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Wisconsin companies are employing a small army of lobbyists to help them snag a piece of the massive economic stimulus package. Ministry Health Care, which operates clinics and hospitals throughout Wisconsin, hired a team of Washington lobbyists specializing in health care policy late last year as...

In a WTN news item earlier this month, John Rondy was kind enough to credit me with defining "geekonomics" as the discipline of managing innovation as if users actually matter; a willingness to recognize that "better" technology can still fail, utterly, if it's not what...

Speaking to a group of regional business and government leaders in the Northwoods, Wisconsin Department of Commerce secretary Dick Leinenkugel said said the federal economic stimulus plan includes provisions for five specific grant and loan programs designated for broadband development initiatives. "This is an...

On March 9, President Obama revoked the limits on funding research with embryonic stem cells, telling a White House audience that U.S. scientists can now apply for funding to investigate many types of embryonic stem (ES) cells, not just the few varieties permitted under the...

Entrepreneurs are known for gaining inspiration from unexpected sources. Some even get it from a lump of Play-Doh. The Entrepreneur for a Day program that Springfield Technical Community College in Massachusetts brings to local elementary schools is about hands-on experience at its most tactile--and juvenile. As...

In a companywide memo, M&I Bank officials are reminding employees that they should not use their office computers to listen to music on the Internet or watch non-business streaming video. The memo, which was obtained by the Journal Sentinel, came as the NCAA men's basketball tournament...

The number of workers that IBM employs in the U.S. declined by about 5% last year, but the company's overall head count is increasing because of overseas hiring. IBM finished 2008 with 115,000 U.S. employees, down from the 121,000 it reported at the end of 2007,...

Apollo Management and several other investment firms are in talks to convert their debt holdings in Charter Communications, the troubled cable company, into equity stakes, people briefed on the negotiations said Thursday. These firms, which include Oaktree Capital Management and Crestview Partners, would do so as...

President Obama has chosen a campaign advisor and health policy expert, Dr. David Blumenthal, as his national coordinator for health information technology. Dr. Blumenthal has been director of the Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor of health care policy at Harvard....

Facebook directs more of its users to Google than to MSN or Yahoo, and the social networking site has also seen an uplift of 198% in the number of visitors accessing its portal via the search engine, suggesting the relationship between the two is currently...