Business

Entrepreneur Finds ‘Sizeable Market’ for Custom Phone Numbers in some locales

Saturday, April 25, 2015

San Francisco, a city with no shortage of status symbols, has just gained another: the 415 area code. Like New York’s 212 before it, phone companies are mixing a new, dare-we-say ugly area code, 628, in for new numbers. But there’s no need to panic. As with all status symbols in San Francisco and elsewhere, a 415 number can be yours, for a price. Ed Mance operates PhoneNumberGuy.com from the …

Comcast to Drop Mega-Merger

Friday, April 24, 2015

Washington — Comcast is planning to drop its $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable, after Washington regulators raised concerns that the combined giant would hold too much sway over the rapidly evolving television and entertainment industries, according to people familiar with the matter. The decision caps a spectacular collapse for one of the biggest deals ever to come before federal officials. The …

Intuit Sued Over TurboTax Security

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Two victims of identity theft have sued Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, claiming that poor security measures contributed to a possible spike in tax fraud this year. In the lawsuit, which was filed Monday in the Northern District Court of California, the two taxpayers accused the company of not taking enough steps to protect customers’ data or to stop criminals from using that …

15 Minutes of Viral Fame

Sunday, April 12, 2015

New York — Fifteen minutes of Internet fame can create long-term riches for a small business. Whether it’s a photo that gets shared on social media like the recent controversy over the color of TheDress or a funny …

At the Hospitals: April 12, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Mt. Ascutney Taps Nurse, Doctor For Senior Leadership Team Windsor — Dr. Joseph Perras and Patti Strohla, a registered nurse, have joined the senior leadership team at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center. The team, which includes the …

Smaller Banks Lending Again

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Washington — Smaller banks have sharply stepped up lending for commercial real estate development and business expansion, an important sign that the economy is shedding the last vestiges of the Great Recession. These loans underwritten by smaller banks — regional banks with assets below $50 billion and community …

China’s Internet Censorship Goes Beyond Borders

Sunday, April 12, 2015

China has moved beyond censoring Internet content seen by its own citizens to using a new cyberweapon researchers have dubbed the Great Cannon to silence critics around the world, according to a report released Friday. The first use of this capability was a weeks-long attack against websites that …

Beer Bills Signal Time of Growth

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Concord — By almost any metric, New Hampshire’s beer business is becoming more stout. The number of breweries has jumped from 17 to 38 in the past 18 months and is expected to push 60 in the next …

Immelt Set Up for Industrial Deals As GE Pivots From Finance Business

Sunday, April 12, 2015

New York — Jeffrey Immelt, poised for the biggest restructuring push on his watch at General Electric, is plotting acquisitions to complement an industrial portfolio spanning jet engines to locomotives to oilfield equipment. With GE planning to sell …

Business Notes: April 12, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Claremont — Amidon Jewelers has moved its corporate offices to the building it owns on Washington Street in Claremont. The company’s corporate and operational staff had been housed in Hanover, where the jeweler had been a presence on Main Street since 1935. The company announced the closing of …

VTC to Host Brewing Short Course

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Randolph — For the second year running, Vermont Tech will offer a brewing short course for entrepreneurs and home brewers. The class is set for May 11-17, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Drop-In Brewing Co. in Middlebury, Vt. Taught by the Drop-In’s owner, Steve Parkes, it will …

Money Talk: Credit Card Issuers Can Change Future Rates Any Time

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Question: I have had a certain credit card for over five years. I just received a letter stating that my interest rate was going to be raised from 10.24 percent to 12.24 percent. My FICO score is 819 and I have never had late payments on any of …

Pipeline Would Link Pa., Northeast

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Schoharie, N.Y. — New York landowners along the planned 124-mile Constitution Pipeline are getting details of a second major natural gas pipeline proposed to cut through their property, this one a 325-mile link from Pennsylvania to New England. …