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Flat Russian beer market hits Carlsberg

Business News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:11
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Who's in charge in Ferguson?

CNN - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:00
As tensions in Ferguson, Missouri, have bubbled, one official after another has taken the lead, grappling to figure out how to stop it from coming to a boil.
Categories: National News

Your Online Reputation: Handle With Care

Lifestyles - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:16
Five words or less

(NewsUSA) - Maintaining a positive reputation online is indispensable in today's digital age. It's time to take a long, honest look at how you manage your online reputation.

Consider these statistics:

According to 2011 Cone Online Influence Trend Tracker survey, 87 percent of consumers said positive information they've read online reinforced their decision to purchase a recommended product or service. (This figure is up from 67 percent in 2010.) The 2010 Microsoft Cross-Tab survey found similar results, with 85 percent of recruiters and human resources professionals saying that a positive online reputation influences their decision-making.

With something as fragile as a reputation, how do you begin to protect it? After all, just one bad Facebook photo, and you may not get a call for an interview. Just one bad review or news article, and your company loses phone calls and customers.

"We don't have a lot of control about what others say about us, but we have a lot of control about what we say about ourselves and our company," says Todd William, CEO of Reputation Rhino, an online reputation management company in New York. "I strongly encourage individuals and companies to actively engage in social media, blogging and proactive public relations like press releases, networking and charitable activities."

Don't know where to start? Here's a list:

* Google your name to see where you stand.

* Create a complete profile on popular social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

* Participate actively in online communities.

* Publish positive reviews of satisfied clients or customers.

* Monitor social media mentions for your name or business.

* Update your blog regularly.

* Use SEO (search engine optimization) to make sure positive content comes up first for your name or business.

Unfortunately, reputation management can be a great deal of work and worry. Do you have the time or necessary expertise?

If you answered "No" to this question, don't fret. Today's businesses and busy professionals are turning to online reputation management companies.

"Online reputation management is the art and science of creating a positive first impression when someone is looking for you or your company online," says William. "Online reputation management can remove or suppress negative search results, optimize positive online content, outrank complaint and review sites and fight libel and online defamation."

For more information, visit www.reputationrhino.com.

90% of hospitals and clinics lose their patients' data

Business News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:06
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New 'Potter' character finds spotlight

CNN Entertainment - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:49
To the wonderful array of characters and names in the "Harry Potter" universe -- Ron Weasley, Dolores Umbridge, Bellatrix Lestrange, Cornelius Fudge and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named -- add yet another getting a shot at the spotlight: Celestina Warbeck.
Categories: Entertainment News

Police rescue 4 people taken hostage after robbery in Illinois

CNN - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:46
Hours after two robbery suspects shot at police and took eight people hostage, the standoff inside a suburban Chicago home continued early Wednesday .
Categories: National News

Macy's to pay $650,000 for racial profiling

Business News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:25
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What's it like in Ferguson?

CNN - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 09:57
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder plans to visit Ferguson, Missouri, today, after a night where police chased young men and bottles flew again. CNN's Eliott McLaughlin gives us an on-the-scene take.
Categories: National News

Try to watch this without laughing

CNN - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 09:49
Why is this grown man in a baby's highchair? CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on highchair hijinks.
Categories: National News

2,000 animals taken from home

CNN - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 09:49
Dogs, cats, geese, chickens, snakes, rabbits, peacocks and turtles were removed from a home in Louisiana.
Categories: National News

What hedge funds are buying

Business News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 09:37
For hedge funds, healthcare was hot, media was not lately.

'Agitators' trigger chaos and violence

CNN - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 09:17
"Agitators" triggering chaos and violence amid the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, aren't all locals.
Categories: National News

ISIS beheads American

CNN World - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 09:10
A video released by ISIS shows the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley and threatens the life of another American if President Barack Obama doesn't end military operations in Iraq.
Categories: International News

Dov Charney is still at American Apparel. Do the numbers show it?

Business News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 09:07
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U.N. airlifts aid into Iraq

CNN World - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 09:00
The U.N. refugee agency is due to begin a massive four-day airlift of aid Wednesday into northern Iraq, where fighting between Islamist extremists and Kurdish forces has created a humanitarian crisis.
Categories: International News

Peanut butter recalled over salmonella fears

Health - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 08:50
The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. is voluntarily recalling several lots of peanut, almond and other nut butters on fears of salmonella contamination. The company was made aware of the risk after routine testing showed a potential link between consumption of these products and four separate instances of illness.
Categories: Health

Worst foodborne illness outbreaks

Health - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 08:49
Categories: Health

Action figure not for kids

CNN Entertainment - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 08:39
Conan shows off actress Jessica Alba's sexy "Sin City 2" action figure.
Categories: Entertainment News

Branson, business leaders seek Ukraine solution

Business News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 08:24
Billionaire Richard Branson and 15 major business leaders from around the world want an end to the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

Twitter removes images of James Foley's death

Business News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 08:16
Twitter is taking down images and video of the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley by Islamic militants.
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