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The debate continues on the merger of XM (XMSR ) and Sirius (SIRI ) Satellite Radio as the case again comes before the Senate Committee on Commerce for round four since its original proposition in February. Opponents argue that the merger will create a monopoly, leaving a sole provider for satellite service to consumers. This, they argue, will lead to increased prices and decreased content. Advocates argue that the merger is necessary in order to compete against other technologies, including terrestrial radio, MP3 players, CD/DVD etc. The inference is that the battle between the two small companies for the limited audience is splitting the market and preventing its advance against the other technologies.

 

 

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Listening to Market Predictions: Do Not Get Caught Picking Your Bottom
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Written by David Neubert   
The media is having a field day with the market decline. People who wouldn't normally be interested are watching CNBC or Bloomberg TV and reading the business section. If you are making predictions of Dow 2000 or Dow 1000 you will get on TV or quoted in the newspaper. Now there is also a big incentive to call the bottom of the market. The person who randomly picks the bottom will become famous but many who follow the predictions of bottom pickers will get nothing but losses. There is an old Wall Street saying that goes: "Don't pick your nose and don't pick bottoms."

What is the right thing to do?

If you have a 401k:
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Why the World isn't Over . . . Yet
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Written by Michelle Haimoff   
There are a number of environemntal, political and financial problems in the world that its most resourceful, patient and intelligent people should address. Luckily, many of these people are on the case, as was evident at the 2008 Pop!Tech conference.

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Surprising Advice from Pop!Tech Speakers
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Written by Michelle Haimoff   
There were a number of suggestions the speakers at the 2008 Pop!Tech Conference gave the audience about leading a more socially- and environmentally-conscious life. Here are six particularly surprising ones:

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13 Random Things I Learned at Pop!Tech
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Written by Michelle Haimoff   
If you give American kids a tough math problem to solve and tell them they have fifteen minutes to solve it, they will give up on it after two, Chinese kids will still be working on it after the 15 minutes have passed. -Malcolm Gladwell
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The Culture of Pop!Tech
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Written by Michelle Haimoff   
Pop!Tech was a little like the Sundance Film Festival and a little like three days of business school.

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