Your Questions About Internet Marketing News

John asks…

Do you live in one of the areas being hit hard by theives stealing plants?

I do. It has been all over the news here. Theives are jacking flower beds like crazy in my area. And I woke up this morning to find all of my rose bushes gone. Plants? I would have never thought that they’d be targeted. What about y’all?

barry0912 answers:

No, fortunately I do not. I suspect your stolen rose bushes will show up at a flea market or other seller’s venue. Personally, I’d be playing detective and when I’ve found my plants, I’d call the police immediately. Of course, the thieves may be selling them on one of the internet sites, too.

Sorry you suffered such a loss. I’d be steaming mad!

Where do you live? Where is this happening?

James asks…

What is the best book to purchase for a beginner to learn how to purchase stocks?

I would like to buy stocks over the internet, but I have no clue on what stocks to buy or how to do it.

barry0912 answers:

I am assuming that you are using “limited funds” to start “investing over the internet”…..but I am VERY CONCERNED with the “I have no clue on what stocks to buy..or how to do it”. Honestly, you are “exactly” the type of person who should NOT be trading/investing on your own…as another answer before me said “find a reputable professional”…it doesn’t matter what company he/she is with…their skill/knowledge and ethics are what matter most!!!

However…to answer your question…there are a HUGE number of books to “purchase”…..but if you’re posting on here…and you want to trade over the internet…USE THE INTERNET for what it was invented for…sharing knowledge!

BOOKS don’t “interact” with you…can’t let you “test drive” sample portfolios…backtest potential portfolios…learn about many different strategies/products, etc …..and cost you nothing more than you are already using for internet access.

Sooooo……Here is a “sample” of what I recently shared with a similar Yahoo Answers member……

This will be a fairly extensive listing of where to go to learn about stocks, bonds, personal finance, economic issues(stock related), etc etc etc……only because you sound like you earnestly want to know.

For STOCK/Mutual Fund/Options/Finance-related information:

**www.kiplingers.com (more “personal finance” than stocks…but that’s critical in life too…kiplinger newsletter and/or Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine!)
**www.fool.com (classes to sign up for, free, etc)
**www.seekingalpha.com (better for the “technical analysis” crowd)
**www.whispernumbers.com (professional and non-pro opinions…group think?…play it to your advantage?)
**www.yahoo.com (finance section…good site (that’s free) for tracking (delayed) your stock portfolio)
**www.msnbc.com (current “in-the-news” stuff)
**www.morningstar.com (mostly for funds…stocks too)
**www.dismalscientist.com (more MACRO-economic…for those who want to know “why, how…” things happen)
**www.888options.com (Great Options site, free options DVD and classes!)
**www.optionsmonster.com (Options site)
**www.CBOE.com (THE Options exchange, “Learning Center”/”Options Institute”=free classes!)
**www.lightbulbpress.com (easy to understand, quick read, booklets etc.)
**www.street.com (Cramer’s name to fame! “trader, not investor” related advice mostly!)
**www.horsesmouth.com (a stock/stock market barometer!)
**www.bankrate.com (good resource on rates, and much more!)

And…sooooo many more… I’ll save “financial Calculator” websites (for everything you can imagine, and many that you can’t) for another time!!! Oh, these are “off the top of my head”…..there are many others that I’ve gone “blank” on…and may add later, after I check my work computer (since I’ve saved the shortcuts on several, I don’t remember the actual addresses!…silly me!!!)

Study hard…don’t lose your money “guessing”…study/read first…then take a “gamble?” (pun intended)…and/or find an above average/ethical professional to do the work for you.

***Oh, yeah….all of the above information should be FREE for all/overwhelming majority of the information…AND “Most traders/investors” don’t know about them. Also, NEVER buy those newsletters, etc you’ll get “pitched”…use these sites…and think for yourself…or hire a “personal” advisor who knows you and what your goals, needs, etc are.

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Your Questions About Internet Marketing News

Laura asks…

What do you think of this (see below)? Is this one of those ‘there goes the neighborhood things?

Microsoft Corp. is making an unsolicited $44.6 billion offer for Yahoo Inc., an Internet icon and one the best known Web portals, in a move to boost its competitive edge against Google Inc. in the online services market.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080201/ap_on_hi_te/microsoft_yahoo_12

barry0912 answers:

Almost sounds like it. Seems that everything MS gets its claws on turns to mud. Not sure what all might be changed, but I hope they do not change Yahoo e-mail into hotmail. I think forums such as this could easily evaporate as well.

Joseph asks…

Is Rupert Murdock the greatest capitalist ever?

The Rupert Murdoch machine (AKA News Corp.)…

Film

Twentieth Century Fox
Twentieth Century Fox Español
Twentieth Century Fox International
Twentieth Century Fox Television
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Fox Studios Australia
Fox Studios Baja
Fox Studios Los Angeles
Fox Television Studios

Television
Broadcast/Production assets
20th Century Fox Television
20th Television
bTV
Foxtel
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox International Channels Italy
Fox Kids (1990-2002)
Fox Sports Australia
Fox Telecolombia
Fox Television Stations
Fox Television Studios
Imedi TV
Latvijas Neatkarīgā Televīzija
MyNetworkTV
STAR TV
TV5 Rīga

Cable Assets
Big Ten Network (49%)
Fox Business Network
Fox College Sports
Fox Movie Channel
Fox News Channel
Fox Soccer Channel
Fox Sports Enterprises
Fox Sports en Español
Fox Sports Net
FUEL TV
FX Networks
Fox Reality
National Geographic Channel (50%)
National Geographic Channel UK (50%)
Speed Channel
SportSouth
LAPTV (Latin America — co-owned with Paramount Pictures/Viacom, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/MGM Holdings and Universal Studios/NBC Universal)
Telecine (Brazil — co-owned with Globosat Canais, Paramount Pictures, MGM, Universal Studios and DreamWorks);
Direct broadcast satellite Assets
BSkyB (39.1%)
Sky Deutschland (39.96%)
SKY Italia
SKY Network Television (43.65%)
Tata Sky (20%)

Internet
Fox Interactive Media
AmericanIdol.com
AskMen.com
Fox.com
Foxsports.com
GameSpy
Hulu.com
kSolo
IGN
Drownedinsound.com
MySpace
MyNetworktv.com
NewRoo.com
Strategicdatacorp.com
Photobucket.com
Rotten Tomatoes
Scout.com
SpringWidgets
WhatIfSports

Beliefnet
News Digital Media
Slingshot Labs

Magazines and Inserts
InsideOut
donna hay
News America Marketing
SmartSource

Newspapers and Information Services
United Kingdom
News International
The Sun
News of the World
The Times
Sunday Times
thelondonpaper (a free newspaper)

Australasia
News Limited
The Daily Telegraph (Sydney)
The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney)
The Australian (national)
The Weekend Australian (national)
The Advertiser (Adelaide)
Sunday Mail (Adelaide)
The Sunday Times (Perth)
Herald Sun (Melbourne)
Sunday Herald Sun (Melbourne)
mX (Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane)
The Courier-Mail (Brisbane)
The Cairns Post (Cairns, Queensland)
Geelong Advertiser
Gold Coast Bulletin
The Mercury and Sunday Tasmanian (Hobart)
Northern Territory News (Darwin)
The Sunday Territorian (Darwin)
Australian Associated Press (45%)

New Zealand
Sunday Star-Times Why does this link claim Sunday Star-Times is a Fairfax-owned paper?

Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea Post-Courier

Fiji
The Fiji Times

United States
New York Post
Community Newspaper Group
The Brooklyn Paper
Courier-Life Publications
TimesLedger Newspapers
Bronx Times Reporter Inc.

International
Dow Jones & Company
Consumer Media Group
The Wall Street Journal – the leading US financial newspaper.
Wall Street Journal Europe
Wall Street Journal Asia
Barron’s – weekly financial markets magazine.
Marketwatch – Financial news and information website.
Far Eastern Economic Review
Financial News
Enterprise Media Group
Dow Jones Newswires – global, real-time news and information provider.
Factiva – provides business news and information together with content delivery tools and services.
Dow Jones Indexes – stock market indexes and indicators, including the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
Dow Jones Financial Information Services — produces databases, electronic media, newsletters, conferences, directories, and other information services on specialised markets and industry sectors.
Betten Financial News — leading Dutch language financial and economic news service.

Local Media Group
Dow Jones Local Media Group (formerly Ottaway Community Newspapers) – 8 daily and 15 weekly regional newspapers.
Strategic Alliances

STOXX (33%) – joint venture with Deutsche Boerse and SWG Group for the development and distribution of Dow Jones STOXX indices.
Vedomosti (33%) – Russia’s leading financial newspaper (joint venture with Financial Times and Independent Media).
SmartMoney (50%)
FiLife.com (50%)

Books
HarperCollins
HarperCollins India (40%) joint venture with India Today Group
Zondervan Publishing
Youth Specialties — organisation helping youth workers worldwide through training seminars and conventions, resources and the internet.
Inspirio — religious gift production.
US TV outlets (Direct Ownership in Bold)

Alabama
Birmingham – WBRC-TV 6
Huntsville – WZDX 54
Mobile – WALA-TV 10
Montgomery – WCOV-TV 20
Ozark (Dothan) – WDFX-TV 34

Alaska
Anchorage – KTBY 4
Fairbanks – KFXF 7

Arizona
Phoenix – KSAZ-TV 10
Tucson – KMSB-TV 11

Arkansas
Fort Smith – KFTA-TV 24
Little Rock – KLRT-TV 16

California
Bakersfield – KBFX-CA 58
El Centro – KECY-TV 9
Eureka – KBVU 29
Indio (Palm Springs) – KDFX-CA 33
Los Angeles – KTTV 11
Mon

barry0912 answers:

Yes, he controls all media.

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Your Questions About Internet Marketing News

Lizzie asks…

Do you know who owns everything you read and watch on television?

GENERAL ELECTRIC —

Television Holdings:
* NBC: includes 13 stations, 28% of US households.
* NBC Network News: The Today Show, Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, Meet the Press, Dateline NBC, NBC News at Sunrise.
* CNBC business television; MSNBC 24-hour cable and Internet news service (co-owned by NBC and Microsoft); Court TV (co-owned with Time Warner), Bravo (50%), A&E (25%), History Channel (25%).
The “MS” in MSNBC
means microsoft
The same Microsoft that donated 2.4 million to get GW bush elected.

Other Holdings:
* GE Consumer Electronics.
* GE Power Systems: produces turbines for nuclear reactors and power plants.
* GE Plastics: produces military hardware and nuclear power equipment.
* GE Transportation Systems: runs diesel and electric trains.
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WESTINGHOUSE / CBS INC.

Westinghouse Electric Company, part of the Nuclear Utilities Business Group of British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL)
whos #1 on the Board of Directors? None other than:
Frank Carlucci (of the Carlyle Group)

Television Holdings:
* CBS: includes 14 stations and over 200 affiliates in the US.
* CBS Network News: 60 minutes, 48 hours, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, CBS Morning News, Up to the Minute.
* Country Music Television, The Nashville Network, 2 regional sports networks.
* Group W Satellite Communications.
Other Holdings:
* Westinghouse Electric Company: provides services to the nuclear power industry.
* Westinghouse Government Environmental Services Company: disposes of nuclear and hazardous wastes. Also operates 4 government-owned nuclear power plants in the US.
* Energy Systems: provides nuclear power plant design and maintenance.
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VIACOM INTERNATIONAL INC.

Television Holdings:
* Paramount Television, Spelling Television, MTV, VH-1, Showtime, The Movie Channel, UPN (joint owner), Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Sundance Channel (joint owner), Flix.
* 20 major market US stations.
Media Holdings:
* Paramount Pictures, Paramount Home Video, Blockbuster Video, Famous Players Theatres, Paramount Parks.
* Simon & Schuster Publishing.
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DISNEY / ABC / CAP

Television Holdings:
* ABC: includes 10 stations, 24% of US households.
* ABC Network News: Prime Time Live, Nightline, 20/20, Good Morning America.
* ESPN, Lifetime Television (50%), as well as minority holdings in A&E, History Channel and E!
* Disney Channel/Disney Television, Touchtone Television.
Media Holdings:
* Miramax, Touchtone Pictures.
* Magazines: Jane, Los Angeles Magazine, W, Discover.
* 3 music labels, 11 major local newspapers.
* Hyperion book publishers.
* Infoseek Internet search engine (43%).
Other Holdings:
* Sid R. Bass (major shares) crude oil and gas.
* All Disney Theme Parks, Walt Disney Cruise Lines.
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TIME-WARNER TBS – AOL

America Online (AOL) acquired Time Warner–the largest merger in corporate history.
Television Holdings:
* CNN, HBO, Cinemax, TBS Superstation, Turner Network Television, Turner Classic Movies, Warner Brothers Television, Cartoon Network, Sega Channel, TNT, Comedy Central (50%), E! (49%), Court TV (50%).
* Largest owner of cable systems in the US with an estimated 13 million subscribers.
Media Holdings:
* HBO Independent Productions, Warner Home Video, New Line Cinema, Castle Rock, Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera.
* Music: Atlantic, Elektra, Rhino, Sire, Warner Bros. Records, EMI, WEA, Sub Pop (distribution) = the world’s largest music company.
* 33 magazines including Time, Sports Illustrated, People, In Style, Fortune, Book of the Month Club, Entertainment Weekly, Life, DC Comics (50%), and MAD Magazine.
Other Holdings:
* Sports: The Atlanta Braves, The Atlanta Hawks, World Championship Wrestling.
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NEWS CORPORATION LTD. / FOX NETWORKS (Rupert Murdoch)

Television Holdings:
* Fox Television: includes 22 stations, 50% of US households.
* Fox International: extensive worldwide cable and satellite networks include British Sky Broadcasting (40%); VOX, Germany (49.9%); Canal Fox, Latin America; FOXTEL, Australia (50%); STAR TV, Asia; IskyB, India; Bahasa Programming Ltd., Indonesia (50%); and News Broadcasting, Japan (80%).
* The Golf Channel (33%).
MEDIA HOLDINGS:
* Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight.
* 132 newspapers (113 in Australia alone) including the New York Post, the London Times and The Australian.
* 25 magazines including TV Guide and The Weekly Standard.
* HarperCollins books.
OTHER HOLDINGS:
* Sports: LA Dodgers, LA Kings, LA Lakers, National Rugby League.
* Ansett Australia airlines, Ansett New Zealand airlines.
* Rupert Murdoch: Board of Directors, Philip Morris (USA).

barry0912 answers:

Hi there

you can watch all the latest and many tv shows here check it out….

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Lisa asks…

Think about the conversation between the systems development team and the people from Marathon Vitamin shop?

1.INTRODUCTION MARATHON VITAMIN SHOPS

Marathon Vitamin Shops was successful in getting its Web site up and running. The Web developers put the company’s entire catalog online and included a choice of skins so that each type of customers would enjoy using the Web site.

The analysts are meeting with owner Bill Berry and some employees to evaluate customers’ feedback as well as give their own reactions to the new Web site. They are meeting in a large conference room, where they have a computer with Internet access and a projector. As they sit down at the table, the entry screen for the Web site is projected at the front of the room. “The Website has attracted lots of attention, but we want to give the customers even more so that they keep coming back,” says Bill, gesturing to the screen.

He continues. “It’s not like we’re closing our retail stores or any thing. In fact, it’s just the opposite. When customers notice we’re on the Web, they’re eager to locate the store in their community. They want to be able to walk into store and talk to a trained expert rather than buying everything over the Internet. We need to tell people how to get there.”

“We think we can improve the site by adding special enhancements and features, ‘says AI Falfa, a member of the systems team, who originally developed and implemented the ecommerce Web site.

“Yes,” says Ginger Rute one of the other members of the systems development team, as she nods in agreement.” Blockbuster and Borders use a mapping facility from MapQuest, and Home Depot uses maps from Microsoft Vicinity, which also produces MapBlast!”

Vita Minn, another member of the original systems development team, speaks up enthusiastically, saying, “We know of a couple good message board service and chat rooms we can build into our Web site. We think they can improve the stickiness of the site, making people stay on the site longer and also making them want to return.”

“That’s a great idea, “says Jin Singh, one of the technologically savvy Marathon employees. “We can let customers talk with one another; tell each other about a product they liked, and so on. We could even let them start their own blogs.”

Vita continues by moving to the computer keyboard and saying, “Let me show you the sites at www.planetgov.com and www.worldviewer.com.” As she types in the first URL, the group sees the site projected. “They use chat systems from ichat and Multicity.com, respectively,” she continues.

“Customers also need to search for more information about a product or manufacturer,” AI adds. “Let’s make it easier for them. Let’s look at www.Cincinnati.com for an example. They use Atomz to search for information. “

After listening intently, Bill speaks up. “Medical information could also be useful” he says. “I’ve notice that www.medpool.com has medical news from NewsEdge. I’ve seen people on the treadmills at my health and fitness centre watching the financial channels while they exercise.”

“While we’re at it, why don’t we add news and financial information to the web site?” Ginger asks. “I notice that www.nmmm.com has market news from a company called Moreover.com.”

Think about the conversation between the systems development team and the people from Marathon Vitamin shops. Some of the enhancement suggestions involve taking advantage of free service; others required payments ranging from $1000 to $5000 annually. Although some were good ideas, others may not be practical or feasible. Perhaps some of the ideas just do not make sense for the company.

For each of the following, review what you know about the mission and business activities of Marathon Vitamin Shops. Then make a critical and analytical recommendation regarding each option the analyst and client have made and defend it:
Mashups using Google Maps
Chat rooms and message boards
Blogs
Search engines
Medical information
News feeds and financial markets information.

Subsequently choose any 4 suitable options based on your critical analysis and recommendation and develop the sites to value add Marathon Vitamin Shops.

2.Think about the conversation between the systems development team and the people from Marathon Vitamin shops. Some of the enhancement suggestions involve taking advantage of free service; others required payments ranging from $1000 to $5000 annually. Although some were good ideas, others may not be practical or feasible. Perhaps some of the ideas just do not make sense for the company.

3.For each of the following, review what you know about the mission and business activities of Marathon Vitamin Shops. Then make a critical and analytical recommendation regarding each option the analyst and client have made and defend it:
Mashups using Google Maps
Chat rooms and message boards
Blogs
Search engines
Medical information
News feeds and financial markets information.

barry0912 answers:

The mission statements must be equal in sum to the coefficient ratios by means of the status quo.

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Your Questions About Internet Marketing News

Mandy asks…

Why does everyone say the liberals control the media?

When they obviously don’t.

I know this is going to go off the rails with people who read nothing but the title but I have a few things I’d like addressed specifically.

I’m a news junkie, I bounce channels a lot, of the big 3 (I call the big 3, Fox, MSNBC and CNN) I find Fox to be as conservative as it gets. CNN to depend upon who is anchoring / who’s show is on and MSNBC to be as liberal as it gets.

I’ve served in the military and call me crazy but I find a majority of MSNBC to be rational, down to earth and believe it or not, entertaining.
CNN seems to like to play back and forth on compassion and hard fact. Anderson Cooper seems bleeding heart while Lou Dobbs seems firm. I’ve seen a lot of bad things but Fox news is the only channel that actually concerns me, concerns in a sense of “Good lord, what are they thinking.”

When I can’t be in front of a TV I like to listen to talk radio, I get most of my news from talk radio. I don’t get Air America where I am at, and I really don’t know any places that do – I have streamed it a few times. Rush Limbaugh seems like he only cares about the rich. Sean Hannity seems self righteous and only cares about the conservative party. Glenn Beck seems like a pretty decent guy, libertarian with a lot of coservative policy ? Mike Savage is crazy. Mark Levin’s voice is too annoying for me to listen to so I cannot comment.

But I’ve done some digging and the only thing I can come up with is that of these 3 news stations, The big 3 24 hour news stations, Fox News has an overwhelming control of the market. Anyone can goto wikipedia and see the plethora of businesses and companies they control.

Why is it that a media source, who obviously has control over so many different parts of the market, TV, News, Movies, Radio, Internet (Oh yes teenagers, they own MySpace) outrightly lies about who is controlling the media ?
What liberals exist on Fox News with a purpose other than to stoke the flames for the Conservative sitting in the seat across from them ?
I appreciate Dave’s Answer. I never thought to look into the news papers because I live right next to the town where they print The Tribune Review, a Richard Mellon-Scaiffe paper.
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barry0912 answers:

What you are missing is that all those cable stations together have fewer viewers than ABC, NBC and CBS news shows. THAT is where most people get their news, tv-wise. I notice you don’t rate them on your “liberal to conservative” scale, and I wish you would take the time, some week, and see where you think they land.
Likewise, in the newspaper world, the fact is, nearly every newspaper in America gets their news from the AP or the New York Times. There are not more than a dozen other papers in the country that actually develop their own stories, and of those, most still follow the NY Times’ lead on what is and isn’t news. Both the AP and the NY Times are just off the hook liberal, both in WHAT they cover, and in how much they editorialize in their so-called “reporting”.

Funny, on the talk radio thing I mostly agree with you, except that Michael Savage is the one whose voice just grates on me. Even when he is saying something I agree with, I sometimes have to change channels just to get away from his strident tone.

Mark asks…

New legislation makinig banks sell reposessed homes at market value? Does anyone know the details?

Apparently in yesterday’s news headlines there was a story about the government passing legislation that banks who repossess homes due to mortgage default must sell the homes at market value. I did not hear the story and can not find anything about it on the internet. Does any one know any more details? When the legislation comes in to effect?

barry0912 answers:

I hadn’t heard this, and like you, I can’t find anything on-line that addresses this.

I would be very surprised if this type of legislation passes. Banks/REO owners are always trying to get “market value” for their foreclosed property. But what is market value? It’s what someone is willing to pay.

I did hear something about a plan to have investors buy into “toxic assets” in an owner-partnership with the Feds. And the thought was that this arrangement would help set market value. I heard a news story about this on NPR.

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