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  Breaking News

Michipreneur.Com, ITinTHED.Com Join MITechNews.Com As Partners
ANN ARBOR – I don’t often take the opportunity to write directly to my readers and listeners, but MITechNews.Com has so much great news to announce I wanted to share it with you today.


Consumer Sentiment Brightens Holiday Spending
ANN ARBOR - Consumer confidence posted its fourth consecutive monthly gain in November, rising to its highest level since July 2007. The November gain was due to improved personal finances as well as a more favorable outlook for employment.


Ann Arbor Chosen As Global Trade Best City
ANN ARBOR - Ann Arbor has been chosen by Global Trade magazine as one of "America's Best Cities for Global Trade". Ann Arbor was recognized for being a hub for innovative research and education, and for having one of the lowest unemployment rates in Michigan.


Michigan Survey: Incentive Pay Grows to Retain Top Employees
LIVONIA - The tight talent market in Michigan is driving employers to increase variable compensation programs - better known as incentive pay - in order to compete for and retain high-performing employees, a recent survey contends.


Michigan Strategic Fund Approves $22.5 Million For Auto Supplier Investment Fund
LANSING - The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved a $22.5 million investment in a new private equity fund that will provide growth funding for Michigan automotive suppliers, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced Tuesday.


Survey: Video Calling Growing Into Mainstream Activity On Smartphones
STAMFORD, Conn. - Video calling is growing into a key mainstream activity on smartphones, with high adoption rates in some markets, according to a survey by Gartner Inc. The survey results showed adoption is markedly skewed toward the younger demographic, with video calling in the 18 to 24 age group reaching 53.5 percent in the United States and 30 percent in Germany.


ITinTHED Podcast: MITechNews.Com, Internet Advisor Partners With Popular Internet Radio Show
DETROIT – MITechNews.Com Editor Mike Brennan and Internet Advisor Co-Host Gary Baker were on this week’s ITinTheD podcast to announce a new partnership with the ITinTHED boys that will feature the very popular Internet radio show’s podcasts at both programs respective web sites, plus in their co-branded eNewsletter.


Internet Advisor Podcast: Is Black Friday Worthwhile?
DETROIT - Internet Advisor Podcast: Rick Broida begs the question, Is Black Friday Worthwhile? You’re going to want to pay close attention and catch the tips, tricks and bargains that he has to point out at this gift giving time of year. MITechNews Editor Mike Brennan reads the tops headlines of the week.

  Entrepreneur's Corner

A Host Of People Launches Crowdfunding Theater Project
DETROIT – THE Detroit-based theater company A Host of People Tuesday announced the launch of a new crowdfunding campaign to fund a site-specific, innovative dramatic theater piece set in the city’s community gardens. The crowdfunding campaign through Patronicity is part of Michigan Economic Development Corp’s Public Spaces Community Places initiative.


Open Government, Data Technology Focus Of aimWest Meeting Dec. 20
GRAND RAPIDS - The "Open Government" movement has encouraged governments around the world to open up their data to the public to view, analyze, and utilize in ways that will benefit us all. It also will be the focus of an aimWest panel discussion Dec. 10 in Grand Rapids.

  New Products/Contracts

Verizon Wireless Network Recognized For Best Overall Performance in Flint
FLINT - Verizon Wireless was awarded for best Overall Performance in Flint when tested against other carriers. Verizon also posted winning scores in reliability, speed, data, and text performance.


CNET Highlights The Biggest Tech Turkeys Of 2014
SAN FRANCISCO - Technology companies can make our lives easier and even change the world. But just as often they can mess up. Spectacularly. And 2014 delivered ample proof that even smart people do stupid things.

  Cyber Defense

ISACA Detroit Chapter Meeting: Cloud Computing Demystified; Cyber Security Risks At The ERP Level
LIVONIA – The December meeting of ISACA Detroit will offer up two presentations: One called Cloud Computing Demystified and the other an Overview of Cyber Security Risks at the ERP Level.


Efforts To Overhaul NSA Surveillance Setback In U.S. Senate
WASHINGTON DC - Lawmakers' efforts to overhaul some of the National Security Agency's controversial surveillance programs were dealt a setback Tuesday when a reform bill failed to garner enough votes to proceed in the Senate.


Michigan Energy Optimization Programs Exceed Targets
LANSING - The state's energy optimization program well exceeded its targets for both electricity and natural gas, the Public Service Commission announced Wednesday.


Meadowlark Builders Offers Dexter Green House Tour Dec. 13-14
ANN ARBOR - Meadowlark Builders will be conducting tours of a custom, resource-efficient home under construction in Dexter, the next installment in Meadowlark’s Behind The Drywall Tour Series.


Karmanos Cancer Institute’s Researcher Awarded $1.8 Million Grant To Improve Access To Cancer Survivor Resources
DETROIT - Hayley S. Thompson, Ph. D., associate professor, Population Studies and Disparities Research Program at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, and Department of Oncology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, has been awarded a $1.8 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which will be given over the next four years.


$500,000 Gift To MSU Creates Graduate Fellowship In Biomedical Engineering
EAST LANSING - Michigan State University’s newest department has received a $500,000 gift to attract some of the country’s most talented graduate students in biomedical engineering.


Key Michigan House Committee Chairs Not Returning Next Term
LANSING - Chairs of some of the more prominent committees in the House, including the Regulatory Reform and Commerce committees, will not be returning next term and replacements are unclear as the Committee on Committees works to make recommendations to House Speaker-elect Kevin Cotter.


Snyder: Trade Mission Opened Markets For Participants
LANSING - Michigan has new agreements on automotive industry cooperation with China and several businesses have new customer and distributorship possibilities as a result of Governor Rick Snyder's most recent trade trip to China.

  Guest Columns

Michipreneur.Com, ITinTHED.Com Join MITechNews.Com As Partners
ANN ARBOR – I don’t often take the opportunity to write directly to my readers and listeners, but MITechNews.Com has so much great news to announce I wanted to share it with you in our Guest Column.


Michigan Tech Adds Peace Corps Master's International Programs in Computer Science, Electrical, Computer Engineering
HOUGHTON - Michigan Technological University’s award-winning Peace Corps Master’s International program is offering new degree options for students in two departments: computer science and electrical and computer engineering (ECE). The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science is also expanding its PCMI programs to include a Master of Geographic Information Science.

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