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July 2009

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We're Number 3! (or 31!)

July 31, 2009 – Comments (0)

Got this email today from Mac Greer, who is the brains and personality (well, Mac and Steve Broido) behind our Motley Fool Money podcast.

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Hey all,



Great work with this week’s podcast. Motley Fool Money is now ranked # 3 in Business Audio Podcasts on iTunes, trailing only NPR’s Planet Money and Dave Ramsey (radio). No small feat considering the promotion that Planet Money receives – and considering that Dave Ramsey has a radio audience of around 5 million. But wait, there’s more! Motley Fool Money is now in the Top 31 of ALL podcasts on iTunes. Yes, we finally cracked the top 31. And oh yeah – our recently launched Motley Fool Conversations podcast (interviews) is ranked # 6 in the business category. So the plan for world domination is going as planned. Throw us some love in your respective newsletters if it makes sense.



You can listen to this week’s MFM on the Libsyn page and it should be on iTunes later today.



http://fool.libsyn.com/

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Sj - who contributes rambling and the occasional uttered profanity to the podcast.  [more]

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Brittle Apple Fans, Avert Your Eyes

July 28, 2009 – Comments (0)

Apple Claims New iPhone Only Visible To Most Loyal Of Customers 07.28.09

SAN FRANCISCO—“Not only does it look awesome, but it can do pretty much anything you want as long as you believe in it,” said Paul Conrad, a loyal Apple consumer

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Capstone Pumping and more...

July 28, 2009 – Comments (2)

I find this interesting and a bit scary.  [more]

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Microsoft versus Mac?

July 27, 2009 – Comments (0)

And other assorted stuff.  [more]

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For the Gold Bugs and Inflation Screamers

July 27, 2009 – Comments (3)

Are You Preparing for Financial Armageddon?

Don't be hatin. I used to be one of you.

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Nuclear Nya Nya

July 23, 2009 – Comments (0)

Finally, something Americans (some) and North Korean dictators can agree on.  [more]

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The Chinese Onion

July 21, 2009 – Comments (10)

"For years I have enjoyed quality plastic containers made by Yu Wan Mei's excellent polymer injection facilities," said Ben John Son, a worker. "But until now, its fragrant fish by-products have not been available for purchase here in Midwestern America. Lucky for me, revolutionary new mass-production capabilities have allowed Yu Wan Mei to expand its sales territory to include Utah, where I reside!"  [more]

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Barney Frank: Still Lyin' About the Bubble

July 21, 2009 – Comments (3)

It's not entirely his fault, of course, but Barney did as much as any of the other chuckleheads in congress to fan the flames of the housing inferno. This bit of nonsense is precious.  [more]

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Why Too Big To Fail Must Die

July 20, 2009 – Comments (3)

Because it ensures that clowns like the ones at CIT waste time and money sucking up to politicians rather than running their businesses.  [more]

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Is Steve Jobs Just a Giant Sissy?

July 17, 2009 – Comments (10)

Sounds like it to me:  [more]

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Best Games Ever

July 16, 2009 – Comments (1)

See links below...

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Will CIT Smack Smallcaps?

July 16, 2009 – Comments (1)

The Hidden Gems team bats around some economic news, and shares a few stock ideas.

http://www.fool.com/investing/small-cap/2009/07/16/roundtable-will-cit-smack-small-caps.aspx?source=ihpsitcag0000002

Sj

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Hank "Ogie" Paulson: Goonery is Justified

July 16, 2009 – Comments (5)

This is pretty special. hank Paulson basically says it's OK for him to bully banks to make stupid deals that may harm their shareholders, and that management will pay with their jobs if they don't comply.  [more]

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Why Google Apps for Enterprise is an Enormous Joke

July 15, 2009 – Comments (10)

Because people are idiots when it comes to passwords, and because Google makes it easy for hackers to get access to everything an employee has.  [more]

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Title Insurance Scam v. 3: Local Service

July 15, 2009 – Comments (12)

Anyone following this blog (all 3 of you) has already seen some of my title insurance/settlement company rant. Basically, I believe these companies use deceptive business practices, cozy relationships (some no doubt illegal under RESPA), and scare tactics to keep regional prices fixed far above what they would be in an actual, competitive market. From where I sit, the proof that there's no real competition is that everyone charges the same thing.  [more]

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Video Test

July 15, 2009 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: YUM

This is a test to see if youtube can support high quality (or HD) video as it claims, and to see if embedding this stuff here will work, show it high def, etc.  [more]

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Google Chrome a threat?

July 11, 2009 – Comments (2)

We bat it around in the latest Motley Fool Money Podcast.

http://fool.libsyn.com/

Link below.

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The case for working with your hands

July 11, 2009 – Comments (5)

My bro sent me this link. A very good read, especially about the superiority complex that people have when sitting in offices, exercising nothing but their donut-lifting arm. I'm lucky in that my work here at TMF doesn't require me (too often) to sacrifice my brain at the altar of business groupnonthink. However, no amount of thinking in front of a computer can really fully satisfy that urge (considered lowbrow) that many of us have just to get something made with our hands.  [more]

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Title Insurance a Scam?

July 09, 2009 – Comments (12)

This GAO report sure makes it look that way. Another good indication that it's a scam? The Realtors are trying to get it reestablished in Iowa, the only state with the guts to shut it down.

Before I get to the bad, let me give a shout out to the good -- or someone who seemed very good to me in all the dealings I had with them. Entitledirect.com. This title insurance company (one of the evil "dicounters" and "out of state" providers that the local old boys clubs all warn against -- so they can keep their high prices protected) is stand up enough to publish links to articles about the abuses of the whole title insurance scheme.

So, who are you going to trust? The local guys who all magically charge the same price, all warn you against using lower priced providers, and who all vigorously fight to retain their arcane, unearned profits? Or the company that will charge you less, give you more info, and via an online system, keep you up to date in real time with the process?

As I wrote below, I didn't get to use entitledirect because I found out how much I was being ripped off too late to change providers. In the dealings I did have with them, they were courteous, prompt, professional, and straightforward. Contrast that with this, used-car salesman-type scare tactic I got from my local guy, and you'll probably get an understanding of why I trust the online guys more.  [more]

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Homebuying: Worse than a prostate exam...

July 09, 2009 – Comments (10)

... by Dr. Edward Scissorshands  [more]

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"Rampant," and "Escalating" Mortgage Fraud.

July 08, 2009 – Comments (2)

Read this at Calculated Risk. But only if you want to feel sick to your stomach.

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Geezers Are Killing Facebook

July 08, 2009 – Comments (15)

This is pretty funny. The original Facebook constituency is leaving. It's becoming the hot place for the over 55 crowd. (Hat tips to Cuban's weblog, others...)  [more]

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Russian Spam Rules

July 05, 2009 – Comments (9)

Greatest... spam.... ever.  [more]

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Great MSFT research project

July 05, 2009 – Comments (2)

I've had a tablet for a while now, and somehow didn't find this little program until now.  [more]

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Hidden Gems Pies

July 02, 2009 – Comments (6)

I was touching up a tracking spreadsheet I keep for my work at Motley Fool Hidden Gems.  [more]

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Pot Smokin, Walmart, and Autoliv

July 02, 2009 – Comments (5)

just some of what's on the latest MF Money podcast.

 

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