Business news roundup – November 11, 2013

Happy Veterans Day!


Veterans Day reminds us of the sacrifices some have made through military service. It also reminds us that a great number of our friends, family, and neighbors who did serve are still struggling to find work. I first blogged about this topic back in June. You can read that post here.

Unfortunately, 9.2% of Gulf War – era II veterans (any veteran who actively served in the U.S. Armed Forces post September 11, 2001) age 18 and over are unemployed. I believe this to be the latest number from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s more than two full percentage points higher than the national average.

Today, ABC News released the Top 10 reasons to hire a military veteran. I strongly encourage employers to take a look at this. Also, if you’re looking for more information about hiring vets, or if you’re a veteran looking for help in the job search you can head over to The site is sponsored by Clear Channel and is their single largest public service campaign ever.



A few weeks ago I blogged about the flu and how it impacted employers and employees during the 2012-13 season. Well, get ready because there’s a new illness going around that’s threatening productivity. It’s called PlayStation 4-itis.

This Friday (11/15) at midnight Sony releases its latest gaming console to the world, the PS4. From what I can gather on the Inter-webs it appears that almost all major retailers have sold out of pre-orders. This means a lot of PS4’s will be hitting the streets and a lot of people will be calling in.

How do I know this you ask? Last year when the uber popular first person shooter, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was released, 26 percent of people surveyed by gaming website IGN said they were calling in following day. That was just for a game release! Imagine how many people will call in for a console release!

To make things worse, the following Friday (11/22), Microsoft is releasing its Xbox One. I would expect a fair number of people to be out then as well. Although, if pre-orders are any indication, you can expect more people to be out for the PS4’s release than the Xbox One’s.

On a bright note, at least there won’t be as much traffic getting to work.

Eight startup events & news to watch this week has 8 things startups should watch out for this week. They range from supersized smartphones, to a TechCrunch Meeetup, and how to protect your IP address.

About Barclay Pollak

Barclay Pollak is an award winning journalist and proud to be a member of the Corporate Communications team at TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) in Madison, Wis. Barclay joined the team in April of 2013. Before that Barclay worked as an Anchor/ Reporter for the NBC affiliate in Madison. While at NBC-15 Barclay was recognized by several organizations for his contributions to the television news industry. They include the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Radio Television Digital News Association (Edward R. Murrow Regional Award) and the Chicago/Midwest National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (2012 Emmy Nominee). When he’s not working Barclay enjoys cheering for all the sports teams in Wisconsin. Barclay’s a University of Wisconsin-Madison alumnus and a huge fan of Badger athletics. Barclay is fascinated by the ever changing world of technology and spends a fair amount of his free time reading about the latest and greatest developments online. When Barclay’s not learning about technology he’s scouring the Internet in search of freeware. Barclay has an 8-year-old daughter and lives with his girlfriend of almost five years on Madison’s southwest side. Follow on G+.

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