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February 24th, 2014 · No Comments

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His invention, pCell, theoretically delivers on the long-sought dream of ubiquitous, fast Internet, with the reliability and consistency previously only achievable through a wired connection. pCell is “effectively mobile fiber,” he announced in a press release for his new company, Artemis Networks.

Is pCell the Holy Grail of wireless networking? | Mobile – CNET News

With China’s economy showing fresh signs of weakness in February, questions are rising over whether the country will be able to protect its prized 7-plus percent growth rate.

Can China protect its prized 7% growth level?

We believe there is room to improve in 2014 as we complete the “Supercharger” network (charging stations for Tesla cars) and enable vehicle service almost anywhere in North America. The potential in Europe and Asia is even more significant. Towards the end of the year, we expect sales in those regions combined to be almost twice that of North America.

Tesla forecasts a big 2014

Soros Fund Management has doubled up a bet that the S&P 500 SPX is headed for a fall.

Soros doubles a bearish bet on the S&P 500, to the tune of $1.3 billion – The Tell – MarketWatch

Scientists say “far too little” is known about the health risks of chemicals used in food packaging, and some could cause cancer. Research is needed to understand the effect on the human body and embryonic development of at least 4,000 chemicals used in packaging, they said.

BBC News – Scientists query health risk of food package chemicals

As recently as a decade ago, these indigenous Aymara and Quechua women – who can be easily identified by their distinctive, elegant outfits – would be refused entry to certain restaurants, taxis and even public buses.

BBC News – The rise of the ‘cholitas’

As of February 14, 339 companies in the S&P 500 had reported earnings. 71% of which reported better-than-expected earnings, and 66% of which topped their sales estimates.

These earnings winners are going to keep climbing

I don’t know how Facebook’s WhatsApp deal will end up looking — and neither, it’s worth noting, do any of the pundits who are pronouncing it brain dead. Based on everything I do know, though, I think the odds are that it will end up looking brilliant.

Why Facebook Bought WhatsApp – Business Insider

Whether it’s behind the meter or at grid scale, storage is picking up steam.

3 States Driving Energy Storage for Utilities and Customers : Greentech Media

This outcome is exactly what the Observatoire Economique predicted a year ago would happen under the eurozone’s contractionary policy structure, that is to say under a triple squeeze of fiscal austerity, passive monetary tightening, and draconian bank deleveraging. Surprise, surprise, the eurozone M3 money supply has been contracting since March.

France is looking straight down the barrel of a deflation shock – Telegraph Blogs

Meat prices have been rising steadily since 2006 because of the power of a few companies, according to Christopher Leonard, author of the new book The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business. He defines meat, by the way, as beef, chicken and pork.

How 4 companies control almost all the meat you eat | Daily Ticker – Yahoo Finance

By themselves, he told this year’s meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, they convert 42.5% of sunlight. Even when surrounded by the paraphernalia of a panel they manage 35%. Suitably tweaked, Dr Rogers reckons, their efficiency could rise to 50%.

Solar energy: Stacking the deck | The Economist

The future of gun control is quickly emerging. In California, German gun manufacturer Armatix GmbH has begun selling a gun which can only fire when the owner wears an accompanying wristwatch. Basically, the Armatix iP1 is the country’s first smart gun.

‘iPhone Of Guns’ Now Selling In California – Business Insider

In my last column, I detailed the one question that reveals everything a hiring manager needs to know to evaluate a candidate.

Signs Of An Extremely High Performer – Business Insider

The modern diet is the main reason why people all over the world are fatter and sicker than ever before. Everywhere modern processed foods go, chronic diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease soon follow.

11 Graphs That Show Everything That is Wrong With The Modern Diet

Fannie Mae on Friday reported an annual profit of $84 billion for 2013, a banner year in which strong home-price gains in housing markets across the U.S. powered the mortgage-finance giant to an astounding rebound… The payment means the mortgage-finance giant, together with its smaller rival Freddie Mac will do what many considered impossible just two years ago: They will have paid more in dividends to the government–around $192.5 billion–than the $187.5 billion they received from the U.S. Treasury for their 2008 bailouts.

Fannie Mae reports $84 billion annual profit – MarketWatch

Intel is now etching transistors at 22 nanometers, and as the company points out, you could fit 6,000 of these transistors across the width of a human hair; or if you prefer, it would take 6 million of these 22 nanometer transistors to cover the period at the end of a sentence. Also, a 22 nanometer transistor can switch on and off 100 billion times in a second.

CONVERSABLE ECONOMIST: Moore’s Law: At Least a Little Longer

the top 0.1% has taken nearly all of the benefits of what growth we’ve had over the past 30 years, strongly suggesting that they have been taking more than they are giving.

Why the super rich get richer — and you don’t – Rex Nutting – MarketWatch

I have some startling news: you are not human. At least, by some counts. While you are indeed made up of billions of human cells working in remarkable concert, these are easily outnumbered by the bacterial cells that live on and in you – your microbiome. There are ten of them for every one of your own cells, and they add an extra two kilograms (4.4lbs) to your body.

BBC – Future – Body bacteria: Can your gut bugs make you smarter?

A 15-year-old boy has surrendered to authorities in India, after allegedly performing a Caesarean section to set a record as the world’s youngest surgeon.

BBC NEWS | South Asia | Indian ‘teen surgeon’ surrenders

Over the last six years, MyGirlFund has developed into a unique community with its own norms and economy. While there is a “sex cam” aspect to it, the more interesting phenom here is the platonic relationships that men and women form on the site. Money changes hands on the site for any of a number of reasons, even for something as innocent as a guy helping a woman pay her rent that month.

Working for MyGirlFund – Business Insider

Last year I travelled to Inner Mongolia for myself, to get a closer look at the bizarre, ghost metropolis of Ordos… and the experience, as I would discover, was far stranger than anything I could have prepared for.

China’s Ordos Ghost City Pictures – Business Insider

In fact, the more single people that live around you, the less likely you are to start a relationship with any of them

This Chart Explains Why You’re Still Single – Business Insider

In addition to Alzheimer’s disease, moderate caffeine/coffee intake appears to reduce the risk of several other diseases of aging, including Parkinson’s disease, stroke, Type II diabetes, and breast cancer. However, supporting studies for these benefits have all been observational (uncontrolled), and controlled clinical trials are needed to definitively demonstrate therapeutic value.

FuturePundit: Coffee Cuts Alzheimer’s Disease Risk

Investors were awarded $1.027 trillion of dividends last year, as pay-outs have increased by $310 billion since 2009, according to research from Henderson Global Investors.

World’s biggest companies pay out $1 trillion in dividends

This coming Thursday Japan’s Ministry of Public Management will be releasing the January CPI figures. The report will be closely watched to determine the progress of “Abenomics”, as the nation tries to work its way out of the persistent long-term deflationary environment.

The Risk Of ‘Abenomics’ Stalling Out Is High – Business Insider

Despite a series of economy data points that would seem to indicate that US growth has been slowing, investors may be waiting before they get worried. But if data comes in weak over the next two weeks, the wait could be over.

Is the US in real trouble? We’re about to find out

However, the e-paper display provides smartphone notifications, lets you read newspapers and books and utilise social media apps without draining your phone’s battery life. Due to the dual screens, the new YotaPhone is actually 74 per cent display, in comparison to the 30 – 40 per cent on other Android devices. In order to save battery, the YotaPhone 2 has a Smart Power Mode that lets you use only the e-paper display for making calls and answering texts. It runs on a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and offers NFC connectivity as well.

YotaPhone 2 launched with 4.7-inch e-paper rear display – News – Trusted Reviews

Why 12.6 Million People Left The Workforce Since 2007 In One Chart

Why People Left The Workforce – Business Insider

Spot quiz: What is Apple’s fastest-growing product by total dollar sales?

Apple’s e-Commerce and Mobile Payments Plans – Business Insider

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