Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized, opinion, world | Posted on 30-12-2011
New York – In 2012, the wireless carrier will charge millions of customers $2 a month to pay their bills online. Will this nickel-and-diming backfire?
Verizon confirmed Thursday that starting Jan. 15, it will charge its customers a $2 “convenience fee” every time they make a one-time payment to the wireless carrier online or over the phone. (Customers who pay by mail or who sign up for automatic bill payments won’t be charged.) Verizon’s customers are not pleased, flooding Twitter and other internet forums with virtual howls of outrage over the “greedy $2 fee,” and threats to ditch Verizon for a rival wireless carrier. Similar backlashes have damaged Netflix and Bank of America in recent months, forcing BofA to cancel a proposed $5 monthly debit card fee. Will vociferous protesters get Verizon to back down, too?
Verizon just opened a can of worms: Customers have every reason to be “furious” that the company is trying to slip yet another shady fee into their already crammed bill, says Erika Morphy at
Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized, opinion | Posted on 21-07-2011
The Nation — If you watched Rupert Murdoch’s weak-sauce testimony in front of the British Parliament Tuesday, you might have felt just a teensy bit sorry for former New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein, who sat directly behind Murdoch the entire afternoon, pouting.
Sure, Klein is probably earning more money than God in his new role as executive vice president at News Corp. But the Justice Department attorney-turned data-and-accountability school reformer signed up with Murdoch to get out of the harsh political limelight and help News Corp make a mint selling educational technology products to school districts. Instead, Klein now finds himself heading up the company’s internal response to the explosive phone hacking scandal, which has tainted nearly every august institution in British society, from Fleet Street to the Cameron government to Scotland Yard.
The FBI is currently investigating News Corp. to learn if its illegal and unethical activities victimized any American citizens, or penetrated the company’s US holdings, which include Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, and the New York Post.
But what’s been less well-understood is the impact the scandal might have on Murdoch’s attempt to make a profit off of the American public sector, most notably through seeking to provide technology services, such as data-tracking systems and video lessons, to public school districts.