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  • Who Uses Online Discount Brokerages in Canada? [View article]
    I wonder what the numbers are like for US clients of online brokerages... any reason they'd be significantly different?
    Jul 17, 2009. 07:05 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • SA Editor's Corner: Claims of corporate fraud on Seeking Alpha [View instapost]
    Separately, Freya, the Editors' Pick tag does not mean that every factual claim within the article has been researched by our editorial team. It simply means that the editor who posted it thinks it is an exceptional post. While we try to check any facts that look suspect to us at the time of submission, we rely much more on our readers to dispute facts in articles, via our article dispute process:
    Jul 15, 2009. 06:05 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • SA Editor's Corner: Claims of corporate fraud on Seeking Alpha [View instapost]
    One Eye and Freya, I'd really like to understand better what you're referring to. Note that we have an article dispute process that we invest a lot of time on - please use it to dispute any fact in any article, and we'll look into it:
    Jul 15, 2009. 05:59 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Forget the Feds, Apple Is Doing Just Fine Wrecking the Wireless Business [View article]
    So Apple's genius doesn't end at industrial design and software...
    Jul 13, 2009. 01:36 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google Drops a Nuclear Bomb on Microsoft. And It's Made of Chrome. [View article]
    Seems like a threat to Apple as well. One of the reasons people prefer Apples is the lameness of Windows. Most are unaware of or unable to install Linux, but put a Google marketing machine behind a much better Chrome OS and that will surely take share from the more expensive option, Apple.
    Jul 8, 2009. 02:14 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Great piece by Matthew Rafat explains why Madoff victims don't deserve compensation, or sympathy: Investors "thought they were buying membership into an exclusive club shielded from the vagaries of the stock market... Well, it was an exclusive group, all right - a group of connected, rich suckers who thought they were getting a sweet deal unavailable to Main Street."  [View news story]
    Many of the investors were not rich by most standards.
    Jul 2, 2009. 01:46 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Seeking Alpha: An Andersonian Free Success Story [View instapost]
    Absolutely, Stone Fox - that's why I said the rewards are 'not immediately monetary' - many (if not most) SA contributors are promoting paid services (money management, subscription newsletter, etc.) alongside their articles and that's a model that works really well.

    On Jun 30 01:14 PM Stone Fox Capital wrote:

    > most people on this site though write for monetary reasons. Maybe
    > not from SA, but from getting SA readers to use their services.
    Jun 30, 2009. 01:34 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Dow Jones CEO Les Hinton says Google (GOOG) - the big bad 'digital vampire' - is "sucking the blood" out of the newspaper business. But fear not. Hinton says DJ parent News Corp. (NWS) is working on a consolidated platform to help its papers and those of other publishers hawk their digital wares.  [View news story]
    Just bizarre. How DJ and some other publishers continue to blame Google for their woes is completely beyond me. These are smart people - how can they completely misunderstand the structure and economics of the web??
    Jun 24, 2009. 01:45 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Live Discussion: The Dollar, Inflation and Protecting Your Portfolio [View article]
    thotdoc and Fighting Yoda: It will be in the box just above on this page - a text-based live discussion with comments and questions from SA readers.
    Jun 18, 2009. 12:05 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Live Discussion: The Dollar, Inflation and Protecting Your Portfolio [View article]
    Head of Dog: Yes, you will be able to reply the discussion right here.

    On Jun 17 12:57 PM Head of Dog wrote:

    > Seeking Alpha editors,
    > Will the panel discussion be recorded for later consumption for those
    > who can't make the live showing?
    Jun 18, 2009. 04:46 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The State and Local Government Crisis Looms Larger [View article]
    Very interesting, and concerning. I'd like some historical perspective on this - have budget gaps in state/local govt. even been so deep?
    Jun 8, 2009. 10:03 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Hedge Fund Datapoint of the Day: James Biden's 10% Placement Fee [View article]
    The 10% couldn't have come off the top of the investor's position, so how did the hedge funds manage to pay that 10% fee to multiple feeder fund-of-funds?
    May 15, 2009. 10:55 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Should We Improve Seeking Alpha's Comment Rating System? [View instapost]
    ramisle, thanks for this. I don't know what article you refer to. We have an article dispute system for matters like this, and we're very quick to respond to any material errors in articles we publish. Would you please follow the steps here

    and we'll look into it right away.
    Mick Weinstein
    Editor in Chief
    Seeking Alpha

    On May 14 06:10 PM ramisle wrote:

    > I would hope that SA would be more concerned with editorial integrity.
    > Perhaps it isn't just the comments that need to be policed.
    > Take for instance a recent article that made recommendations of high
    > yield dividend stocks, and it turns out the dividends had been cancelled
    > on half of them. The author was called to task for this, but not
    > before the article appeared on Yahoo and MSN Money. That can't be
    > good for SA's rep.
    > Maybe some kind of arbitration system could be used for misuse of
    > SA.
    > Such as an author who spams everyone else's articles. Or consistently
    > misrepresents the facts.
    May 15, 2009. 03:35 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • WSJ's Social Media Rules for Journalists [View article]
    Great post, Fred, thanks. The NYT released similar guidelines a few months back, I think.

    Social media in Twitter/FB form may present the clearest conflict yet between traditional vs. new media. Traditional journalism relies heavily on masks (anonymous sources, faceless reporters), control (of distribution, information and readers) and scarcity - and all of these are under threat by social media. Note that all of the items you name show deep concern for withholding information - about the story, process, organization and journalist.
    May 14, 2009. 09:54 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Cisco: Order Inflows Insufficient to Arrest Steep Revenue Declines [View article]
    Great work, Naveen.
    May 12, 2009. 10:04 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment