News: 2014-03-20

News links for 20 Mar 2014

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Ukraine-Crimea

Ukraine Readies Plan to Evacuate Troops From Crimea – WSJ.com

How Cold War-Hungry Neocons Stage Managed RT Anchor Liz Wahl’s Resignation – Truthdig

“RT had long been the subject of criticism and ridicule for its promotion of Zeitgeist-style trutherism and libertarian paranoia, but Wahl now placed RT under unprecedented scrutiny, with mainstream U.S. media sounding the alarm about a bulwark of soft Russian power situated just blocks from the White House. “

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Crimea vote as worthless as Falklands poll- Argentina president | Reuters

Ukraine Navy Bases in Crimea Stormed by Pro-Russian Forces – WSJ.com

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Markets

Argentina’s Yields Lure Back Bond Buyers – WSJ.com

Hot Money Returns as SE Asia’s Foreign Inflows Accelerate – Bloomberg

Zara owner Inditex sees first annual profit fall in five years | Business | The Guardian

U.S. Crude Production Jumps to Highest Level Since 1988 – Bloomberg

Alibaba Starting U.S. IPO Process as Hong Kong Bid Falters – Bloomberg

“Alibaba may sell about a 12 percent stake in itself, said one person with knowledge of the matter, making it an $18.4 billion offering based on the $153 billion average valuation of analysts, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Alibaba may sell about a 12 percent stake in itself, said one person with knowledge of the matter, making it an $18.4 billion offering based on the $153 billion average valuation of analysts, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.”

Alibaba: A Mix of Amazon, eBay and PayPal With a Dash of Google – WSJ.com

Alibaba Shakes Off Counterfeit Label Smoothing Path to U.S. IPO – Bloomberg

“Eighteen months ago, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. was under U.S. scrutiny because counterfeiters were selling goods on its website. Now it’s heading for what may be the nation’s biggest initial public offering since 2008. “

British regulator backs Hong Kong stance on Alibaba IPO | South China Morning Post

 

Europe

Spain Reaps Investment Boon as Rajoy Reforms Lure FDI – Bloomberg

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Euro-Zone Business Activity Sputters – WSJ.com

 

North America

Has Fed turned hawkish or did Yellen misspeak? | South China Morning Post

Unintentionally Hawkish – Tim Duy’s Fed Watch

Economic Projections of Federal Reserve Board Members and Federal Reserve Bank Presidents, March 2014

FRB: Press Release–Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement –March 19, 2014

The Coming Real Estate Bubble – Bloomberg View

Christie’s Stronger than the Storm Jersey Shore post-Sandy ad cover up | New Republic

New finance minister Joe Oliver could boost push for national regulator | Toronto Star

 

New Zealand

BBC News – New Zealand economy sees growth of 2.7%

 

Mideast/Terrorism

What Pakistan Knew About Bin Laden – NYTimes.com

Russia, Syria decry U.S. closure of Syrian embassy | Reuters

 

Technology

John Maeda: The Valley is now focused on DE$IGN

Fitbit Faces Lawsuit Over Skin Rashes

China’s Alibaba Invests $215 Million in Silicon Valley Startup Tango – WSJ.com

US tech giants knew of NSA data collection, agency’s top lawyer insists | World news | theguardian.com

 

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