Spend Matters Afternoon Coffee

To keep in mind when attending a conference (or visiting Spend Matters) in Chicago.
Only 30 Percent Of Last Year's Murders Have Been Solved -- Murders in Chicago were down last year, but it's a different story when it comes to the number of murders actually solved. As WBBM Newsradio's Steve Miller reports, the murder clearance rate – the number of homicides that were solved the same year – has slipped.

And the reshoring trend continues...
Element Electronics and US TV Manufacturing: The Current Posterchildren for Reshoring -- Turns out a couple Midwestern companies are bucking the trend. A recent article outlines how Minnesota-based Element Electronics and Michigan-based Lotus International are teaming up to make TVs right here in the Midwest. Michael O'Shaughnessy Element's owner-president (and former Polaroid CEO), will employ 100 workers at Lotus' Canton, Mich., plant, producing 46-inch TVs as early as March, according to the article. "100 workers? Peanuts!" you may say; and you'd have a point. But, one step at a time, O'Shaughnessy's approach seems to say: "We are doing this to set an example ... this is the right thing to do," the article quotes him as saying.

An "angle of concern."
London's Big Ben is leaning, parliament sinking: reports -- The landmark clock tower containing Big Ben at Britain's Palace of Westminster, is tilting, while media reports Monday said the mother of all parliaments was slipping into the River Thames, raising fears over its future. The House of Commons commission, which is responsible for the upkeep of the 19th century neo-Gothic parliamentary estate popular with tourist photographs, was due to meet Monday.

Patent wars.
Google authorized Motorola to seek an injunction against the iPhone 4S and iCloud -- These days, you can probably hear a pin drop if Apple and Google are in the same room. Tensions are rising high as a direct legal clash increasingly appears to be inevitable. The latest hostility is a new lawsuit filed yesterday by Motorola Mobility, with green light from Google, in the Southern District of Florida, seeking an injunction against the iPhone 4S and the iCloud over a package of six patents previously asserted against older Apple products in the same court.

- Sheena Moore

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