Microsoft Explorer Has New Dangerous Hole, Stop Using Until Fixed

January 30, 2011
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The Wall Street Journal says that Microsoft said is looking in “a new vulnerability that affects every version of Windows currently supported. This is one of those zero-day vulnerabilities that come out of left field once in awhile and can be used by hackers to create troublemaking attacks.” In a posting by Arik Hesseldahl...

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Navigating Valentine’s Day and Other Capitalistic Tyrannies

January 30, 2011
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Navigating Valentine’s Day and Other Capitalistic Tyrannies

What do Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day have in common? They are holidays that legislate feelings and encourage (require) us to spend lots of money. In the case of Valentine’s Day that will be here in two weeks, love is the legislated feeling. This strikes me as being odd, perhaps even bizarre. What have...

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Pond House Christmas Decorations Presents Problem For Jewish Celebration

January 30, 2011
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Pond House Christmas Decorations Presents Problem For Jewish Celebration

The managers of a wonderful West Hartford restaurant and the devoted parents of twin 13-year-old girls could have avoided a nasty fight this month (January) by having details of their arrangement spelled out in writing. Eric Applebaum and his wife, also of West Hartford, wanted to celebrate the Bat Mitzvah of their daughters on June...

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Assurant Health Fined By Connecticut For Unjustified Denials Of Claims

January 29, 2011
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Acting Insurance Commissioner Barbara C. Spear today announced that state regulators have fined two Wisconsin-based companies nearly $400,000 for a series of violations uncovered during follow-up examinations of business practices related to certain individual and small group health policies. Commissioner Spear said the $400,000 will be remitted to the state’s General Fund. Time Insurance...

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GroupPrice Hopes To Become Groupon For Small Internet Businesses

January 29, 2011
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Hoping to fill a void in the Business to Business category, a Groupon style Internet business has recently launched. GroupPrice (www.GroupPrice.com) hopes to help small business owners save time and money in getting the software and services they need to grow online by putting the power of group buying in the hands of small...

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Debit Card Swipe Fee Changes Supported By Barney Frank

January 29, 2011
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U.S. Representative Barney Frank, one of the authors of the financial regulatory overhaul, said he is ready to work with the Republican majority to force changes in a Federal Reserve proposal to cap debit-card “swipe” fees. His comments are the strongest indication to date that there may be a bipartisan effort on legislative changes...

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Pitfalls of Smart Phone Payment Apps

January 29, 2011
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First, it was credit cards. Soon it will be smart phone payment apps. Like cursive handwriting, paying with cash is practically obsolete due to technological advances. A greater number of cell phone manufacturers are now adding NFC (near field communication) chips to their handsets, allowing consumers to use their phone like a credit card...

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LIFE GOES ON: Tiger Moms Book, Beware

January 29, 2011
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LIFE GOES ON: Tiger Moms Book, Beware

TIGER MOM BOOK Battle Hymn of the Tiger Moms is a new book written by Amy Chua, a Chinese-American law professor from Yale. This book has caused much controversy because of her harsh parenting methods. Calling her 7 year old “garbage,” not letting her eat or go to the bathroom until she learned a...

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Encrypt Personal Wi-Fi Networks To Protect Against Hackers

January 28, 2011
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In recognition of Data Privacy Day,  Attorney General George Jepsen Friday advised Connecticut residents to protect their personal and communications data by encrypting their own wireless Internet networks. The recommendation stemmed from Connecticut’s investigation into Google Inc.’s collection of payload data being transmitted over unsecured business and consumer networks. That investigation led to a...

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