Houston Chronicle: Business

  • Why your laptop battery won't kill you
    Tuesday - 03/03/2015 - 07:11 PM

    [...] both of those modes of transport ship much more dangerous items: gasoline, tanks of oxygen and hydrogen, hazardous chemicals like sulfuric acid and even nuclear waste.

    Looking back through federal safety data, the group says there has not been a single accident caused by lithium batteries in the past 25 years.

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  • The 28 hottest exotic cars from the 2015 Geneva Motor Show
    Monday - 03/02/2015 - 02:43 PM

    In the addition, there will be a bevy of production ready models from mass-market luxury brands, such as Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Lexus, and BMW. 

    Inspired by the company's 1997 F1 GTR long-tail race car, the 675LT will feature an upgraded 3.8-liter V8.

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  • People in Business
    Sunday - 03/01/2015 - 03:30 AM

    Voith Turbo has announced that Javier Suarez will be the new vice president Americas for the Power, Oil and Gas division's Marine group.

    Stacie Groce has been appointed head of global mobility solutions at Air Energi, a global workforce solutions company for the energy, process and infrastructure sectors.

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  • Stock market activity this week
    Friday - 02/27/2015 - 11:46 PM

    Increased dividends

    Comcast .25 from .225

    Corrections Corp Amer .54 from .51

    Digital Realty Trust .85 from .83

    Endurance Specialty .35 from .34

    First Fncl Northwest .06 from .05

    First Midwest Bncp .09 from .08

    Medical Prop Tr .22 from .21

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  • The personality types of all 50 states
    Thursday - 02/26/2015 - 03:18 PM

    Personality and career assessment site Truity surveyed more than 12,000 residents in all 50 states and D.C. to find out if where you grew up has any bearing on your personality.

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  • 23 facts about Facebook worth sharing
    Wednesday - 02/25/2015 - 05:57 PM

    The rumors of Facebook's demise are greatly overshared. While online "experts" talk about how teens don't use the service anymore (even though 73 percent of teens worldwide do) and how the company's shaky IPO devastated investors (the company is still worth $200 billion), Facebook keeps on piling up the profits with every new post.

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  • Real estate transactions
    Monday - 02/23/2015 - 03:30 AM

    Atlanta-based Preferred Apartment Communities has completed the purchase of two apartment communities in the Houston area for about $76 million.

    The 165,293-square-foot center is 92 percent leased to anchors Sprouts Farmers Market and Ross Dress for Less in addition to Goody Goody Liquor, Dollar Tree, Five Below, Panera Bread and Leslie's Pool.

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  • This was the thing that made Steve Jobs so great
    Sunday - 02/22/2015 - 05:50 PM

    [...] he remains a role model for many today – the gold standard of a tech visionary.

    "Steve was not an engineer — he just saw different things that people were working on and connected the dots between them," Sculley wrote in his new book, notes the New York Post.

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  • Small-business resources
    Sunday - 02/22/2015 - 02:40 AM

    Breakfast meeting. 8 a.m.-11:15 a.m., Houston Community College Southwest, 5601 West Loop South.

    Various corporate and agency representatives will discuss the prospects for doing business and outline opportunities for small businesses 8 a.m.-10 a.m.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Stock market activity this week
    Friday - 02/20/2015 - 09:50 PM

    Increased dividends

    Analog Devices .40 from .37

    First Indl Rlty Tr .1275 from .1025

    First Savings Fncl .12 from .11

    Genuine Parts .615 from .575

    Reliance Steel&Alum .40 from .35

    Declared stock dividend

    Stock splits this week

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  • Airlines reject rechargeable battery shipments
    Tuesday - 03/03/2015 - 07:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - Two major U.S airlines say they no longer will accept rechargeable battery shipments as new government tests confirm that explosions and violent fires are likely to occur when large numbers of batteries enclosed in cargo containers overheat.

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  • 17 Mind-Blowing Facts About Warren Buffett And His Wealth
    Monday - 03/02/2015 - 02:43 PM

    17 Mind-Blowing Facts About Warren Buffett And His Wealth

    Berkshire's Book Value beat the S&P 500 in 43 out of 44 years on a five-year rolling average basis.

    From 2008 to 2013, the S&P 500 returned 128%, while Berkshire (based on book value per Class A share) returned 80%. 

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  • Small-business resources
    Sunday - 03/01/2015 - 03:30 AM

    Pricing the Successful Proposal for Government Contracts: 9 a.m.-noon, UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200.

    The program is designed for leaders of companies with at least two years of successful operations, annual revenue of $300,000 or more, and the opportunity and desire to grow.

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  • State Farm to refund $325.5M to past policyholders
    Friday - 02/27/2015 - 04:10 PM

    State Farm Lloyds will pay $352.5 million in policyholder refunds and interest to settle a legal dispute that his lingered for more than a decade.

    The settlement - between State Farm Lloyds, the Texas Department of Insurance and the Office of Public Insurance Counsel - is for homeowner, renter or condo owner insurance policies between September 2003 and July 2008.

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  • The $2.3 million Aston Martin Vulcan hypercar is way more insane than we imagined
    Thursday - 02/26/2015 - 03:18 PM

    First we heard the Aston Martin Vulcan scream down a racetrack.

    Designed and engineered to deliver a genuinely bespoke driving experience that draws on our rich heritage, this car tailors its power and handling to both the capabilities of the driver and the characteristics of the track.

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  • New skepticism on financial research
    Tuesday - 02/24/2015 - 06:10 PM

    The idea is a challenge to basic Bogle indexation, and it has gathered billions in exchange-traded fund and institutional assets.

    Worse, if you leave enough graduate students alone with computers and demand a thesis topic, they are likely to discover something no one has ever seen before, even if it isn't there.

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  • Walmart wages: By the numbers
    Monday - 02/23/2015 - 01:17 PM

    Last week, Walmart announced it was raising its company-wide minimum wage to $10 an hour, a big move for the world's largest retailer which has been the target of low-wage protests for years.

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  • Small-business Q&A: Before expanding, think about what you really want
    Sunday - 02/22/2015 - 03:45 AM

    With more than two years' experience, plus the opportunity and desire to grow, now might be just the right time to take your business to the next level.

    Better equipment, an expanded or second facility, a new website, more staff or simply the cash to keep things running smoothly?

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  • Business calendar
    Sunday - 02/22/2015 - 02:40 AM

    The value of having and using a business plan.

    Houston CrossRoads Business Building Breakfast: 7:15-8:30 a.m., H.E.S.S. Club, 5430 Westheimer.

    Speaker: C. Dean Kring, director of research, Services Cooperative Association.

    Don Underwood, general manager, Subsea Emerging Technologies, FMC Technologies.

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  • 13 things successful people do between jobs
    Friday - 02/20/2015 - 11:00 AM

    Career and workplace experts suggest taking at least one week off to allow yourself to mentally prepare for this next big chapter in your life, and to give your brain a break.

    Schedule appointments and run errands.

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