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JCPenney Exec Delivers Candid Assessment Of The Company's Turnaround Strategy

Last year, CEO Ron Johnson laid out a revival plan that included boutique-style shop-in-shops, a "fair and square" pricing strategy that eliminated sales, and fancy marketing.<p>But Nick Wooster, the brand's SVP of product development and design, had a more straightforward idea for how the brand could …

When Tracking Projects, Ignore Your Accountants

Do you get regular reports from your company’s accountants about how your projects are doing financially? Those reports should come with a big red warning label: DANGER — MAY NOT BE ACCURATE.<p>It isn’t the accountants’ fault. They’re just following what’s known as Generally Accepted Accounting …

How Criticizing in Private Undermines Your Team

You are holding your weekly team leadership meeting. You are discussing with your direct reports how to handle the project delays that have caused the team to miss its quarterly numbers. You know that Ted — one of your direct reports — contributed to missing the numbers by missing two key …

Why We Pay All Our Employees a Commission

Particularly in the current economy, how can a small company safely and effectively grow? Much has been said recently about the impact of higher taxes — should the company postpone hiring? Rely more heavily on on part time or contingency staff?<p>Our company, Fishbowl, is sitting at approximately 100 …

Photos from Steve Jobs' 1996 return to Apple land on Flickr

Back in December 1996, Apple was not in a good place. The company had weathered over a decade of declining sales and sub-par leadership, and was on the brink of financial collapse. But that abruptly changed when the company's board decided to bring back co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs as an …

Why Is American Health Care So Ridiculously Expensive?

It would be nice to say that high prices are a bug of our medical system. But they're a feature. They're part of a choice we've made.<p>The U.S. medical system is absurdly expensive. You knew that already. But you probably didn't realize just how absurdly expensive it is compared to other …

G.I. Joe's 'Retaliation' mission is a relative success

The sequel has more heart and better action than the original but is still mostly for fans of the toys.<p>Not that the bar was raised that high four years ago, but <i>G.I. Joe: Retaliation</i> marks a vast improvement over its toy-inspired predecessor.<p>And while it's still primarily fodder for kids, <i>Retaliation</i> …

Shaka Smart to remain as basketball coach at VCU

The Shaka Smart sweepstakes is over, and, once again, the winner is Virginia Commonwealth University.<p>Despite garnering interest from high-major basketball programs -- including UCLA and Minnesota -- Smart has agreed to a contract extension at VCU, the school confirmed Wednesday night.<p>Smart's deal …

Court nullifies polo mogul's adoption of girlfriend

Legal maneuver seen as bid tap his kids' trust fund, shield assets from family of student he killed in drunken crash.<p>A Florida appeals court has nullified a polo mogul's adoption of his 42-year-old girlfriend in an apparent bid to tap his children's trust fund and shield his assets from the family …

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Free at Last: The Robert Redford Story

He's always been obsessed with the American way of winning and losing, the blessing also being the curse. It's the subject of much of his career and the substance of much of his life. PLUS: The Exclusive Never-Before-Seen Photos of Redford from 1959<p><i>Published in the April 2013 issue</i><p><b>The war is over,</b> …

Box Office Report: 'Croods' and 'Olympus' Dethrone 'Oz'

WINNERS OF THE WEEK: Almost everyone. In what was expected to be a slow box office weekend, several movies outperformed expectations, starting with</i> …

Film Industry

J.J. Abrams 'Just Getting Started' on New 'Stars Wars' Film

Now that <i>Star Trek: Into Darkness</i> is nearing release, director J.J. Abrams is turning his attention to the <i>Star Wars</i> revival he will begin working on …

Star Trek

Bill Clinton Books Interview with Stephen Colbert

Bill Clinton will sit down for his very first interview with Stephen Colbert, and the TV host will lead the closing session of the Clinton Global …

Bill Clinton

Oscars Will Move to March in 2014

The Oscars will shift its show date next year, moving from its usual February slot to March 2nd, 2014, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and …

The Oscars

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony: Rush May Play with Dave Grohl, Public Enemy to Reunite with Terminator X

Final preparations are underway for the 28th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 18th at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. In …

Music

Digitimes says Apple is working on a 4K TV for either later this year or early next year

According to <i>Digitimes</i>, Apple is planning on launching a TV set either later this year or in early 2014. The site, which has a mixed track record, says that the display is of 4K resolution. Specifically, the report calls for a 3840 x 2160 panel in the TV. While the site says Apple could be working …

BlackBerry’s Android Bet Is Paying Off

BlackBerry’s App World now touts 100,000 BB10 applications. An impressive number for a platform just months old. But out of those 100,000 applications, roughly 20% are Android apps, simply ported over rather than being coded specifically for BlackBerry 10.<p>This is a win for BlackBerry. It’s a big …

Does Apple Really “Need” a New Breakthrough to Bolster Stock?

It may be a while before Apple’s shares return to the all-time high of $705 they hit last September, but they should hit $600 or so by year’s …

Some iOS 6.1.3 users hit by battery drain and Wi-Fi issues

Another iOS update, another round of complaints.<p>Released last week, Apple's iOS 6.1.3 was designed to fix a security hole that let someone access the iPhone by sneaking past the lock screen. But the update also seems to have plagued some users with other problems, according to blog site Gotta Be …

iOS

How the internet is making us poor

Everyone knows the story of how robots replaced humans on the factory floor. But in the broader sweep of automation versus labor, a trend with far greater significance for the middle class—in rich countries, at any rate—has been relatively overlooked: the replacement of knowledge workers with …

Boston University

Chris Christie Leads In 2013 Reelection Race, Less Favored For Presidential Run: Poll

New Jersey voters overwhelmingly favor Gov. Chris Christie (R) for reelection in 2013, but are far more divided over his potential future as a 2016 contender, according to a poll released Tuesday by Quinnipiac University.<p>The survey finds Christie maintaining a substantial lead over his likely …

For some, King Richard III's resting place raises a human rights issue

Distant relatives of England's King Richard III have escalated their fight to have the much-maligned monarch's mortal remains buried in York rather than Leicester, claiming that the matter was a human rights issue.<p>The late king's skeleton was discovered beneath a parking lot near the present-day …

Here's What Frank Bruni Gets Wrong About Rand Paul's Senate Record

Like many in the media, the New York Times columnist emphasizes minor positions while minimizing the Kentucky senator's more important stands.<p>Reuters<p>You'd never know from Bruni's column that Paul advocated for a total of nine reforms to the Patriot Act:<p>He teamed up with Democratic Senator Patrick …