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Thursday, October 12, 2021

feel the burnIt’s the dream of sugarwater addicts everywhere: Pouring that sweet elixir down your throat, and losing weight as a result.

Okay, tell me another one.

But that’s the story behind Enviga, a joint venture of Coca-Cola and Nestlé. It’s a canned cocktail of sparkling green tea, caffeine, calcium and artificial flavors that somehow jacks up your metabolism, leading to increased calorie burn. Sounds like a cross between Slim-Fast and Red Bull.

I’m sure jittery types will be clutching cans of this stuff all day long. I’ll probably be among them, too. Even though the prospect of some sort of carbonated chemical reaction taking place in my innards is slightly unnerving.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 10/12/2021 11:56:25 PM
Category: Enviga, Food, Science
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Being a big-time chief executive officer is suddenly a perilous occupation. At the current pace of seven firings/resignations per day, this year will see a record 1,570 CEOs ousted from their jobs.

Observe the latest on the hitlist:

In just the first 11 days of October, the corporate world has seen a turnover of 36 CEOs, including the resignations announced Wednesday at Internet media company CNET, software maker McAfee, and Sovereign Bancorp Inc. During the first 12 days of September, the boards of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., Ford Motor Co. and Viacom Inc. elected new CEOs to lead the corporations.

Former CNET CEO Shelby Bonnie resigned while former McAfee CEO George Samenuk retired, but both left their posts in relation to stock options back-dating probes, a growing trend in recent months. Earlier this week, Monster Worldwide Inc.’s CEO Andrew McKelvey, a 39-year veteran with the company, resigned from his leading post, pinning partial blame for his move on an investigation into the company’s stock options practices.

A bloodbath, I tell you. Just more incentive to secure that fat signing bonus and fat severance package before signing the work contract.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 10/12/2021 11:27:15 PM
Category: Business
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What does FuturePhone.com have to gain by offering up free international phone calls, via regular phone service?

Yeah, that’s free, as in it costs nothing. True, you have to make an initial call to 712-858-8883, which is the gateway phone channel from which you then dial your international number. That 712 is an Iowa area code, so it’s a long-distance call for most of the U.S. But these days, practically everyone has some form of free long distance at least part of the time on their phone plans, so it’s pretty easy to set up a call to Europe or South America for nada.

But again: What’s the catch? According to FuturePhone, there’s none. They’re serving up this free wormhole as a hook for future service offerings. That’s good enough for David Pogue, but his readers are looking a gift horse in the mouth, suspecting some sort of phishing scam.

I don’t know what to think. It is an overly elaborate setup if the goal is to swipe phone numbers or other personal info. And it’s not inconceivable that a such a telecom pipeline could be maintained low-cost, and justified as a marketing expenditure. Then again, why chance it?

Even though it shouldn’t factor in too much, I have to say that the rather shoddy presentation on their website — lots of typos, a vaguely auto-generated content vibe — is giving me pause. I guess my pressing calls to Greece and Christmas Island are going to have to wait.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 10/12/2021 11:16:22 PM
Category: Tech
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pens are mightier
I guess this is the name of the game in the “new” NHL. Sidney Crosby caps off a four-point night by knocking in the power-play game-winner with 3.3 seconds left, to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a wild 6-5 win over the Rangers in New York.

Win some, lose some. But what a way to register the “L” — just a couple of seconds away from overtime. So the Crosby goal was doubly insulting, in that it shut the Rangers out of at least one point in the standings. That they gave the Pens a power play at that crucial late part of the game was the first insult.

I’m really going to have to attend one of these thrillers at Madison Square Garden. If not for some crucial errands to run tonight, I would have gone to this one. I’m definitely hitting the home game versus Nashville next week.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 10/12/2021 10:34:23 PM
Category: Hockey
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