Summary: Dow, S&P 500 creep up as stronger-than-expected jobs data not enough to push Wall Street far beyond recent record, Ukraine still eyed; Visa, MasterCard join forces to battle electronic payment threats. Conway G. Gittens reports.
With Russians rallying in support of the Crimean people and demonstrators in Kiev protesting against Russia's military presence in Crimea, President Vladimir Putin says he could not ignore calls for help in Crimea. Jillian Kitchener reports.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan threatens a ban on YouTube and Facebook to stop political foes posting what he says are "fabricated" audio recordings, but the President says a closure is out of the question. Jillian Kitchener reports.
SMB Advisory Panel: “Coping with the cuts: SMBs and the Government Spending Review”
This week Microsoft hosted its latest quarterly SMB Advisory panel, looking at how small businesses are likely to be effected by the Spending Review.
The panel focused predominately on how the Spending Review should be used by SMBs as an opportunity to take stock of their own business processes. With budget cuts affecting both public and private sector businesses, SMBs were urged to invest in technology which will enable them to better understand their customers and adapt to today’s challenging business conditions.