Bank of America, Water.org Partner to Provide Clean Water and Opportunity in Southern India


Dateline City: CHARLOTTE, N.C. $ 1 Million Grant Will Enable Families in Need to Access “Microloans” Bank of America today announced a $ 1 million grant to Water.org, a global organization that provides innovative, community-led and market-based solutions that change lives through safe water and sanitation. The grant will empower 100,000 Read more [...]

2014 College Tax Credit: Claim The $2,500 American Opportunity Tax Credit


If you have children in or about to enter college, you'll want to know all about the American Opportunity Tax Credit. There is $ 10,000 in college tax credits available to taxpayers with children in college over the next four years, $ 2,500 per eligible child per year through 2017. As usual, its not as easy as it sounds to claim the American Opportunity Tax Credit. Follow these guidelines to clear up any confusion and claim the credit properly. Links to the forms and instructions are included. Forbes Read more [...]

Jeremy Lin Has Golden Opportunity to Reinvent Himself with Los Angeles Lakers


For the Los Angeles Lakers, Jeremy Lin's value may not extend beyond his expiring contract and the future first-round draft pick he brought with him from the Houston Rockets. If Lin boosts ticket sales or plays his way into a permanent role going forward, that's even better. But he'll spend next season draped in purple and gold because of the assist he gave the franchise's future asset collection. For the player himself, though, this is something so much greater that it can't easily put into words. Read more [...]

Microsoft and partners take next step to close the opportunity gap


REDMOND, Wash. — April 28, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. and its hardware partners on Monday unveiled a range of devices at various price points to help U.S. public school districts make the digital transition. The devices included in today’s pricing announcement are lightweight enough to conduct research and take assessments, while at the same time robust enough to create rich media, develop code and build complex applications. With devices starting under $ 300, the effort is a part of Microsoft’s Read more [...]

Microsoft demonstrates new ecosystem opportunity and unveils the latest partner devices at Computex 2014


TAIPEI, Taiwan — June 4, 2014 — Wednesday during a keynote address at Computex, Nick Parker, Microsoft corporate vice president responsible for Microsoft Corp.’s device partnerships, demonstrated the breadth of innovation happening across Windows and the Windows device ecosystem. He was joined during his keynote by Tony Prophet, corporate vice president of Windows Marketing, and Dr. Hsiao-Wuen Hon, managing director of Microsoft Research Asia and distinguished scientist at Microsoft, Read more [...]

Inequality and Opportunity


“Nothing is more dangerous than a dogmatic worldview – nothing more constraining, more blinding to innovation, more destructive of openness to novelty.” – Stephen Jay Gould  My letters the last few weeks on income inequality (here and here) brought more response from readers than any topic I’ve written on in the history of this letter. And there was certainly no unanimity of viewpoints. Some of you strongly agree with me; some of you aggressively disagree and think I’m full of it; and Read more [...]

Demand for Energy, Food and Housing Creates Opportunity for Investors, Says U.S. Trust in 2014 Outlook on Non-financial Assets


Dateline City: NEW YORK The booming U.S. energy market, robust housing recovery and strengthening economy are creating growth opportunities for investors of non-financial specialty assets, including farmland, timberland, real estate, private businesses, and oil and gas, according to U.S. Trust. In a report published today on its 2014 outlook for non-financial assets, U.S. Trust’s Specialty Asset Read more [...]