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Mobile's Near Future: The Impact on Business

Chris Curtin and Bob Greenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Chris Curtin and Bob Greenberg

Our mobile phones have become so tethered to our everyday lives that soon they'll become more important than our wallets.

The Tea Party Has a Point

Reverend Billy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Reverend Billy

You can turn off the TV and head for the hills, but the hills are alive with fluorescent and bug-eyed tchochkes leaping from the walls of shopping centers that came out of nowhere.

Arthur Delaney

Bank Of America Sued For Unwanted 'Privacy Assist' Service

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A California man is suing Bank of America over monthly charges for a credit monitoring service he says he never wanted, didn't sign up for, and couldn...

Shahien Nasiripour

Progressive Washington Post Readers Assail Obama On New Consumer Agency

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A news article suggesting that the Obama administration is comprising on a proposed new agency dedicated to protecting consumers of financial products...

Health Care and Bipartisanship in the Balance

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

President Obama, this is your moment for political courage, vision, leadership, and faith. We urge you to take heart and move meaningful health care reform forward.

A Free Market Stimulus for Struggling Consumers and Small Businesses

Bruce Judson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bruce Judson

Millions of families and small businesses can easily save $500 to $750 each year with Internet-based phone services as compared to existing costs with traditional phone companies.

In The Public Interest: A Senator Stands Up To A Deceptive TV Ad

Ed Mierzwinski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ed Mierzwinski

Kudos to U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) for criticizing TV ads running in Montana and around the country which claim that Congressional efforts to rei...

Post Adverpocalypse: Agents & Facilitators in a New Era

Chauncey Zalkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Chauncey Zalkin

People are afraid to agree that ad agencies are no longer necessary, but what we're doing now cannot be stuffed under the umbrella of ad agency. We're managers of development, story and communication.

This Legislator Will Be Voting No on Sen. Abel Maldonado's Confirmation

Pedro Nava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Pedro Nava

I will be voting no to confirm Sen. Abel Maldonado to the second highest constitutional office in California, a heartbeat from the Governor, that of Lieutenant Governor.

Feb. 22 Marks A Brand New Day for Banking

Patrice Peyret | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Patrice Peyret

On Feb. 22, new first of many new financial regulations to protect consumers takes effect. It's not a moment too soon. Banking, especially retail bank...

Our Flame Retardants -- Ourselves

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Introduced as the miracle compounds, halocarbons have revealed themselves as fools good. The flame retardant chemical often leach, leading to lower IQs and depressed fertility.

Have You Heard of the Interchange Fee?

Pedro Nava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Pedro Nava

Interchange fees cost Americans $48 billion a year.

Marketing in Today's Digital Culture

Patricia Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Patricia Martin

The relevance of the MBA degree to success in marketing has come under question. Clues as to why the criticism might stick could be found at the recent Kellogg Business School Marketing Conference. Here are a few things I learned.

Consumer Power: A Silver Lining in the Supreme Court's Radical Ruling?

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Andrea Chalupa

January 21, 2010. A day that makes me feel as though we are living our very own Star Wars Episode 3. For all the wonderful people and places in Washin...

Social Purpose Becomes the New Social Status in Business

Mitchell Markson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mitchell Markson

While full-on capitalism may still be our love story (I hear you Michael Moore), a kinder, gentler, more benevolent and yet still profit-driven form of marketing and business is on the rise.

Consumers Have To Try Harder -- Our Economy Depends On Them

Philip Slater | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Philip Slater

Consumers are made up largely of people who either work for a living or used to work for a living. Many of them even contribute to the welfare of society. Hence they are not rich. Hence they are losers.

Arthur Delaney

"I Was Blind To Let You Go": BofA Dumps Complaining Customer, Wants Her Back Two Days Later

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Jane Padgett couldn't believe it when the company that sells her dog's medicine said her credit card had been denied. When she called Bank of America,...

Shahien Nasiripour

Mortgage Lenders Making Record Profits, Consumers Suffer

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Never ones to let an opportunity go unexploited, mortgage lenders are taking advantage of a market fueled by low interest rates and massive government...

Big Brands vs. Private Labels and the Recession

Jenny Darroch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jenny Darroch

To compete in the post-recession world, marketers of big-brands will need to focus on excellent execution of brand strategy and stay focused on innovation in order to stay ahead of private labels.

House Panel Exempts Over 8,000 Banks From Oversight

New York Times | Stephen Labaton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Bowing to political pressure from community bankers, the House Financial Services Committee approved an exemption on Thursday for more than 98 percent...

A Consumer Financial Protection Agency, Or Jiminy Cricket?

Meizhu Lui | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Meizhu Lui

No one suggests that we don't need laws against stealing, and that it should just be left to individual conscience. But when it comes to stealing a whole house, that's exactly what some people seem to think.

Shahien Nasiripour

House Democrats John Adler, Carolyn Maloney Move To Weaken Investor Protection Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Two House Democrats are planning to introduce amendments Tuesday to exempt small- and medium-sized companies from a key post-Enron reform. Consumer ad...

Shahien Nasiripour

As Economy Crashes, Banks Make A Killing On Overdraft Fees

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Talk about kicking people when they're down. Banks and credit unions made an eye-popping $24 billion in overdraft fees in 2008, according to a rep...

In The Public Interest: It's Time for Main Street to Score a Win - Will Congress Do the Right Thing?

Ed Mierzwinski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ed Mierzwinski

In 2010, will the Senate be able to reject the self-serving demands of the bank lobby and protect Main Street?

Shahien Nasiripour

White House Quietly Working To Weaken Investor Protection

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The White House is quietly working to undercut a key post-Enron reform, significantly weakening protection for everyday investors and threatening the ...