Jan 31st, 2008 by bookie
Links and News [2008.01.31]
  • US tops world Connectivity Scorecard despite broadband ills

    When it comes to using information technology well, people power is as important as wires, chips, and radio signals. That’s one of the assumptions driving the new Connectivity Scorecard benchmark put together by Leonard Waverman of the London Business School. Waverman found that the US takes the worldwide lead on "connectivity" when measured in this way, but subpar broadband infrastructure holds the country back.

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  • Tipped over: social influence "tipping point" theory debunked

    Clive Thompson has been getting some well-deserved attention for his recent Fast Company piece, in which Columbia University sociologist Duncan Watts explodes the hierarchical theory of social influence and trend propagation popularized by Malcolm Gladwell in the bestselling book The Tipping Point.

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  • AlterNet: The Great Indian Gender Divide

    [B]eneath the spectacular "India Shining" story lurks an area of darkness — the unequal status of its women, who constitute more than half its demographic. The latest official document to highlight this inequity is the 2007 Gender-Gap Index Report by the World Economic Forum (WEF); it places India at the bottom of the global pyramid.

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  • Magistrate judge suggests sanctions against RIAA lawyers

    The RIAA’s habit of roping numerous unrelated defendants into a single "John Doe" lawsuit has drawn the attention of a federal magistrate—and not in a good way. In the case of Arista v. Does 1-27, a lawsuit targeting students at the University of Maine, Magistrate Judge Margaret J. Kravchuk suggests that the court look into imposing Rule 11 sanctions on the RIAA’s legal team.

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  • BBC | US economic growth drops sharply

    The US Department of Commerce says the economy grew at an annual rate of just 0.6% from October to December.

    In the previous three months, between July and September, the economy was growing at annual rate of 4.9%.

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  • Calculated Risk: Homeownership Rate: Cliff Diving

    The homeownership rate has plunged back to the levels of the summer of 2001.

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  • The future is bright: Mozilla revenues up 26 percent, Google deal is gold

    Mozilla published financial statements earlier this week showing that the organization made $66.8 million in revenue for 2006, a 26 percent increase from 2005. That’s some strong growth, and it shows that Mozilla has the potential for long-term fiscal sustainability.

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  • Looking Anew at Campaign Cash and Elected Judges – NYT

    In nearly half of the cases they reviewed, over a 14-year period ended in 2006, a litigant or lawyer had contributed to at least one justice, sometimes recently and sometimes long before. On average, justices voted in favor of their contributors 65 percent of the time, and two of the justices did so 80 percent of the time.

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  • BBC | FBI investigates sub-prime crisis

    The FBI is investigating 14 companies embroiled in the sub-prime mortgage crisis as part of a crackdown on improper lending.

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