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Posts from December 2012

Morgan Stanley gets a $5 million “improper influence” slap on the wrist during Facebook IPO by Massachusetts’ securities regulator

December 21st, 2012 by Steven Barnes | Report

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has fined Morgan Stanley $5 million over its “improper influence” activity during Facebook’s initial public offering (IPO). In 2011, Morgan Stanley recorded $32.4 billion in revenue. The firm was the lead underwriter for the Facebook IPO last spring, and their actions led to criticism and legal complaints from shareholders who claimed […]


Branson retains control of Virgin Atlantic Airways in sale of 49% stake

December 13th, 2012 by Kyle Rankin | Report

For years after Richard Branson started Virgin Atlantic Airways, he always felt that he was alone in battle with British Airways which, he claimed, was always trying to drive his airline into bankruptcy. Singapore Air paid 600.3 million pounds for its stake in Virgin in 1999, or $966 million present day value, and has written […]


Data from medical device implants: Who’s data is it?

by John Eastman | Report · Upcoming Post

The tremendous advance of technology in smartphone applications and mobile devices has netted obvious benefits and changed the daily lives of millions. Location and data tracking emitted from these devices is used in hundreds of ways, from navigation to medical organ use. But the ownership and use of that data is always not as clear […]


Tweaking the Affordable Care Act

December 6th, 2012 by Kyle Rankin | Report

The Affordable Care Act, having withstood a Supreme Court challenge, and significant effort by opposition parties to overturn it, is now secure with the recent election results that put President Obama in office for another term. But there is some tweaking being done to the regulation by the Department of Health and Human Services. The […]


U.S. birth rates fall from economic recession

December 5th, 2012 by Steven Barnes | Report

The Pew Research Center recently published a report indicating that the U.S. birth rate fell 8 percent from 2007 to 2010. The decline, a record low, was attributed to immigrant women having fewer children. That same group has led the U.S. population growth for the past 20 years. The rate dropped 6 percent for woman […]


U.S. gross domestic product revised upward – but challenges ahead due to hurricane Sandy, and concerns over fiscal cliff effects

December 1st, 2012 by Steven Barnes | Report

The Commerce Department reported that the U.S. economy expanded at its fastest pace since late 2011, and revised the nation’s gross domestic product to 2.7% between July through September, up from a prior estimate of 2.0%. The gross domestic product (GDP) is referred to as the broadest measure of goods and services produced in the […]