Advisers are limiting the number of clients they accept and in some cases moving existing clients, especially those with less than $100,000 in investable assets, off their books. That explains why some clients have received notice that their account has been transferred to another adviser or to a call center.
Pet owners using rodenticides should be aware that cats and dogs are susceptible to the products' poison, and veterinarians fear an increase in bromethalin toxicity in pets because of a ban on brodifacoum. Bromethalin is the active ingredient in Assault, Fastrac, Gladiator, Rampage, Talpirid and Vengeance, and it causes brain and spinal cord swelling characterized by weakness, incoordination, seizures, paralysis and death. There is no definitive diagnostic test and no antidote, note veterinarians Lee Pickett and Jennifer Coates. Supportive treatments are available but they are intensive, and animals that survive are often left with neurological deficits.
School-based technology specialist Patrick Ledesma suggests in this blog that Apple's success is partly attributed to its belief that technology is best used to enhance one's quality of life. Ledesma says teachers should apply this philosophy in the classroom by using technology tools to enhance the learning experience for students. He advises schools to consider how the latest and greatest gadgets will be used to improve learning before purchasing them.
Visitors to social networking sites don't feel an obligation to stick to one online venue, a survey by Parks Associates found. The race to remain relevant is ongoing as visitors easily jump from juggernauts such as MySpace to up-and-comers, including Facebook, and former star Friendster struggles to survive as users move to sites with better music and videos.
Wired News columnist Adam L. Penenberg notes that despite their recent ascendancy, bloggers should think twice before assuming they will be extended the same legal privileges accorded to credentialed journalists when trying to protect a source. This is, in part, because on a federal level, those protections are eroding for all journalists -- even those in the mainstream -- Penenberg says.