Barrels Of Confusion

from Even by the standards of a wild and woolly industry, the oil market has been amazingly chaotic. After hitting an an all-time high of $77 last summer, the price of crude has plunged to near $52 a barrel. (On Jan. 18, after this story went to press, crude oil dropped below $50 a […]

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She’s Such a Geek

from WNYC Annalee Newitz and Charlie Anders, the editors of the new collection of essays She’s Such a Geek!, celebrate women who are passionate about science, technology, video games, and other subjects that are often dismissed as nerdy and male-dominated. More here.

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Pro Bono, Publico?

from WNYC Anant Raut, litigator at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, provided habeas representation for detainees in Guantanamo Bay for the past year then Robert L. Pollock, member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board then Michael Ratner, president at the Center for Constitutional Rights then John Blackman, partner at Cleary Gottlieb then Douglas Kmiec, […]

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Manning Finally Overcomes the Patriots

from NYTs To reach the Super Bowl, to finally fill in the blanks on the glittering résumés that lacked postseason glory, even the Indianapolis Colts conceded it was only appropriate that they would have to vanquish their greatest tormentors. The New England Patriots had used the Colts as doormats on two of their Super Bowl […]

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Grossman Finds Touch, Sending Bears to Super Bowl

from NYTs With fog and doubt shrouding Soldier Field on Sunday, Bears Coach Lovie Smith kept unbending faith in his quarterback. A lead had shrunk. The Bears and quarterback Rex Grossman, backs to the end zone, faced another in a season’s worth of uh-oh moments. Grossman, battered by skeptics who saw him as a detriment […]

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Why Backdated Options Might Be Contagious

from NYTs DIRECTORS of corporations often form a tight-knit community, serving at more than one company and creating what are known as interlocking boards of directors. As a result of this chumminess, corporate practices that otherwise might remain confined to just a few companies can spread quickly. That appears to have been the case with […]

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Once Given Up for Dead, Comcast Defies Its Obits

from NYTs THREE years ago, with the cable television industry in the doldrums, the Comcast Corporation’s chairman, Brian L. Roberts, approached Mel Karmazin, then the president of Viacom, with a modest proposal: give Comcast the right to show programming from such Viacom properties as CBS and MTV on the cable company’s channels so it could […]

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Lobby Bill Spares Political Bloggers

from cNet News The U.S. Senate has rejected a proposal that may have required some political bloggers to register as lobbyists or face prison time. By a 55-43 vote on Thursday evening, the senators approved an amendment that dropped a controversial section dictating such regulations from a massive piece of federal lobbying legislation. Seven Democrats […]

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Weekend Thread

It’s time. Have fun this weekend ~ study hard ~ and if you want to start a conversation or post a comment you can start here. (Thanks to Sailing Links for the photo)

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A Hot New Way To Price Options

from Forbes It’s been a year since companies have been required to report the cost of employee stock options as an expense–dinging their profits as much as, in Agilent Technologies’ case, 54%. Now there’s a new way, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is blessing it: use the market to price the option, and […]

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Storm Worm Hits Computers Around the World

from Scientific American Computer virus writers started to use raging European storms on Friday to attack thousands of computers in an unusual real-time assault, head of research at Finnish data security firm F-Secure told Reuters. The virus, which the company named “Storm Worm” is sent to hundreds of thousands of email addresses globally, with the […]

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AT&T: My Community Is Bigger than Yours

from AT&T plans to send a new message. A number of TV ads starting this weekend will show people placing calls to friends across the country—for no charge. The tagline: “Call 100 million AT&T customers for free.” The AT&T Unity plan, which provides for unlimited calling among AT&T’s wireless and landline customers, is unprecedented, […]

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The LSE’s $492 Million Incentive

from Fighting what appears more and more to be a rearguard action, the managers of the London Stock Exchange are hoping to placate shareholders with stock buybacks to fend off pressure for a sale to the Nasdaq Stock Market (NDAQ). But the plan, announced Jan. 18, to pay up to $492 million to investors […]

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