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Tech Revival Lifts Silicon Valley

Monday, December 20, 2010

Since late 2009, the region has accounted for almost 12,000 of the 66,000 jobs–or about 18%—that California has added back.

The local unemployment rate remains far higher than the 4.9% in late 2007 and is above the national 9% unemployment rate.


Pew Survey: No Generation Gap in Internet Use

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Wireless carriers openly considering charging per service

Friday, December 17, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010

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2/3-rds of Group promotions are profitable for companies

Friday, December 10, 2010

iSuppli says media tablet sales to overtake desktop PC sales in 2013

The tax deal

Johnny Bench: There are 3 Types of Pitchers

Monday, December 6, 2010

"There are three types of pitchers you have to deal with. Some you just have to tell what town they're in, remind them where they are. Some you remind them about mechanics, and some you have to bust their tail. You have to make them your friend and have them trust you."


Saturday, December 4, 2010

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Competitive Mobile Broadband Table

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

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"Economists' Grail: A Post-Crash Model"

Monday, November 29, 2010

"In the wake of a financial crisis and punishing recession that the models failed to capture, a growing number of economists are beginning to question the intellectual foundations on which the models are built. Researchers, some of whom spent years on the academic margins, are offering up a barrage of ideas that they hope could form the building blocks of a new paradigm.

Today's models emerged from a revolution of their own. In the 1970s, economists were struggling to figure out how policy moves, such as raising taxes or cutting interest rates, could change how people behave. They were also eager to subject their own reasoning to the unforgiving judge of mathematical logic.

So they populated their models with rational people who can calculate the value of various possible moves and choose the optimal path. A person deciding whether to buy a car, for example, would take into account the potential return on investing the money, the probability that car prices will rise, and the chances that an increase in tax rates will cut into her disposable income.

By translating peoples' preferences into equations, and finding the point at which they meet those of firms and other players, the models forecast an exact trajectory for the economy. That feature makes them very attractive to economists, who can plug in a change in interest rates and see precisely how the move might affect an entire country's output for the next few years.

The problem...is that the models bear too little relation to reality. People aren't quite as rational as models assume...Advocates of traditional economics acknowledge that not all decisions are driven by pure reason.


To keep things simple, economists leave out large chunks of reality. Before the crisis, most models didn't have banks, defaults or capital markets, a fact that proved problematic when the financial crisis hit. They tend to include only households, firms, central banks and the government. They also commonly use a single equation to represent each player, impairing the models' ability to explain the unexpected outcomes that can emerge when millions of different people interact.


'Economic forecasts have never been very good, and it's not clear that if we stick with the methods we're pursuing we'll do any better...We need to try something new.'"


Lab-grown vehicle concept: Mercedes-Benz BIOME

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Space debris

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Black Friday Check-Ins

6 budget categories account for nearly 86% of the federal budget

Overall, companies plan to hire 3% more graduates across all degree levels than they hired last year

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

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What is the web thankful for?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Connection speeds for Internet users worldwide

Twitter global heat map

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United States Human Development Index

Saturday, November 20, 2010

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Roubini Global Economics: Will the Fed scale up QE2?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

"One can tell a seemingly optimistic story - the threat of the double dip is behind us, setting the stage for a nice return to potential growth.  But that story holds the dark side of persistent, pernicious low levels of labor utilization.  

Still, I think now the Federal Reserve would have chosen the optimistic narrative had it not been for the obvious slowdown midyear.  Which suggests to me they are not eager to do more, especially if growth settles back in at trend.  Reinforcing that belief is the Warsh speech, which makes a strong case that further monetary policy is increasingly ineffectual and very risky.  

But even more important, he makes clear a belief that only Congress and the Administration have the tools to restore growth.   I imagine if that view is, or becomes, a widespread opinion among policymakers, we have seen the last gasp of quantitative easing.  

They have abated the financial crisis, serving as the lender of last resort, and flooded the economy with cash.  They have done what they can.  The rest is up to the fiscal authorities."

Tim Duy

The Irony of the US Economy in 2010: No Jobs + No One to Hire


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Travel Industry in 2020

Friday, October 29, 2010

Verion Wireless CEO Ivan Seidenberg: "The Marines landing on the beach aren't the ones who build the hospitals."

While much of Verizon's growth has come from the acquisition of other telecom companies, Seidenberg has shown a willingness to take risks too, investing $23 billion to deploy fiber-optic lines directly to consumers' homes to offer faster Internet and cablelike television services under the FiOS brand. Yet he still has a chip on his shoulder, especially when it comes to the cool kids of innovation.  

"It's easy for the Silicon Valley companies to look at us and say we have a low IQ," Seidenberg shrugs. "I think the world has changed, and they see a lot of investment that goes into networks and into developing products and services."


Broadband in America: Come sooner, future

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Study: Peak Facebook activity by day and time

  • The three biggest usage spikes tend to occur on weekdays at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. ET.
  • The biggest spike occurs at 3:00 p.m. ET on weekdays.
  • Weekday usage is pretty steady, however Wednesday at 3:00 pm ET is consistently the busiest period.
  • Fans are less active on Sunday compared to all other days of the week.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS): consumer prices grew at an annual rate of just 1.1% in August

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Gartner 2010 Hype Cycle

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Gartner has examined the maturity of 1,800 technologies and trends in 75 technology, topic, and industry areas.

The Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies features technologies that are the focus of attention in the IT industry because of particularly high levels of hype, or those that may not be broadly acknowledged but which Gartner believes have the potential for significant impact.

High-impact technologies at the Peak of Inflated Expectations during 2010 include private cloud computing, augmented reality, media tablets, wireless power, 3D flat-panel TVs and displays, and activity streams, while cloud computing and cloud/Web platforms have tipped over the peak and will soon experience disillusionment among enterprise users.


Who's Suing Whom? - Major court cases in the telecom world

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Why The PC Is Not Dead

Monday, October 4, 2010

  • Video will comprise 90% of all Internet traffic by 2013 
  • 20 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute
  • More than 1,000 pictures are uploaded to Facebook every second
  • PC users worldwide have an estimated nine billion high-definition video files stored in their systems

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Held Your Own or Lost Ground?

Friday, September 24, 2010

United Nations holds summit to discuss Millenium Development Goals

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals concluded with the adoption of a global action plan to achieve the eight anti-poverty goals by their 2015 target date and the announcement of major new commitments for women's and children's health and other initiatives against poverty, hunger and disease. 
  • In 1990, 62% of the world’s poor people lived in just two countries, China and India
  • A dramatic fall in China’s poverty rate, from 60% to 16%, has therefore had a big impact on global poverty, which seems set to meet its 2015 target. But that is small comfort to the poor in many other countries where poverty has barely budged
  • Goals such as those involving primary enrollment and reductions in child mortality are unlikely to be met, though some, such as access to clean drinking water, are likely to be exceeded.


Why net neutrality is a distraction

Thursday, September 9, 2010

What about the risk that operators will fragment the internet by erecting new road-blocks or toll booths? In theory, competition between providers of internet access should prevent this from happening. Any broadband provider that tries to block particular sites or services, for example, will quickly lose customers to rival firms—provided there are plenty of them.

But that is not the case in America. Its vitriolic net-neutrality debate is a reflection of the lack of competition in broadband access. The best solution would be to require telecoms operators to open their high-speed networks to rivals on a wholesale basis, as is the case almost everywhere in the industrialised world.

America’s big network operators have long argued that being forced to share their networks would undermine their incentives to invest in new infrastructure, and thus hamper the roll-out of broadband. But that has not happened in other countries that have mandated such “open access”, and enjoy faster and cheaper broadband than America. Net neutrality is difficult to define and enforce, and efforts to do so merely address the symptom (concern about discrimination) rather than the underlying cause (lack of competition). Rivalry between access providers offers the best protection against the erection of new barriers to the flow of information online.

This newspaper has always championed free trade, open markets and vigorous competition in the physical world. The same principles should be applied on the internet as well. 

Bernanke: "If the crisis has a single lesson, it is that the too-big-to-fail problem must be solved"

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke stressed the need for banks to hold more cash in reserve and face stricter regulations and told a panel investigating the causes of the economic crisis that the central bank's policies did not spur the collapse.

He cited ongoing negotiations on the amount of reserves banks must keep to cover their operations and recently passed US legislation as the key tools to tackle the risks posed by big banks.

"Monetary policy is a blunt tool; raising the general level of interest rates to manage a single asset price would undoubtedly have had large side effects on other assets and sectors of the economy."


Chart: U.S. interest rates since 1790

Friday, August 27, 2010

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Things Need to Change in the U.S.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

During dinner at the Technology Policy Institute's Aspen Forum, Intel CEO Paul Otellini warned government officials that unless government policies are altered, people will not invest in the United States and cites the U.S.'s hostile legal environment towards business.

He used the example of factories, explaining that costs $1 billion more per factory for me to build, equip, and operate a semiconductor manufacturing facility in the United States and 90% of that additional cost of a $4 billion factory is not labor but the cost to comply with taxes and regulations that other nations don't impose.

He argues there is likely to be:

"...an inevitable erosion and shift of wealth, much like we're seeing today in Europe--this is the bitter truth...our research centers were without peer. No country was more attractive for start-up capital...We seemed a generation ahead of the rest of the world in information technology. That simply is no longer the case...I think this group does not understand what it takes to create jobs. And I think they're flummoxed by their experiment in Keynesian economics not working..the next big thing will not be invented here. Jobs will not be created here."

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The only solution to escaping Google's record is a name change

Monday, August 16, 2010

"Every young person one day will be entitled automatically to change his or her name on reaching adulthood in order to disown youthful hijinks stored on their friends' social media sites." -Google CEO Eric Schmidt


Graphic: Patent Filings Per Research and Development Expenditure

Thursday, August 5, 2010

""There was 5 exabytes of information created between the dawn of civilization through 2003, but that much information is now created every 2 days, and the pace is increasing...People aren't ready for the technology revolution that's going to happen to them."

Eric Schmidt
Chief Executive Officer, Google
Speaking at Techonomy Conference in South Lake Tahoe

"Information is the most important resource of the 21st century," he said. "It's not oil, it's not water. The right policies are essential if we're going to exploit those resources."

Shane Robinson
Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Technology Office, Hewlett-Packard
Speaking at the Techonomy Conference in South Lake Tahoe

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

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U.S. spends most internet time now spent with social networks, games

Monday, August 2, 2010

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