NPA Weekly NewsBrief
Feb. 21, 2013

Microsoft's Outlook takes aim at Google's Gmail
The Associated Press via Fox News
Microsoft is so confident it has the Internet's best email service that it is about to spend at least $30 million to send its message across the U.S. The barrage begins when Microsoft's twist on email,, escalates an assault on rival services from Google Inc., Yahoo Inc., AOL Inc. and a long list of Internet service providers.More

Pawnshop: Windsor Heights, Iowa, debates business
Most cities are trying to lure businesses, and the jobs that come with them, but in Windsor Heights, Iowa, some people are trying to keep a new business out. Sitting just off the ramp of I-235 in Windsor Heights, is a strip mall and the potential home of a new pawnshop. It's something that business owner Dick Woltz isn't too happy about. "Right or wrong a pawnshop carries a certain stigma and perception to it and the general public does not view that as good perception."More

Pawnshop inspections to start in Florida
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office has begun regular inspections of Florida Keys pawnshops and secondhand dealers with an eye on compliance with state record-keeping laws. Florida statute requires that pawn and secondhand shops keep detailed electronic transaction records using a system called RAPID, or the Regional Automated Property Information Database. More

Canada's largest gold mine moving along on schedule, pours first gold bars
After a little over six years to the day, Detour Gold Corp. has taken its Detour Lake Mine from an exploration property to what is expected to be Canada's largest gold producer. Detour acquired the property Jan. 31, 2007 and poured its first gold bars Monday, Feb. 18, totaling over 2,000 ounces and generating $3.5 million in revenue. More

Steve Carell to appear on 'Pawn Stars'
Entertainment Weekly's Inside TV
And for his next Hollywood trick, Steve Carell will magically appear on … "Pawn Stars"! The former anchor of "The Office" – and star of the big-screen prestidigitation comedy "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" — returns to the small screen for a segment on History's popular reality series, EW has learned. He'll be seen looking around the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, drawing the attention of Rick, Old Man, Corey, and Chumlee, and negotiating with Rick over an item that he’s interested in buying. More

North Carolina bill would make payday loans legal
Payday loans were outlawed in North Carolina over a decade ago, but soon they could making their way back to check cashing stores. Senate Bill 89 would amend the Check Cashing Licensing Act to allow check cashers and lenders the ability to pay out cash loans of up to $500, for a fee of 15 percent of the cash advance. People would also have to pay off the loans before taking out another one. More

Feds investigate theft of guns from Missouri pawnshop
Springfield News-Leader
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating the theft of 23 firearms from an Ozark, Mo., pawnshop. Federal authorities were led to four suspects. Two suspects, the warrant says, cooperated with ATF agents and provided a location where two of the stolen guns were sold. More

6 business mistakes you should never make twice
Alan E. Hall has seen many related mistakes during his 40-plus years as a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and venture capitalist. Like most of us, he's made his fair share of foolish business mistakes along the way. Some even caused the end of a venture. He’s watched others make mistakes in their businesses as well, some very visible. Fortunately, Hall learned something powerful and vital from each mistake, no matter the outcome.More

Idaho man sentenced for swiping 33 guns from pawnshop
The Associated Press KBOI-TV
A Clark Fork, Idaho, man convicted for stealing guns from a north Idaho pawnshop will be spending 11 months in a federal prison. Nineteen-year-old Christopher Robin Garlin was also sentenced to three years of supervision upon release and ordered to pay more than $8,100 in restitution. More

3 simple (and free) SEO tips
Without optimization, your website will be a tiny speck of salt in a vast — and rapidly expanding — cyber universe. Chances are, your market is probably packed with competitors, and any SEO consultant is going to ask for thousands of dollars a month just for the basic package. Aside from dedicating every waking moment to understanding how SEO works, what new tactics are trending, and what Google really dislikes this year (coming in the form of Penguin and Panda updates), it's going to be quite hard to start receiving significant sales in the first months--or year — after you go live.More