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April 2, 2013 Edition 14

The Power of Attitude By Zig Ziglar John Maxwell says, “Never underestimate the power of your attitude.  It is the advance man of our true selves.  Its roots are inward, but its fruit is outward.  It is our best friend, or our worst enemy.  It is more honest and more consistent than our words.  It [...]

Atlanta hotel rates skyrocket for Final Four

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Jack and Judi Hamilton enjoy martinis with their standard poodles in the lobby of the Hotel Indigo Atlanta-Midtown. (Phil Skinner, pskinner@ajc.com)

Jack and Judi Hamilton enjoy martinis with their standard poodles in the lobby of the Hotel Indigo Atlanta-Midtown. (Phil Skinner, pskinner@ajc.com)

Atlanta hotels will be charging big bucks for rooms during the NCAA Men’s Final Four tournament this weekend, in some cases at least 200 percent more than the week after a championship team is crowned.

Rooms at the top dozen hotels in Downtown and Midtown will cost an average 167 percent more than regular rates, according to AtlantaHotels.org, a booking website.

Accommodations will start at around $300 a night at most hotels, although cheaper rooms for around $200 are available farther north in Buckhead and rooms for less than $100 are available beyond the Perimeter, I-285.

The tournament will be held at the Georgia Dome beginning April 6. The nearby Residence Inn Atlanta Downtown by Marriott at 134 Peacthree Street is increasing rates for a suite to $599 a night from $192, a 212 percent hike, …

Braves’ value placed at $629 million

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The Atlanta Braves team is the 15th most valuable Major League Baseball franchise, according to Forbes magazine latest roundup.

The detailed report places the Braves’ value at $629 million. The value has grown 57 percent since Liberty Media first purchased the team from Time Warner for $400 million in 2007. Before then the team was owned by former Atlanta media mogul Ted Turner.

The Top 5 most valuable teams in the MLB are the New York Yankees ($2.3 billion); Los Angeles Dodges ($1.6 billion); Boston Red Sox ($1.3 billion); Chicago Cubs ($1 billion); and Philadelphia Phillies ($893 million).

The San Francisco Giants, last year’s World Series winners, were No. 7 on the valuation list at $786 million.

The Forbes report is full of interesting factoids that break down the Braves’ valuation. For example, the portion of the value attributed to the stadium is $122 million; the portion attributed to the brand itself is $69 million; and the portion …

Facebook founder Zuckerberg plans lobbying group

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Facebook headquarters recently in Menlo Park, Calif. (Associated Press)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Facebook headquarters recently in Menlo Park, Calif. (Associated Press)

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wants to extend the influence he has on social media to Capitol Hill.

Zuckerberg, with the help of a Harvard University alum, plans to create a lobbying group of technology industry leaders to push for political reforms on issues ranging from immigration to education.

The group might push reforms that make it easier for immigrants skilled in engineering, math and science to get visas or green cards to work in the U.S., according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the effort. Tech execs already support legislation that would create a new visa for foreign-born entrepreneurs who hire American workers.

The new lobbying group reportedly would be announced within a few weeks. The goal is to raise $50 million for the effort, which would be a drop in the bucket when you consider the …

Wells Fargo shakes finger at ‘Harlem Shake’ YouTube video

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Wells Fargo is getting a lot of interest on YouTube, but not because of its latest rates.

It appears Atlanta actors Emmanuel and Phillip Hudson, who have several hits on YouTube, managed to pull off a “Harlem Shake” video in a Wells Fargo bank lobby. The video,  “Emmanuel & Phillip Hudson – Harlem Shake @ The Bank,” was posted in early March and has been seen by nearly 150,000 YouTube viewers so far.

It’s the kind of attention Wells Fargo isn’t used to, or maybe even wants.

Efforts were being made to reach the Hudson brothers for comment. A spokesman for the bank would not say when or where the video was shot or how many “team members” were involved. It looks like around a dozen people appear in the video. Some reports say the bank is one of Wells Fargo’s Buckhead locations.

In a statement, the bank said, “”This was something that our team members participated in on their own time. It was not approved by the company and Wells Fargo did not …

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