A Request from our Friends at NLRN


The following message comes from Bill Kadereit, President, National Retiree Legislative Network (NRLN), 601 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. Suite 900, South Building, Washington, D.C. 20004-2601 For a number of years Congress has grappled with an annual deadline to pass legislation that would prevent the trigger of a Medicare formula that would cut fees to doctors by as […]

IBM to Share Technology with China in Strategy Shift: CEO

China Lab

(Reuters) – IBM Corp will share technology with Chinese firms and will actively help build China’s industry, CEO Virginia Rometty said in Beijing as she set out a strategy for one of the foreign firms hardest hit by China’s shifting technology policies. IBM must help China build its IT industry rather than viewing the country […]

IBM Introduces Twitter-Fueled Data Services for Business


When IBM announced its partnership with Twitter last October, the move seemed both promising and logical. IBM is betting a fair share of its future on exploiting large troves of data for its business customers, and Twitter is a big-data fire-hose with 6,000 tweets a second, more than half a billion each day. And Twitter’s […]

IBM May Adopt Bitcoin for Major Currencies

Bitcoin (virtual currency) coins are seen in an illustration picture taken at La Maison du Bitcoin in Paris

(Reuters) – International Business Machines Corp is considering adopting the underlying technology behind bitcoin, known as the “blockchain,” to create a digital cash and payment system for major currencies, according to a person familiar with the matter. The objective is to allow people to transfer cash or make payments instantaneously using this technology without a […]

In Memoriam-Susan Cordova


Our very beloved mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt, cousin, and friend, Susan Cordova, 61, of Austin, TX passed on Monday, March 9th, 2015. Susan began her life on September 9, 1953 in Murray, Utah. She lived with her parents, Joe and Frances, in Tooele, Utah, and was the oldest of six children. She was a […]

Most chemicals removed from groundwater near former IBM plant in Endicott


In the past decade, clean-up efforts have resulted in the elimination of nearly 70 percent of contaminated ground water from the off-site area south of the old IBM Facility. Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) When it comes to removing chemicals from ground water surrounding the former IBM facility in Endicott, residents said Thursday night […]

Retired IBM honcho selling UES penthouse for $6.49M


Paul Horn, the retired senior vice president of IBM and its executive director of research, is listing his penthouse condo at the Belaire, located at 524 E. 72nd St., for $6.49 million. The two-bedroom, 2½-bathroom unit boasts views of the Empire State Building and the East River. There’s a woodburning fireplace and a 385-square-foot terrace. […]

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Cyber Attack Information


To Members: On January 29, 2015, Anthem, Inc. (Anthem) discovered that cyber attackers executed a sophisticated attack to gain unauthorized access to Anthem’s IT system and obtained personal information relating to consumers who were or are currently covered by Anthem or other independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans that work with Anthem. Anthem believes […]

Recovery of Medicare Part B Payments to HRA (Prior to Recovery by SHAP)

Medicare Card

This Post is the latest in the ongoing issue with One Exchange and SHAP/Acclaris regarding submission of Medicare Part B premiums for reimbursements by OneExchange and Acclaris. The information below comes from Roger Meggyesy. Please note that if you need a copy of the documents referred to below, you can send an email to [email protected] […]

IBM Buys Alchemy API to Boost Watson Computing Unit

Alchemy API

International Business Machines Corp said on Wednesday it had acquired AlchemyAPI, a fast-growing startup selling software that collects and analyzes unstructured text and data in ways big enterprises, website publishers and advertisers find useful. The purchase is designed to boost IBM’s push into more human-like computing services, based around its Watson technology, which can sift […]