February 6, 2013
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Dell plans to go private in biggest LBO since financial crisis
Michael Dell reached an agreement with private-equity investor Silver Lake Partners and Microsoft to take his namesake computer firm private in a $24.4 billion leveraged-buyout deal, after 24 years on public markets. The deal requires approval by a majority of the shareholders, excluding Dell himself. The $13.65-a-share deal price is a 25% premium to the market price of Dell shares before buyout talks became public last month. Reuters (2/5), CNET (2/5), Austin American-Statesman (Texas) (free registration) (2/5)
Nasdaq and SEC discuss Facebook IPO settlement
Nasdaq OMX Group reportedly is looking at settling with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which would include a $5 million penalty relating to technical errors during Facebook's initial public offering. Nasdaq has already offered more than $60 million in compensation to firms possibly harmed by the errors. Bloomberg (2/5), The Wall Street Journal (2/5)
5 tips for managing negative online comments
The Internet gives your customers a voice online, but what can you do when that voice is yelling negative comments? With 5 tips, you can learn how to positively respond and help direct the conversation. Read the article and learn the 5 ways to respond positively.

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A forecast for finance jobs
Finance positions such as chief risk officer, compliance manager and emerging payments officer are among six that CTPartners predicts will see strong hiring this year. CFO.com (2/5)
Not all JOBS Act provisions are being used
Emerging companies are not taking advantage of many provisions in the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, according to law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Extended transition to comply with accounting rules and reduced compensation-disclosure requirements are provisions companies tend to avoid. The Wall Street Journal/CFO Journal (2/5)
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

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Career tips from a CIA spy
CIA officers know that establishing relationships and learning to read the behavior and personalities of other people are critical to getting key information, which is an understanding that everyone could use to benefit their career, writes J.C. Carleson, a former CIA officer and author of "Work Like a Spy." "The truth is, spies rely on psychology far more than they do on technology," Carleson writes. The Wall Street Journal/Speakeasy blog (2/4)
Transformational Journeys: Modern Business Planning
Harvard Business Review explores why CFO's and their finance organizations must adapt to the changing landscape of their markets and how big data, organizational collaboration, and new cloud-based planning and analysis technologies are driving successful change.
Click here to access the report.

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What does the health care law mean for you and your company?
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How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

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Peter Bocian
will become Safeway's CFO. Bocian will join the grocer from JPMorgan Chase, where he served as executive vice president and head of corporate services and finance. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)/Reuters (2/4)
Roger Matthews Jr.
will become CFO at Panera Bread. He was Goldman Sachs' managing director and sector head of the U.S. restaurant industry. American City Business Journals/St. Louis/BizTalk blog (2/5)
The ROI of Privacy with TRUSTe Solutions
Investment in a Data Privacy Management Platform can deliver significant, positive financial returns for corporate bottom lines. The "Total Economic Impact (TEI) of TRUSTe" Study explains how Forrester Analysts calculated a 151% ROI for TRUSTe customers. Download the study now.

Off the Charts
The penny stops here: Canada ends distribution
Canada is ending distribution of its one-cent piece. The coin will still be legal tender, but the Royal Canadian Mint will no longer distribute it to banks. BBC (2/4)
The most effective networks are far-reaching in all directions."
-- J.C. Carleson, a former undercover CIA officer and author of "Work Like a Spy: Business Tips From a Former CIA Officer," writing in The Wall Street Journal
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