Wednesday, June 22, 2011

22 June 2011

Dateline: 22 June 2011
AxSA Factoid of the Week
Last year, consumers around the world bought 300 million smartphones and 18 million tablet computers. The appetite for this technology is quite incorrigible, and next year, many of the same consumers will spend approximately $15 billion on mobile applications for their increasing number of devices.

Useful Information
The Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) is offering the Emergency Homeowners' Loan Program (EHLP), a zero-interest and forgivable bridge loan program open to homeowners in qualifying states who have experienced at least a 15% reduction in income due to unemployment or underemployment caused by economic conditions or medical reasons. The program will assist homeowners in making one-time payment on arrearages on their principal properties and provide further mortgage assistance for up to 24 months, or up to $50,000, whichever comes first. To learn more about this program, or to determine how you or someone you know might qu
alify, click here.

News & Commentary
Secrets From Apple's Genius Bar
Apple's 326 stores host more visitors in one quarter than four Walt Disney theme parks in one year. What is the key to their success? Read More

A Logo Is Not a Brand
Harvard Business Review
Do not assume that your company's public identity simply stops at a flashy graphic design...Read More

Wal-mart Decision Could Pose Major Obstacle for Future Class-Action Claims A
gainst Businesses
Washington Post
A split ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, among other things, raises the bar for proving systemic discriminatory practices...Read More

Where Really Big Money Goes to Find Company
Financial Post
The uber-rich have their own exclusive associations wherein they can research new investment opportunities and network with one another...Read More

Scarlet Fever Mutation Alert
The Standard
In Hong Kong, health officials are combating an outbreak of the disease that is thought to have spread in schools and child-care centers...Read More

Running Out of Road
As QE2 comes to an end, policymakers openly doubt that there is tolerance for yet another liquidity infusion into our weak recovery...Read More

Federal Tax Receipts Show Economy Grinding to a Halt
Seeking Alpha
The lower revenue, coupled with the ongoing debate over the debt ceiling, challenges the federal government's confidence about financing its operations, and it could test the strength of the economy...Read More

Minority Men Falling Behind Academically, Study Finds
Los Angeles Times
The reports points to falling academic achievement and rising incarceration as a reason for prioritizing this issue...Read More

Talk Forward
On July 7, 2011 - Interview with Ryan Koonce, CEO of

(The monthly podcast returns in July with a broad roster of interviews with business leaders, policymakers, and influential thinkers.)

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