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The fraudster says he's making $40 a month -- about the same as Bangladesh garment workers.
Bernie Madoff, whose formerly lavish lifestyle included a share in a private jet and houses in Palm Beach, Fla., and France's Cap d'Antibes, is now making wages akin to those earned by Bangladeshi garment workers.
Madoff told CNNMoney's Aaron Smith that he's making $40 a month by performing menial labor in prison. Because his prison phone account was out of money, he had to place a collect call to the publication.
The convicted swindler is making his meager earnings by taking care of the prison's phone and computer systems. That means Madoff, whose name is now a byword for a grand cheater, is earning about the same amount as garment workers in Bangladesh, as the Huffington Post notes.
While incompetent bosses like Michael Scott and Andy Bernard typically can’t survive in the workplace, office romances are a very real part of corporate culture.
As the curtain closed on NBC's long-running sitcom "The Office" Thursday night, nearly 6 million viewers laughed and cringed for the last time at the exaggerated dysfunction on display at the Scranton, Pa., branch of the fictional paper company Dunder-Mifflin.
It was an exaggeration, right? In the real world, inept bosses like Michael Scott and brazen corporate saboteurs like Dwight Schrute would be reined in by the corporate powers that be . . . right?
In theory, at least, the answer is yes.
"Can a Michael Scott survive in today's corporate environment?" asks Bruce Elliott, manager of compensation and benefits at the Society of Human Resource Management, in an interview. "Absolutely not."
While the social media network trumpets its 1 billion users, new research indicates about 100 million of them could be dogs, brands or even toasters.
While Facebook (FB) is set to mark the one-year anniversary of its IPO, a startling new statistic calls into doubt the accuracy of its claim to more than 1 billion members.
Figures gathered by other companies and analyzed by eMarketer show that the company last year actually had only 889.3 million users who are people. Facebook, though, had claimed 1 billion members in 2012. So what are the other 100 million accounts?
Well, according to eMarketer, they're mostly pets and brands. Basically, if your friend set up an account for her cat, Facebook's counting Miss Snuggles as a member.
The multistate lottery has a bit of fun on its website. Of course, it's easy to be lighthearted when you're giving away $600 million.
The lottery has quite a sense of humor on display on its information and its "real letters" pages. The Multi-State Lottery Association gets tons of email -- as much as one per minute on days like Friday when Powerball fever is at its peak -- and so it set out to answer some of the most common player questions.
Here are some of the words of wisdom from the stand-up comedians over at Powerball:
Leave the chickens alone. "Swinging a live chicken above your head while wishing for the future numbers does NOT work," the site notes. "There is no improvement to be had by swinging a dead chicken. Although I have not tested it, swinging a bucket of extra crispy is not likely to work either." This will not be welcome news at Yum Brands' (YUM) KFC.
Even with the reality talent show's never-ending backstage drama, fans just seem to be losing interest, giving Fox a big problem.
Fans just seem to be losing interest in the show despite the never-ending backstage drama. And that's bad news for Fox parent News Corp. (NWS), whose earnings have been hurt by the show's weak ratings.
As The Hollywood Reporter and other outlets have noted, Thursday's conclusion of season 12, with Candice Glover crowned the winner of the singing competition, averaged just a 3.4 rating among viewers ages 18-49, the demographic most targeted by advertisers. That's a 47% drop from last year's final show. In terms of total viewers, a 3.4 rating equals 13.6 million, down from 21.5 million a season ago. This is also the first time that the "Idol" season finale hasn't been seen by at least 20 million viewers.
Smell-o-vision is finally here with the pizza chain's newest technological experiment in Brazil.
DVDs tend to get hot when they're being played. And so Domino's is stamping discs with heat-sensitive thermal ink and a pizza-scented varnish, Advertising Age reports.
It doesn't sound like the varnish is strong enough to send the smell of pizza wafting across the room. Instead, when someone ejects the DVD disc from a player, the discs smell like pizza. They're also printed with thermal ink to look like mini pizza pies, and feature this message: "Did you enjoy the movie? The next one will be even better with a hot and delicious Domino's Pizza."
An advocacy group wants to raise $660 million from lots of little guys to keep Tribune's newspapers away from the billionaire Koch brothers.
Crowd sourcing has helped revive the "Veronica Mars" movie and funded countless books, games and music projects.
Now an advocacy group wants the power of little investors to save the Los Angeles Times from the hands of what it calls "infamous right-wing billionaires."
Those billionaires, Charles and David Koch, are said to be eyeing the Los Angeles Times and Tribune's (TRBAA) other newspapers. The brothers have been called "the 1% at its very worst" and are about as popular with liberals as bratwurst at a vegan restaurant.
Enter the little guys.
A new Gallup survey shows more Americans expect to work well into their later years.
And younger people who are still working say they have a long road ahead. Gallup asked working Americans when they expect to retire, and the average answer was age 66. That's up from 60 in 1995.
The 2008 recession isn't completely to blame here. The average retirement age began climbing long before then, hitting 60 around 2004. "This shift may reflect more than just a changing economy," Gallup said about the results. "It may also indicate changing norms about the value of work, the composition of the workforce, the decrease in jobs with mandatory retirement ages, and other factors."
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