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- Why Banks Back SOPA, the "Bring the Chinese Internet to America" Bill « naked capitalism
The Internet lets people talk to each other. What this bill does is go after that feature in the name of attacking crime. Does crime require that people talk to each other? Yeah. So does everything else.
- Hitler and his schoolgirls: Colour photos emerge of Nazi leader celebrating his 50th birthday | Mail Online
The rare images were captured by German photographer Hugo Jaeger from the rise of fascism in Germany in the Thirties until the end of the Second World War.
- Macro Notes from the Alcoa Conference Call | Global Macro Monitor
Loss from continuing operations of $193 million, or $0.18 per share; excluding special items, loss from continuing operations of $34 million, or $0.03 per share. Revenue of $6 billion, down 7 percent sequentially, up 6 percent from 4Q 2010. Cash from operations of $1.14 billion, up $653 million from 3Q 2011. Record low days working capital
- Moody’s hunde a Valencia más dentro del bono basura – CincoDías.com
Moody’s ha recortado dos escalones el rating de Valencia, para dejarlo en Ba3, hundiéndolo más en la consideración de bono basura por los problemas de liquidez y los vencimientos de deuda de la Generalitat. La calificación queda tres escalones dentro del rating de bono basura. Asimismo, ha puesto en revisión con perspectiva negativa todas las calificaciones de comunidades y diputaciones forales, por el notable deterioro de la confianza.
- Personal Search Service CloudMagic Arrives On Mobile For Fast Gmail, Docs & Twitter Search | TechCrunch
CloudMagic, the personal search service that indexes your Gmail, documents, contacts, calendar and Twitter updates, is now available as a mobile app. The release follows a major update for the service this past fall, which added the ability to search Twitter and a move to host your personal index in the cloud.
- Is it time for Uncle Ben to raise the roof? – Finance Addict
Mankiw came up with his own formula to roughly explain how he thought the Greenspan Fed went about calibrating their most crucial weapon, the benchmark Fed Funds rate… it does rather seem like the model may start flashing a "please-return-to-positive-rates" signal soon.
- EconoMonitor : Great Leap Forward » THE $29 TRILLION BAILOUT OF WALL STREET: Why Should Anyone Care About High Crimes and Misdemeanors?
big banks borrowed for months and even years on end because they couldn’t fund their asset positions in markets. Why not? Because markets suspect they are insolvent. They know the banks still have toxic waste on their balance sheets. To be sure, they’ve unloaded a lot of the junk-to the Fed and Fannie and Freddie, and to speculators. But they’ve still got risk exposures orders of magnitude greater than their generously-accounted-for and largely mythical capital.
- U.S. Employment and Wage Growth in Large Counties | Global Macro Monitor
Interesting data points on the U.S. employment situation from the BLS
- Hungría despide a 6.300 empleados públicos para reducir el déficit – ABC.es
La Comisión Europea ha advertido a Budapest de que podría sancionarle por no aplicar las medidas de ajuste necesarias
- Argentinien erschwert Importe – Wirtschaft – KURIER.at
Ab 1. Februar müssen alle Einfuhren nach Argentinien von der Regierung genehmigt werden. Unternehmer fürchten negative Auswirkungen.
- Google Fires Back at Twitter: You Took Yourself Out of Search
Google’s agreement with Twitter gave the search engine access to public tweets. The agreement expired in July and was not renewed. Now Google is implying it was Twitter that chose not to renew the deal. Twitter had criticized Google’s new social search feature, which it calls Search plus Your World, on Tuesday.
- Twitter Dumps on Google for Pushing Google+ in Search – Liz Gannes – Social – AllThingsD
Twitter is now officially speaking out against Google’s new search features that give prominent placement to content from its own social network, Google+.
- Android Edges Ahead of iOS in Ad Impressions – John Paczkowski – Mobile – AllThingsD
Android ascended to the lead, claiming a 51.6 percent share of Chitika’s traffic, while iOS slipped to 46.5 percent.
- Apple’s Chief Receives Stock Worth $376 Million – NYTimes.com
The new chief of Apple, Timothy D. Cook, received a one-time stock award worth nearly $400 million, the largest given by a company in a decade.