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From the other side.
Secret Marketer: why procurement people should do their job and marketers should do theirs -- My colleagues in procurement appear worried about ratecards and industry benchmarks, but I am more worried about getting the best work. I am finding this makes me unpopular with some of them as I am frequently accused of not taking advantage of obvious savings and instead placing too much value on relationships.

Ooo! Supreme Court news!!
Supreme Court Rules on AT&T Case -- In a lively decision that relied as much on dictionaries, grammar and usage as it did on legal analysis, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled unanimously that corporations have no personal privacy rights for purposes of the Freedom of Information Act.

Goodbye federal spending.
House Advances Budget and Cuts $4 Billion -- The House on Tuesday approved a two-week budget measure that cuts $4 billion in federal spending. Senate Democrats said they would quickly pass the bill and send it to President Obama, averting any immediate threat of a government shutdown when current financing runs out Friday.

iPad 2 surgery.
What To Look For Inside The iPad 2 -- Have torque wrench, will travel. That could be Kyle Wiens' motto. The Chief Executive of iFixit will take his tool kit anywhere in the world to get his hands on an Apple product first so that he can tear it apart and tell the rest of us how to fix it.

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