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This autumn, take a stand for public health and vote NO on Big Soda’s Initiative 1634

Excerpt: No matter what it may be called, don't fall for the deceptive advertising campaign behind I-1634. And don’t let your friends and neighbors be fooled either. Spread the word. Urge your local media outlets to expose this dishonesty.
Written by:Brad Fenstermacher
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Twitter buys Tumblr rival Posterous

Excerpt: Posterous, a startup that competes with Tumblr in the microblogging space, has agreed to sell itself to Twitter for an undisclosed sum, the companies jointly announced today. Launched in May 2008, Posterous’ service is known for its ease-of-use; it bills its platform as the easiest and best way to blog by email. “Today we are […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Olympus’ entire board of directors resigning to make way for new leadership

Excerpt: Months after the Olympus’ ex-CEO-turned-whistleblower began demanding their resignations, the entire board of directors of the scandal-ridden Japanese electronics maker is finally stepping down, the company said today. “[A]ll the current directors and corporate auditors express their intentions to resign at the end of the extraordinary general shareholders meeting and have submitted letters of resignation […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security
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BlackBerry maker Research in Motion names new chief executive officer and board chair

Excerpt: Big, big news out of Waterloo (Ontario) tonight: BlackBerry maker Research in Motion, one of Canada’s largest and most prestigious companies, has announced that its two top executives – who have jointly led the company as as co-chief executive officers and co-chairmen of the board for many years – are stepping down from those positions, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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After Internet outcry, Verizon backtracks, drops plans to charge $2 “convenience fee”

Excerpt: Chalk up another victory for the Internet: Verizon Wireless has decided it will not institute the fee for online or telephone single payments that was announced earlier this week. The company made the decision in response to customer feedback about the plan, which was designed to improve the efficiency of those transactions. The company continues […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security
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AT&T throws in the towel, abandons scheme to buy T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom

Excerpt: For once, federal regulators have done their job and stood up to Wall Street: AT&T said late on Monday afternoon that it had withdrawn its $39 billion takeover bid for T-Mobile USA, acknowledging that it could not overcome opposition from the Obama administration to creating the nation’s biggest cellphone service provider. The company said in […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Olympus must rid itself of the crooks/yes men who betrayed its shareholders and customers

Excerpt: Ten years ago, corporate America was rocked by a series of accounting scandals that destroyed one of the world’s largest accounting firms (Arthur Andersen) and led to the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (Sarbox, or sometimes simply referred to as SOX). A number of well-known American companies – notably Enron, Tyco, Adelphia, and WorldCom – […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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I-1183, if implemented, could generate $81 million plus in annual sales for Costco

Excerpt: Ever since Costco and its executives first started making noise about deregulating and privatizing our state’s liquor control system, it’s been apparent that their driving motivation for pushing privatization is because they want our state’s liquor stores’ business for themselves — not because they think “getting the state out of the liquor business” (which is […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Boeing, Machinists reach agreement to build next generation 737 in Renton

Excerpt: The Boeing Company announced this morning that it has tentatively reached a labor agreement with the International Association of Machinists (IAM) that will ensure the next generation of its 737 narrow-body jet (known as the MAX) will be built in Renton, Washington, where production of the current 737 is based. “The 737 MAX builds upon […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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A day of action: Progressives across the country use Bank Transfer Day to go bankless

Excerpt: As regular readers know, we at NPI have been longtime champions of member-owned credit unions, particularly since the economic collapse of September 2008 and the subsequent bank bailout. NPI’s staff and board belong individually to different credit unions, and NPI itself is a credit union member. NPI became part of America’s credit union movement well […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Banks drop plans to charge debit card fees

Excerpt: Bank of America, acknowledging that its latest attempt to shake more money out of its customers’ pockets was destroying goodwill and hurting revenue, announced today that it was canceling its plans to impose a $5 monthly fee for debit card use, following in the footsteps of JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, SunTrust, and Regions, which have […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Microsoft invests $600,000 into NO on 1125

Excerpt: Keep Washington Rolling, the coalition that is fighting Tim Eyman’s I-1125, has just received a huge financial boost from one of Washington’s largest employers: Microsoft (which, like NPI, is headquartered in Redmond). The company had previously donated $100,000 to the cause, but last Friday, it wrote another check for six times that amount, bringing its […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Netflix finally listens to its members, drops plans to spin off DVDs-by-mail as Qwikster

Excerpt: Netflix is staying Netflix. The company announced this morning that it was dropping its ill-conceived plans to spin out its DVDs-by-mail into a separate website called Qwikster, after weeks of getting irate emails and phone calls from its members. Dear Member: It is clear that for many of our members two websites would make things […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bank of America announces $5 monthly penalty for debit card use

Excerpt: Bank of America Bank of Greed, one of the largest financial institutions in the world, announced today that it will begin charging customers who use a debit card tied to their checking account a $5 monthly penalty. (BofA is calling it a fee, but of course it’s really a penalty). BofA is planning to introduce […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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