These budget-tracking websites are becoming so popular that banks are now purchasing the software for their online customers so they can preserve crucial banking relationships. Budgeting software “is the future of online banking,’’ said Peter Glyman, a founder of Geezio, which sells the software to banks and credit unions.
But the I.R.S. commissioner, Doug Schulman, said the agreement with UBS was a “major step forward” in the government’s efforts to pierce bank secrecy, and he warned that “wealthy Americans who have hidden their money offshore will find themselves in a jam.”
News of the Globe’s intention to charge for Boston.com came a day after News Corp. [NWS] Chairman Rupert Murdoch announced his company would start charging for content at all of its news Web sites, including the New York Post, The Times of London and The Sun, a popular British tabloid. News Corp. already charges for some access to The Wall Street Journal’s Web site.
Meanwhile, the United States attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, also unsealed charges against Mr. Weitzman. They include fraud, lying to investors and converting money for his own use. Some of the charges carry maximum penalties of 20 years in prison and a $5 million fine.
He’s right, of course. But there’s another factor here that might make us yearn for a little more righteous indignation on the part of our mayor. I’m referring to the involvement of a certain newspaper from a certain city. The New York Times Company (NYT) bought the Globe for $1.1 billion in 1993, and later added a 17% stake in two other Boston heirlooms, the Red Sox and Fenway Park.
The Obama administration told industry officials on Friday that it was leaning toward making such a recommendation, according to officials who attended a private one-hour meeting between President Barack Obama’s economic advisers and representatives from about a dozen banks, hedge funds and other financial groups.
The meeting came two days after the company reported a first-quarter loss of $74.5 million. With advertisers continuing to pull back, revenue dropped 19 percent in the first quarter, and Chief Executive Janet Robinson said the current quarter looks about as bleak.
The Boston Globe is, based on several accounts, losing $1 million a week. One investment bank recently said the paper is worth only $20 million. The paper is the flagship of what the Globe’s parent, the New York Times, calls the New England Media Group. The Times has substantial financial problems of its own. Last year, ad revenue for the New England properties was down 18%. That is likely to continue or get worse this year. Supporting larger losses at the Globe will become nearly impossible. Boston.com, the online site that includes the digital aspects of the Globe, will probably be all that remains of the operation.