Arik Hesseldahl

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IBM Boosts Share Buyback and Dividend

IBM said today that its board of directors has approved an additional $5 billion in share buybacks and a 12 percent hike in its quarterly dividend. The new dividend will be 95 cents a share. It’s the 18th year in a row that IBM has increased its quarterly dividend, and it has been paying one consistently since 1916. The move follows a quarterly earnings report that fell short of expectations.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work