ensuing manhunt, the Wall St Journal reports. Maybe Twitter should get an honorable mention for it's coverage of the manhunt or, rather, the eye-witnesses who tweeted live, minute-by-minute coverage of the chase the night of the day following the bombing, after photos of the two suspects were shown in an afternoon televised news conference. A Newsrip.com contributor who lives an hour outside of Boston recounts waking from restless sleep in the wee hours that morning and doing a for-the-heck-of-it search for 'marathon bombers' on Twitter: Full Article...


Independent Classifieds
March, 2014
Since the advent of mega classified-ad sites such as Craigslist, Backpage and the like many newspapers have disappeared, succumbing to the loss of their bread-and-butter business, want-ads. Some, however, moved online successfully and offer robust localized want-ad offerings produced in-house. The classifieds sections of some online newspapers, however, are outsourced through partnerships with classified-ad platforms such as Monster.com, wherein a classified-ad search at the newspaper's site lands you at a co-branded page of results. This is especially common with job classifieds. Monster claims to have more than a thousand newspapers using their job classifieds platform. By co-branding, online newspapers can offer classifieds to their readers without any significant investment on their part; and share a portion of the revenues with the platform. Full Article...


Hackers for Hire
March, 2014
Cyber security continues to be a hot news topic but the average medium-to-small size business can't follow the conversation when it gets technical, which it does, in a hurry. Neither can they throw their hands up and ignore cyber crime altogether. In the past 6 months or so instances of hackers posting ads offering their technical expertise to corporations and government agencies to help patch up cyber-vulnerabilities, including through mainstream jobs classifieds like Freelancer.com and Craigslist.org, has grown, according to research by Newsrip.com. Mostly because the financial rewards are growing, as indicated in a recent article in the NYTimes by Nicole Perlroth and David Sanger:
"... Microsoft sharply increased the amount it was willing to pay [hackers] for [security] flaws, raising its top offer to $150,000. But increasingly the businesses are being outbid by countries with the goal of exploiting the flaws. ..."
Large corporations and governments have deep pockets, but small businesses don't have cash to spend on this kind of security.
While discussing cybersecurity on the financial news channel, CNBC, this past week, guest Robert Herjavec of NBC's popular show Shark Tank pointed out that, while large dotcom co's like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft have the biggest targets on their backs, they have the resources to absorb and protect against the costs of a cyber attack. It's small and medium-size businesses that may not be able to recover financially from an attack, or afford security to avoid one in the first place. Full Article...

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