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Accounting News Roundup: RIP Steve Jobs; Dems Dare GOP to Block Millionaire Tax; Tax Reform Poster Boys | 10.06.11

Apple’s Visionary Redefined Digital Age [NYT]
RIP, Steve. Thanks for the fun toys.

Steve Jobs Was Always Kind To Me (Or, Regrets of An Asshole) [The Wirecutter]
Brian Lam: “I just feel lucky I had the chance to tell a kind man that I was sorry for being an asshole before it was too late.”

Historic day online: Twitter reaction to Steve Jobs’s death hits record [The Age]
The death of Steve Jobs has provoked the biggest online reaction of any event in recent history, with social media monitoring firm SR7 expecting official Twitter figures to come in at 10,000 tweets per second.

Steve Jobs’s Best Quotes [WSJ]
“I wish [Bill Gates] the best, I really do. I just think he and Microsoft are a bit narrow. He’d be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger.”

Dems Seek 5% Millionaire Tax for Job Plan [Bloomberg]
Senate Democratic leaders proposed imposing a surtax on people earning at least $1 million a year to pay for President Barack Obama’s jobs plan, an idea immediately rejected by Republicans as lawmakers head for a showdown over how to boost the economy. Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said yesterday the 5 percent tax would generate $450 billion, enough to cover the cost of the administration’s proposal. Democrats dared Republicans, who oppose tax increases, to block the plan. “The addition of this proposal makes it very tough for Republicans to oppose the president’s jobs package,” said Senator Charles Schumer of New York, the chamber’s third-ranking Democrat. “Republicans will be hard-pressed to explain why they’d allow teachers and firefighters to be laid off rather than have millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share.”

Mouchel chief quits after contract error [FT]
Mouchel, which provides services such as road and building maintenance, said on Thursday that it had overestimated the profits from one contract by £4.3m because of an actuarial error. In June, it had predicted that a one-off gain from the contract – believed to be with a local government client – would insulate it from disappointing trading elsewhere. In a second setback, Mouchel also announced on Thursday that it was increasing accounting provisions related to other contracts by a further £4m or so following a review by Rod Harris, its new finance director. It said the larger provisions reflected “the continuing challenging business environment”.

Billionaire Poster Boys For Tax Reform: Mellon, Buffett, Schwarzman…And Koch? [Forbes]
And we don’t want to see them in their Farrah Fawcett versions.

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